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- New ZEISS lenses and servo
- New Angénieux 30-72 Anamorphic
- Lucy and the Tiffen Filter Factory
- Tour of Ronford-Baker Factory
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- ZEISS Distributor Event 2014
The ZEISS 2014 Distributor Event was held yesterday evening at the stellar Schloss Bensberg grand hotel and Michelin 3-star restaurant. Before we get to the main event, a Food and Drink Times digression is in order. The following headline appeared in today’s International…
- FDTimes at IBC
Film and Digital Times double issue 62-63 paper edition at IBC at entrance to Hall 11, booth 11.F31 (home of Aaton-Digital, Transvideo, FDTimes) and at the many booths of our sponsors. We’re printing this IBC September 2014 Edition simultaneously in Los Angeles and in Amsterdam. Worldwide edition is being shipped to subscribers now.
- Jeffrey Reyes joins ZGC Inc.
Jeffrey A. Reyes has joined ZGC as Director of Sales for the Americas—North and South. (ZGC distributes Cooke lenses in the Americas.) Jeffrey worked in sales, customer service, and independent film production. He recently worked for 6 years at ARRI as…
- 50 Years Ago Today: Ranger 7
50 years ago, on July 31, 1964, Ranger 7 took the first pictures at close range of the Moon. These pictures were made with Angenieux 25mm f: 0.95 M1 lenses. Ranger 7 was the first US space probe to successfully transmit close images of the lunar surface back to Earth. It was also the first completely successful flight of the Ranger program. Launched on July 28, 1964, Ranger 7 was designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface during the final minutes of flight up to impact. Ranger 7 reached the Moon on July 31, 1964.
- Luc Besson’s “Lucy” Opens Today… Interview with Thierry Arbogast, AFC
“Lucy” opened in July. It was directed by Luc Besson–famous for “The Big Blue” (1988), “La Femme Nikita” (1990), “The Fifth Element” and Léon, the Professional. He built the Cité du Cinema stages and post facilities in Saint-Denis, and worked on more than 50 films as writer, director and producer. Luc Besson’s films are renowned for their highly visual style, edge-of-the-seat action, quirky characters, and delicious dialog (Léon: “And stop saying ‘okay’ all the time. Okay? Mathilda: ‘Okay.’ Léon: ‘Good.’)…
- Criterion Collection on British Airways
British Airways began showing some Criterion Collection in-flight movies this month. Criterion Collection has provided some of the highest quality DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming transfers of original films since 1984 — uncut and in the original aspect ratio. Hopefully they will be presented without the dreaded…
- Passport Expirations and Travel Woes
With the IBC-Photokina-Cinec trifeca rapidly approaching, check your passport. Does it expire in 6 months? Do you have at least 2-4 blank pages for stamps/visas? The tales of woe from many colleagues and the lack of clear guidance from the airlines means it’s wise to check….
- Leica Cine Camera 1911
Leica Camera. Wetzlar, Gemany. We’re back at Leica’s new headquarters, investigating a mystery. Last month several jaws dropped at the sight of a 1911 hand-cranked 35mm cine camera, built by Oskar Barnack, on display in the lobby. Why did this camera not…
- 09/16 – 09/21Photokina 2014
Cologne Photo Trade Fair
- 09/21 – 09/23Cinec 2014
FDTimes: booth 3-A17
- 10/29 – 11/01PhotoPlus NYC
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September 2014: Issue 64
Free Special Report for Photokina 2014. Revised and updated through September 2014: all about Leica, CW Sonderoptic Leica Cine Lenses, Summilux-C, Summicron-C, Still Moving Pictures (stills shot by cinematographers with Leica cameras), Oskar Barnack’s motion picture camera, history, tour of the factory, and a look at the new Leica Headquarters in Wetzlar. 96 pages.
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- Sony 28-135 Zoom
At Photokina, Sony’s new 28-135 mm f/4 E-mount zoom is another hint of where I think things are heading for motion picture cameras and lenses. It’s a full-frame still format (24x36mm) zoom. And it has optical image stabilization. I had not realized…
- Denz 90° Camera Bracket
Denz Digital Camera Bracket 90° (DCB 90) Portrait mode framing is increasingly popular. (Yes, it’s easier to hold the iPhone vertically to take pictures.) This will surely affect how we view and compose not only stills, but also video. To avoid cropping or…
- Canon C500 & C300 Updates
As Canon celebrates its 80th anniversary and delivery of 100 Million EF lenses, free firmware upgrades were announced for the Cinema EOS C500 4K and C300 cameras, to be released in November. Canon’s 30-inch Canon DP-V3010 4K display gets a new firmware upgrade: support for ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut (Rec. 2020) and ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management standard.
- ARRI Alexa 3.2K ProRes for UHD
ARRI will offer no codec before its time. That time is when the image and color scientists on Tuerkenstrasse declare picture perfection. In an upgrade announcement reminiscent of the famous Orson Welles line (“we will serve no wine before its time”), ARRI Alexa…
- ProRes UHD for AMIRA
A new software upgrade for ARRI’s documentary-style AMIRA camera will allow it to record ProRes UHD files offering future-proof headache relief. Producers, studios and companies considering the longevity of their programs wanted assurance that they would be suitable for UHD transmission, viewing, streaming or downloading. The old mantra of “we’ll just do the re-make when the next standard rears its head” is no longer credible. (Remember how long it took stations and studios to move from standard 16mm to Super 16mm, long after every new camera in the world was already fitted with a S16 gate?)
- Denz Anamorphic Viewfinder
Here’s an anamorphic update on the venerable DENZ optical viewfinder. The OIC 35-A from Munich-based Denz is can switch back and forth between spherical and anamorphic viewing. The ground glass holder has been adapted from the OIC 35 and allows use of…
- Blackmagic Camera Updates
Blackmagic Design announced a discount for their Pocket Cinema Camera, previously US $995, now $495. Limited time: sale ends August 31, 2014, subject to limited availability. Price reverts back to original rate, or (pure speculation–is a new model coming for IBC?)
- Adam Wilt’s Cine Meter II
Adam Wilt has done it again. His new Cine Meter II is an essential app for every cinematographer. I just downloaded it from the Apple App Store. Adam’s original Cine Meter app for iPhone and iOS was brilliant. This one is even better. The new Cine…
- Nikon D810
Nikon revealed the new D810 full-frame (FX) DSLR camera today. It has an OLPF-less 36.3-megapixel (7360 x 4912) CMOS sensor. As photosite count increases, dreaded moiré decreases, and there’s less need for an optical low-pass filter to “smudge” the image. Sensor Size: 35.9 mm x 24 mm ISO:…
- Fauer Face-Friendly 4K Filter Factory
The idea arrived with the first bottle of Kanzler 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Ahi tuna tempura sashimi at Chinois on Main yesterday. By the time the Shanghai Lobster with curry sauce came with a second bottle of Pinot, Howard Preston had the…
- Camtec Lens Tests
Here’s an interesting test from Camtec with some of their popular modern and vintage spherical lenses. The tests were shot with an ARRI Alexa XT Plus in ProRes 4444 Log-C. Framegrabs were exported from FCP 7 as high-rez .PNG files. Note…
Cinec Munich Issue
Sept 2014: Issue 65
ALEXA 65 is a new, large format 65mm digital motion picture camera from ARRI. Imagine an ALEXA (35mm) camera with a sensor that is 3 times larger. It has a familiar ALEXA body style, about the same size and weight, a little bit wider, with a digital 65mm format sensor. And new 65mm lenses. Here is the Film and Digital Times 36-page special report.
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