Author Archives: Jon Fauer

Desqueeze FF Anamorphic with Resolve

Here’s a reprint from the current edition (April 2018) of FDTimes about desqueezing anamorphic images with DaVinci Resolve. 8 pages. 

With the latest wave of Full Format cameras comes new interest in anamorphic Full Format lenses. The math gets numbing, but the result will be the possibility of many new exhibition/streaming formats that were never dreamt of in standards committees’ philosophies. read more…


FDTimes at NAB 2018

Get the latest 96-page April Issue #87 of Film and Digital Times. For a limited time, you can download it for free. Subscribers: log in for the high rez edition.

The print edition is shipping now. It will also be everywhere at NAB 2018. Pick up a copy from our FDTimes bin in the front of Central Hall and at our booth C10206 (next to Sony, across SIGMA).

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ProRes RAW, Atomos, Panasonic

Final Cut Pro X gets ProRes RAW in the 10.4.1 update coming from Apple on April 9. It combines  the flexibility and advantages of RAW with the performance (data rates, speed, ease) of ProRes. ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that combines significantly lower data rates with the performance of ProRes. You will be able to play full-quality 4K… read more…


Canon EOS C700 FF

Download the Film and Digital Times Camera Report —  4.5 MB PDF. Canon introduces a new Full Frame Cinema Camera. This is Full Frame democratized, FF for all. The Canon EOS C700 FF has a new 38.1 x 20.1 mm (43.1 mm Ø) Full Frame, 18.69 megapixel (5952 x 3140) sensor. Pixel size is 6.4 x 6.4 μm. The EOS C700 FF is aspirational Full Frame at an affordable price. It will be especially attractive for independent features, commercials and many other productions. EOS C700 FF records Full Frame RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC and comes with either Canon locking EF mount or PL. read more…

Jonathan Maxwell on Full Format vs S35 DoF

Full Format  vs S35 Depth of Field Depth of Field  or “By how much do we have to increase the lens aperture filming on a small camera format to maintain the same Depth of Field as a lens filming on a large camera format ?” by Jonathan Maxwell, Optical Designer   Everybody “knows” that the larger the camera detector you use the smaller… read more…

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Klaus and Uwe Eckerl, IB/E Optics, on DoF

In “Depth of Field Repealed,” FDTimes called for comments on “The difference in depth of field between Large Format and S35, comparing lenses with the same angle of view.” Klaus and Uwe Eckerl,  Managing Director and Optical Designer of IB/E Optics in Bavaria, write: Yes, Circle of confusion  really causes some confusion. In brief,  We agree with ARRI (1 stop difference)…. read more…

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Depth of Field Repealed

On page 49 of Film and Digital Times February 2018 Edition #86, I wrote, “The difference in depth of field between Large Format and S35, comparing lenses with the same angle of view, is the equivalent of about 2 stops.”

This unleashed a deluge of debate among PhDs, Professors and Lens Designers sprinkled with some solid real-life testing. Uh-oh. Please do your own tests. And let us know your results. read more…

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VENICE 001 Goes to Keslow

Peter Crithary, Dan Perry, Reginald Watson and the Sony LA Team barged into Keslow Camera today and surprised Robert Keslow by presenting him with Sony VENICE camera serial number 001. Peter emailed from LAX, where his flight back New York is delayed by winter storm Riley: “We completely surprised Robert by walking into his office this afternoon. I presented serial… read more…

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Across from AbelCine: Moore Brothers Wine Co

  There are many good reasons to visit AbelCine at their new location in Industry City, Brooklyn. Among these is a fantastic wine store across the alley from AbelCine’s main entrance: Moore Brothers Wine Company. Franz Wieser was the first to rave about the place. Moore Brothers Wine Company was founded in 1996 by Greg Moore, Sommelier and General Manager… read more…

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Andree Martin – AM Camera

  AM Camera is now open full time. As many know, Andree Martin was the wizard at Clairmont Camera who ran the service department and kept cameras running for many years. Now that Clairmont Camera has been acquired by Keslow Camera, Andree has set up shop with Kelly Condon (Mike Condon’s brother) in Valencia, Ca. It is near the Santa Clarita… read more…

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AbelCine Field-of-View Tool 2

Quick. You’re shooting with an ARRI Alexa Mini and a new Alexa LF. The Alexa Mini has a 21mm ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime. What lens do you choose to match the same field of view on the Alexa LF? What happens if you put the 21mm on the LF? You also have many other important, but vexing questions: image circles, crop factors,… read more…

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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless 4K APS-C

Canon’s new EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC)  is a mirrorless still camera that shoots 4K video. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor is APS-C format, approximately 22.3 x 14.9mm. Although Canon calls the EOS M50 “an all-around, entry-level camera” it has many interesting and innovative features that surely will trickle up to other products in the Canon  camera pyramid. The mirrorless EF-M mount… read more…

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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…


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

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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