ZEISS Factory Tour 2015 (PDF)


ZEISS Factory Tour 2015, Museum of Optics, Interviews, Lenses. 7 MB PDF Free Download. Newly updated September 2015. This is a free online PDF reprint from FDTimes September 2015 Edition along with back issues. 50 pages. read more…

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IBC 2015 Slideshow

I am at entrance to IBC 2015

Highlights of IBC 2015. read more…

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Still Digital Times


STILL DIGITAL TIMES was hatched over fire and ice at Amsterdam Okura Hotel’s superb Sazanka, the only Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant in Europe. It happened somewhere between the Moscato and the Malbec, punctuated by pyrotechnical sea bream and Wagyu beef.  Winfried Scherle (ZEISS Consumer… read more…

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Dr. Winfried Scherle, EVP of ZEISS


THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS: Interview with Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President, ZEISS Consumer Optics Business Group. Part of a special 20-page Tour of ZEISS in the September Edition. One of my questions: “Will the manufacturers get together and agree on a new standard lens mount with a shorter flange depth, since we don’t have spinning mirror shutters anymore?”

Dr. Scherle said, “I would be very happy to have a new standard because I think it benefits the customer. We had discussions with other lens manufacturers who also expressed interest in this. If you have a standardized mount, customers would have the flexibility to buy any combination of camera and lens, and use their preferred setup.” read more…

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FDTimes Sept IBC Issue 71 Coming Soon


Starry light…low light…moonlight…no light…new cameras…new lenses…flares…FDTimes September 2015 Issue 71 will be ready on opening day of IBC. Printing in LA and Amsterdam. Find us at IBC Booth 11.F31 (courtesy of Aaton Digital – Transvideo) and get free paper copies at the booths of our sponsors. read more…

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Mole is on the Move


Mole-Richardson is moving  from its Hollywood home to the Northern San Fernando Valley. It’s a new production, distribution and administration facility. There are 10,000 square feet of corporate offices, conference rooms, workspaces, showrooms, and a museum. The museum will show the company’s product evolution and celebrate “Old Hollywood.” Mole-Richardson’s manufacturing, wholesale & retail expendable distribution business (Studio Depot), equipment rental operations and the Larry Mole Parker Technical Institute take up an additional 120,000 square feet. That’s about 3 acres of space. read more…


Rainer Hercher joins CW Sonderoptic – Leica


Rainer Hercher has been named General Sales Director of CW Sonderoptic for their line of cine products — including Leica Summilux-C and Leica Summicron-C lenses. Rainer said, “The Leica brand has a rich history of creating fantastic image-making tools, but the cinema side of the business from CW Sonderoptic is relatively new. I look forward to introducing these products to more cinematographers and directors in the global market.” read more…

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Fujinon/Fujifilm 4K Day at Sony DMPC


Thursday, August 13 — Fujifilm is hosting a 4K Day with a preview of the new 4K IS-mini and Fujinon’s latest 4K zoom lenses at the DMPC in Culver City. There will be guest speakers throughout the day and hands-on time. All of the Fujinon lenses will be paired with Sony 4K cameras: including the F55, F65, FS7 and the new HDC-4300 2/3″ 4K Broadcast Studio Camera. read more…

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Filming in Israel and Band Pro Open House


The Israeli film market is seeing changes in production. Even some of the more prominent movies are being shot with basic DSLRs or even iPhones. There’s a shift in what filmmakers essentially need and use to make their films. To address this, the 4th Band Pro Film and Digital Open House in Israel took place on July 30th with hands-on product demos and in-depth technical seminars. read more…

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ARRI Alexa Mini Factory Visit

The Alexa Mini Wild Bunch: David Bermbach, Project Manager; Christian Hartl, Head of Camera Assembly; Walter Trauninger, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik; Martin Höcht, Head of Procurement; Michael Jonas, Product Manager.

