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By Aaron DanielHi all, I've noticed there isn't a dedicated thread for editing L-Log footage, so I will begin one here. I realize that colouring and re-touching video is a very subjective field, but I wanted to see how others work within Leica's limited literature surrounding post-production in video.
I've just updated my Atomos Ninja V to the latest firmware, which now allows for L-Log recording from leica (the past year with the SL2 was a little tedious working with both internally and externally recorded video footage). Now, with this update, BT2020 seems a lot nicer.
I've just done my first video about this update here:
By MikeMyersI think this is an impossible question to ask, without someone seeing it in person, but back in the 1960's and 70's I accumulated a small collection of Leica gear, most of which went into storage when I got into digital. Then Leica came out with the M8 and M8.2, so I bought one as soon as I could afford it. When I read about the problem the camera had with infrared, for me that was a bonus - I wanted to take infrared photos, and now I had a chance. I did this back in 2009 and 2010, and then I mostly moved on to other things. I've now got a M10, and all my other gear is put away in drawers, but I again want to start taking infrared photos.
50 or so years ago I got what was supposed to be a Leica infrared filter that screws into my equally old 50mm Summicron. There are no markings on the filter, but I've been using it all this time. I know there are several filters I can buy nowadays, but my first question is whether anyone recognizes this as a Leica filter. Did Leica make several variations of this, or was this "it".
It's nice that I can take hand-held photos with the M8.2 using this filter.
A related question is about focusing. I read that on the 50mm Summicron, I need to focus normally, then take the distance mark on the lens and turn the focus adjustment such that this mark is now opposite the f/5.6 mark that's used for depth of field. (from here: https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/why-no-ir-mark-on-summicron-50mm.162704/ )
I'm surprised there are no markings on the filter.
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By jrpI post process my SL 2 raws in Adobe Lightroom.
It is generally fine, although, as seems common with Leica raws, the reds are a bit oversaturated.
I tend to use the Landscape profile as it seems to have a slightly less contrasty tone curve than Color and the colours are a bit more vibrant. A typical workflow is to add a bit of vignetting, adjust white balance, push the auto exposure, for a starting point, normalise the black and white points to get the right amount of clipping, add 15 clarity and 5 dehaze, and Robert is your Mother’s brother.
The SL2’s white balance is normally v good, but when it isn’t I find that Auto tends to result in an overly warm image, relative to the expected neutral. Similarly, taking the white balance reading from gray clouds seems to result in too much warming of the image, suggesting that the SL2 wants to render them blue, at least under the Landscape profile. (I get better results taking the white point from cloud highlights, where they are available and where it isn’t too close to sunset.) I also realise that the dehaze tends to add a bit of a blue cast.
Has anyone a better recipe for getting better (more natural) colours out of the SL2?