Monthly Archives: October 2016

Inter BEE 2016 – FDTimes Booth 7507

11/16/16 – 11/18/16
Inter BEE 2016 Tokyo: Film and Digital Times Booth 7507

Film and Digital Times will be at Inter BEE 2016 in booth 7507 (Next to NAC and ZEISS, across from Canon and Blackmagic).We will be handing out free copies of Film and Digital Times Japanese Language Edition #79J. InterBEE is like NAB or IBC in Japan. It’s not just broadcast. Lots of motion picture equipment is on display. It’s an excellent opportunity to get an inside look at equipment and trends from a country that builds much of the equipment we use and is in the top 5 of motion picture production worldwide (around 400 live action features produced last year.) read more…


Leica Lens Service Training

Oli Laperal, Jr. writes about his lens service course at CW Sonderoptic: “Having attended lens service training at Angenieux, ARRI, Cooke, and ZEISS, learning more about the Leica CW Sonderoptic cine lenses was most welcome. When Osamu Tsukada, Asia Regional Sales Manager of CW Sonderoptic invited me to attend a lens technical service training seminar in Wetzlar, Germany, I did not hesitate…” read more…

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Explorers Club Polar Film Festival

11/4/16 – 11/5/16
Polar Film Festival: at the Explorers Club in New York

at The Explorers Club in New York 46 East 70th Street New York, NY, 10021 212.628.8383   Click here to purchase tickets online $10 Friday, $15 All Day Saturday Friday, Nov. 4  Evening Program 6:00 – 8:45 pm Feel the Inukness Created by Anguti Johnson and Becky Qilavvaq (4 min) A short funny film dancing around the North with Anguti Johnson Children… read more…

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New Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart

At PhotoPlus Expo yesterday, cameras with missing specs were measured and the Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart has been updated. read more…

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Cartoni MASTER CINE 30

During dailies of The Immortal Story, Orson Welles turned to his cinematographer Willy Kurant, ASC, AIC, and said, “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” This was Welles’ first color film and last completed feature. It’s now on DVD from Criterion, described as a “jewel-like film, dreamily shot by Willy Kurant and suffused with the music of Erik Satie, a brooding, evocative distillation of Welles’s artistic interests—a story about the nature of storytelling and the fine line between illusion and reality.” Thinking of poets, cameras and heads, Welles and Kurant might have relished a camera perched upon the new Cartoni Master Cine 30 Head. read more…

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Angenieux EZ Zooms at Band Pro

Angenieux Type EZ-1 Zoom: First Look at Band Pro this Thursday

Band Pro Burbank will offer an exclusive first look at the  new Angenieux Type EZ-1 Zoom on Thursday October 20.  There will be time for hands-on and testing. Band Pro’s Senior Technical Staff, Jeff Cree, SOC and cinematographer Randy Wedick, will be there to answer questions. Randy was the DP of the Angenieux EZ Demo Film.  First Look: Angenieux Type EZ-1 Zoom Thursday 10/20/2016… read more…

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Mounting Questions: Please Reply

At high noon on September 22, representatives of many of the world’s prominent lens companies convened in Sigma’s meeting room at Photokina. The idea was to discuss what might happen for the next generation of full frame (24×36 mm) cine cameras and lenses.  Could there be a common lens mount. Please read this discussion and let us know your opinions. read more…

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SIGMA Cine Lens Factory Tour (PDF)

Aizu is 300 km north of Tokyo: two hours by high speed Shinkansen and then a scenic hour on a local railway. The train winds through high mountain passes and follows the foot of 5,968’ high Mt. Bandai. Skiing in winter is superb, as are the soba noodles and sake from the many Aizu breweries that benefit from the pristine mountain… read more…

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RED 8K HELIUM Super35mm Cameras

