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Chris Doyle, HKSC & Du Ke Feng Interview

Christopher Doyle, HKSC (aka Du Ke Feng) receives the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award for Cinematography on Friday, May 26 at Cannes.  JON FAUER:  Congratulations on the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award at Cannes.  CHRISTOPHER DOYLE:  I’m honored. I’m not sure how they chose me. Maybe they saw pictures of me using their lenses [laugh]. Or maybe they wanted to throw a spanner in the works [chortle] by bringing in a “ringer” like me. They’ve already given the prize to all the great cinematographers. So now they wanted to reassure “the kids” that  “If Chris can do it, anybody can.” read more…

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ARRI in France and Cannes

On Sunday May 21, ARRI hosted a pre-100th anniversary party at Cannes on the Plage Quinzaine. ARRI Managing Directors Dr. Joerg Pohlman and Franz Kraus announced the larger presence of ARRI in France: not only at Cannes but also with the opening of a new ARRI facility in Paris. It will be run by Natasza Chroscicki and Natacha Vlatkovic and the… read more…

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Christopher Doyle, HKSC to get Angenieux Award

5/26/17
Christopher Doyle, HKSC to get Angenieux Award: Friday May 26, 2017, at the Buñuel Theatre in the Palais des Festivals

The 2017 Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award at the 70th Cannes Film Festival will go to Christopher Doyle, HKSC. Born in Australia, living in Hong Kong, Chris is also called Du Ke Feng (“Like the Wind”). His distinctive work with color and contrast and light can be seen in more than sixty films directed by Zhang Yimou, Edward Yang, Stan Lai, Zhang… read more…

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NAB 2017 Slideshow – part 1

NAB was notable for lots of new lenses — many of them Full Frame and beyond: Leica, CW Sonderoptic, Sigma, Raptor, Cooke, Angenieux, Tokina, Fujifilm, Canon, Sony. It seems as if lens manufacturing has outpaced cameras for the moment, but new cameras are rumored to be around the corner. Here’s the first of several NAB 2017 slideshows. Click on any… read more…

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Updated Lens Charts and IB/E Optics Updates

This is an update with corrections to pages 106 – 108 of FDTimes April-June 2017 issue 81-82– along with additional information on lens mounts, sensor sizes, lens coverage, image circles, IB/E Optics Raptor VV T2.9 Large Format lenses exclusively distributed by Band Pro, Velociraptors, Lens Extenders distributed by AbelCine, LED Ring Lights for Raptors, and more. Download the free 4-page PDF…. read more…

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FUJIFILM Factory Tour (PDF)

Here is a 20-page PDF preview of the cover story in April-June FDTimes Issue 81-82. It’s a report on the new Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 zoom, the imminent 50-135 T2.9, and a tour of the factory where they are made, along with X-T2 and GFX still cameras. How does FDT manage to get inside various companies’ highly sensitive chambers of secrets? Like set etiquette, there are several important factory-visit commandments, thou-shalt-nots, and don’t-becauses. Thou shalt not trip over anything or break stuff. Don’t slow down the assembly line. Don’t ask dumb questions. Don’t take pictures of things they tell you not to. Submit all photos for review lest you accidentally photograph a particularly proprietary process or part. read more…

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Sony α9 Camera w/ 4K FULL FRAME Video

Sony just launched the new α9 Full Frame digital still camera yesterday. It does 4K (3840 x 2160)Full Frame video in a native 16:9 aspect ratio. By my back of napkin calculations, using DaVinci Resolve or similar software to crop in post, that also means full width Full Frame spherical widescreen (2.39:1) with any Full Frame lens and full height S35 anamorphic with an E-mount to PL adapter. (Sensor size is rounded up: actual image area of the a9 is 23.8 x 35.6 mm.) read more…

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New Canon 70-200 Cine Zoom: EF, AF, AE, IS

Exactly a year ago at NAB 2016, Canon introduced a new cine lens  for Super 35. The Compact Servo 18-80 mm T4.4 (CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS) EF-mount zoom was a compelling hybrid that combined the best attributes of cine and still photography. Three different lines of Canon lenses intersect in the design: more than 60 L-Series EF lenses for professional still photography, Cinema Zooms with manual focus/iris/zoom barrels (15.5-47, 30-105, 14.5-60, 30-300 mm), and Cine-Servo (17-120, 50-1000 mm) zooms. Now, a year later at NAB 2017, Canon’s Compact Servo family gets a new sibling. The Canon 70-200 mm T4.4 (CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S) EF-mount zoom covers longer, essential focal lengths. And so, with just two lightweight, compact, affordable, high performance lenses, you can cover any angle from wide 18 mm to long 200 mm. An accessory 2x extender gets you to 400 mm. read more…

