Monthly Archives: December 2009

Canon PL Adapter Instructions

Here are instructions on attaching Matthias Uhlig’s MBF Filmtechnik PL to Canon EOS adapter on an Angenieux Optimo 24-290.

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Blixt Camera Rental Theft

Some people pretending they were on a film training course at The Danish Film Institute rented equipment from Blixt Camera ( in Copenhagen, Denmark using ID that had been stolen from the rightful ID owner six months earlier. The following camera equipment was taken from Blixt Camera Rental on December 1, 2009 and never returned. If anyone sees the serial numbers below, please contact Bjorn… read more…

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Mystery Primes Slideshow

Here’s a slideshow of the PL Mystery Primes that were premiered at Band Pro’s Open House on December 17, 2009. More details behind the mystery will be revealed soon. more about “Mystery Primes“, posted with vodpod

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Band Pro Premieres Mystery Primes

At Band Pro’s popular annual Expo and lavishly catered party this afternoon, the big surprise was the unveiling of a totally new set of PL mount prime lenses. They are all T1.4, and the big news is how lightweight and small they are: 95mm front diameter, and about 3.8 lbs each.

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PL Lenses w MBF Adapter on Canon 1D MkIV

We tested Matthias Uhlig’s MBF Filmtechnik PL lens to Canon EOS adapter on a Canon EOS 7D and 1D Mark IV. The adapter works with more lenses than we thought–not just the Angenieux 24-290. Angenieux Optimo 15-40mm and 28-70mm zooms are perfect with this mount. No interference with the mirror, so you can pre-focus optically before switching to live view. The… read more…

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PL to Canon EF Mount

The Envelope Please! Matthias Uhlig and MBF Filmtechnik of Hamburg win the Ron Dexter Award for first to market with a PL Mount to Canon EF adapter. We just received one and are testing it in LA this week. Beautifully machined and very well made. The long awaited PL-Adaptor for the Canon 7 D is now available  online: It… read more…

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Band Pro Open House

Band Pro’s annual Open House and 25th Anniversary Party was Thursday, December 17 in Burbank, from 1pm – 8pm. It’s one of the best events of the year, with a boutique Expo of high-end equipment and a sumptuous buffet with delicious food and drink.  Film and Digital Times is saddling up and heading West to attend–this year is Band Pro’s 25th… read more…

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Sony Roadmap

Sony Unveils SR 2.0 Roadmap. Article by Seth Emmons. Sony’s event last night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Linwood Dunn Theater opened with Global Language Monitor’s 2008 word of the year, “Change.” As the word hung alone in the air for a few moments, I wondered what new products we were about to see from Sony. But, Rick Harding,… read more…

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More on Sony HDCAM SR

Here’s additional information as a follow-up to Seth’s article on the Sony Roadmap, from Sony: PARK RIDGE, N.J., Dec. 9, 2009 – Sony Electronics is unveiling the next generation of its HDCAM SR™ production technology, with new products and planned upgrades ranging from acquisition and storage to archive and production efficiency. The announcements include the new SRW-9000 HDCAM SR camcorder,… read more…


New ZEISS HDSLR Macro Lenses

Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar ZE T* 2/50 and 2/100 for Canon EOS (EF bayonet mount) The Makro-Planar T* 2/50 begins shipping in December, and the Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ships in January 2010. These Carl Zeiss continue rounding out the line of ZEISS optics for Canon EOS SLR cameras–with electronic contacts for Canon aperture control and manual focus on the lens. Both… read more…

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Astrid Preston

Astrid Preston’s landscapes and images of nature are breathtaking. With light, shadow, exquisite detail, canvas, and paint, she creates what many cinematographers can only dream of capturing. Her art may be seen at the Orange County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, UCLA Hammer Museum, McNay Art Museum, Oakland Museum and Nevada Museum of Art. She lives and… read more…


OMbre.US is a cool, new multipurpose case with convertible cover for your laptops on location, on set, or anywhere. No, it’s not named after the Martin Ritt western “Hombre,” shot by James Wong Hong, ASC, and starring Paul Newman. The star of OMbre.US is artist, designer, creator and manufacturer, Elaine Fasula. I ran into Elaine this summer in Grenoble while visiting… read more…

Style Your Sony F35

Cinematographers and Rental Houses are afflicted with an obsession identified as “Retrofit Syndrome.” I don’t think there ever was a DP who didn’t immediately drill holes into a newly-purchased camera, and there certainly never was a camera that escaped Otto Nemenz’s or Denny Clairmont’s attention to detail and styling. “Retrofit Syndrome” was described by Bill Bennett, ASC, as “never being… read more…

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Bones, Lightmeters, Lonsdale, Sony F35

Gordon Lonsdale, ASC is using the Sony F35 to shoot the Fox Network series Bones. While many were lamented the lack of lightmeters in evidence in frontboxes and belt pouches on digital sets lately, we were very interested (and delighted) to learn that he uses a lightmeter. “You don’t have to wait for the camera and monitors to be powered… read more…

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Flix Tix up 8% in 2009

An encouraging report in Variety: “Domestic ticket sales are up 8% over last year, with the box office only days away from eclipsing 2008’s record-breaking haul of $9.64 billion in ticket sales.” Despite dreadful global economic news, bailouts, and bankruptcies…

Pace on “Avatar” 3D

“Avatar,” James Cameron’s most recent epic, opens on December 18, 2009. The camera systems and 3D rigs were supplied by PACE. I recently spoke with Vince Pace, CEO of PACE. Vince is a long-time colleague, renaissance inventor and filmmaker, whose high tech company supplied the 3D cameras and rigs on “Avatar,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” “Aliens of… read more…