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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happy Holidays from FDTimes

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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Jazz, Lenses and ZEISS

by Thomas R. Zecher Photos by Alexander Kopp Most cinematographers and still photographers know about Obekochen. It’s a small town, three hours from Frankfurt and two hours from Munich. This is where ZEISS cine and still photography lenses come from. What many of us did not know is that the 25th Aalener Jazz Festival opened in Oberkochen this November 2016. Aalen is a large… read more…

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NYTimes on Steadicam

Here’s an excellent article in the NYTimes: “The Invention That Shot Rocky Up Those Steps.” The accompanying video is like a Steadicam Greatest Hits with a description of Garrett Brown’s Steadicam camera operating system that made “The Shining,” “Rocky” and “Goodfellas” possible.

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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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Band Pro Nouvelle Vague

Befitting Band Pro’s French connection with the new Angenieux Type EZ Zooms, the theme of their Open House this year  was the French Cinema. Pierre-William Glenn, AFC was the guest of honor. The events began with a screening of his “Day for Night” (“Nuit Americaine”) at the Sony Backstage Theater on December 6. The Open House had a record attendance on Dec 8. read more…

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Diversity in Cinematography

Madelyn Most writes: “for the first time ever, Camerimage, the festival of cinematography, IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, and illuminatrix, a U.K. collective of female cinematographers, hosted a forum on gender and diversity in cinematography. The panelists discussed what made their career work, while questioning the myths, inequalities, and obstacles that still exist in their respective countries.” read more…

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Sony’s a6500 and RX100 V Launch Event

Twenty-five journalists and bloggers were invited to Austin, Texas for the launch event of the new Sony Alpha 6500 and RX100 Mark V (RX100 V) Digital Still Photography and 4K (UHD) Motion Picture Cameras. read more…

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