Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012

We’ve got a lot to prove in Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012. Let’s make one thing clear—this is not the shootout you’re expecting.

The test, administered by Bruce Logan, ASC CSC, shows two ways of looking at cameras–empirical and subjective. This three part Shootout is about two things; what a camera is capable of, and what a skilled, experienced DP can do with the same camera. The key element here is talent. Nine camera masters take on nine cameras, all shooting the same scene.



Part one presents unlabeled footage of a complex party scene designed by Bruce Logan, ASC CSC, and we hear from legendary DP’s discussing what being a cinematographer means to them. Part Two proves that beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Does talent, experience and creativity trump technology? In part three, the pixel peepers can finally breathe a sigh of relief when we stack the cameras against one another under the same grueling conditions.
It’s not the gear that determines greatness anymore, it’s you!The test was conducted at the Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Color grading was completed using the Baselight system at Filmworkers Club. Some camera manufacturers opted to color grade at other facilities but all used the Baselight system. Zacuto acted as the central organizing body for the project and documented the production and post-production processes.


Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012
Outstanding Achievement for Interview/Discussion Programming-
Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012: Starting With Darkness
Producers Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn, Scott LynchDaniel Skubal


Executive Producers, Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn, Eric Kessler
Producers, Scott Lynch and Daniel Skubal
Test Administrator, Bruce Logan, ASC CSC
Director of Photography, Jens Bogehegn
Editors, Daniel Skubal and Scott Lynch
Colorist, Jimmy Cadenas
Sound, Eric Anthony and Morgan Jensen
Director, Steve Weiss
Camera Specialists
Sony F65—Sony Representatives
ARRI Alexa—Rodney Charters, ASC CSC
RED Epic—Ryan Walters
Sony FS100—Den Lennie & Mick Jones
Sony F3 w/slog—Nancy Schreiber, ASC
Canon C300—Polly Morgan
Canon 7D with Technicolor settings—Michael Negrin, ASC
Panasonic GH2 (Quantum v9b Hack)—Jonny Zeller & Colt Seman
Apple iPhone 4s—Michael Koerbel
Bruce Logan, ASC CSC, Haskell Wexler ASC, Janusz Kaminski, Stephen Goldblatt, ASC BSC, Rodney Charters, ASC CSC, Peter James,  ASC ACS, Victor Kemper, ASC, Steven Fierberg, ASC, Richard Crudo, ASC, Francis Kenny, ASC, Daryn Okada, ASC, Bob Primes, ASC, Stephen Lighthill, ASC, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, Michael Negrin, ASC, Steven Poster, ASC, Frederic Goodich, ASC, Polly Morgan, Philip Bloom, Vincent Laforet, Elliot Rosenblatt, Mick Jones, Colt Seman, Jonny Zeller, Michael Koerbel, Ryan Walters, Den Lennie, Alan Thatcher, Lan Bui, Gary Adcock, Mark Androw, Chuck Lee, Tim Smith, Natacha Merritt, Jimmy Cadenas, Jonah Mueller, and Gayle McCormick