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Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Art Adams
 

>Everything I heard through the rumour mill

 

You could have stopped right there.

 

Art Adams

Cinema Lens Specialist

 

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ARRI Inc.
600 North Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
Phone:  (818) 841-7070
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Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Jonathan Gentry
 

It’s clear you study and read deeply on topics. In reading the thread I wasn’t surprised you like the other options.

i believe the industry chose ARRI for the simplicity of color and image that just works - everywhere.

Sensor Image quality has risen to the point where all options can look great, yet the ARRI image still remains as a no hastle option with gobs of DR and colors that stay neutral up and down the full range.

Others have caught up (Venice) but simplicity of operation is reassuring when you want something that just works well and is simple to use.

Jonathan


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

James Marsden
 

Hi
   Everything I heard through the rumour mill here in London indicates a new Alexa Mini in development for some time, but Arri have been having problems getting a native 4k super 35mm Sensor to work, allegedly overheating has been the problem and a low yield per wafer of working sensors, I am afraid I not an Arri fanboy, and though it was market leader in image quality 10 years ago when it launched to my eyes the F55 if you shoot RAW and Venice both have a much better Sensor as does the RED with IPP2, sorry I have not drunk the Arri cool aid and I don't buy any of this "Arri look" nonsense, unless you mean over processed and a bit soft. of course, shooting RAW gets rid of this but then it is a comparatively noisy sensor which is maybe why the the NR check box is the first item in the Arri RAW converter menu, but the point here is that for Arri Alexa Mini is their most successful product and I know they are desperate to have a native 4k sensor so they can have the Mini Netflix approved, this means they would have liked to have launched a new Alexa Mini last year at NAB I wonder if they will have got it working for this year, I know a lot of owners are waiting for the new one to drop.

The thing is developing a new sensor is the most difficult and expensive part of creating a new camera, Arri are really an engineering company, not an electronics company and this a problem for them, which shows in the tank like build quality of even the carbon fibre Mini, can you have a carbon fibre tank? and the problem is in the 10 years since they created the Alexa sensor Sony has really upped their game and the image you get from the Venice and any of the other RAW shooting digital cameras makes them all look like 2nd gen digital and Alexa sensor image look like what it is a 10-year-old first gen sensor, I have to QC this stuff week after week and last Alexa Mini job I did I was thinking why is the image so soft and noisy, but the point is if this does happen this summer how would that effect Pradeep's business model for the camera.

Though I may now sound like a Sony fanboy, the reality of the modern electronics supply chain is that there is generally only one or two sources for any kind of component, though they have a history of suing each other over I.P. Samsung make the OLED screen for the iPhone X most large OLED TV's use an LG display panel, including Sony OLED TV's, AMD CPU's are made in a Samsung FAB, this was not so much the case 10 years ago, and objectivley the best CMOS sensors in the world at present are made by Sony, and it is very difficult for a small engineering company like Arri or anyone else for that matter to compete with an Electronics giant like Sony, I have seen this happen is so many areas of electronic componentry.

There are some other problems, 1st the Cfast and Cfast 2 cards are already a dead media format, The Compact Flash Association's announcement of CF express in 2016 means a new Mini would sensibly use these instead of CFast, basically, Cfast and Cfast 2 use the SATA connection that spinning disk hard drives whereas CF express which is basically a renamed XQD card uses a PCI-E connection which is scalable by adding more "lanes" one PCI-E v3 land is good for about 800GB/sec so a 4 lane XQD/CF express would be cable of 3200GB/sec. and for HFR over 120fps at 4 or 8k this is essential, Cfast and CFast 2 are very recent but they are kind of already dead due to their bandwidth constrained SATA connection.

