I took the Digital Bolex D16 #33 for a test drive to showcase the energy of Downtown Las Vegas and the incredible images this camera is capable of.
After an initial test, I decided on this project to strive for a slightly lower contrast image with milkier blacks. (The RAW image is fairly contrasty straight out of camera).
I underexposed most shots 1-2 stops then lifted the blacks in post. These images have been altered in no other way.
Shot with a Kern-Paillard Switar 10mm f1.6
Shot at 23.98 fps, ISO 100 (last three shots are at 400), daylight balanced
Dancer Olga Sokolova has been featured in numerous television commercials, feature films, and recorded performances, but never felt the cameras used on these productions truly captured the timing and nuance of her body movements. Learn how she feels about the D16 in this documentary portrait.
Cast: Olga Sokolova
Director/DP: Joe Rubinstein
Sound: Justin Cruse
VO Recording: Rob Kleiner
Music: "To Whom It May Concern" and "Under My Skin" by the Sexbots
The Dancer and the D16 was shot on 3 cameras, one D16 with PL mount and Elite PL primes and two D16's with C-mounts and Kish cinema primes.
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After having the privilege to participate in a test shoot with a beta model of the Digital Bolex, I can state with full confidence that this camera is the real deal and is the one filmmakers like me have been hoping for. Congratulations to Joe and the Bolex Team.
Please Note: My grade is an attempt at accentuating the inherent celluloid look of the camera by marrying it with my shimmer-graining processes to give it an early 90's era Kodak appearance. This process is slightly destructive and introduces flicker, color fluctuation and softness not native to the camera and does not reflect the true sharpness of the Digital Bolex sensor.
There is also some popping flicker (that appears in the skies here), which is a known issue of Adobe Camera RAW.
Lenses \ ZEISS CONTAX 25 mm f/2.8 & 50 mm f/1.4 & CP2 85mm and 21mm