ALEXA LF and 35mm format Anamorphic Lenses

Marc Shipman-Mueller published a helpful and interesting white paper, “ALEXA LF & Anamorphic Lenses.” It is in the DOWNLOADS section of the ALEXA LF microsite. Here’s a summary of the key points. You have a Netflix show. You’d like to shoot with 35mm anamorphic lenses on Alexa LF. Can you satisfy the Netflix 4K UHD UHD specification? Yes. You can do this with Alexa LF Open Gate sensor mode and crop in post. read more…

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Lens Technician wanted at Band Pro Burbank

Lens Service Technician position available at Band Pro Burbank, CA. Responsible for service and maintenance of professional digital motion picture lenses and accessories. Includes the current lenses sold by Band Pro Film & Digital Inc. but may include vintage lenses that customers may provide. Technician’s role: 1.      Service, maintain and repair cinema lenses, ensuring equipment is complete and meets operational performance… read more…

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Netflix Mode for Sony Consumer Televisions

If you’re like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time tweaking and fiddling with the color, contrast and other settings of your home TV. This is maddening. Today, Sony and Netflix announced a helpful collaboration. Here’s the edited press release: Sony Electronics Launches MASTER Series TVs with Exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode, Bringing Studio-quality Picture Mastering to the Living Room…. read more…

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Michael Neuhaeuser new ARRI Board Member

July 24, 2018, Munich. The Supervisory Board of ARRI Group announced today that Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser will be appointed as the new Executive Board member responsible for technology effective Sept 1. He succeeds Professor Franz Kraus. Franz Kraus will join the Supervisory Board and continue to work closely with the company. To clarify: Joerg Pohlman and Michael Neuhaeuser, as the Executive… read more…

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Cooke Optics, Caledonia, Same Team

By now, the press releases are online, complete with Cooke mistooked as Cook, along with a distraction of financial figures. Les Zellan called with clarifications today. Caledonia Investments plc, a self-managed investment trust based in the UK, acquired a majority stake in Cooke Optics. The current Cooke management team and day-to-day company activities remain unchanged. Caledonia’s investment will facilitate company growth and development of new lenses. read more…

ARRI Large Format Japanese Edition

To coincide with the delivery of an ARRI Alexa LF camera to NAC Image Technology in Tokyo, here is the Film and Digital Times “ARRI LARGE FORMAT CAMERA SYSTEM” Special Report in Japanese. Translation courtesy of ARRI ASIA.

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Nick Hayes at Angenieux North America

Nick Hayes has been appointed North America Sales Manager of Cinema Optics at Angenieux.  He is based in Irvine, California. Nick is a familiar face in the industry. He worked at RED Digital Cinema for over 6 years, first as a Bomb Squad sales representative and corporate accounts manager. He was then promoted to Territory Manager for Western US and Canada…. read more…

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Ultra Lightweight ARRI 35mm cameras for drones: for sale

Here’s an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber Arriflex 35mm camera package for sale. It is ideal for drones, gimbals, helium-filled balloons — and was used extensively on the film OCEANS. The system includes two Arriflex 2 cameras, each under 1.4 kg, modified with carbon fiber bodies, new motors and mounts. Frédéric Jacquemin, writes: “We met at the 2010 AFC Micro Salon in… read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 Released Today

Great expectations were rewarded today as Sony released the long-awaited VENICE Version 2 firmware. It’s a major release that makes the VENICE do what almost everyone wanted it to do. Sony’s engineering team were probably working long hours for many months. They scrambled and came through with these new updates ahead of schedule. Version 2 makes VENICE fully functional. The… read more…

CW Sonderoptic renamed Leitz Cine Wetzlar

The name and logo on the outside of CW Sonderoptic’s new headquarters and factory in Wetzlar seemed permanent a couple of months ago. Curiously, a fabric banner covered the name yesterday at the inauguration of Leitz-Park III. Today, during an event attended by thousands of visitors, the banner came down and the new name and logo were revealed. CW Sonderoptic is now Ernst Leitz Cine Wetzlar. read more…