Then there is ProRes, by discontinuing official Windows support Apple has made Quicktime 7 a blacklisted app, though I am sure someone could code support for it on Windows it is still Apple's I.P., almost all mention of it has disappeared from the Windows version of Premiere Pro and if you Windows PC connects to the internet you really should have uninstalled it as it is a security risk, it is just most in our industry don't seem to have realised this, which is a problem as like Caterpillar and Hoover ProRes has become genericized term for a high-quality file as it is much easier to remember than DNxHD, the naming department at Apple earnt their money that day, and there is not even I anywhere in the name.

So not slating the Mini for the sake of it, like I said the casing is beautifully engineered but the electronic guts are really starting to show their age, and I am just suggesting that even Arri themselves realise they really need a new generation sensor 4k super 35mm sensor desperately so mark could very well be right about an announcement from Arri this NAB, not sure how this affects your business model for the camera Pradeep, and that was really my motive in posting, it is certainly very popular here in London, though I suspect this is more to do with Emporers new cloth syndrome and fear of RAW, and I know what I see when working and I put it behind the Venice, F55, Panasonic Varicam and Red with IPP2 for image quality, particularly if the Japanese cameras are shooting RAW the Mini is Shooting ProRes, but of cource my opinion however informed does not matter, the Sheeple with the money all seem to have drunk the Alexa look coolaid so as a busness propersision it does make the most sence, except if a new one is luanched this summer.

But then in the world of silicon things can go wrong, Intel have started losing ground to AMD partly due to the fact that their promised 10nm CPU process still does not work, it was meant to start using this process in 2016 and most competitors are on 7nm now, that may mean their development money for 10nm may now be wasted but then they can afford this, if Arri and their sensor partner can;t get their new sensor to work they may have to go cap in hand to Sony, this is exactly what happened to Nikon a few years back. The best way to fund this kind of R and D is to have a successful mass-market product and between camera modules for phones, security camera's Sony does pretty much own the CMOS sensor market, of course, anyway the point is the electronics supply chain in a very funny place at the moment.

There have been some car analogies in this thread and that world is very relevant to what I am suggesting here, Porsche is part of the the the Volkswagen Audi group well actually the VAG group is owned by the Porsche-Piëch family, though just don't understand why silly SUV's are so popular, it always looks obvious to me that the Porsche Cayenne is just a VW Toureg with a 911 grill stuck on it, but in this paradigm the car engine is equivalent to a camera sensor, it is the most expensive and difficult to develop part of the car, which is why many of the cars they make share engines, a lot of the time it is case of what badge do want on your golf, do you want to pay more for an Audi A3, less for a Skoda or Seat, their Bently SUV is really a tarted Audi Q8, though there are a lot of brands there is actually very little choice in hardware of any kind these days, not just cars and electronics.

Anyway I don't possess a crystal ball or tarot cards so I can't tell Pradeep whether Mark is right about NAB this summer and it may not matter to him, but if a new Alex Mini does drop I am sure there may suddenly be quite a few low mileage bargains on the 2nd hand market, nothing worce than buying a shiney new to only to have its replacment annouced the next day.

And there is nothing sadder than devalued kit, I have helped decommission a number of post facilities in Soho in the last few years as rents have risen, and almost all have at least one Digi beta deck that the owner paid £20-30k for and though it is now a very expensive paperweight they just can't bring themselves to dump it.

hope that Helps

James Marsden
DIT
London based


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

George Hupka
 

I'm one of those people who has been hesitating about buying a new Arri camera because I'm waiting to see what's next - whether the LF is going to catch on in a big way, or if there's going to be a sensor upgrade to the Alexa Mini or Amira lines.

That said, I think I'm about to pick up a used Alexa Classic because I have a lot of clients who just need HD, they love the Alexa look, and the used prices are so low (even after having the camera recertified by Arri - who will also give you a warranty on a recertified camera) that it's a ridiculously good value. And camera maintenance is never cheap, regardless of the manufacturer.  Back in the days of HDCAM recording, believe me, there was a lot of maintenance needed - major tape transport overhauls were not exactly affordable.  Arri digital cameras generally have a longer working life than most other manufacturers - Spending a few thousand on maintenance for a camera that's still popular 5 years after you bought it may well be a better value than going through 3 less-expensive cameras in that same time period.  And these days, it's also very nice to have a manufacturer that will support and maintain cameras that are more than a year or two old.

