Roger Deakins to be honored at Cannes

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Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC will receive the Pierre Angénieux Award at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Thales Angénieux is a Cannes Film Festival Official Partner, and honors a prominent cienmatographer each year. Prvious recipients have been Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC,… read more…

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ZEISS Batis FF E-Mount Lenses

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ZEISS continues its commitment to Full Frame (FF) 24x36mm Still Format with the introduction of their new Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 autofocus lenses for Sony’s alpha full-frame E-mount system, which includes the α7 family of cameras. read more…

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Jon’s NAB 2015 Wrap

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Gallery of 170 images from my 4 days at NAB, 3 prep days, 3 days of press conferences, 6,000 pounds of Film and Digital Times delivered on 3 skids to 3 Freestanding Publication Bins, to our booth C10106, and to the 70 booths of our sponsors. Thank you Laura Riggs, Cecilia Montano and the staff at NAB, The Freeman Crew who constantly refilled and replenished the bins, and to all our readers, colleagues and companies. Additional reports and comments to follow. read more…

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Oli at NAB 2015

CHIMERA Ring Light Photo by Mark Forman

As usual, the best way to start exploring any major motion picture trade shows is to first thoroughly speed-read the latest issue of Film and Digital Times. Obviously lunch and rest will not be a priority for the next few days. NAB is always preceded by conferences, lectures, keynotes, press conferences and seminars. Following the laws of physics, unfortunately one can only be in one place at any given time. Here’s an outline of the highlights of NAB for me. read more…

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ALEXA MINI

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Is Michael Jonas, ARRI Product Manager, demonstrating the latest gimbal rig for the new featherweight ALEXA Mini? Index finger support, stabilization, ergonomic design. No — but he’s showing how light the new carbon fiber body camera really is.

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NAB Day 3

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NAB Day 3: Band Pro, Easyrig, ARRI, Canon, Cartoni, Mole Richardson, Vitec, OConnor, Anton/Bauer and many others.

NAB Last Day

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    NAB 2015 has been big. Smiling exhibitors. More visitors than last year: NAB estimates over 100,000. Lots of equipment being purchased.

AbelCine Monitor Bracket

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New monitor bracket from AbelCine — has brake pads to prevent drooping.

RED Weapon 8K

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History repeats. RED again is shaking up the industry. Even more compelling than the concept of 8K, for me, is the physical size of the new sensor. The Weapon 8K sensor will accept so many lenses: full frame 24×36 format, and all current 35mm… read more…

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NAB 2015 Day 2

A Las Vegas Dust Storm on the second day of NAB 2015

NAB dust storm. Matthews, Codex, Leica, Shotover, DSC Laboratories, Panasonic, Really Right Stuff. read more…

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NAB 2015 Day One

Panasonics press conference introduction of the 4K HVX200

Mark Forman’s photos of NAB Day 1 read more…

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40th Anniversary of Steadicam

Garret Brown Inventor of the Steadicam  and Ste Tiffen celebrating the 40th anniversary of the device at the Tiffen Booth at NAB 2015

A party for the 40th anniversary of the Steadicam was held a NAB 2015 in the Tiffen Booth with Garret Brown honored for his Oscar-winning invention.

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Sony Starts NAB

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For many of us, NAB traditionally begins on Sunday afternoon with Sony’s annual Press Event at the Mirage. Monday morning kicks off with AJA, Blackmagic, Panasonic, and ARRI press conferences. There’s usually an unveiling–and Mr. Hiroshi Kiriyamadidn’t disappoint, as he whisked… read more…

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FDTimes at NAB C10106

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Visit Film and Digital Times Booth C10106 (across Band Pro and Sony, along the wall) at NAB for complimentary copies of our April Edition, the Leica special Edition, and a few remaining copies of the February issue. You can also… read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Updates

Version 2.3 Software update for Blackmagic URSA cameras now online at blackmagicdesign.com/support. 150 fps recording in 1920 x 1080 HD window mode. ProRes 444 XQ Recording onto 2 CFast 2 cards simultaneously in RAW, with higher frame rates in RAW. Support for the new V2 4K URSA image sensor which allows Ultra HD capture to 120 fps. read more…

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Canon XC-10 (UHD, 10:1 zoom, 1”)

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Canon’s 5D paved the way for still cameras that shoot video. This one is a video camera that shoots impressive stills. If Canon’s XC-10 looks like a mirrorless camera, well, it is. It will be at home on gimbals, drones, rigs, remotes, and anywhere else a lighter, smaller 4K camera with attached zoom lens is requested. Tim Smith called it a “POV and rig camera on steroids.” It’s also a lot more. The XC-10 has a 1-inch sensor and an attached 10:1 zoom lens: 8.9-89 mm f/2.8-5.6. That’s approximately 17.6-176 mm in 35mm Academy Format. It records UHD 3840 x 2160 AVC Interframe 422 8-bit up to 30 fps , 60 fps in HD.

You can shoot 12 megapixel stills, or you can get 8 megapixel framegrabs from the video recording.

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Canon C300 Mark II (Internal 4K)

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It’s hard to believe that the Canon C300 was introduced 3 years ago. The camera has been very successful. Now, Canon introduces the successor: EOS C300 Mark II. It records what almost everyone had been asking for: internal 4K. There are so many new features inside the familiar C300 body shape, maybe they should have named it the C400 or C4K. Prototypes will be on hand at Canon’s NAB booth. The camera has a new 8.85 Megapixel  Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS  sensor that provides up to 4K (DCI) recording (4096 x 2160). read more…

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Zoom over to Cooke

Les Zellan, Chairman of Cooke Optics

At NAB 2015, Cooke Optics will announce the first of several new secret lenses to join its existing set of front anamorphic primes. Since the official word from Cooke is “zoom along as quickly as possible,” one might guess what it is. read more…

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ActionProducts Runner

Brian Goff, inventor and designer of the ActionProducts Runner

From Switzerland, land of fitness and fine tools, comes the new ActionProducts Runner. It’s an exoskeletal device that mechanically increases the operator’s strength and endurance by transferring the full weight of a handheld or gimbal stabilized camera to counterbalanced spring-loaded arm supports. read more…

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Gecko-Cam IMS OLPF

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It would be almost unthinkable for a rental house to not have a good lens test projector. It helps decipher the optical characteristics of your lens: geometry, aberrations, and focus. But what happens when you use the same lens on a film camera and then a digital camera? Most digital cameras use an OLPF (Optical Low Pass Filter) in front of the sensor to reduce moiré effects. It’s usually birefringent crystal and works by slightly separating each ray of light into two or four rays that are slightly offset. read more…

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