Author Archives: Jon Fauer

Grand Format Lenses at Micro Salon

At the AFC Micro Salon in Paris, it was called “le Grand Format”– Full Frame, Large Format. And Grand Format was partout. Here is a parade of Large Format images. Photographed using a Sony a9 still camera with PL-to-E-mount adapter and LPL-to-E-mount adapter. All lenses wide open–maximum aperture. Credits and more details will follow as I edit this post. The filename… read more…

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ARRI Signature Primes: Faces and Food

What better way to test the new ARRI Large Format Signature Primes than some food photography in the company of fellow Film and Delicious Times foodies Thorsten Meywald and Howard Preston. Thorsten is ARRI Product Manager for Optical Systems and Howard is head of Preston Cinema Systems. Thorsten discreetly smuggled into the restaurant a rapid prototyped LPL to E-mount adapter and a Signature Prime. read more…

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AFC Micro Salon Paris 2018

2/9/18 – 2/10/18
AFC Micro Salon Paris 2018: Fri, Feb 9 10a-8p & Sat Feb 10 10a-6p

La 18e édition du Micro Salon de l’AFC aura lieu vendredi 9 février 2018, de 10h à 20h samedi 10 février 2018, de 10h à 18h dans les locaux de La Fémis (6, rue Francœur à Paris 18e).   The 18th annual Micro Salon of the AFC will take place Friday, Feb 9 from 10a – 8p and Saturday Feb… read more…

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Panavision DXL2

  On Friday, Feb 1  at BSC Expo in London, Panavision launched their new Millennium DXL2 8K Large Format camera. Sensor size: 40.96 x 21.60 mm (46.31 mm diagonal). No one at BSC Expo could have missed the significance of having most of the major cine manufacturers embracing the new, larger format, variously called Full Frame – Full Format – Large Format… read more…

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AbelCine’s Brooklyn Open House

2/10/18
AbelCine Brooklyn Open House: Saturday 10am - 5pm

AbelCine celebrates the relocation and expansion of their NY flagship facility to Industry City in Brooklyn. They will have an Open House on Saturday, February 10, from 10am – 6pm. There will be panel discussions, manufacturer displays, a silent auction, raffle prizes, community partnerships, food and drink – and a chance to tour their vast, brand-new facility. Highlights of our… read more…

ARRI Large Format Camera System

This is a standalone, 64-reprint of the ARRI Large Format Special Report from FDTimes February 2018 Issue 86. Download 9 MB PDF here. ARRI ALEXA LF Why Large Format? Stephan Schenk, Marc Shipman-Mueller Klemens Kehrer, Achim Oehler, Thorsten Meywald Building an ALEXA LF ARRI Signature Primes Signature Prime Lens Manufacturing New LPL Mount ALEXA LF Test by Matias Boucard ALEXA LF Dimensions ALEXA… read more…

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FDTimes 86F French Edition for Micro Salon 2018

FDTimes February 2018 Issue 86F French Micro Salon Edition is now online. Pick up a free paper copy at Micro Salon in Paris, Feb 9-10. We’ll be there. Meanwhile, here’s the online edition: Free Download. In French and English.  Massis, Monstro, Mont Blanc Emit en plein format au Micro Salon Loumasystems – Les derniers tournages Les maîtres de la mise au… read more…

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Gods of Focus Speak: Preston Light Ranger 2

Every Preston Light Ranger 2 user I’ve talked to refers to it as “a game changer.” For focus pulling on large sensor cameras I would add the phrases “an essential tool” and “job security.” My last two projects were both 65mm (one in 8K), and there is no way I could have perfectly achieved and repeated some of the shots without the LR2’s guidance. read more…

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Hands-On Sony VENICE Band Pro Workshop

1/31/18
Hands-On Sony VENICE Workshop: 1-4 pm @ Band Pro's Burbank HQ.

Wednesday 1/31/2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a Hands-On Sony VENICE Workshop at Band Pro’s Burbank HQ. Test drive the equipment at 4 separate Sony VENICE workstations, each featuring a different lens company together with their latest offerings.  Filmlight will also be on hand showcasing on-set and near-set DIT setups with live colorist and workflow demos. Explore many flexible shooting options and production… read more…

Panasonic VariCam Master Class with William Wages, ASC

1/23/18
Panasonic Master Class with William Wages, ASC: Presented by Panasonic and B&H The Studio. 6–9pm @ SVA Theater in NYC.

