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Sony Hints New Camera

NAB. Sunday, April 23. At the conclusion of their opening press conference, Sony dazzled with images from a camera to come, but there were no representations of the camera’s shape nor details describing it. But some of the pieces can be put together from the gorgeous images presented on the Sony Crystal LED 8K screen and some of the captions: 4K camera,… read more…

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Panasonic’s Proposed Cinema Camera

Panasonic foreshadowed a camera to come at their NAB opening press conference. Small and light, cinematic imagery, low-cost media and (easy) workflow. Available Fall 2017. Looking at the silhouette, looks sort of like a mini VariCam 35.

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Cooke Front Anamorphic 45-450 T4.5

Cooke reveals details of their 2nd Anamorphic/i Zoom for NAB 2017. It will be a 10:1 front 2x anamorphic 45-450mm T4.5 Zoom Lens. This comes exactly a year after their 4:1 35-140 anamorphic zoom was shown last year at NAB 2016. The 45-450 has the same front diameter as the Cooke 35-140 and 300 mm, same 300 degree focus and 90… read more…

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Bright Tangerine gets into Camera AKS

With NAB 2017 about to open on Monday, this just in. Bright Tangerine, makers of beloved matteboxes and other fine things, has now entered the camera accessory (AKS) market. They tell us, “All will be revealed at NAB 2017.” Bright Tangerine has a new range of bright accessories for the ARRI Alexa Mini and RED Cameras. They will provide camera protection, triggering functions, multiple… read more…

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Angénieux Optimo Style 48-130 T3.0

Angenieux welcomes a 3rd sister in their lightweight, high-class, high-quality, compact Optimo Style family. The new 48-130 T3.0 zoom lens joins the Optimo Style 16-40 T2.8 and 30-76 T2.8 zooms. Actually there’s a 4th Style sibling, a bit longer, less accustomed to hand-holding, but equally popular. He’s the bigger brother: Angenieux’s Optimo Style 25-250 T3.5. The new 48-130 T3.0 is the longest zoom in the lightweight series: excellent for close-ups, portraits, and tighter angles on all productions. read more…

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SIGMA Cine Full Frame T2 14 & 135 mm

SIGMA Corporation adds two more cine lenses at NAB. Covering incredibly wide and extremely tight,  the new cine lenses in  the SIGMA FF High Speed Prime Line are 14mm T2 FF and 135mm T2 FF. Download 4-page FDTimes PDF article, including visit to SIGMA Headquarters and interview with lens designers. There are now seven prime lenses in the SIGMA FF High Speed Prime Line:  14, 20, 24, 35, 50, 85, and 135mm. All these cine lenses come with PL, EF and E-mounts. (Only the 24-35 T2.2 FF Zoom lacks a PL mount option: it comes in EF and E-mount only.) SIGMA offers a mount conversion service. read more…

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New Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus

Full Frame and beyond. Need we say more? The new Cooke S7/i lenses cover an image circle up to 46.31 mm diameter. That’s every format from RED 8K VV 21.60×40.96 mm (46.31 diagonal) to Full Frame 24×36 mm (43.3 mm diagonal)and anything on down. Why would you want a bigger Cooke Look? Full Frame and Large Format is gathering momentum. It is future-proof because these lenses work equally well on Super35, current Full Frame, VV and the inevitable arrival of new cameras to come. The new Cooke S7/i lenses are extremely fast and go incredibly close. Maximum aperture is T2. Minimum object distance is around 4 to 6 inches in front of the wider ones. Front diameters are nicely compact at 110 mm. read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro & 4.6K Guide

As a preview to FDTimes’ April-June Double Issue 81-82, download our 22-page PDF FDTimes Introduction to Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro and Quick Start Guide to URSA Mini 4.6K. The new URSA Mini Pro has built-in ND filters, interchangeable lens mounts, camera left-side outside LCD display and control panel, thoughtful ergonomic switches and dials for faster and easier operating. The body is the same size as URSA Mini 4.6K, so all the existing accessories will fit and work. URSA Mini 4.6K  has the same Super35 (25.34 x 14.25 mm) CMOS sensor that can  record files internally onto inexpensive CFast 2.0 Cards—from HD through 4.6K CinemaDNG RAW or UHD ProRes. read more…

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Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Lenses

Large format cinematography gets more interesting today with Leica Thalia. CW Sonderoptic introduces nine new prime lenses that cover all formats from Alexa 65, Panavision DXL, RED 8K VV, Full Frame, to Super35. Leica Thalia primes ship with stainless steel PL mounts. An XPL version will be available for ARRI Rental. Thalia lenses have front diameters that are all 95… read more…

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Leica Cine MacroLux +0.5, +1, +2

