AbelCine Chicago Open House


On Nov 8, AbelCine celebrated its recent opening in Chicago at the Cinespace Studio Complex with an Open House: lectures, demos, party, and raffles. Cinespace is also home to Keslow Camera Chicago and four TV series currently in production: Chicago… read more…

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FDTimes 10th Anniversary Slideshow


What began as a small gathering to honor our FDTimes Japan translators escalated into a major spectacle. We gathered on on Wednesday evening, November 18 in the “Tokio” private restaurant in the Hotel New Otani Makuhari at InterBEE. It was a trio of thanks:… read more…

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FDTimes 10-Year & Japan Editions


FDTimes celebrates with this 10th Anniversary Edition 73, ready to download for free.   Film and Digital Times Japan Edition 72J is also ready online, and paper copies will be handed out at InterBEE. We are in booth 2407. The first… read more…

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Birth of Cinema in Kyoto: 1908


Shinnyo-Do Temple has a monument to the birth of local cinema in Kyoto, Japan. It’s to the left as you face the main temple. The plaque explains: In 1895 the Lumiere brothers developed the Cinematographe in France. Two years later, in 1897, businessman Katsutaro Inabata… read more…

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Canon Expo: A Very Good Year


Canon Expo takes place every 5 years in select cities around the world: New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. It was a wonderful display of new technology, science experiments, leading edge products and audacious concepts from Canon’s engineering teams, an intoxicating mix of actual as well as proof of concept technology. There was  an APS-H-size  CMOS sensor with 250 million pixels. Video on a Canon prototype camera showed detail on the Eiffel Tower 11 miles away. This year we were treated to an 8K camera and lens.  Like the mountain-climber’s phrase, Canon sometimes does things because it’s there…or because they can. Please read the two interviews that follow — with Mr. Maeda,  Senior Managing Director, and Mr. Okada, Deputy CEO — for additional insight. read more…

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Worth the Trip


As they say in the Michelin guidebooks, it’s definitely “worth the trip.” There are three very good reasons to visit Weiden, Germany. 1. Have dinner nearby,  in the best restaurant in Germany. Chef Thomas Kellermann is a maestro, presiding over a kitchen surely staffed by muses. 2. Spend the night in recently renovated rooms above the restaurant, in the Relais & Chateau Burg Wernberg. The castle was built in 1280. 3. Visit Vantage Film, ten minutes away, home of Hawk lenses and mother-ship of world-class rental houses in Weiden, Prague, Paris, and Berlin. read more…

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Ali’s AJA Asprey Films


Ali Walker is a British filmmaker and artist. He has been working on fashion and beauty, product and corporate image films for Asprey using AJA CION cameras. Asprey London was founded in 1781. Their jewelery and luxury products continue a grand tradition of craftsmanship, quality, and design.  This was the first time they did a video project. read more…

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Cine Theft


More than $8 million in cine equipment was reported stolen last year. What to do? Don’t leave equipment unattended. Don’t leave equipment unattended, even in locked vehicles. Lock up equipment in a safe area at night, even if the studio is locked. Treat camera equipment as risky business — like jewelry. At trade shows like IBC, watch your cameras and lenses like hawks, and hire guards. read more…

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ICG Emerging Cinematographers NYC

ICG’s 19th ANNUAL EMERGING CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARDS SCREENING & RECEPTION– NEW YORK CITY The International Cinematographers Guild, Emerging Cinematographer Awards NYC event will take place in New York City on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 3:00 PM, at the School of Visual Arts Theatre,… read more…

FDTimes at InterBEE booth 2407

11/18/15 – 11/20/15
Inter BEE 2015 Tokyo: FDTimes in booth 2407

Japan is now probably the 4th largest feature producting nation in the world. That’s why we’ll be at Inter BEE again this November. FDTJ – Film and Digital Times Japanese language edition will be distributed from our booth and the booths… read more…

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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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