Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House

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On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled into Keslow Camera’s Culver City headquarters on Blackwelder Street for a day of Light Ranger 2 demos and a Keslow Camera Open House. Howard Preston, Alanna Berkson and Matt Davis provided hands-on demos with a large… read more…

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Teradek Color Cine

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COLR CINE is a new version of Teradek COLR with updated features and a new set of outputs. read more…

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“Cafe Society” opens July 15

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“Cafe Society” opens in the US this Friday, July 15. It should be seen twice. First for the story, acting and directing. The second time for the art of the cinematography. Every frame a Rembrandt…er…a Storaro. The cinematography is spectacular. Although Vittorio will be the first to say that the most important thing in a film is the idea (story, concept), his cinematography is like watching  paintings that move. read more…

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GDU Tilt/Swing Plate

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Global Dynamics United makes the best looking compact tilt/swing plate I’ve seen. It’s simple and quick to use. The GDU Tilt 20 is designed to tilt 20 degrees up or down. You can use it bolted to a piece of plywood as a low hat, attached to a car mount, or just flat on the ground. read more…

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Wanted: Lens Technician at Clairmont Camera

Clairmont Camera North Hollywood is looking for a good motion picture camera lenses repair technician.    Pay will be based on experience.  Anybody applying must have at least four years in actual lens repair.   Clairmont Camera has a first class lens… read more…

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Teradek Sphere

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Teradek’s new Sphere is the core to monitoring a stitched 360 degree VR  quad HD stream wirelessly—without seeing yourself in the shot. It’s like VR Video Assist. Sphere also can do live web streaming of 360 VR content to compatible online platforms. read more…

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FUJIFILM X-T2 Still & 4K/UHD Camera

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FUJIFULM North America today announced the newest in their interchangeable lens X-series cameras, the FUJIFILM X-T2. The X-T2 has received several significant improvements over the 2014 release of its predecessor, the X-T1, including a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III SPS-C sensor,… read more…

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Interview With RED’s Jarred Land – Episode 2

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This is Episode 2 of “Interviews with Jarred” about RED Digital Cinema, the state of the industry, large format, and more. Another sequel in this saga is inevitable. I expect Episode 3 will include more about RED Helium 8K S35 3.65 micron pixel sensors.

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Sony Full Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

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Sony Electronics has just introduced a new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens with an E-mount. It’s part of the Sony/ZEISS strategic partnership that includes the 16-35mm F4, 24-70 F4, 16-70mm F4, 135mm F1.8, 55mm F1.8, 35mm F1.4, 35mm F2.8, 24mm F2, and 24mm F1.8 lenses. read more…

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LED Lens Projector & News From Chrosziel

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Chrosziel introduced a new, cool, bright LED lens projector with remote focus capability. No more burnt fingers fumbling in the dark of a lens testing room at the rental house or lens repair facility. Chrosziel also has a new Handgrip Extender and Zoom Rocker. read more…

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LA Marketing Manger at Leica – CW Sonderoptic

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Marketing Manager position at CW Sonderoptic in Los Angeles, sister company of Leica Camera. Information: Also on CW Sonderoptic website. Position: Full-time Location: West Hollywood, CA Job description CW Sonderoptic, sister company of Leica Camera, is looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to join small, fast-paced,… read more…

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“Film is Like a Colony”

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Orson Welles said, “Film is like a colony and there are very few colonists. When America was wide open, with the Spanish at the Mexican frontier, the French in Canada, the Dutch in New York, you can be sure that the English would go to a place that was still unoccupied.” He was discussing wide lenses in 1958 Cahiers du Cinéma interviews. The Angénieux Retrofocus 18.5 mm lens was introduced in 1951. What he says sounds familiar today—finding new lenses to define new looks and stand out from the crowd. read more…

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Fujinon Lens Day In Hollywood at ASC

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Tuesday May 24th was Fujinon Day in Hollywood, at the ASC Clubhouse.  It was an afternoon and evening to learn about lens design, technology, applications and Fujinon’s wide selection of PL mount zoom lenses. Workshops and panel discussions explored the creative, optical and budgetary considerations… read more…

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Brexit and Film Production

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About Brexit, your broker is surely saying, “Keep calm, carry on, stay the course.” Sinking ships come to mind. Markets hate uncertainty. They also make big bad bets. So do bookies. Online British Betting websites have long been a favorite barometer for predicting… read more…

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Creative Solutions Open House New York

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Creative Solutions opened their doors on June 23rd in the new Greenpoint Creative Solutions Showroom at 190 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Mark Pederson (CEO / Co-Founder) and Aldey Sanchez (COO / Co-Founder)  hosted about 100 members of the New York production community. CSNY will provide rentals and sales of motion picture and television equipment. read more…

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Tiffen’s Steadicam LA 2016 Workshop

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The Queen Mary Workshop, Long Beach, California, April 2016  by Chris Fawcett, inventor of the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest photos: Nadiya Rodkina Steadicam remains one of the strongest storytelling tools for cinematographers. There is no other way to move the camera… read more…

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First painting of a Movie Theater:
Sickert’s “The Gallery at the Old Mogul”

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Christie’s will auction “The Gallery at the Old Mogul” on June 20th in London. The painting, by Walter Sickert, is one of the earliest paintings in the world of a theatrical projection in a movie theater. (The Old Mogul was not… read more…

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Ian Casas, Band Pro’s Key Grip

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Ian S. Casas has joined Band Pro Film & Digital in Burbank as Product Manager in charge of sales and support for the Cinetech Italiana Dolly line and related grip products. Ian is an accomplished Hollywood Dolly Grip and Key Grip with numerous… read more…

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ZEISS lens kit for iPhone

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Now at the Apple Store: a wide-angle accessory lens kit by ZEISS and ExoLens. This is the first in an add-on lens set. The ExoLens with ZEISS Mutar 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens is available exclusively from Apple ($199.95). ZEISS and ExoLens are also planning… read more…

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FDTimes in Translation, updated

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Thursday, June 9. Ten luminaries of the Japanese cinema industry gathered high above the humid haze of Tokyo—in the New York Bar of the Park Hyatt Hotel. What better place than the bar location made famous by Lost in Translation. The conversation was unmistakably more animated than… read more…

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