Specifically regarding the Mini, in a lot of areas those are still renting like hotcakes at really good day rates.  If you're in an area like that, and have a good rental house relationship, you may well get lots of rentals through them if their cameras are all out working. 

But please do take Steve Bailey's advice seriously on accessories and packages.  I was on a job a while back where one of the owner-operators brought his own Mini package - I was dealing with the rental house for the main package, so through the course of the job I kept getting requests from his AC for cables and other bits and bobs that were required for this Mini package - the good deal he gave the producer wasn't quite such a good deal when I added up these extra rentals of things that should have been in the package to begin with.
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George Hupka
Director/DP
Saskatoon, Canada
Listmum, Cinematography Mailing List


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Mark Sasahara
 

Pradeep,

It might be a good idea to wait a little bit and see what happens at NAB, in April. Many manufacturers make big announcements there. Since you are looking at renting out the kit, it might be a good idea to talk directly with Arri and see what your options are, regarding sales and service. Can you get a discount? Can you get expedited service? Can you get upgrades, should a newer model release? Buy with/through the rental agency?

What gear is most commonly rented in your market? If you are working with a particular rental house, what gear do they commonly rent out? What cameras sell the most in your area? It is definitely worth talking with a number of people to figure all this out. You will also have to negotiate the best deal and access to your own gear. Be sure you get contracts that favor you, or that don't screw you and have a qualified lawyer look at them, before signing. The camera is a big investment, so probably worth the trouble. Even if you are friends, paperwork keeps everyone honest.

I kind of agree that lenses are a good option. The thing I could never figure out was: if I rent out my lenses, but a project comes my way, who gets the lenses if I've already rented them out? Especially if they are unique and/or I want MY lenses? That's the Catch 22. Ergo contracts.

Only you know what's best for you,

-Mark Sasahara, DP, NYC
  marksasahara@...
   718-440-1013
  


On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 7:25 AM pradeep.b reddy <pradeepb.reddy379@...> wrote:
Hi everyone, 
I am buying a Alexa Mini. I would like to understand the downside of buying alexa mini.
If it's a right choice to buy an Alexa mini as a  Dop and a rental house stand point ?
Arri has launched LF cameras and LF series release lined up in Alexa Mini aswell. 
Any useful information and suggestions on this regard. 
Thank you all :) 


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Feli di Giorgio
 



On Feb 21, 2019, at 5:00 AM, Art Adams <aadams@...> wrote:

>Owning an Alexa is a little like buying a used Porsche. There is a difference between being able to afford a Porsche and being able to own and maintain a Porsche.
 
We have a certified pre-owned program, just like BMW.

 

Art Adams
Cinema Lens Specialist


It’s a nice option.



Feli di GIorgio



VFX 

Los Angeles


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Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

pradeep.b reddy
 

Hi Aasulv, 
Thanks for taking time and writing to me query. 
I am following Arri's statements on NAB. 


On Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 1:35 pm Aasulv Wolf Austad, FNF, <wolfandredhood@...> wrote:
One thing to take into consideration when purchasing an Alexa Mini now, is that the processor that's sitting in Alexa Mini has afaik been around for a while. In February last year (2018) Intel started shipping their first upgrade to that processor, which apparently is a significant improvement. By some accounts, we might be looking for an announcement from Arri about a year after that, which is now. So I would pay close attention to Arri's statements at NAB. An upgrade announcement could significantly affect pricing if you want the original Mini.

Just my 2 cent.

Aasulv 'Wolf' Austad, FNF
Cinematographer
Altadena, California


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

pradeep.b reddy
 

Hi Feli di Giorgio, 
Thanks for taking time and writing to my query. 
Yes, buying an Alexa and maintaining is an expensive game. 
With the new Alexa mini LF series release lined up is making me rethink about my choice on buying one now. 


On Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 11:52 am Feli di Giorgio, <feli2@...> wrote:
One thing to keeping mind is the cost of servicing an Alexa camera if it should break.

If I remember correctly the hourly repair rate at Arri in Burbank, California is $175/h. 
Parts for the Alexa range form expensive to the cost of a used car.

I have an Alexa EV and while it is an extremely well built and reliable camera, I do live in fear of it needing major service. Replacing the main board would cost about as much as the camera is worth.

So, make sure you get some sort of warranty or are making enough money from it to support it if needed.

Owning an Alexa is a little like buying a used Porsche. There is a difference between being able to afford a Porsche and being able to own and maintain a Porsche.

Just something to keep in mind.


Feli di Giorgio

VFX - Los Angeles, USA

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Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Art Adams
 

>Owning an Alexa is a little like buying a used Porsche. There is a difference between being able to afford a Porsche and being able to own and maintain a Porsche.

 

We have a certified pre-owned program, just like BMW.

 

Art Adams

Cinema Lens Specialist

 

ARRI Inc.
600 North Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
Phone:  (818) 841-7070
Fax:     (818) 848-4028

Get all the latest information from www.arri.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

 


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Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Aasulv Wolf Austad, FNF
 

One thing to take into consideration when purchasing an Alexa Mini now, is that the processor that's sitting in Alexa Mini has afaik been around for a while. In February last year (2018) Intel started shipping their first upgrade to that processor, which apparently is a significant improvement. By some accounts, we might be looking for an announcement from Arri about a year after that, which is now. So I would pay close attention to Arri's statements at NAB. An upgrade announcement could significantly affect pricing if you want the original Mini.

Just my 2 cent.

Aasulv 'Wolf' Austad, FNF
Cinematographer
Altadena, California


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Feli di Giorgio
 

One thing to keeping mind is the cost of servicing an Alexa camera if it should break.

If I remember correctly the hourly repair rate at Arri in Burbank, California is $175/h. 
Parts for the Alexa range form expensive to the cost of a used car.

I have an Alexa EV and while it is an extremely well built and reliable camera, I do live in fear of it needing major service. Replacing the main board would cost about as much as the camera is worth.

So, make sure you get some sort of warranty or are making enough money from it to support it if needed.

Owning an Alexa is a little like buying a used Porsche. There is a difference between being able to afford a Porsche and being able to own and maintain a Porsche.

Just something to keep in mind.


Feli di Giorgio

VFX - Los Angeles, USA

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Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

pradeep.b reddy
 

Hi Steve Bailey, 

I am DP from India, I am buying Alexa mini for my projects and also for a  tie-up with a rental house here in Bengaluru, India. 

Yes, I am buying the camera with EVF, V-mount, bridge plates, shoulder pad, brackets and most of the other accessories. 

I will be depending on the rental house for a O'Connor head, on-board monitor, Director's monitor and mattebox as of now to start off with. 
Over a period of time, planning to make my Alexa mini a full ready to shoot setup. 

Yes, newer versions of digital cameras are being released every year. That's my biggest concern on this investment. 
Buying a lens is also a tough choice here in India as the future of lens setup that sets a demand in market is unpredictable. 
Ultra Prime, Master prime and Cooke S4i were the most used lenses here in Indian movies. Now a new set of lenses have entered the market and it takes a year or two to understand the most preferred lens in the market. 
Trying to get some knowledge and experience on cleaning the camera after every shoot through a few Arri online workshops. 
Thank you Steve for taking time and Sharing your insights :)

On Wed, 20 Feb 2019, 9:58 pm Steven Bailey via Cml.News, <twisted.visions=icloud.com@...> wrote:
From an AC’s perspective, here are some points to consider with purchasing your own camera, whether it be a Alexa Mini or any other camera on the market.

- Are you buying just the camera body (with eye-piece)? Or are you buying all the accessories too?

