Diversity in Cinematography

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Madelyn Most writes: “for the first time ever, Camerimage, the festival of cinematography, IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, and illuminatrix, a U.K. collective of female cinematographers, hosted a forum on gender and diversity in cinematography. The panelists discussed what made their career work, while questioning the myths, inequalities, and obstacles that still exist in their respective countries.” read more…

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Sony’s a6500 and RX100 V Launch Event

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Twenty-five journalists and bloggers were invited to Austin, Texas for the launch event of the new Sony Alpha 6500 and RX100 Mark V (RX100 V) Digital Still Photography and 4K (UHD) Motion Picture Cameras. read more…

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Camerimage Docs: Essay by Axelle Coquelet

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Bydgoszcz, Poland. Axelle Coquellet writes: Camerimage is the marvelous international festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. It is all about cinematographers, and even more so when you look at the documentary program where most of them are also directors. I think it is one of the main interests of documentaries: how these directors see the world and how they manage to communicate it through the cinema screen. read more…

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InterBEE 2016 Tokyo

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InterBEE 2016 ran for 3 days — November 16, 17, 18 in the Makuhari Messe Convention Center, Chiba, about an hour northeast of Tokyo. 1,090 companies and organizations exhibited in 1,926 booths. There were 593 exhibitors from 34 countries. 38,047 visitors attended. 6,000 copies of the Special November Film and Digital Times InterBEE Edition in Japanese were printed in Tokyo and distributed at… read more…

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FDTimes InterBEE Japanese Edition

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FDTJ – Film and Digital Times Japan November 2016 InterBEE Japanese Language Edition is now ready to download. read more…

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ALEXA 65 at Age 2, ARRI Rental & ARRI Tour

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This Report is a 24-page “reprint” from FDTimes November 2016 Edition, #79: ARRI ALEXA 65 at Age 2, its newest 65mm format lenses,  ALEXA Prime 65 S Series and Prime DNA Series, a tour of ARRI Rental’s new facility near Munich, a look at camera manufacturing on Türkenstrasse and ARRI’s post facilities at Bavariafilm. read more…

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Sony FS7 II Quick Guide – Free Download

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Read FDTimes’ free 12-page how-to quick guide to Sony’s new cinéma vérité PXW-FS7 II camera. New features of the camera: Lever Lock E-mount, In-Camera Electronic Variable ND, versatile viewfinder, smarter SmartGrip, improved ergonomics. read more…

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New Sony FS7 II with Lever Lock E-Mount

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Sony introduces the new cinéma vérité PXW-FS7 II. The successful FS7 will remain in Sony’s lineup. However, the FS7 II is the model you’ll want for its new Lever Lock E-mount, In-Camera Electronic Variable ND, versatile viewfinder, smarter SmartGrip, and improved interface. Imagine the familiar E-mount of previous FS or a7 series cameras. Now, instead of twisting the lens clockwise to secure it within the mount, the new Lever Lock E-mount works like an industry-standard PL, PV or Mitchell style breech lock. read more…

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BIRTV China 2016

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The China film industry’s growth potential is big, increasing at 17% per year since 2011. The media and film industry at the end of 2016 will be worth $180 billion and next year an increase is expected, while the domestic film audience will exceed that of the U.S. in less than four years. Today, China’s movie ticket sales is second only to the U.S. Last year’s box office revenue hit a record $6.8 billion – up 49% from 2014. All this activity was tangible at this year’s BIRTV in Beijing, Asia’s influential exhibition for the film and broadcast industry. read more…

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Leica Lens Service Training

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Oli Laperal, Jr. writes about his lens service course at CW Sonderoptic: “Having attended lens service training at Angenieux, ARRI, Cooke, and ZEISS, learning more about the Leica CW Sonderoptic cine lenses was most welcome. When Osamu Tsukada, Asia Regional Sales Manager of CW Sonderoptic invited me to attend a lens technical service training seminar in Wetzlar, Germany, I did not hesitate…” read more…

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New Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart

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At PhotoPlus Expo yesterday, cameras with missing specs were measured and the Lens Mount FFD and ID Chart has been updated. read more…