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ARRI ALEXA SXT W – Wireless

ALEXA SXT W is totally wireless. Wireless Video, WiFi and wireless camera/lens control are all built in. ARRI has integrated a high-quality, low-latency (no delay) HD video transmitter and a WiFi radio into the new ALEXA SXT W model. Having a video transmitter built in makes the camera smaller, lighter and less cluttered than having an external transmitter. Fewer cables is nice because how many times have you rummaged through equipment cases looking for the essential one that  you just cannot find? Camera setup can now be quicker, and the AD might even thank you for saving precious production time. Download the PDF article… read more…

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Trading Places 2 – Updated: Aaton – Transvideo, Cooke Optics, CW Sonderoptic, Keslow Camera

More industry people trading places: Kevan Parker now at Aaton Digital-Transvideo. Eric Johnston at ZGC for Cooke Optics. Osamu Tsukada, Po Liu, Kevan Parker and Seth Compton at CW Sonderoptic for Leica Cine lenses. read more…

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Trading Places. Part 1. Tom Fletcher.

A lot of industry luminaries have taken new positions lately. Here’s the first in a series on long overdue announcements about who is where and from whence they traded places. Tom Fletcher has been appointed Director of Sales at the Optical Devices Division (Fujinon) of FUJIFILM. He will oversee sales and promotion of cinema lenses and broadcast lenses in North America. He reports to division Vice President Gordon Tubbs. read more…

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Renoir at the Birth of Cinema

Cover story of the next edition of Film and Digital Times for distribution on opening day of NAB, April 24. Pierre-Auguste Renoir completed Woman with a Basket of Flowers in 1895. In the same year, 1895, cinema was “born.” On December 28, 1895, ten short films by Auguste and Louis Lumière were projected on a screen in the Salon Indien at the Hotel Scribe in Paris. These were the first motion pictures viewed by a paying audience in France. read more…

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La La Launch Leica Thalia Cine Lenses

Tuesday, March 28. A group of cinematographers gathered at the Leica Store and Gallery in Beverly Hills for the worldwide launch of the new Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Primes. An ARRI Alexa with a case of XPL mounted Thalia lenses and a Panavision DXL camera with PL mounted Thalias were there to test. Videos shot with Thalia lenses by Colt Seman,… read more…

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Free NAB Passes from FDTimes

Film and Digital Times will be at NAB in the usual location: Central Hall C10206.
For free Exhibits Passes courtesy of FDTimes, go to: nabshow.com/register
and enter this code in the box “APPLY DISCOUNT CODE:”  LV7445
(offer expires March 24) read more…

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The World’s Best Bar, Secrets, Glass, DPs

Colin Peter Field is the world’s best barman. Forbes, Travel + Leisure, and FDTimes agree. He presides over the Bar Hemingway  in Paris with an uncanny intuition as to what the customer might enjoy. He proposes the Clean Dirty Martini. You agree. Mr. Field retreats to a secret room behind the bar. He emerges with a glass chilled to -18… read more…

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BSC Expo 2017

The annual BSC Expo was held in London on Feb 3-4. Inside the Evolution event space in Battersea Park, a short walk across Chelsea Bridge, a formidable array of companies exhibited products and services. There were quite a few introductions of new equipment. BSC Expo has become one of the top venues in world of cinema exhibitions, and nicely represents the formidable UK production community. read more…

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AFC 2017 Micro Salon Paris

The AFC (Association of French Cinematographers) 2017 Micro Salon took place once again in the former Pathé Film Studios in Monmartre, Paris. Five floors — attended by almost everyone who’s anyone in the French film industry, and some interesting new equipment, shown below. Here’s a slideshow review. Click on any image to begin viewing.

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FDTimes French Edition – Micro Salon 2017

Film and Digital Times February 2017 Micro Salon Edition 80F  en franglais is now online and free to download. Top right of page. The 96-page FDTimes Worldwide edition in English goes live in a couple of hours. read more…

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The Gods of Focus Speak: LR2

Here are recent reports about using Preston’s Light Ranger 2 on some major features and TV series — from Gods of Focus: Paul Santoni, Richie Masino, Jonas Steadman, Serge Nofield, Pergrin Jung, Daniel Bombell, and Jason Garcia read more…

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Digital Cinematography on “Café Society” by Vittorio Storaro

The film “Café Society” was Vittorio Storaro’s first real experience in digital capture. Analyzing the process and different aspects of digital cinematography, he has written this article based on his observations and recent lectures. Topics include: The idea, Location Scouting, Importance of Light, Technical Tests of Camera and Lenses, DIT, Video Control, Composition, Dailies, DI, Distribution, Preservation,  and Love of the Art of Cinematography. read more…

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