Epic and Dragon comparison – Part 1, Overexposure

This post might become lengthy…

And the images come from Dragons original OLPF.
But as this is what is currently the mostly available config (and the cameras I rent), it is still a slightly relevant comparison.
I will come with some analysis on Dragon and a few other cameras, as time allows, but this is the most “Ready” images I have at the moment.

I will NOT take it through every stop imaginable. Instead I will focus on the parts that mostly interest me, and break down the things I find interesting, which means that I will treat the exposures a bit differently to look into what I find interesting about them.

RAW files will follow each example and analysis.

First, the overexposure.
Note: I did NOT use DRX to clean up Epic highlights for these examples, as it is easier to see where Epic clips by leaving the magenta in.
I know it is easily taken away in post.



Exposure 1. (and for this test “Base” exposure)

First example is developed with linear/ISO 320 (Click on the images to look at the full-size 2k images)



Same exposure and development – area of interest 1:1 pixel (unscaled) from both cameras.




And finally, the same exposure developed at “reference settings” RedLogFilm/ISO 800


The difference in highlights handling between the two cameras are striking both in capacity and rolloff.

The RAW files for the first exposure


Exposure 2 – One stop down.

This time, too I start off with the linear/320 image.

As it seems, all “critical” parts of the Dragon Image, is now within range, while his right chin, the flower, the dolls (and a lot of the rest of the frame), is still clearly clipped in the Epic frame.
The Dragon frame is only overexposed in the mirror and in the lightbulbs (that is 300 watts fired off directly into the camera on the old “flary” OLPF BTW)

You also see how the Epic image flattens close to clip on his chin.
The Dragon seems to hold all the way up.

The difference in saturation in the top-end of the range is also clearly visible in this example.
Look at the flower, the dolls and his face.

CA is from the lens (superspeed MK III)

Again, click on the images to see fullsize, and zoom in to 1:1 if you have to to get the 1:1 pixle image)




Again I focus on his skin and hair to look into the different characteristics close to and around clip.
This is unscaled 1:1 pixels from both cameras. The Dragon does thus NOT gain anything from higher oversampling in this example.
Still the details and nuansces and general “richness” of the Dragon shines.




Finally – the 2k/ISO 800 Red Log Film scaled image from both cameras.
Pretty much speaks for itself.



Download the R3D’s for this exposure here


And by this I end part one of this comparison. Next part will concentrate on the “fat” exposures.
Watch this space…

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