I visited ARRI in Munich this May to get a first-hand look at assembly of the Alexa Mini. This is a reprint from the report in FDTimes Issue 70 — June 2015. read more…

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Canon HDR Monitors

DP-V2410 4K Reference Display

At NAB, Canon showed a prototype HDR 4K monitor. That led to some questions for Mr. Shinichi Yamato, head of the Display Product Business Unit of Canon Inc, Japan, and Mr. Hitoshi Doi, Future Product & Solution Group at Canon U.S.A. read more…

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NAC Open House in Tokyo


NAC Image Technology’s annual Open House event was held on June 24 and 25 at Toei studio in Oizumi, Tokyo. Around 400 visitors attended during the two days. There were two parts to the event: an exhibition of equipment at a film… read more…

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The Business of the Business: Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom

Matt Danilowicz, CEO of Vitec Videocom.

Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom: “Our marketplace is moving much faster than it ever has before. I feel like there are more changes, more people entering the business… All of those things require a faster and more powerful response from companies… I think the market’s always going to be tiered. It’s going to be the high-end of the pyramid where people really demand the best and they have to have it and absolutely are going to pay for it. Then you have an intermediate part of the market where people are going to aspire to have those products. Maybe they can’t always afford them. And then you have the part of the market that’s growing the fastest, that’s broadening the fastest: all the people who are entering the business and buying their first camera, buying their first tripod…” read more…

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Editing: Sight, Sound and Story

Manhattan Edit Workshop

Stephanie Mergal reports on the Manhattan Edit Workshop Seminar “Sight, Sound and Story” held on Saturday, June 13. With William Goldenberg, Gordon Burkell,  Alanda Yudin, Joe Schuck, Jolie “Bob” Lombardi, Garret Savage, Andy Grieve, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Pax Wassermann, Fabienne Bouville, Jesse Averna, and Sidney Wolinsky. read more…


FDT Japanese Edition 70J


FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japanese language Midsummer 2015 Edition is now online and ready for free download. A limited number of printed copies are available in the offices of the sponsors in Japan. Cover photo of sandstorm at NAB by Mark Forman. read more…

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New Cine Standard Size & Mount?


This is a preview of the Introduction to FDTimes June 2015 Issue 70 – coming Tuesday. It raises an important question: can all the camera and lens manufacturers agree on a new cine lens mount standard? Especially if 24x35mm format takes off. The Popular PL and PV mounts were dreamed up in the age of spinning mirror shutters — which took up a huge amount of room between lens mount and image plane. Without mirrors — with electronics viewfinders — the distance can be much less… read more…

FDTimes June Issue 70 Coming


Film and Digital Times June 2015 Issue 70 will be ready at Cine Gear Expo on Friday – Sat June 5-6. Visit us in Booth 53A or get a free copy everywhere at the show. Subscribers’ copies ship at that time–and the PDF and  iPad editions can be downloaded then. What’s inside? Here’s the contents, with a few secret NDA things hidden until Friday: read more…

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Canon 5D 10 Year Anniversary


Hard to believe–Canon will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EOS 5D camera. It was launched in September 2005: an affordable DSLR with 35mm full-frame 24×36 mm CMOS sensor. In November 2008, Canon shipped the second-generation EOS 5D Mark II. This… read more…


Innocinema & ActionProducts Open in Atlanta

Innocinema opens in Atlanta: Open House and Demo Day

Innocinema USA headquarters has  moved to the Atlanta area.   They will have an open house and open their doors this Friday, May 29, 3pm – 9pm, with a demo day and gear from RED Digital Cinema, ActionProducts, Schneider Optics, and Bright… read more…

“Dheepan” Cannes Palme D’Or


Éponine Momenceau was the cinematographer on Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan.” “Dheepan” won the coveted Palme D’Or — first prize at Cannes. “Dheepan” was shot with a Sony F55 from Panavision Paris. Eponine said, “I like the fact that it is a lightweight, comfortable, shoulder resting camera. We did tests in advance, and I thought it had the best colors for faces, with the best color gamut, and color space.  We shot in spherical widescreen with Cooke S3 lenses and an Angenieux Optimo 24-290 zoom.”

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