By accessories, I’m referring to (in the case of an Alexa Mini)
- V-mount or Gold mount batteries (4 minimum) and multi-charger
- V-mount/ Gold mount power splitting box
- Compact Bridge Plate & Slide plate
- Side and Rear Accessory brackets
- Adapter plates
- FF4 or FF5 follow focus & accessories
- WCU4 or SXU-1 remote focus control, motors and accessories
- LMB-5 Clamp-on mattebox with back to suit all lenses

- If you aren’t buying all the accessories, do you have a rental house willing to supply these to you on a regular basis? Some rental houses don’t like doing this as they’re taking accessories from their Mini kits.

- If the camera breaks down on set : A rental house can usually send out a replacement straight away, but as an owner operator, you would have to call around to find a replacement (this is when a rental house can bend you over and go to town on you)

- Maintenance/ Cleaning : This is done every time a rental camera goes out & comes back. Do you know how to do this? 

- Upgrading : It’s not like the old school film cameras, where a new model might be released every 10-15 years, Digital camera technology is changing every year.

- The rest of the camera kit : Head & Legs, Lenses, Monitors…… are you purchasing all this as well or would these come from a rental house?



Personally, a set of lenses would be a better investment.



STEVEN BAILEY
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA
TWISTED VISIONS PTY LTD
P.O. BOX 49, MALVERN VIC 3144
M : +61 409 553 655    E : twisted.visions@...
Linkedin.com/in/stevenbailey1stac

On 20 Feb 2019, at 10:27 pm, pradeep.b reddy <pradeepb.reddy379@...> wrote:

Hi everyone, 
I am buying a Alexa Mini. I would like to understand the downside of buying alexa mini.
If it's a right choice to buy an Alexa mini as a  Dop and a rental house stand point ?
Arri has launched LF cameras and LF series release lined up in Alexa Mini aswell. 
Any useful information and suggestions on this regard. 
Thank you all :) 


Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Mako Koiwai <mako1foto@...>
 



On Feb 20, 2019, at 07:00, Steven Bailey via Cml.News <twisted.visions=icloud.com@...> wrote:

From an AC’s perspective, here are some points to consider with purchasing your own camera, whether it be a Alexa Mini or any other camera on the market.

****************

Thank you Steve!

Yeah, working with Dp’s cobbled together packages isn’t fun …

Taping on filters isn’t really professional nor fast.


Camera Package Owners … please also put consideration into your cases. For your gears protection and the ability to relatively easy put things away, so items don’t get lost or misplaced.

Traditional fiberglass/wood/metal cases are heavy, even empty and transmit shock.

The new https://www.pelican.com/us/en/products/cases/air-cases are lighter and shock absorbing.

You need to have at least 2” of foam protection around anything fragile.


makofoto, s. pasadena, ca

FEDEX Around the World commercial, 5 weeks, lovely 3 days/week shooting schedule. 63 camera cases, average weight 40 lbs, two karts, two traveling AC’s plus local hires. Good old days ...


Re: Arri Mini monitor calibration

Cody William Smith
 

Hello Burschi,

Honestly, in my experience the external fold-out monitor on the Arri EVF is of terrible quality. The colors and image quality are not representative, in the slightest, of the images being captured by the camera. This monitor is for quick framing reference and menu navigation - that's it.

As far as I know there is no way to calibrate the image on the fold-out monitor with any kind of accuracy.

The EVF itself, however, is excellent.

Cody William Smith

DP
LA, CA


Re: Arri Mini monitor calibration

Richer, Steve
 

Along those same lines, do a factory reset, then reload your settings and save the user setup to a thumb drive. Always do this....especially with rental cameras. Someone could have gone in and changed the EVF gamma, changed the “look”, peaking, changed the sensor detail.....all kinds of settings can get screwed up.

But also....yes, OLED vs. LCD look different to begin with.

