James Miller has done something on his own that we're not recommending, but the results look very interesting – he's removed the optical low pass filter (OLPF) (also sometimes called the AA or Anti Aliasing) from the front of his Canon EOS 5D Mark III sensor (which is what the Nikon D800E is like – remember there are two versions of the Nikon D800 – one with the filter and one without – but the Nikon D800 also has moire issues the Canon EOS 5D Mark III doesn't have).
We first posted this on the planet5D HDSLR scoop news page yesterday and James has posted this video as an update.
So, is it worth voiding your warranty on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III? You be the judge.
Liberation Begins – 5DMK3 OLPF Removal Day 2
Update 3: Now back on line. The native files from the Canon seem to be getting flagged as interlaced for some reason have to watch the one.
Update 2: Messed up on the transcoding from the native files. Somehow I set the prores to interlaced! New edit coming later today. Sorry folks
Update. I plan a shoot along side another standard MK3
towards the end of the week. I should have shot local or something different to judge resolution. Very hard to judge with this video. I'll shoot on a nice prime for the next test.
Popped down to Brighton, on the UK's South coast today to shoot some footage with the 5DMK3. This camera has had one of the 2 OLPF removed.
Graded footage. The images & stills from today suffered from heat rising on the ground and gives a shimmer, this is not aliasing but does make some detail appear soft.
Shot using the Heliopan ND Vario. Causes some slight corner vignetting. I should have removed this and increased shutter really. The Vimeo download is at a much lower bitrate than the originals that looked so nice.
Need a hosting company or someone to donate some room so I can share some original native clips.
Soundtrack: Liberation Begins / A.R. Rahman
Here's the first video he posted:
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)