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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Captain Cooke and 135mm Anamorphic


Ahoy there. EMIT in Paris has taken delivery of the new Cooke 135mm Anamorphic /i prime. The long-awaited Cooke 135 Anamorphic Prime was at IBC. Like the rest of the “S6” set, it’s a front anamorphic (oval bokehs). The current Cooke 2x… read more…

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Kino LED (Kino Flo Select LED)


Kino Flo Select LEDs were two of the most exciting new lighting fixtures at IBC. Frieder must have bitten his lip when he first showed them to me and I said, “Oh, wow–Kino LEDs.” Because they look like the very familiar classic Kino Flo fixtures, but have smooth, soft Celeb-like LED illumination instead of fluorescent tubes. There will be two models: Select 30 (40.5 inches long, 12 lb) and Select 20 (26.5 inches long, 10 lb). Both are a mere 3 inches deep and 13″ high. A nice thing is you can put them in the trunk of most cars, which you can’t always do with a 4′ 2-bank or 4-bank fluorescent (48″ wide +). read more…

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IBC 2015 Slideshow

I am at entrance to IBC 2015

Highlights of IBC 2015. read more…

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Cabriolet Lighting: Alpha 800 from K5600


K5600 Lighting introduced their newest Alpha 800 HMI fixture. It’s like a cabriolet of lighting–convertible from Fresnel to Sharp shadow to focusing PAR in one unit. Like other members of the K5600 Alpha family, it has a quartz reflector that allows it to be aimed straight down.. The Fresnel lens is removable and can be replaced with a clear glass cover for wider, sharper, even spread. Add a skirt, and it becomes a Spacelite. Add a Lightbank, and it’s a softlight. Change the bulb orientation, and it becomes a focusing PAR.

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Ronford-Baker Atlas 0.4


Ronford-Baker lightweight Atlas 0.4 Fluid Head is an excellent choice for ARRI Alexa, Alexa Mini, Amira, RED, Sony F5/55, Canon C300, etc. At 7 kg, it’s lighter and smaller than the familiar 9 kg Atlas 40 Head. • Tilt range +- 60⁰ • Two… read more…

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ZEISS Milvus Full Frame Lenses


ZEISS introduced Milvus lenses at IBC, a new family of 6 Full Frame (24x36mm format) primes. They come in ZE (Canon) or ZF.2 (Nikon) mounts. Focus is manual. In other words, Milvus is a refresh of the ZEISS Classic line, with higher resolution and contrast…. read more…

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Teslas at IBC


Over the next days, we’ll post photos and comments from IBC. What was the most interesting, innovative product? Certainly the new Tesla 2015 Model S taxi that drove me from  airport to IBC, one of a fleet of 100. They… read more…

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Still Digital Times


STILL DIGITAL TIMES was hatched over fire and ice at Amsterdam Okura Hotel’s superb Sazanka, the only Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant in Europe. It happened somewhere between the Moscato and the Malbec, punctuated by pyrotechnical sea bream and Wagyu beef.  Winfried Scherle (ZEISS Consumer… read more…

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A Minimalistic Sony Camera: FS5


There are a bunch of breakthrough technologies and good ideas in the new mini Sony PXW-FS5 4K camera. Read complete report in FDTimes September Edition, now online. 1. Variable ND: Internal, 7 stops, CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE! The ND control knob is continuously variable from clear to ND2.1 (7 stops). Or, with the flick of a switch, you can choose  one of four presets.

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Dr. Winfried Scherle, EVP of ZEISS


THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS: Interview with Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President, ZEISS Consumer Optics Business Group. Part of a special 20-page Tour of ZEISS in the September Edition. One of my questions: “Will the manufacturers get together and agree on a new standard lens mount with a shorter flange depth, since we don’t have spinning mirror shutters anymore?”