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Cine Gear Expo 2018 Slideshow

Lots of launches at Cine Gear Expo 2018.  ZEISS Supreme Primes; Sony VENICE V2.0 with  1-60 fps in 4K, E-mount capability, Dual Base 500 and 2500 ISO; Sony VENICE tether; Panavision Primo X, Ultra Vista large format 1.6x squeeze anamorphics, Panavision H series, PanaSpeed large format T1.4; Panavision Liquid Crystal variable ND mattebox filter; Panavision DXL-M; Leica M mount for Sony VENICE… and more… read more…

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Panavision Lenses: Ultra Vista 1.6x FF

Panavision at Cine Gear:  Millennium DXL2, LCD Filter and 4 new Large-Format Lens Sets   Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 8K camera will be shown at Cine Gear Expo on June 1-2 at the Panavision booth (#S102) in Stage 17, along with four new large-format lens sets, a new firmware upgrade, DXL-style accessories kit for RED DSMC2 cameras, and a preview new filter… read more…

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IB/E Optics News

IB/E Optics is growing and as of June 1, 2018 will distribute independently in the Americas. Also–Big (as in Large Format) new products: LPLx2 VV Optical Extender, PL to LPL mount, and LPL UMS Mount Adapter. read more…

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AJA Video Systems Celebrates 25 Years

John Abt started AJA Video Systems with his wife Darlene in 1993 to develop simple digital parallel to serial and serial to parallel converters. Many of AJA’s products at their core continue to bridge connectivity and simplify pro video workflows through video up, down, cross format conversion. An engineer by trade, company founder John Abt is still very hands-on in… read more…

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FDTimes June 2018 issue 88

FDTimes June 2018 issue 88 is ready to download now: hi-rez for subscribers and a limited time lower rez copy for all to see for free. The print edition will be distributed free at Cine Gear Expo. Visit FDTimes at booth 207 in the New York Streets backlot at Paramount. read more…

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RED Simplified: MONSTRO, HELIUM, GEMINI

RED is simplifying with 3 models, named after the sensor, all in the same DSMC2 body. DSMC2 MONSTRO has the same specs as the WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV camera. The body is available in aluminum alloy and , on request, in Carbon Fiber. DSMC2 HELIUM has the same specs as the WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35 camera. The body is made of aluminum alloy. On special order, this camera is also available with a HELIUM 8K S35 Monochrome sensor. DSMC2 GEMINI has better data rates and REDCODE settings than the EPIC-W 5K S35 GEMINI camera. Otherwise, the rest of the features are the same. It’s available in aluminum alloy. read more…

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Cannes 2018 Angenieux ExcelLens Award

Ed Lachman, ASC received the 2018 Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematographer at Cannes. Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter wrote an homage to Ed on a glass screen: “Dear Ed, With a camera you make music for the eyes. Thank you for sharing with us your vision and the unique light in your smiling eyes. Bravo.” read more…

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Keslow in Salt Lake City and New Orleans

Keslow Camera recently opened new offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and New Orleans, Louisiana. The new offices reflect rapid growth and the industry’s geographical migrations. Keslow Camera already supported a number of productions over the years in Utah, such as HBO’s “Mosaic,” Disney’s “Andi Mack” and now Paramount Network’s upcoming series “Yellowstone.”  The recent growth in Utah is significant. In… read more…

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Ed Lachman ASC to get Angenieux Award at Cannes

Ed Lachman, ASC will be honored with the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography Award  at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. This lifetime achievement award celebrates Ed’s work as Cinematographer on more than 75 films and documentaries. with Werner Herzog, Jonathan Demme, Susan Seidelman, Dennis Hopper, Paul Schrader, Mira Nair, Andrew Niccol, Robert Altman, Todd Solondz and Larry Clark. Notable films include… read more…

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