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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InterBEE 2015 Tokyo Photos


InterBEE 2015 Tokyo Slideshow

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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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gold cmotion hand unit auction


Better than the famous Golden Snitch in Harry Potter, here’s a chance to get a custom cmotion golden cvolution hand unit and lens control system. It’s being auctioned by cmotion for a very worthy cause–100% of proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). 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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Vantage Vintage Kinoptik


Vantage Film has a rental office in Saint-Denis, Paris. Now they are re-introducing venerable sets of French glass from the 1950s: 35mm cine format Kinoptik cine lenses, rehoused and rebarreled. These are lenses with a distinct character, unique bokeh, and a kind of swirly, impressionist feel to out-of-focus backgrounds. Alexander Bscheidl said, “This is an optical renaissance of classic Kinoptiks, rehoused for the modern age.” read more…

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Cooke 35-140 Anamorphic Zoom


Cooke Optics has revealed details of their impending Front Anamorphic zoom. It will be 35-140 mm and may begin shipping around NAB 2016. Like the rest of the Cooke Anamorphic/i family, it will be a front anamorphic design, 2x squeeze ratio, with familiar oval bokehs. 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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Shooting Video with Leica SL


Leica’s new SL (Spiegellos – Mirrorless) Camera shoots superb  4K 4096×2160 24p Video. The camera exposes stills in either Leica Format (24x36mm) or APS-C. Video is recorded in 4K 24p or UHD 30p in APS-C format, as well as HD in Full Frame Leica… 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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Code Name Max


Its code name was Max. Designers of the new Leica SL autofocus, full frame (Leica Format), mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera  said Max stood for “maximum,” or “to the max.” However, other Maxes lurk in Leica’s history. Max Berek developed the lens for the first Leica Model A (Leica I) camera. It was a 50mm f/3.5  fixed lens, named Elmax, apparently  from the letters E (Ernst) L ( Leitz) and Max (Berek). The real name is SL for “Spiegellos” (mirrorless).

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Leica SL 35mm Full Frame Autofocus


Cut to the chase: favorite things about the new Leica SL Full Frame Mirrorless 35mm camera introduced today at Leica HQ in Wetzlar. Sharpest EVF I’ve looked through on a still camera: 4.4 Megadots. Very rapid autofocus and Optical Image Stabilized lenses. PL adapter… read more…

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Leica SL


 Wetzlar Germany. Leica introduces 35mm full frame mirrorless fast autofocus camera. More than 4-million dot EVF. 4K video. 24 MP sensor. Works with all M,T, R lenses, new SL generation, and PL.

Sony RX1R2 Palm-Size Full Frame Camera


Sony unveiled the new palm-sized full-frame RX1R2 Camera.  It’s a 35mm full-frame format (24x36mm) digital still camera with a 42.4 Megapixel sensor, attached ZEISS Sonnar 35mm f/2 lens, variable optical low pass filter, and pop-up EVF. The variable OPLF of the Sony RX1R2 lets you adjust the amount of moiré and artifact reduction. read more…

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Canon M10, G5 X, G9 X


With PhotoPlus Expo coming up next week in New York, Canon is rolling out some new still cameras. The G5 X puts an eagerly-awaited EVF onto a 20.2 Megapixel, 1.0-inch CMOS sensor pocketable camera with fast f/1.8-2.8 4.2x zoom lens (35mm equivalent of  24-100mm). Canon’s G9X is smaller, has fewer features, slower and shorter zoom range, and no EVF. And Canon’s new M10 is a small mirrorless APS-C sensor camera with interchangeable lens mount that accepts EOS lenses using an adapter. 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…

ActionProducts Alexa Mini AKS


“Made in Switzerland” makes me think of finely crafted watches, reliable mechanical things, and of course, ActionProducts — the Swiss manufacturers of very well-made camera accessories. ActionProducts’ new accessories give ARRI Alexa Minis the potential to become…gasp…your A-Camera. Let’s start at the back… read more…

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