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Cartoni MASTER CINE 30

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During dailies of The Immortal Story, Orson Welles turned to his cinematographer Willy Kurant, ASC, AIC, and said, “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” This was Welles’ first color film and last completed feature. It’s now on DVD from Criterion, described as a “jewel-like film, dreamily shot by Willy Kurant and suffused with the music of Erik Satie, a brooding, evocative distillation of Welles’s artistic interests—a story about the nature of storytelling and the fine line between illusion and reality.” Thinking of poets, cameras and heads, Welles and Kurant might have relished a camera perched upon the new Cartoni Master Cine 30 Head. read more…

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Mounting Questions: Please Reply

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At high noon on September 22, representatives of many of the world’s prominent lens companies convened in Sigma’s meeting room at Photokina. The idea was to discuss what might happen for the next generation of full frame (24×36 mm) cine cameras and lenses.  Could there be a common lens mount. Please read this discussion and let us know your opinions. read more…

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RED 8K HELIUM Super35mm Cameras

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RED Digital Cinema starts shipping two new Super35 8K HELIUM Sensor Cameras today. RED WEAPON 8K S35 is the top-of-the line model featuring the new HELIUM sensor. The body is carbon fiber, in a shade close to dark end of a Technicolor gray scale. It shoots 8K (8192×4320) up to 60 fps, with data rates to 300 MB/s and 5:1 REDCODE RAW at full 8K 24 fps. This model offers a sensor upgrade path to RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor when available. RED EPIC-W 8K S35 comes in a black magnesium and aluminum alloy body. It has the same HELIUM sensor as the WEAPON 8K S35, shoots 8K (8192×4320) up to 30 fps, with data rates to 275 MB/s and 6:1 REDCODE RAW at full 8K 24 fps. Both models let you grab 35.4 megapixel stills from the 8K video. read more…

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Sony RX100 Mark V

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It’s been said the best camera is one that’s always with you. I’ve had a Sony RX100 dangling from my belt in a small Lowepro pouch since the original one was introduced in 2012. I’ve upgraded to every subsequent model. The latest one is the Cybershot DSC-RX100 Mark V, and there are compelling reasons to order one. The main reason… read more…

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ARRI Alexa SXT Updates

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ARRI has been upgrading Alexa XT cameras to Alexa SXT since IBC (early September 2016). There are two different upgrade paths for those who have received XT cameras in 2015 or 2016 (Keep & Buy and SXT Upgrade 15/16) and one upgrade for XT cameras shipped in 2013 or 2014 (SXT Upgrade 13/14). Existing XT owners should check with ARRI. The… read more…

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DMG Lumière LED Lights

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From Lyon, land of the Lumière brothers, come another band of brothers: Nils, Mathieu and Jean de Montgrand. Along with gaffer Nicolas Goerg, their company is DMG Lumière and they make extremely light, incredibly thin and innovative LED lighting fixtures. read more…

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Behind a Kiss in Cinema

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Camera and lens designers, cinematographers, directors, rental managers, producers–plan a trip to the French Cinematheque in Paris. This is the most important, historical exhibition about the technique and technology of cinema from October 6 – Jan 29, 2017. Any questions about format, ergonomics, shape, pristine vs distressed images are revealed here. Larger formats? Two years after the birth of 35mm cinema, we… read more…

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Art Criste, Rental Manager at Clairmont

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Art Criste has joined Clairmont Camera Hollywood as the new Rental Manager.  Art has worked for more than 25 years in the motion picture industry. He was a freelance 1st AC and then camera operator. He filmed Superbowls XXXI to present for NFL Films and Ultimate Pictures. Art also was an Associate Producer, Production Manager and Rental Manager — in other words, he has lots of industry experience. At Clairmont, Art will handle equipment scheduling and coordination between clients and additional offices, take care of client services, and more. read more…

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Leica Portugal

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Leica Portugal is an easy half-hour drive north of the beautiful city of Porto. A whimsical Leica M-like gatehouse greets the visitor. Beyond is the modern factory, the size of several football fields, where many of Leica’s cameras, lenses and sport optics are made. It’s one of the most high-tech, impeccable places in the industry, with a highly skilled, enthusiastic workforce. Some… read more…

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