The Studio-B&H and Panasonic Cinema present an evening with cinematographer William Wages, ASC for an exploration of his real-world production experience with VariCam 4K cinema cameras. Bill will discuss the upcoming feature film, The Forgiven, and explain in practical detail how the VariCam LT changed his way of working (lighting, saving time, budget, etc.) Exclusive content of The Forgiven will… read more…

Manfrotto Tour

Lino Manfrotto was a photo journalist, based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. He worked for Il Gazzettino and Il Giornale di Vicenza and also did industrial and advertising photography. By the late 1960s, he realized that his photo equipment was cumbersome, heavy and slow. There were many studio lights on the market, but Lino saw that they neglected the basic necessities. So, with the help of a colleague, Lino made his first product: a lightweight and a rugged lighting stand that extended high enough to be practical. Download our 11-page PDF Report of the Factory Visit to Manfrotto Manufacturing in Feltre. read more…

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Sony VENICE Open House at Keslow

1/13/18
Sony VENICE Open House at Keslow Camera: 11 am - 3 pm. VENICE Demo by Sony

Sony VENICE Open House in Culver City at Keslow Camera. Saturday, January 13 from 11 am – 3 pm Demo by Sony at 11:30 am about their latest Full Frame cine camera. Complimentary sandwiches and salads from the Hungry Nomad food truck from 12 noon – 2pm RSVP Here.   Keslow Camera 5900 Blackwelder Street Culver City, CA 90232  

Hawk Trilogy

Three new series of Hawk lenses from Vantage address new realities in contemporary production. Hawk class-X 2x squeeze Anamorphic Primes and Zooms have an iconic look for Super35 format. MiniHawk primes are lightweight, compact, anamorphically hybrid, oval bokeh Super35 format lenses. Hawk65 Anamorphic 1.3x squeeze Primes fill Large Format and 65mm frames. Cinematographers can comfortably and consistently mix and match these latest sets. For example, you might shoot principal photography with Hawk class-X anamorphics;  use MiniHawks for gimbal and drone shots that require ultralight lenses with extremely close focus and no distortion; and then work with Hawk65 lenses on a Large Format camera for vast vistas and title sequences. The three latest sets of lenses from Vantage currently comprise  28 matching lenses. There are 11 Hawk class-X lenses: 9 primes and 2 zooms. There are 8 MiniHawks. And there are 9 focal lengths in the Hawk65 set.  They are all available now.

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Manfrotto Manufacturing Tour

Lino Manfrotto was a photo journalist, based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. He worked for Il Gazzettino and Il Giornale di Vicenza and also did industrial and advertising photography. By the late 1960s, he realized that his photo equipment was cumbersome, heavy and slow. There were many studio lights on the market, but Lino saw that they neglected the basic necessities. So, with the help of a colleague, Lino made his first product: a lightweight and a rugged lighting stand that extended high enough to be practical. Download our 11-page PDF Report of the Factory Visit to Manfrotto Manufacturing in Feltre. read more…

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Happy Holidays!

FDTimes Free Holiday Edition Dec 2017

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What if it came as a free download. The latest #85 edition, December 2017, is here and all 64 pages are free. 

After your Dickens of a dinner on artery-clogging roast goose, mince pie, and Scrooge's Christmas Pudding (“a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half a quartern of ignited brandy”), curl up by the smoke-free fireplace next to the environmentally recycled and recyclable tree, and dig into Tales of Two Cities (Venice Beach, Venice Venice), Merchants of VENICE (Sony) and stories of monster-size sensors (RED MONSTRO).

Read on: Stories of the Startup Upstart Carl Zeiss, and another storyline, Storyline Studios in Norway. Join our roadtrip grand factory tour of IB/E Optics, Manfrotto in northern Italy, ARRI Austria in Vienna and lots more. Here's the rest of the table of contents…With best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, a happy new year, and no humbug, please enjoy FDTimes December 2017 with our compliments.

—Jon Fauer

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Severine Serrano at Angenieux

Severine Serrano was appointed Managing Director of Angenieux International Sales in May. She has been working at Angenieux since 2009, initially in marketing and as a member of the Angenieux advisory team investigating new opportunities in the cinema industry. Severine then advanced to sales management in the demanding fields of avionics, aircraft systems, night vision, heads-up displays, and optical devices… read more…

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Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC on “Wonder Wheel”

Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC perched atop a hard stool at a wooden trestle table high above Manhattan. Outside, the city was transforming from orange to azure to magic hour. Vittorio had been grading “Wonder Wheel”earlier in the day. Like most conversations with him, one question evoked a doctoral dissertation-worthy monologue that lasted several hours. He called it a confession. It was… read more…

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Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 FF Lens

  Here’s an extremely fast Full Frame (Leica Format) Lens. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at Leica Stores in early 2018. Expect to see an M0.8 version with cine lens gearing as well. Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) for 35 mm format (24 x 36 mm): ~ 32°, 27°, 18° Optical elements: 9 Optical groups: 6… read more…

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FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO and other updates

FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO is a new software app for photographers to quickly and easily convert RAW files. RAW files are usually very large and batch conversion can be take an annoyingly long time. One GFX Medium Format RAW photo can be around 116 MB. X RAW STUDIO uses the connected camera as a hardware accelerator. In other words, a Fujifilm X… read more…

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