Best,

Steve

 

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Steve Richer

Manager of Technical Operations,

Camera Department

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NFL FILMS

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From: <cml-ac@...> on behalf of "francis hamelin via Cml.News" <francis_hamelin=yahoo.ca@...>
Reply-To: "cml-ac@..." <cml-ac@...>
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:28 AM
To: "cml-ac@..." <cml-ac@...>
Subject: Re: [cml-ac] Arri Mini monitor calibration

 

Hi there,

When you go in the elf/monitor settings menu, is the EVF gamma at standard or lifted? Like Steven said, not beeing the same technology with those two, It might affect the color feeling.

My two cents

Francis Hamelin

 


Re: Arri Mini monitor calibration

francis hamelin
 

Hi there,
When you go in the elf/monitor settings menu, is the EVF gamma at standard or lifted? Like Steven said, not beeing the same technology with those two, It might affect the color feeling.
My two cents
Francis Hamelin

Le 20 févr. 2019 à 08:52, Steven Bailey via Cml.News <twisted.visions=icloud.com@...> a écrit :

Hi Burschi,

How much of a colour difference?
As an AC, I’m constantly working with Mini’s from many different rental companies.
There are a few things that could cause a colour difference between the EVF and the fold-out monitor.
Firstly, the fold-out monitor is LCD with a matte screen and the EVF is OLED which you view through a diopter.
If you haven’t already, please try the following and see if there is still a difference -

- Do you see the difference when using both left & right eyes? (You’d be surprised how many people are colour blind in one eye and didn’t know it)
- Go through the monitor settings to ensure that both EVF & Monitor are set up identically, including surrounding masks, but turn frame lines and peaking off. Set brightness levels for both at 4 or 5 (naturally it’s best to be doing this test in a controllable lighting environment).

- Change the EVF/Monitor cable.

- Plug another EVF/Monitor into the body.

If none of those have made a difference, I’d contact ARRI

Regards



STEVEN BAILEY
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA
TWISTED VISIONS PTY LTD
P.O. BOX 49, MALVERN VIC 3144
M : +61 409 553 655    E : twisted.visions@...
Linkedin.com/in/stevenbailey1stac

On 20 Feb 2019, at 10:19 pm, pradeep.b reddy <pradeepb.reddy379@...> wrote:

Hi Burschi Wojnor,

I am buying an Arri Alexa Mini in a week's time. Haven't figured out any such difference between the EVF and monitor image. 
If you get any useful information then kindly pass on. It will be helpful for me. 
Thank you :) 

On Tue, 19 Feb 2019, 6:59 am Burschi Wojnar, <burschiwojnar@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

o Renton bought and ARRI mini and I’m loving working with it. I have how ever noticed something and wanted to try and solve it. The image between my monitor on the ARRI EVF and the EVF imagine has a color difference.

I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this and is there was way to calibrate in image. 

Thank you in advance once again for all your help.

Burschi Wojnar 

Cinematographer
Dublin, Ireland





Re: Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

Steven Bailey
 

From an AC’s perspective, here are some points to consider with purchasing your own camera, whether it be a Alexa Mini or any other camera on the market.

- Are you buying just the camera body (with eye-piece)? Or are you buying all the accessories too?

By accessories, I’m referring to (in the case of an Alexa Mini)
- V-mount or Gold mount batteries (4 minimum) and multi-charger
- V-mount/ Gold mount power splitting box
- Compact Bridge Plate & Slide plate
- Side and Rear Accessory brackets
- Adapter plates
- FF4 or FF5 follow focus & accessories
- WCU4 or SXU-1 remote focus control, motors and accessories
- LMB-5 Clamp-on mattebox with back to suit all lenses

- If you aren’t buying all the accessories, do you have a rental house willing to supply these to you on a regular basis? Some rental houses don’t like doing this as they’re taking accessories from their Mini kits.

- If the camera breaks down on set : A rental house can usually send out a replacement straight away, but as an owner operator, you would have to call around to find a replacement (this is when a rental house can bend you over and go to town on you)

- Maintenance/ Cleaning : This is done every time a rental camera goes out & comes back. Do you know how to do this? 

