Author Archives: Jon Fauer

Canon C700 FF Full Frame Workshop

Band Pro Burbank - Canon C700 FF Full Frame Workshop: Free Full Frame hands-on presentation at Band Pro Burbank 1-4pm

Thursday 7/12 from 1-4pm free Canon C700 FF Workshop at Band Pro’s Burbank Headquarters. Canon’s Cinema EOS reps Alex Sax and Peter Marr will be there to present a technical overview of the C700 FF followed by an open Q&A session. Canon will also be bringing the full Cinema EOS camera and lens families for live demos and hands-on time. Snacks… read more…

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Ultra Lightweight ARRI 35mm cameras for drones: for sale

Here’s an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber Arriflex 35mm camera package for sale. It is ideal for drones, gimbals, helium-filled balloons — and was used extensively on the film OCEANS. The system includes two Arriflex 2 cameras, each under 1.4 kg, modified with carbon fiber bodies, new motors and mounts. Frédéric Jacquemin, writes: “We met at the 2010 AFC Micro Salon in… read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 Released Today

Great expectations were rewarded today as Sony released the long-awaited VENICE Version 2 firmware. It’s a major release that makes the VENICE do what almost everyone wanted it to do. Sony’s engineering team were probably working long hours for many months. They scrambled and came through with these new updates ahead of schedule. Version 2 makes VENICE fully functional. The… read more…

CW Sonderoptic renamed Leitz Cine Wetzlar

The name and logo on the outside of CW Sonderoptic’s new headquarters and factory in Wetzlar seemed permanent a couple of months ago. Curiously, a fabric banner covered the name yesterday at the inauguration of Leitz-Park III. Today, during an event attended by thousands of visitors, the banner came down and the new name and logo were revealed. CW Sonderoptic is now Ernst Leitz Cine Wetzlar. read more…

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ZEISS Full Frame Lens Workshop

Zeiss Full Frame Lens Workshop: Band Pro 3403 W. Pacific Avenue Burbank, CA 91505

ZEISS Full Frame Lens Workshop. Thursday June 28th from 1-4pm at Band Pro Burbank HQ. Free Zeiss Cine Lens Specialist, Snehal Patel, will be on hand to go over the latest ZEISS lenses, including CP.3 primes, CZ.2 Zooms, and the recently announced Full Frame Supreme Primes.

Cine Gear Expo 2018 Slideshow

Lots of launches at Cine Gear Expo 2018.  ZEISS Supreme Primes; Sony VENICE V2.0 with  1-60 fps in 4K, E-mount capability, Dual Base 500 and 2500 ISO; Sony VENICE tether; Panavision Primo X, Ultra Vista large format 1.6x squeeze anamorphics, Panavision H series, PanaSpeed large format T1.4; Panavision Liquid Crystal variable ND mattebox filter; Panavision DXL-M; Leica M mount for Sony VENICE… and more… read more…


Panavision Lenses: Ultra Vista 1.6x FF

Panavision at Cine Gear:  Millennium DXL2, LCD Filter and 4 new Large-Format Lens Sets   Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 8K camera will be shown at Cine Gear Expo on June 1-2 at the Panavision booth (#S102) in Stage 17, along with four new large-format lens sets, a new firmware upgrade, DXL-style accessories kit for RED DSMC2 cameras, and a preview new filter… read more…


IB/E Optics News

IB/E Optics is growing and as of June 1, 2018 will distribute independently in the Americas. Also–Big (as in Large Format) new products: LPLx2 VV Optical Extender, PL to LPL mount, and LPL UMS Mount Adapter. read more…


AJA Video Systems Celebrates 25 Years

John Abt started AJA Video Systems with his wife Darlene in 1993 to develop simple digital parallel to serial and serial to parallel converters. Many of AJA’s products at their core continue to bridge connectivity and simplify pro video workflows through video up, down, cross format conversion. An engineer by trade, company founder John Abt is still very hands-on in… read more…

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FDTimes at Cine Gear Expo

6/1/18 – 6/2/18
Cine Gear Expo: visit FDTimes at Cine Gear Expo


FDTimes June 2018 issue 88

FDTimes June 2018 issue 88 is ready to download now: hi-rez for subscribers and a limited time lower rez copy for all to see for free. The print edition will be distributed free at Cine Gear Expo. Visit FDTimes at booth 207 in the New York Streets backlot at Paramount. read more…

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ZEISS Supreme Primes Special Report (PDF)

FDTimes Factory Tour and Special Report about the new ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses. Download 44-page 11MB (high rez) PDF.  ZEISS Supreme Primes cover a FULL FORMAT image area up to 46.3 mm diagonal. They are incredibly small, lightweight and fast. The focus barrel has a unique, advanced square helical thread that is as smooth as cams and even more rugged. There are 13 lenses planned so far. read more…

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RED is simplifying with 3 models, named after the sensor, all in the same DSMC2 body. DSMC2 MONSTRO has the same specs as the WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV camera. The body is available in aluminum alloy and , on request, in Carbon Fiber. DSMC2 HELIUM has the same specs as the WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35 camera. The body is made of aluminum alloy. On special order, this camera is also available with a HELIUM 8K S35 Monochrome sensor. DSMC2 GEMINI has better data rates and REDCODE settings than the EPIC-W 5K S35 GEMINI camera. Otherwise, the rest of the features are the same. It’s available in aluminum alloy. read more…

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Sony VENICE Special Report – April 2018 (PDF)

Updated Sony VENICE Special Report – April 2018 Will be updated again in June 2018 at Cine Gear Expo Download 116-page report:

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Cannes 2018 Angenieux ExcelLens Award

Ed Lachman, ASC received the 2018 Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematographer at Cannes. Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter wrote an homage to Ed on a glass screen: “Dear Ed, With a camera you make music for the eyes. Thank you for sharing with us your vision and the unique light in your smiling eyes. Bravo.” read more…

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Keslow in Salt Lake City and New Orleans

Keslow Camera recently opened new offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and New Orleans, Louisiana. The new offices reflect rapid growth and the industry’s geographical migrations. Keslow Camera already supported a number of productions over the years in Utah, such as HBO’s “Mosaic,” Disney’s “Andi Mack” and now Paramount Network’s upcoming series “Yellowstone.”  The recent growth in Utah is significant. In… read more…


Ed Lachman ASC to get Angenieux Award at Cannes

Ed Lachman, ASC will be honored with the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography Award  at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. This lifetime achievement award celebrates Ed’s work as Cinematographer on more than 75 films and documentaries. with Werner Herzog, Jonathan Demme, Susan Seidelman, Dennis Hopper, Paul Schrader, Mira Nair, Andrew Niccol, Robert Altman, Todd Solondz and Larry Clark. Notable films include… read more…

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Sales Manager at 16×9

Sales Manager 16×9, Inc. a cinematography equipment distribution company located in Valencian is currently accepting resumes for an experienced Sales Manager. Minimum Qualifications: Current industry-specific knowledge of professional digital cinematography equipment & accessories Prior sales experience is a MUST Ability to be a self-motivated employee Manage current customer base, visit local customers, conduct equipment demos, assist with customer equipment &… read more…

ARRI Certified Pre-Owned (Used) Cameras

Just as BMW and Mercedes do with their fine used cars, ARRI has established a Certified Pre-Owned Program. Christian Richter, Manager of ARRI’s Certified Pre-Owned Camera Systems, explained the program when I visited Munich. “Now customers can buy cameras at very affordable prices and be confident in the knowledge that these cameras and all components, including the sensor, are checked with… read more…

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