RED Digital Cinema starts shipping two new Super35 8K HELIUM Sensor Cameras today. RED WEAPON 8K S35 is the top-of-the line model featuring the new HELIUM sensor. The body is carbon fiber, in a shade close to dark end of a Technicolor gray scale. It shoots 8K (8192×4320) up to 60 fps, with data rates to 300 MB/s and 5:1 REDCODE RAW at full 8K 24 fps. This model offers a sensor upgrade path to RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor when available. RED EPIC-W 8K S35 comes in a black magnesium and aluminum alloy body. It has the same HELIUM sensor as the WEAPON 8K S35, shoots 8K (8192×4320) up to 30 fps, with data rates to 275 MB/s and 6:1 REDCODE RAW at full 8K 24 fps. Both models let you grab 35.4 megapixel stills from the 8K video. read more…

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Sony RX100 Mark V

It’s been said the best camera is one that’s always with you. I’ve had a Sony RX100 dangling from my belt in a small Lowepro pouch since the original one was introduced in 2012. I’ve upgraded to every subsequent model. The latest one is the Cybershot DSC-RX100 Mark V, and there are compelling reasons to order one. The main reason… read more…

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ARRI Alexa SXT Updates

ARRI has been upgrading Alexa XT cameras to Alexa SXT since IBC (early September 2016). There are two different upgrade paths for those who have received XT cameras in 2015 or 2016 (Keep & Buy and SXT Upgrade 15/16) and one upgrade for XT cameras shipped in 2013 or 2014 (SXT Upgrade 13/14). Existing XT owners should check with ARRI. The… read more…

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DMG Lumière LED Lights

From Lyon, land of the Lumière brothers, come another band of brothers: Nils, Mathieu and Jean de Montgrand. Along with gaffer Nicolas Goerg, their company is DMG Lumière and they make extremely light, incredibly thin and innovative LED lighting fixtures. read more…

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Behind a Kiss in Cinema

Camera and lens designers, cinematographers, directors, rental managers, producers–plan a trip to the French Cinematheque in Paris. This is the most important, historical exhibition about the technique and technology of cinema from October 6 – Jan 29, 2017. Any questions about format, ergonomics, shape, pristine vs distressed images are revealed here. Larger formats? Two years after the birth of 35mm cinema, we… read more…

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Art Criste, Rental Manager at Clairmont

Art Criste has joined Clairmont Camera Hollywood as the new Rental Manager.  Art has worked for more than 25 years in the motion picture industry. He was a freelance 1st AC and then camera operator. He filmed Superbowls XXXI to present for NFL Films and Ultimate Pictures. Art also was an Associate Producer, Production Manager and Rental Manager — in other words, he has lots of industry experience. At Clairmont, Art will handle equipment scheduling and coordination between clients and additional offices, take care of client services, and more. read more…

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AbelCine Chicago Fall Expo

AbelCine Chicago Fall Expo: Gear, Demos, Hands-on time, Lectures

AbelCine’s Fall Tech Expo returns on October 8.  It is a free, all-day event. Like last year, the Fall Tech Expo at AbelCine provides hands-on, ECU time with all the latest gear that was announced at NAB, Cinegear, and IBC — and more.  The day’s activities will include: Gear Manufacturers will set up in AbelCine’s Chicago Learning Point area, with the latest gear from Canon, Panasonic, Teradek, IDX, ARRI,… read more…

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The Machines of Cinema

10/5/16 – 1/29/17
The Machines of Cinema Exhibition: At the French Cinematheque in Paris

La Cinémathèque française in Paris exhibition “From Méliès to 3D: the Machines of Cinema” runs from Oct 5, 2016 – Jan 29, 2017. LA CINÉMATHÈQUE FRANÇAISE 51 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris

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Leica Portugal

Leica Portugal is an easy half-hour drive north of the beautiful city of Porto. A whimsical Leica M-like gatehouse greets the visitor. Beyond is the modern factory, the size of several football fields, where many of Leica’s cameras, lenses and sport optics are made. It’s one of the most high-tech, impeccable places in the industry, with a highly skilled, enthusiastic workforce. Some… read more…

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