Dr. Scherle said, “I would be very happy to have a new standard because I think it benefits the customer. We had discussions with other lens manufacturers who also expressed interest in this. If you have a standardized mount, customers would have the flexibility to buy any combination of camera and lens, and use their preferred setup.” read more…

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Jarred Land, Pres of RED


Here’s a preview of one of the featured interviews in the September IBC Edition of Film and Digital Times: with Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema. At NAB, RED fired a Full Frame warning shot across the bow of the industry. Their RED Weapon 8K FF camera, due later this year, prompted a flurry of articles in our big 120-page Double Issue 71-72 about lenses that fit, cameras to come, and stuff to see. read more…

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Sony a7RII


August 3, 2015. Twenty-two journalists gathered in Portland, Oregon for two 16-hour days and one evening of shooting Digital Stills and 4K UHD Video with the new Sony Alpha 7R Mark II and the RX10 Mark II Cameras. The new Sony a7RII  is an important camera for Sony as it is capable of shooting both 42 Megapixel ARW (Sony RAW) and JPG stills internally and MP4 4K (UHD) motion equally well. One would not hesitate to shoot a documentary with it or use it as a lightweight “B” camera on a feature. It has a versatile e-mount lens mount (18 mm flange focal depth). read more…

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FDTimes Sept IBC Issue 71 Coming Soon


Starry light…low light…moonlight…no light…new cameras…new lenses…flares…FDTimes September 2015 Issue 71 will be ready on opening day of IBC. Printing in LA and Amsterdam. Find us at IBC Booth 11.F31 (courtesy of Aaton Digital – Transvideo) and get free paper copies at the booths of our sponsors. read more…

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Mole is on the Move


Mole-Richardson is moving  from its Hollywood home to the Northern San Fernando Valley. It’s a new production, distribution and administration facility. There are 10,000 square feet of corporate offices, conference rooms, workspaces, showrooms, and a museum. The museum will show the company’s product evolution and celebrate “Old Hollywood.” Mole-Richardson’s manufacturing, wholesale & retail expendable distribution business (Studio Depot), equipment rental operations and the Larry Mole Parker Technical Institute take up an additional 120,000 square feet. That’s about 3 acres of space. read more…


Rainer Hercher joins CW Sonderoptic – Leica


Rainer Hercher has been named General Sales Director of CW Sonderoptic for their line of cine products — including Leica Summilux-C and Leica Summicron-C lenses. Rainer said, “The Leica brand has a rich history of creating fantastic image-making tools, but the cinema side of the business from CW Sonderoptic is relatively new. I look forward to introducing these products to more cinematographers and directors in the global market.” read more…

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Filming in Israel and Band Pro Open House


The Israeli film market is seeing changes in production. Even some of the more prominent movies are being shot with basic DSLRs or even iPhones. There’s a shift in what filmmakers essentially need and use to make their films. To address this, the 4th Band Pro Film and Digital Open House in Israel took place on July 30th with hands-on product demos and in-depth technical seminars. read more…

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Canon 4 Million ISO Full-Frame Video


C-Impossible. Canon’s current catchphrase is “See Impossible.” Canon’s new ME20F-SH Multi-purpose Camera could be called “C-Impossible” — a companion to the C300/100/500 for low-light, no-light, and night cinematography. It fulfills Canon Managing Director Mr. Maeda’s vision of filming a black crow on a moonless night. With a sensitivity equivalent to more than 4 Million ISO –the C-Impossible shoots Full HD 1080p video with 3G HD-SDI and HDMI connectors for external recording.  It has a full frame 20×36 mm CMOS sensor with 2.26 million pixels. Each pixel is 19 microns. (Current Cine cameras have pixels ranging from 3 to 8 microns. Nikon D810 =4. 88 μm, Sony a7S=8.4 μm, and Canon EOS-1D X=6.94 μm.) read more…

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Preston Light Ranger 2 Updates

Sensor Unit.
A front black IR filter has been added to cover the LR2 receiver lens to avoid distracting the talent.

Preston Cinema is shipping the new Light Ranger 2 and they are now working on some major productions. One big surprise is how great the range is. Initial specs put the far distance at around 40-60 feet. Actual practice is astoundingly several hundred feet. And the close distance is several millimeters in front of the lens. Updates were shown at Cine Gear. read more…

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Leica M PL Mount


The Leica M PL Mount lets you attach PL mount cine lenses onto Leica M (Typ 240) and M Monochrom (Type 246) rangefinder cameras. Of course, you’ll want to use Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C primes, but the adapter will work with almost any other PL cine lens. read more…

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