Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sony F5 and F55 96-page Report

Free 14 MB PDF of the Film and Digital Times Sony F5 and F55 96-page Report is now ready to download. Latest, updated version is v5.3.  

Vantage One T1 Spherical Primes

The Hawk guys are at Camerimage introducing an eye-popping set of new spherical T1 prime lenses called Vantage One. T1! There are nine Vantage One  lenses in the set: 17.5, 21, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 90 and 120 mm, all T1, and all close-focusing. “It’s the result of our experience over the past 20 years building Hawk anamorphics, and… read more…

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Clairmont Alexa In-Camera Filter System

Designed by Clairmont’s very own Andree Martin, these new tools give the cinematographer access to an In-Camera Net Holder and an In-Camera Blue Streak Effect “Filter.”  The In-Camera Filter Systems can be used with both spherical and anamorphic lenses and are an available option to rent with Clairmont Camera’s ARRI Alexas.  The In-Camera Filter System will be available for purchase from Schneider in the… read more…

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Aaton Penelope Delta Delivered

The cat in the hat (J.P. Beauviala), the cat that sits on the shoulder (Aaton Penelope Delta), and the proprietors of PhotoCineRent in Paris (Albrecht Gerlach and Tatiana Pereira) at SATIS in Paris yesterday. PhotoCineRent took delivery of their first Penelope Delta, with an additional one arriving soon — ready for rental. Penelope Delta, in case anyone missed the news… read more…

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AbelCine’s Canon Charts

AbelCine has posted wonderfully graphic, helpful charts of the current Canon line of Cinema Lenses and Cameras.  read more…

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Sony F5 and F55 LA Launch

Sony F5 and F55 LA Launch: Sony premieres the new F5 and F55 cameras: November 28, 6:30 - 9:30 pm at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles.

Sony premieres their new F5 and F55 cameras: November 28, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles. Register for a 4K screening of the first demos shot with the F5 and F55 and a presentation of the new cameras. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. The evening is heralded as “the future ahead of schedule.” Sony… read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2012

Band Pro Open House 2012: Stages showcase latest technology: caemras, data management, on-set, near-set, and post. Hands-on time encouraged.

This year Band Pro’s One World Open House Expo tent becomes an interactive camera, recording, and workflow cirque du burbank. Everything will be displayed and demoed as it’s actually used on set. The themed stages will showcase the latest technology in action, from shooting to data management, on-set, near-set, and post. Hands-on time is encouraged. read more…


Leica M Cine

Confirming speculation at Photokina, the imminent Leica M camera portends to be a unique camera for cinema. Just as the 1954 Leica M3 sparked a new style of unobtrusive, documentary-style photojournalism, I think the new M camera will provoke new styles in cinematography. In the days before Hurricane Sandy, we got our hands on a working pre-production Leica M at… read more…

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Sony F65 and FS700 Reprint (PDF)

Online reprint of Sony F65 and FS700 Special Reports. These articles first appeared in NAB 2012 and IBC 2012 editions of Film and Digital Times.  

Studios de Paris

Eric Guichard, AFC, Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC, and Vincent Jeannot, AFC take readers on a tour of Luc Besson’s recently-opened Studios de Paris and the Louis-Lumière National Film School at the Cité du Cinéma in Saint-Denis. Read the English version online. By the way, here’s the link to the entire English language version of the AFC  (Association of French Cinematographers) website.

Le Futur, Part 2

Previously, Madelyn Most discussed the impact of digital on cinematographers, mostly in England. In this article, she takes her investigation to France: Returning home to France last winter, I wondered how cinematographers here would respond to the digital versus film debate. After lengthy interviews and discussions, each person decided to compose their own contribution in their own words. Here are… read more…

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Canon EF 24-70, 35 mm

Canon has two new still lenses: EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35 mm f/2 IS USM. They cover the full-frame (24 x 36 mm) still format–good for cameras like 5D, 6D, etc. The EF 24-70mm f/4  focuses to macro at the long end of the zoom and has image stabilization. The EF 35 mm f/2 has image stabilization…. read more…

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Canon Cinema EOS Lens Charts

A well-respected rental house manager called today in a huff. And in a hurry. “You announce cameras and lenses that won’t be available for 3 to 6 months. My clients can’t wait. They’re ready to shoot now. I need more lenses.” Like a new iPhone or iPad, new models are inevitable and inevitably arriving faster,  sooner. Can you afford to… read more…

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