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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Sales Manager at 16×9

Sales Manager 16×9, Inc. a cinematography equipment distribution company located in Valencian is currently accepting resumes for an experienced Sales Manager. Minimum Qualifications: Current industry-specific knowledge of professional digital cinematography equipment & accessories Prior sales experience is a MUST Ability to be a self-motivated employee Manage current customer base, visit local customers, conduct equipment demos, assist with customer equipment &… read more…

Koerner Camera Lens Summit

by Adam Wilt Koerner Camera Systems in Portland, Oregon hosted the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on the first Saturday in May. About 250 people came to see lenses, filters, FIZ controllers and focusing aids, anamorphics and adapters, gimbals, cameras, and camera robots presented by thirty different exhibitors. Attendance might have been even  higher had Portland not suffered from… read more…

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ARRI Certified Pre-Owned (Used) Cameras

Just as BMW and Mercedes do with their fine used cars, ARRI has established a Certified Pre-Owned Program. Christian Richter, Manager of ARRI’s Certified Pre-Owned Camera Systems, explained the program when I visited Munich. “Now customers can buy cameras at very affordable prices and be confident in the knowledge that these cameras and all components, including the sensor, are checked with… read more…

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Sales Position at 16×9

16×9, Inc., a production equipment distribution company located in Valencia, CA, is currently accepting resumes for an experienced outside Salesperson.

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Fujinon Full Frame Zooms

This sounds like the introduction to a Ninja movie. In an undisclosed location at NAB, attended by unidentified executives from an unnamed company, Film and Digital Times has learned of new Full Frame zoom lenses being planned. The company is Fujifilm. They are developing Full Frame zoom lenses, to be announced later this year. We know they will be Fujinon Full Frame zooms. They will be lightweight, compact, high-end. The maximum aperture will be T2.X, where X is still being worked out. I would guess T2.9. They will weigh around 3 kg. read more…

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Desqueeze FF Anamorphic with Resolve

Here’s a reprint from the current edition (April 2018) of FDTimes about desqueezing anamorphic images with DaVinci Resolve. 8 pages. 

With the latest wave of Full Format cameras comes new interest in anamorphic Full Format lenses. The math gets numbing, but the result will be the possibility of many new exhibition/streaming formats that were never dreamt of in standards committees’ philosophies. read more…

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FDTimes at NAB 2018

Get the latest 96-page April Issue #87 of Film and Digital Times. For a limited time, you can download it for free. Subscribers: log in for the high rez edition.

The print edition is shipping now. It will also be everywhere at NAB 2018. Pick up a copy from our FDTimes bin in the front of Central Hall and at our booth C10206 (next to Sony, across SIGMA).

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ProRes RAW, Atomos, Panasonic

Final Cut Pro X gets ProRes RAW in the 10.4.1 update coming from Apple on April 9. It combines  the flexibility and advantages of RAW with the performance (data rates, speed, ease) of ProRes. ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that combines significantly lower data rates with the performance of ProRes. You will be able to play full-quality 4K… read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2018

A.I.C. (Associazione Italiana Autori della Cinematografia — the Italian Society of Cinematographers) brought Micro Salon Italia back to Cinecittà Studios after a 3-year absence, to where it first started in 2013. The first edition had only twelve booths, but this year, thanks to the larger space of Stage 10 – right across Federico Fellini’s famed Stage 5 – it hosted 56 booths in 2,000 sq mt (1,300 in 2017), 17 more than last year, with 83 major brand names and an extraordinary attendance of over 4,500 visitors. read more…