cinema5D compares the Canon EOS 7D to Alexa and Sony F65 plus tests beauty filters

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Very interesting set of tests from the cinema5D folks comparing the Canon EOS 7D to the Sony F65 and Alexa and then showing differences between beauty filters for video.

Beauty Filter Test – 6 cameras, 18 filters to enhance digital on skin

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cinema5D presents the Beauty Filter Test. We have tested 18 different glass filters with 6 different cameras and 2 different lenses to give you a feeling of how glass filters may (or may not) enhance the look of a digital camera nowardays. Among these filters (provided by Tiffen) are some of the most widely used filters by cinematographers around the world.

The idea

With a growing number of digital cinema cameras there is a certain demand for filters that can enhance their look, make the results more filmic again and make skin look more organic. We wanted to know how these “beauty” filters perform and compared them with a number of important digital film cameras from all budgets including HDSLR up to the Sony F65.

What currently makes digital film still look digital seems to be the sharpness of highlights which is why these specialized “beauty” or “soft focus” filters can help add smoothness without affecting other regions of the image.

Ever wondered how the Canon 7D REALLY looks like next to an Arri Alexa or Sony F65? This video brings you the answer.

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(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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