Regarding RED 20×40

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Keep calm and keep all your current lenses. 

RED’s Weapon 8K, introduced at NAB, is an important new camera expected later this year. The good news is that all current cine lenses will fit, will work, and will remain relevant for a long time. The other good news is that most full frame still lenses will also fit. It’s not so much about the 8K. Yes, it’s an 8K camera, but it will also do 4K in Super 35 and Full Frame. What’s important is the sensor size — 21.60 x 40.96 mm. read more…

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Cameras Smaller, Trucks Bigger

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Cameras may be getting smaller, but look at the size of these campers, support trucks and craft service village on the streets of New York yesterday.  

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Optical and Digital Filters

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Optical and Digital Filters for Cinematography About 60 people attended the New York Section’s April SMPTE meeting at MPE’s Penthouse 45 Suite.  Presentations were given by Ira Tiffen of Schneider Optics on glass filters, by Jena Rappolt-Noyes of The Tiffen Company on  DFXV4… read more…

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Keep it Moving

Michael Jonas, ARRI ALEXA Mini Product Manager

Keep it moving. Here are some smooth moves from ARRI with Alexa Mini. read more…

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All Eyes and Ears

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Former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and Director Vanessa Hope discussed their new documentary “All Eyes and Ears” at the 21 Club yesterday. The film opens at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 20. Governor Huntsman… read more…

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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

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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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