Originally Posted by CamVader
I've been comparing film to our current digital craze and the thing that can't be overlooked is the dynamic range of film. It's outstanding.
That gap is rapidly closing. High-end video cameras get get pretty close and there are already a few prototype HDR video cameras that far exceed what film is capable of.
On the lower end of things, a 5D running the CineStyle profile gets you a tremendous amount of latitude. It's not film, but it's no slouch either.
Check out "Hunter Prey". It's a low-budget sci-fi film that is mediocre from a story standpoint but the image quality is incredible. It's shot out in direct sunlight in a desert and when I saw it I couldn't figure out how they got that kind of latitude. Turns out, it was shot on some manner of RED camera.