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Apprentice
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Registered: ‎09-13-2014
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What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

Would like to hear from those of you who can explain the functional/utility differences between the F55 Zebras 1 and 2.

 

Jon

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

I think every operator has different ways of using them.

I personally just use one of them, and have it set to the 90% white point of whichever gamma curve I am currently using, so that it shows up on a 90% white card, or similarly white surfaces.

You could, if you wanted, set the other to appear on skin tones for the gamma curve you're using.
Apprentice
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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

Thanks, Videosoul, for your thoughts.

 

Jon

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

That's exactly how I use mine too.

 

I know some ops put theirs on 100% and keep everything out of zebra-ing, or just allowing top highlights to creep in if they know they're safe with that level of exposure.

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

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Giving advice for zebra levels without knowing which gamma curve is being used is roughly equivalent to saying "set your oven to 400 degrees"  -- without knowing what is being baked.

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

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Zebra 1 you can set an aperture ..range for the pattern to appear.. 3% to 20% I think it is.. plus and minus what ever you have it set for.. so you can set it for the zebra to appear for only a small narrow exposure  range.. this is handy for skin tones for interviews (if you know the correct skin tone for the settings you have)  .. where as Zeb 2 will start from where ever you have it set.. and for anything over that.. 

 

You can set to have both 1 and 2 showing.. but personally I find that confusing and the patterns distracting .. 

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

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Indeed, and that's why I have this, to remind me where to set them depending which mode I'm shooting in:

 

 

Apprentice
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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

Thanks all for your comments.  As I think through them, and consider the differences between the two kinds of Zebras, I can see that using Zebra 1 with its settable aperture needs certain attention care to avoid inadvertently sweeping through the set aperture into an unnoticed overexposure condition.

 

Jon

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

Yes Zeb 1 seems to be for more specific readings,like skin tones.. if you have set to 3% range.. where as 2 would be like 100%.. anything over type reading ..

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Re: What are the functional differences between F55 Zebras 1 and 2, and their respective uses

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Who's skin tone?  Surely a Nigerian would be different than a Swede, right?  Skintone tells you nothing about exposure, plus zebras on skintone creates a huge visual mess in the viewfinder.  Zebras on skintone is just guessing, and I can do that without zebras.

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