35mm Film vs. the Top Video DSLRs – A Shoot Out by Zacuto

All I have to say is… WOW! And I’m jealous I couldn’t sit in on the screening. This information is taken from Zacuto‘s website. Note: I did NOT make this video. I’m working on getting web series director Steve Weiss to be on my fimmaker’s podcast Crossing the 180. Stay tuned.


Zacuto Great Camera Shootout 2010 Trailer ~ High Noon from Zacuto USA on Vimeo.

Zacuto Films presents, “The Great Camera Shootout 2010: a three part web series where gunslinging HD DSLRs face-off against legendary 35mm Film.” The webisodic series showcases the top performing hybrid HD-DSLR cameras: Canon: 5D MKII, 7D, 1D Mark IV, 550D/T2i Rebel, Nikon D3s, Panasonic GH1 and compares the image quality of these cameras against the gold standard of 35mm film. In addition, the Canon 5D MKII test includes the new 24p firmware. “This was an enormous undertaking,” says Steve Weiss, Web Series Director, “and great care was to make this an apples-to-apples test with scientific accuracy behind it.”

Each webisode of the series features various controlled camera assessment tests which include: resolution, latitude, sensitivity, speed & ultra high speed, noise, color & green screen. The battery of tests were administered under strict controls and conducted by Robert Primes ASC, Gary Adcock, Philip Bloom, Jens Bogehegn and colorist Ryan Emerson.

See the reactions to this test following 2K screenings, where “HD DSLR is compared to 35mm Film”. The test results were projected in a 2K theatrical environment at three screening locations: Stag Theater at Skywalker Ranch, LucasFilms Ltd., AFI (American Film Institute) Theater in Hollywood and the FilmWorkers Astro Color Timing Theater in Chicago. Hear commentary from the screenings by top ASC, Hollywood, Indie Film and Event & Convergence Photographers.

Executive Producer: Jens Bogehegn
Producers: Jens Bogehegn, Steve Weiss and Scott Lynch
Web Series Director: Steve Weiss
Director of Photography: Robert Primes
DP – Color Profiles: Philip Bloom
Editor & Graphic Design: Daniel Skubal
Digerati: Gary Adcock
Colorist: Ryan Emerson

One thought on “35mm Film vs. the Top Video DSLRs – A Shoot Out by Zacuto

  1. Head to head comparisons of video from DSLRs have been done before but not on such a scale. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results when they come out.

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