- Upgrading : It’s not like the old school film cameras, where a new model might be released every 10-15 years, Digital camera technology is changing every year.

- The rest of the camera kit : Head & Legs, Lenses, Monitors…… are you purchasing all this as well or would these come from a rental house?



Personally, a set of lenses would be a better investment.



STEVEN BAILEY
FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA
TWISTED VISIONS PTY LTD
P.O. BOX 49, MALVERN VIC 3144
M : +61 409 553 655    E : twisted.visions@...
Linkedin.com/in/stevenbailey1stac

On 20 Feb 2019, at 10:27 pm, pradeep.b reddy <pradeepb.reddy379@...> wrote:

Hi everyone, 
I am buying a Alexa Mini. I would like to understand the downside of buying alexa mini.
If it's a right choice to buy an Alexa mini as a  Dop and a rental house stand point ?
Arri has launched LF cameras and LF series release lined up in Alexa Mini aswell. 
Any useful information and suggestions on this regard. 
Thank you all :) 


Re: Arri Mini monitor calibration

Steven Bailey
 

Hi Burschi,

How much of a colour difference?
As an AC, I’m constantly working with Mini’s from many different rental companies.
There are a few things that could cause a colour difference between the EVF and the fold-out monitor.
Firstly, the fold-out monitor is LCD with a matte screen and the EVF is OLED which you view through a diopter.
If you haven’t already, please try the following and see if there is still a difference -

- Do you see the difference when using both left & right eyes? (You’d be surprised how many people are colour blind in one eye and didn’t know it)
- Go through the monitor settings to ensure that both EVF & Monitor are set up identically, including surrounding masks, but turn frame lines and peaking off. Set brightness levels for both at 4 or 5 (naturally it’s best to be doing this test in a controllable lighting environment).

- Change the EVF/Monitor cable.

- Plug another EVF/Monitor into the body.

If none of those have made a difference, I’d contact ARRI

Regards



STEVEN BAILEY
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On 20 Feb 2019, at 10:19 pm, pradeep.b reddy <pradeepb.reddy379@...> wrote:

Hi Burschi Wojnor,

I am buying an Arri Alexa Mini in a week's time. Haven't figured out any such difference between the EVF and monitor image. 
If you get any useful information then kindly pass on. It will be helpful for me. 
Thank you :) 

On Tue, 19 Feb 2019, 6:59 am Burschi Wojnar, <burschiwojnar@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

o Renton bought and ARRI mini and I’m loving working with it. I have how ever noticed something and wanted to try and solve it. The image between my monitor on the ARRI EVF and the EVF imagine has a color difference.

I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this and is there was way to calibrate in image. 

Thank you in advance once again for all your help.

Burschi Wojnar 

Cinematographer
Dublin, Ireland




Buying an Arri Alexa Mini

pradeep.b reddy
 

Hi everyone, 
I am buying a Alexa Mini. I would like to understand the downside of buying alexa mini.
If it's a right choice to buy an Alexa mini as a  Dop and a rental house stand point ?
Arri has launched LF cameras and LF series release lined up in Alexa Mini aswell. 
Any useful information and suggestions on this regard. 
Thank you all :) 


Re: Arri Mini monitor calibration

pradeep.b reddy
 

Hi Burschi Wojnor,

I am buying an Arri Alexa Mini in a week's time. Haven't figured out any such difference between the EVF and monitor image. 
If you get any useful information then kindly pass on. It will be helpful for me. 
Thank you :) 


On Tue, 19 Feb 2019, 6:59 am Burschi Wojnar, <burschiwojnar@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

o Renton bought and ARRI mini and I’m loving working with it. I have how ever noticed something and wanted to try and solve it. The image between my monitor on the ARRI EVF and the EVF imagine has a color difference.

I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this and is there was way to calibrate in image. 

Thank you in advance once again for all your help.

Burschi Wojnar 

Cinematographer
Dublin, Ireland