I teach a cinematography class at NYU film school. Ikonoskop allowed my students to test the A-Cam DII. We loved it so much that we created a very unfair camera test just for fun. This isn't meant to offend RED fans, but we did learn a lot about the differences between these two "raw format" cameras. The Scarlet we used is owned by one of my students, so there is plenty of Red love in my class. I apologize in advance.
IKONOSKOP A-CAM DII settings
native 200 ISO, no filters, daylight balance
Wide Shot Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 18mm
Close Up Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 50mm
Cinema DNG files processed through Adobe Lightroom and conformed with Adobe After Effects
RED SCARLET settings
native 800 ISO, ND 0.6, daylight balance
Wide Shot Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 35mm
Close Up Lens: Zeiss Superspeed 85mm
R3D files processed through Red Cine X
(all values rated with light meter at 200 ISO)
Subject lit with daylight units
Highlight (right side of face): 5.6 and a third
Fill: 2.8 - 4.0 split
Background slash of light is tungsten at 4.0
Exposed both cameras at 2.8 - 4.0 split, exposing the chip chart and left side of face as normal with highlights one stop over. The Ikonoskop clipped much quicker on the highlights and had punchier contrast than the Red Scarlet. I had to punch up the contrast on the Scarlet footage in Red Cine to make them look more similar. Based on personal taste, I really liked how the Ikonoskop footage was looking right out of the gate but you definitely needed to be more careful about exposure. See my exterior Ikonoskop test (vimeo.com/40387639) to see how it handles extreme contrast outdoors.
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