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Steve Williams

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  1. Thanks guys, I've gotten back a few log transfers in the past, and I was expecting the flat color and contrast. I just thought that it had looked a bit washed out compared to the last, and I didn't know if that was indicative to the old film (that was taken care of during storage). I'm glad that I posted though as I can see that I was missing out with how great LUTs are to work with. In the past I've used MB Looks for grading... but after Bruce's post, I've been playing with LUT's all last night and parts of today. I bought a small package, and I must say - i'm loving their looks Steve
  2. LOL..... WOW, that looks amazing!! I know that it required CC, but i never thought it could look that good. I guess I should have played around with it a bit before posting.
  3. Hey guys, About 2 years ago I bought a bunch of film that I planned on using for a project. I opened all of the film up and notched the cartridges during the prep process before the shoot. Long story short, I never shot the rolls and just put them back in the box with the intention of never using them again. Recently, I found these old rolls and used some of them to test out my new camera. I shot a roll of 500T and a roll of 50D, and both came back pretty washed out. So my question is (and mainly for the 50D roll), is this washed out look do to the old film or because I overexposed the film during shooting, or maybe even a combo of both? When I shoot on 50D, I try to over expose by one stop. they both were log transfers. Steve
  4. Thanks for the awesome advice... Lately I've been shooting a roll and then sending it off for processing and scan. I'm testing my skills and the limitation of the camera before I set forth on filming a project next month. Since so many labs charge a flat rate for prep, I found the cost to time ratio was better to go with Pro8mm on this transfer. That being said, I spoke with Perry from Gamma Ray on the phone and he gave me some great advice on scanning and processing... I plan on making Cinelab to GammaRay scan my "go-to" for all future projects. The only reason I didn't go through Cinelab for this last roll is because I read online that there processing times can be a little long. Steve
  5. lastly, I'm taking a look at the Cinelab work-form.... I guess all I request from them is the processing of the film - I notice some labs have a prep for telecine option, but I didn't see that on their order form...
  6. For those of you who use Cinelab and then Gamma Ray for your scans... What is your workflow? I live in Florida, so i'm guessing that I would ship a prepaid envelop with my film addressed to Gamma Ray to Cinelab. Do you guys include a return envelop for Gamma Ray or do you let them process the shipping? Whats the average turnaround time with all of this point A to point B? Steve
  7. Hey Erik, I've read on here a while back ago of using a DSLR to give you an idea of what you're shooting (lighting wise). Just match your DSLR to the film speed and shutter speed of your film camera. Obviously not full proof, but I've done this in the past with pretty decent results. Steve
  8. Hey Dom... I'm guessing that one of the threads must have been damaged.... although they looked fine to me. This baffles me, I've measured it in every way possible. It's the correct length and same thread count... I took it down about 1mm in a belt sander and it still got hung up in the same spot. I'm about to purchase another, maybe a different model this time, and just hope for the best....
  9. Jean-Louis, thank you for that information... I measured the circumference and the threads, everything looks to be the same. Still I can only get about 1 full turn on it. I cut down the threads a bit at work and it still doesn't fit onto the camera correctly. Does anyone have any recommendations as far as a mount goes? I'm looking for a c mount to EF. I have searched google and this thread, but haven't come up with any model numbers or brand names. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Steve
  10. Thank you guys for the reply... Pavan - I'm using the pro8mm version of the BL4008. Dom - you're correct, I should have said 1-2mm. The thread count looks the same and the adapter appears to be the same size as my lens. I have a belt grinder at work, so i might try to take the adapter down a thread and see if that fixes the problem. Steve
  11. I purchased a c-mount to EF adapter on whim just to see how it would perform. I've read mixed reviews on this forum about people using adapters. My problem is that the adapter doesn't seem to thread into the mount as nicely as I would like. I can get about 3 solid turns on it until it feels that it might strain the threads on the camera. Comparatively, my camera lens that came with the camera has no problem threading into the mount. I tired out my canon lens's and was surprised to see that they performed almost as a macro lens. they appeared sharp, but I couldn't adjust the focal is only 3 to 4'. I used a 50 and a 85mm for my test. I'm guessing this is due to the fact that I didn't rotate my adapter all the way into the mount. It looked like that I had about another 2cm to go until it was fully installed. here is the adapter I purchased from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VIVXL2E/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 any thoughts? Steve
  12. Hey Perry and David, thanks for the workflow suggestion on who to process and scan with - i plan on doing this for my next roll. David - i remember you giving me great advice about 4 years ago when I was just starting to shoot with my Canon 814. It's good to see that you're still "in the game" and your video that you posted looks amazing. How do you guys get the 16x9 look? Personally i'm not a fan of the 4x3... Do you import into a 1080 timeline, crop, and then adjust the distort tab to give it the wide look? Or do you have a 16x9 scan done at the lab?
  13. My wife will never allow me to get to that level :-) She's already mad about the bill from just a few rolls... But solid advice none the less.
