New AbelCine Website

AbelCine’s new website has gone live. It is blazingly fast and well organized. It senses when you’re using an iPhone, smartphone or tablet, so you can shop, rent or learn anywhere. Searching is simple and quick, with tabs and filters to help narrow results. The search box is also smart. For example, if you can’t remember how to spell KipperTie, results will start showing up once you get to “kipper.” The website is a great reference for product specs.

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Filming the Solar Eclipse Aug 21

This is the story of Stephen Pizzo’s enthralling preparations to shoot the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is the first total solar eclipse across the continental United States since 1918. The Moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the Sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky. The epicenter of the total eclipse will be in Carbondale, IL. The project includes a number of firsts that rely on state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras as part of an advanced astro-imaging system built specifically to capture the first US-wide eclipse in a hundred years. read more…

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Where to Rent Leica Thalia Large Format Lenses

CW Sonderoptic has shipped the first sets of production-ready Large Format Leica Thalia lenses to the following rental companies: ARRI Rental, RVZ, Ljud & Bildmedia, TCS, Keslow Camera and Otto Nemenz International. Yves Angelo, AFC, SBC, is shooting now with RVZ’s Leica Thalias on RED 8K VV cameras for his latest feature film. Comments include “Skin kindness and awesome bokehs.” read more…

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FDTimes Summer Reading – #83 Now Online

Film and Digital Times Summer 2017, Issue 83 — 80 page PDF now online. Limited time FREE download for all. Higher rez download for subscribers. Paper edition printing now and shipping week of August 9. See information at left or click here

Interview with Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design; Interview with Paul Cameron ASC; Christopher Doyle HKSC Interview; Full Frame Grabs with Leica Thalia, Sigma T1.5 FF, Schneider Xenon, IB/E Optics Raptor, ZEISS CP.3, Cooke S7/i on Leica M10; Canon C200; Panasonic EVA1; Camalot’s Dyaliscope Anamorphics; Hawk V-Lite ‘74 Anamorphics; ARRI LMB 4×5; Best short at Cannes Semaine de la Critique; Lighting with Paint and Pixels; NAB and Cine Gear Reviews. read more…

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Panasonic AU-EVA1 VariCam Mini

It’s certainly not officially called VariCam Mini. But that’s what some people were calling Panasonic’s new camera that was shown under wraps at NAB and unveiled at Cine Gear Expo. Updated details were announced today, August 3rd. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line. read more…

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Keslow Camera Acquires Clairmont Camera

Keslow Camera announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera in Hollywood and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment.  Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. Clairmont Hollywood will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City. The acquisition is expected to be completed on or before August 4. The end of an era. The beginning of a new one. read more…

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Full Frame Matters of Life and Depth

Hundreds of millions of Leica, Canon, Nikon and other still camera users have been playing in the fields of Full Frame for almost a century, ever since Oskar Barnack turned standard 35mm motion picture sideways and introduced the 24x36mm format. Full Frame 24x36mm format (FF) for Cine is barreling towards us. Sony recently launched the new a9 still camera that does quite decent video. At Cine Gear, Sony announced an imminent Full Frame cine camera. RED VV 8K, ARRI Alexa 65 and Panavision DXL are already dazzling directors and DPs with the allure of compelling, larger formats. Lots of Full Frame and Large Format cine lenses are already here: from Leica, Cooke, ZEISS, Sigma, Angenieux, IB/E Optics, Panavision, ARRI, Schneider, Canon, Sony and others. read more…

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Canon Burbank Grand Opening

The beautiful, new  Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center is now officially open in Burbank. It is located at 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, Calif. — near Warner Bros, Disney and The Burbank Studios. The new location is much more convenient than Canon’s previous, colorful 6060 Sunset Boulevard facility. Visitors will appreciate underground parking in the building. read more…

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Jason Joseffer’s Pinhole PL Lens

Looking for a vintage look? Tired of decoating or recoating precious cine lens optical elements? San Francisco cinematographer Jason Joseffer machined his own pinhole lenses with PL mount for the music video “On The Road”. Jason has been intrigued by Pinhole photography for a long time. Applying it to motion pictures is now helped by new, low-light cameras. The dreamy aesthetic of pinhole and its timeless quality were well-suited for the music video “On The Road,” written and performed by Seth Lael  about his experiences as a production sound mixer and the people who work in film. read more…

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DENZ Full Frame Portable Lens Projector

There are different methods to test a lens. One of the simplest and most effective is to reverse the “normal” process: the camera lens becomes a projector lens. Lens test projectors have been around for quite some time. But here’s something new. The Portable Lens Checker (PLC) from DENZ is a lightweight, small and versatile test projector for all lenses… read more…

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No Humbug: Australian Photo Review Digitized

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from 1894-1956 has been digitized and made available by the State Library of New South Wales.  The description of the editor, Edwin J. Welch, is something FDTimes might consider: “Bluntness is also one of his strong points, combined with a fluent facility of expression when he gets badly aggravated; he likewise abhors humbug and discerns it from afar.”

