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The Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 is Coming to Singapore!

The Zacuto 2010 Emmy Award-winning and 2011 nominated three-part web documentary (Midwest Region) is back with a new twist - and it's coming to Singapore!



Premiering in Asia at BroadcastAsia 2012 in Suntec Singapore on 19 June 2012, with Dan Chung as the event host, The Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012 (RGCSO) was filmed earlier this year at Tribeca's Flashpoint Academy in Chicago and puts leading cameras through vigorous tests by ASC cinematographers. The goal is to demonstrate that the end result is dependent more on the person using the equipment, and not the name or reputation of the camera itself.

Administered by Bruce Logan, the test involves a series of three identical shots with countless challenges set-up for each camera, and the DP for each camera were then given the opportunity to relight the set under strict parameters to get the very best out of their cameras.

"Most camera tests these days are very careful to say that they are not 'shootouts'," says Bruce Logan, ASC. "The Zacuto test that I was asked to administer is unshamedly a shootout. It was thus necessary for us to create the most level-playing field possible. I think the test we devised did just that. It created a series of three shots with myriad challenges for each and every camera. Each camera was put through exactly the same tests, was shot at a T Stop, and approved by the camera DPs and the manufacturers when participating. All of the cameras used 4k-rated zoom lenses to compensate for sensor size. The DPs were then given the opportunity to relight the set under strict perimeters to get the very best out of their cameras. The data from each camera was 'imported' into Baselight at native resolutions and color-corrected to look as closely as possible to the original set. The resultant TIFF files were then resized on the Baselight and the resulting TIFF sequence was used to produce a 2K DCP package in JPEG 2000. I am excited to view the results of this very fair test."


The cameras involved, and the respective Master Cinematographers, are:
1. ARRI Alexa Rodney Charters, ASC
2. Canon EOS C300 Polly Morgan
3. Canon EOS 7D with Technicolor Settings Michael Negrin, ASC
4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 (hacked & non-hacked) Jonny Zeller & Colt Seman
5. RED Epic Ryan Walters
6. Sony PMW-F3 with S-Log Nancy Schreiber, ASC
7. Sony F65 Sony Appointed Representatives
8. Sony NEX-FS100 Den Lennie & Mick Jones


"Revenge is unlike any other camera test that I've ever been involved with," says Zacuto producer Scott Lynch. "I believe that the tools available to us are all capable of creating great-looking images, but only if you know how to use them. The big challenge for us was creating a test that would bring out the real world differences between these cameras. You can shoot charts which will give you scientific results, but that environment is not the real world. What we wanted to know was how cinematographers creatively solve the limitations of their camera. There are going to be some great discussions when this test gets released. People are going to be blown away."

RGCSO started its worldwide roadshow last month, traveling the US and abroad, and now, it is headed for Asia! There will be two screenings in Singapore during BroadcastAsia at Suntec Singapore, and screening dates and times are as follows:

  • 19 June 2012 (Tues) - 11am to 12.30pm
  • 20 June 2012 (Wed) - 3.30pm to 5pm


To register for the screenings (necessary due to limited seating), or watch the Production Logs, please click here.


Also, don't forget to visit our booth at BroadcastAsia - Booth No. 4L4-05, Level 4 Suntec Singapore, under Singapore Pavilion - to check out the latest from brands like Zacuto, Kessler Cranes, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Steadicam, Rotolight, Genus, and many more!


About Zacuto
ZACUTO, located in Chicago, Illinois, is known for their "Made in the USA" brand of high quality, originally designed camera accessories. Zacuto Films produces original programming with EMMY’s won in both 2010 & 2011 (Midwest region) or follow @Zacuto on Twitter. 888-294-3456


About Dan Chung
Host Dan Chung is an internationally renowned photojournalist and early HDSLR adapter who currently works as a staff photographer for The Guardian UK. His website,, covers the practice and the art of cinema in documenting real world events. Dan’s acclaimed work includes coverage of Iraq in 2003, the aftermath of the 2004 Indonesian tsunami, and the devastation of the 2006 earthquake in Pakistan.


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