Monthly Archives: March 2016

Visiting Vitec’s OConnor Factory in Costa Rica (PDF)

“How would you like to build an OConnor 2575D?” Steve Turner  asked. Being the consummate geek, I immediately accepted. “Meet your professors,” John Hill said as he introduced me to the grinning OConnor assembly group. Were they smiling because this was a crazy idea? Would I manage to emerge unscathed, with all fingers and toes intact? Could I actually help build a finished fluid head from the 635  parts arranged in bins to our left—with names like Sector Drag Assembly and Upper Wiffletree Bearing? Download our 22-page PDF Report of the Factory Visit to Vitec Videocom Costa Rica. read more…

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Angenieux Anamorphic 44-440 T4.5 Zoom

Here’s a new lens: the Angénieux Optimo 44-440 A2S T4.5 long range anamorphic zoom, to be shown at NAB. This is the 3rd A2S anamorphic zoom from Angénieux. The other members of the family are the Optimo 56-152 A2S T4 and the Optimo 30-72 A2S  T4. The Optimo 44-440 A2S zoom lens has a dedicated rear group with cylinders and spherical elements that provide a  2x horizontal squeeze with high optical performance, minimal distortion and negligible breathing. There’s almost no geometric distortion or chromatic aberration. The aperture is T4.5 across the entire zoom range. It can be used wide open without  loss of quality. Close focus is 4’ 1” (1.24m), and it is 16.6 lb (7.55 kg). read more…

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Microsalon Italia 2016 by Tony Costa

Tony Costa, AIP sent this report and slideshow about his view of Microsalon Italia. Tony is a cinematographer who lives in Portugal and manages the Imago website. Microsalon Italia 2016 The fourth edition of Microsalon Italia was an absolute success. By evaluating it from the point of view of the number of attendees who packed the house on Saturday from morning to close,… read more…

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Microsalon Italia 2016

MICROSALON Italia 2016. Rome, March 19. By Jacques Lipkau Goyard – The fourth edition of Microsalon Italia took place March 18th and 19th, held in the oldest film school in Western Europe and one of the most important movie archives in the world: the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” – the Experimental Cinematography Center. Slideshow of Images…. read more…


NAB 2016

NAB Show Hours 2016 Monday, April 18 Tuesday, April 19 Wednesday, April 20 Thursday, April 21 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  


NAB Free Exhibit Pass from FDTimes

Film and Digital Times will be in the usual location at NAB — Central Hall: Booth C10206. Get a free exhibit pass courtesy of FDTimes: Go to and use this code: LV5724    

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Sony α6300 Camera and G Master Lenses

Sony Electronics invited 32 members of the press to Miami, Florida. The reason was to try out the new Sony α6300 E-mount APS-C format camera along with 2 new Sony G Master E-mount full frame lenses, 85mm f/1.4 and the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom. read more…

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Cooke Anamorphics with “Flair” at CamTec

CamTec is one of those rental houses with a love of tweaking and experimenting on cameras and lenses—like many of their DP customers with similar symptoms of Retrofit Syndrome. CamTec’s  workshop benches, adjacent to their busy rental checkout area, are scattered with a vast array of lens elements, mechanical parts and test equipment. Jay and Kavon Elhami and their crew… read more…

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SONY at 25 Madison Avenue

Sony Corporation of America has moved South—from 550 Madison Avenue to 25 Madison Ave. Today marked the first press conference held at Sony’s new New York HQ. It was a pre-NAB briefing, with lots of announcements not to be revealed until NAB opening day. Sony’s new 525,000 square feet of space occupies the top 10 floors at Madison Avenue and 25th… read more…

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Foolcontrol RED from Apple Watch

FOOLCONTROL inventor and DP Mikael Lubtchansky has come up with a way to control WiFi enabled RED cameras with an Apple Watch connected to iPhone or iPad. Foolcontrol iOS(downloadable from Apple Store) lets you record and play back. It also comes with an impressive set of  camera controls, tools, looks, curves, slate info, metadata, lens and menu navigation. It also works as focus/iris control for lenses with internal servos (Canon EF). read more…

Band Pro Charity Fundraiser

Band Pro Charity Fundraiser: in Burbank, CA - March 10

Band Pro Charity Fundraiser Thursday 3/10. All proceeds go to support Sunshine Kids. Wide range of production equipment from select Clearance Inventory.  Every dollar goes directly to one of the nation’s best children’s cancer charities. In-N-Out Burger truck serving double-doubles. Burgers, snacks & beverages. Representatives from Sunshines Kids in attendance. Band Pro Spring Fundraiser Thursday 3/10/2016 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Band Pro 3403… read more…

Sony AXS-R7 RAW Recorder

Sony Headquarters, Shinagawa, Tokyo. Sony F5 and F55 get a new onboard RAW Recorder: AXS-R7. It attaches to the camera the same way as the previous model, AXS-R5, with an additional metal top plate to add stability. There are two slots on the camera left side for  slim AXS memory cards. The new R7 recorder is slightly larger, and gives F5 and… read more…

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Decoated NAC ZEISS Super Speeds

NAC Inc Rentals in Tokyo is busy removing the anti-reflection coatings of front and rear elements on some of their ZEISS Super Speed lenses. The result is a nice, less contrasty, flare-ier, flairy, look. Careful–without the coatings the elements scratch easily.

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Sony Thailand Lens & Camera Factory

Chonburi. An hour south of Bangkok. Sony’s a7 Series cameras, e-mount lenses, and the new G Master lenses are assembled in this massive, high-tech factory. Full report coming in NAB April FDTimes.