Sony a7RII

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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

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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

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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…

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Rainer Hercher joins CW Sonderoptic – Leica

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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

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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

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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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Alexa Mini ActionProducts AKS

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ActionProducts in Switzerland has a new line of accessories for the ARRI Alexa Mini. Like their modular lineup for RED, ActionProducts equips Alexa Minis with everything you can dream of to configure the Mini for everything from an A-Camera package to hand-held, rig, stabilized or wireless operation. read more…

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Sony 4K SxS Memory Player PMW-PZ1

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How to play back 4K? Especially without a computer. The Sony PMWPZ1 Player is shipping now. One just landed in our lab. Eject an SxS Card from your Sony F55 or FS7 and pop it into the PZ1 Player. Push the play button. Pristine 4K plays on your giant 4K TV or Reference Monitor via 3G/HD-SDI (x4) or HDMI. You can also play back from an external hard drive via USB3. Sony makes rugged, rubber-bumpered (PSZHA2T 2TB HDD) drives up to 2 TB. You can also clone your SxS card to these drives. As mentioned before–no computer necessary. read more…

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NAC Open House in Tokyo

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NAC Image Technology’s annual Open House event was held on June 24 and 25 at Toei studio in Oizumi, Tokyo. Around 400 visitors attended during the two days. There were two parts to the event: an exhibition of equipment at a film… read more…

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The Business of the Business: Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom

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Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom: “Our marketplace is moving much faster than it ever has before. I feel like there are more changes, more people entering the business… All of those things require a faster and more powerful response from companies… I think the market’s always going to be tiered. It’s going to be the high-end of the pyramid where people really demand the best and they have to have it and absolutely are going to pay for it. Then you have an intermediate part of the market where people are going to aspire to have those products. Maybe they can’t always afford them. And then you have the part of the market that’s growing the fastest, that’s broadening the fastest: all the people who are entering the business and buying their first camera, buying their first tripod…” read more…

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Even More Gear at Cine Gear

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More products and people at Cine Gear Expo in LA on June 5-6. Photos by Jon Fauer. Click on any picture in the thumbnail grid for larger lightbox view.  

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More Gear from Cine Gear 2015

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More Gear from Cine Gear 2015: photos by Mark Forman with Sony a7R and a7S. read more…

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Editing: Sight, Sound and Story

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Stephanie Mergal reports on the Manhattan Edit Workshop Seminar “Sight, Sound and Story” held on Saturday, June 13. With William Goldenberg, Gordon Burkell,  Alanda Yudin, Joe Schuck, Jolie “Bob” Lombardi, Garret Savage, Andy Grieve, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Pax Wassermann, Fabienne Bouville, Jesse Averna, and Sidney Wolinsky. read more…

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FDT Japanese Edition 70J

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FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japanese language Midsummer 2015 Edition is now online and ready for free download. A limited number of printed copies are available in the offices of the sponsors in Japan. Cover photo of sandstorm at NAB by Mark Forman. read more…

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New Gear at Cine Gear

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Here’s a gallery of new gear I saw at Cine Gear Expo 2015 in LA last week. Apologies to anyone we missed, and acknowledgement that some things may not be totally new–but this was the first time I’d seen them. Additional Cine Gear Photos to be posted shortly. read more…

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Sony α7R II Details

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Sony’s new α7R II Mirrorless Digital Still/Video Camera demonstrates innovative technology that I think foreshadows additional 4K Full Frame and Super35 cinema cameras to come. The camera records Full Frame 4K 24×36 mm video. Additionally, the camera can also record APS-C format in 4K. The α7R camera’s E-mount with 18mm flange depth offers a world of adapters for almost any photo or cinema lens known to man–including PL and PV. read more…

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Sony a7R II – 4K FF, 4K S35

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  At a penthouse press conference and demo in the Parker Meridien Hotel overlooking midtown and Central Park, Sony gave us the camera I was wishing for: The α7R II (model ILCE-7RM2). It does everything I was whining about at Cine Gear:… read more…

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New Cine Standard Size & Mount?

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This is a preview of the Introduction to FDTimes June 2015 Issue 70 – coming Tuesday. It raises an important question: can all the camera and lens manufacturers agree on a new cine lens mount standard? Especially if 24x35mm format takes off. The Popular PL and PV mounts were dreamed up in the age of spinning mirror shutters — which took up a huge amount of room between lens mount and image plane. Without mirrors — with electronics viewfinders — the distance can be much less… read more…

FDTimes June Issue 70 Coming

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Film and Digital Times June 2015 Issue 70 will be ready at Cine Gear Expo on Friday – Sat June 5-6. Visit us in Booth 53A or get a free copy everywhere at the show. Subscribers’ copies ship at that time–and the PDF and  iPad editions can be downloaded then. What’s inside? Here’s the contents, with a few secret NDA things hidden until Friday: read more…

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Canon 5D 10 Year Anniversary

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Hard to believe–Canon will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EOS 5D camera. It was launched in September 2005: an affordable DSLR with 35mm full-frame 24×36 mm CMOS sensor. In November 2008, Canon shipped the second-generation EOS 5D Mark II. This… read more…

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