  14. Thanks Perry for that rock solid advice... is the 2k scan a log or flat scan? (sorry still learning the lingo)... I take it that Cinelab is used to shipping out processed rolls to another business for scanning. So if I was to include a pre-addressed email, I'm guessing there wouldn't be any complications. Is it possible to pay a bit extra to have to final digital file dropboxed to me? Steve
  15. Thanks guys... I thought that was the case, but started to freak out and second guess myself a bit. Thank you for the replies
  16. Hey guys, First, I want everyone to know that I've googled all of my recent post and searched this forum before asking my recent questions. I appreciate everyone's patience on here throughout the learning process, and I'm hoping to get to a point where I can provide input as opposed to just taking it. Tonight I shot a roll of 500t in outside with just a few outdoor lights and a fire. The aperture setting was pretty easy to guess - wide open. Since it was fairly dark out, I didn't pay much attention to my meter inside. That being said, I forgot to change the asa speed. Now I'm pretty sure that I understand super8 cameras well enough to know that it being left on 200 when I had 500 in the camera shouldn't affect my film - Right? Is the film speed dial on a beaulieu 4008 just for operation of the internal meter, or did I completely misunderstand its function? Steve
  17. Hey Chris, Thanks for your input... I'm using a mac thats 6 years old, and I edit on FCP 7. I'm thinking I'm probably bit outdated for 4k My main goal is just to upload to vimeo and facebook. So I don't have very high aspirations as far as delivery for my films :-) That being said, i think my computer should be able to handle the 2k PRes4444... I'll have to look into the specs. Did I understand you correctly that Kodak will be offering all inclusive packages? If so, that would be awesome! As always, very grateful for the insight and knowledge from members of this forum Steve
  18. Hello all, Yesterday I was shooting with my Pro8mm model of the Beaulieu 4008... I adjusted my frame rate down from 24fps,18fps,8fps and even down to 2fps to see how my internal light meter would react. I expected to see the slight variations in the indicator, but it roughly stayed the same. at 4-2fps it just dropped to the bottom (indicating under exposure of my film). Has anyone had any experience with this? Steve
  19. Hey Nick, Thank you for your reply... the post in the other thread you mentioned is what prompted me to ask the question. I think my next scans I will pay the upgrade cost to see what the 2k (overscan) looks like from pro8mm. Their first scan was in 720p and I thought that it looked amazing.... I also reached out to Cinelab and Spectra based on your recommendations (from the other thread). All in all I feel that Pro8mm is the right path for me, despite the higher prices. I've been into Super8 for years, but always fall out of love with it due to the long waits and the logistics involved. The simplicity of the pro8mm film kits on Amazon (or their site) is what prompted me to get back into it. I'm just giving a rough estimate here - but it's about 130$ for a roll, process, and upgrade to 2k scan. Then it's delivered via dropbox and the reel comes in the mail. Some might say that's a horrible deal, but I'm trying to shoot as many rolls as i can individually so I can learn from whatever mistakes I make. Thanks for the advice, I think you swayed me in the 2k logscan. Steve
  20. Hey guys, I'm curious which type of scans you prefer vs the others... I've been using the filmkit's with Pro8mm, mainly because it's fast and convenient. I know that there are better options as far as price, but I don't trust my skills yet to shoot 4 or 5 rolls and wait to see what comes out. Pro8mm scans and delivers in 720p for a their basic setup. I think it looks great, but always wonder what their upgraded option would look like instead. They offer 4 different types with this package, but the two that interest me the most are the 2k log scan (overscan framing) and the 1080p with scene to scene color correction. whats your collective thoughts? Steve
  21. Recently i've been buying the Pro8mm film kits off of Amazon. Like you, I only shoot a roll here and there, so this seems to be a good option for me. The kit includes a prepaid envelope to mail out to Pro8mm, SD processing, and the digital file sent via dropbox. They also mail you the film reel. I like the connivence of it all... Steve
  22. thank you guys for the reply... I did my best to clean the mirror yesterday with a lens cloth. I hope that I didn't damage it in anyway. I rushed a roll of 50D out to the lab today to see if the camera will work without discrepancies for future projects. Steve
  23. I just got my 4008 today, and man, what a camera.... That being said - i noticed a discrepancy when I was overlooking the camera for the first time. There seems to be a noticeable black smudge in the middle of the camera somewhere. At first I though it might have been on the mirror, but after some troubleshooting, i'm not so sure. If I turn the camera and look through the lens I can see the rather large black smudge very easily. However when I block the viewfinder with my hand, shine a light through the gate while running the camera, I don't seem to notice the smudge at all (until I move my hand away from the viewfinder). I have no idea where the image is routed in these cameras, but it seems to be an issue with the imaging to the viewfinder only. It's not on the ground glass and it's not on the viewfinder itself. Does anyone have any insight onto this.... Steve
  24. Hey Guys, Thanks so much for taking the time to reply to my thread... I've been starring at the internet add of the 4008 on pro8mm for a few days now. They advertise that the camera has an internal light meter - so I hope that this is the case. I'm so glad that this forum exist to help me through some of the learning process.. Steve
  25. Hey Guys, I decided to move on from the 814 and onto the Beaulieu 4008. Even though I've had my 814 for about 5 years now and have ran numerous rolls of film through it - I still consider myself a beginner in the S8 world. I picked up the rebuilt camera from pro8mm and I'm excited to run some rolls through it. Does anyone have any advice, or big differences from the 814 that I should be aware of? Proper exposure has always been one of my biggest worries while shooting super8. I felt that I could never trust my internal light meter on my 814 - so I would use a combination of a light meter and my DSLR to come up with the correct aperture setting. I've read that the correct shutter speed at 24fps is 1/86th. This seems a bit different from my 814, which is 1/58 (i think). Any insight into this camera would be greatly appreciated. It arrives next week and I plan on running a roll of 50D and 200T. Steve
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