A year ago, at NAB, CW  Sonderoptic presented the Leica Cine MacroLux +1 diopter. Now, there are two additions to the close-up family:  +0.5 and +2. All three diopters (+0.5, +1, +2) share the same optical design, coatings, mechanical housing, and 95mm front diameter clip-on and stackable rings. The Cine MacroLux diopters clamp onto the front of any Summilux-C or Summicron-C prime (except 135 Summilux-C)  because they all share the same front diameter: 95 mm. read more…

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LENSER Lens Database App

Istvan Djuroska is a Camera Assistant with a great Lens Database App called LENSER. Picture this. You're prepping an equipment package, and one of the setups involves a drone shot. The lens cannot weigh more than 2 kg. What are your choices? Or you're looking for the closest focus prime, or just want to check on the aperture of an intended set of lenses. For iPhone and iPad, Lenser catalogs 1000+ lenses and accessories. read more…

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FUJINON MK 18-55 & 50-135 T2.9 Zooms

  It often begins this way. There’s a handshake or signature of non disclosure. Secrecy is sworn. A whisper room or secluded space awaits. At BSC Expo two weeks ago, the setting felt like a spy story, private truffle transaction, or rare art viewing. In a hitherto undisclosed secure location (the equipment closet of their exhibition booth), FUJIFILM executives took… read more…

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DMG Lumière MAXI Switch 4′ x 2.5′ LED

DMG Lumière’s new MAXI Switch could be described as follows: “Picture two slightly larger SL1 Switch fixtures hinged lengthwise. The two sections fold against each other for shipping. Open the two sides up in all kinds of configurations—wedge, flat, book-like.” Actually, the easiest thing is to just look at the pictures here. DMG Lumière presented their new MAXI Switch at AFC… read more…

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Full Frame Prime Cine-Tilt Schneider Lenses

Micro Salon, Paris. Schneider-Kreuznach introduced the first model in a new set of Full Frame (24×36) tilt lenses at the Micro Salon Exhibition in Paris. The 25mm Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt Lens, fitted with a E-mount, was shown on a Sony a7S. Yet another new Full Frame lens option in the growing E-mount collection! Schneider-Kreuznach’s Cine-Tilt lenses are based on their Xenon FF-Primes. The… read more…

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Yo, Adrian, where’s my Steadicam Volt?

Now some of the skills of Steadicam can be democratized with Tiffen’s new Kickstarter campaign for the Steadicam Volt. It’s also a great tool for scouting and pre-viz. Volt is not your traditional flashlight-shaped brushless gimbal. It is stabilized on 3 axes, but the big difference is in the pan. Most brushless gimbals are designed to keep the camera pointing in the same direction. That’s frustrating if you want to gracefully move to follow an actor or circle behind the guy on top of the museum steps. read more…

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S4/i Uncoated Cooke Look

Cooke now offers uncoated front elements for their S4/i series. This is a lot more practical and affordable than a one-way ticket of blasting the coatings off your existing lenses. In fact, for not much more than the cost of a filter, two choices of Cooke looks—with regular and uncoated fronts—are now available for each lens in the set. read more…

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AbelCine at Industry City

AbelCine’s New York operation is expanding to Industry City, a vibrant, new community of artists, artisans, innovators, designers, businesses, restaurants, retail spaces, art galleries and factory outlets on the Brooklyn waterfront. AbelCine’s new 12,500 square foot Development Center is already up and running at Industry City, working on R&D, engineering, manufacturing, and systems integration. read more…

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IB/E Optics+BandPro Large Format Raptors

There are now 6 members of the Raptor Large Format prime lens family. The new prototype Raptors shown at Band Pro Open House were 40, 60 and 80 mm. They join the 100, 150 and 180 mm Macros.    

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Sony FS7 II Quick Guide – Free Download

Read FDTimes’ free 12-page how-to quick guide to Sony’s new cinéma vérité PXW-FS7 II camera. New features of the camera: Lever Lock E-mount, In-Camera Electronic Variable ND, versatile viewfinder, smarter SmartGrip, improved ergonomics. read more…

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New Sony FS7 II with Lever Lock E-Mount

Sony introduces the new cinéma vérité PXW-FS7 II. The successful FS7 will remain in Sony’s lineup. However, the FS7 II is the model you’ll want for its new Lever Lock E-mount, In-Camera Electronic Variable ND, versatile viewfinder, smarter SmartGrip, and improved interface. Imagine the familiar E-mount of previous FS or a7 series cameras. Now, instead of twisting the lens clockwise to secure it within the mount, the new Lever Lock E-mount works like an industry-standard PL, PV or Mitchell style breech lock. read more…

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