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Panasonic Super35 AU-EVA1 Cine Camera

Pansonic’s camera shown under wraps at NAB was unveiled at Cine Gear Expo. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight 5.7K cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line. The AU-EVA1 has a new 5.7K Super35 sensor. This results in a superb image when down sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K,… read more…

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Sony Full Frame 24x36mm Cine Camera

Sony announced plans for a new Full Frame 24x36mm high-end CineAlta digital motion picture camera system at Cine Gear. The big news was the big picture. Few additional details were revealed. Full Frame 24 x 36 mm image sensor. Aspect ratio agnostic  – including Full Frame, Super35 full height Anamorphic, Spherical 16:9 and 1:85:1 and 2.39:1. The resolution of Super35 anamorphic (18 x 21.6 mm image area) was announced to be 4K. Compatible with current and planned accessories for F55 cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards). read more…

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Angenieux AngeNews: Andurand and Sprauel

Pierre Andurand (above left) was in LA last week to introduce his successor Emmanuel Sprauel (right) to key Angenieux partners. Pierre has been CEO and President of Thales Angenieux for a little more than 5 years. He moves on to a VP position at Thales Air Systems. This is a natural progression—successful Thales  executives are usually promoted within the Group every five years. Among Pierre’s accomplishments at Angenieux, he was responsible for key decisions in the renewal and growth of the Angenieux lens portfolio (30-72, 56-152 and 25-250, 44-440, Optimo Style and Type EZ series… and more to come)

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Steadicam Stabilized M-1 Volt

Eight years in the making, Tiffen introduced Steadicam M-1 Volt at Cine Gear. It is a modular attachment that adds electronic and gimbal stabilization to the Steadicam–helping to keep horizons level and eliminating pendulum movement of the arm. You operate the Steadicam the way you always did. The M-1 Volt allows precise and full control, but when you let go, the camera… read more…

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Scorpiolens Anamorphic 25 and 150mm

At Clairmont Camera in Hollywood, Brett Reed and Denny Clairmont were busy on Tuesday unboxing and testing the first Scorpiolens S35 25mm and 150mm Anamorphics from Servicevision. Denny commented, “We projected the 25 and 150 mm Scorpio anamorphic lenses and they are amazing. I put a 4 x 5.650 filter holder in front of the 25mm lens and it did not vignette, even with 3… read more…

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Canon Cinema EOS C200 & C200B

Canon presents 2 new Cinema EOS digital cine cameras at Cine Gear: Canon EOS C200  and EOS C200B. C200 and C200B cameras have two 4K video formats inside: Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus system. The cameras come in  two configurations–same insides; variations outside. C200 is the full production-ready camera package that can be used right out of the box, with an LCD Monitor, nice mounting brackets, Camera Grip and Handle and a 1.77 million dot OLED pivoting Electronic View Finder (EVF) at the rear. The C200B is the same camera — but without the EVF in back, without handle, handgrips, LCD monitor or brackets. read more…

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Chris Doyle Angenieux Award at Cannes

At a black tie event in the Salle Bunuel theater at the Cannes Film Festival, Christopher Doyle HKSC was presented this year’s Pierre Angenieux lifetime achievement award for cinematography. Accepting his prize–an Angenieux Optimo 15-40 T2.6 zoom–Chris said, “This is something I can use every day and will cherish. It’s much better than a statue that sits on a shelf.” read more…

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Chris Doyle, HKSC & Du Ke Feng Interview

Christopher Doyle, HKSC (aka Du Ke Feng) receives the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award for Cinematography on Friday, May 26 at Cannes.  JON FAUER:  Congratulations on the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award at Cannes.  CHRISTOPHER DOYLE:  I’m honored. I’m not sure how they chose me. Maybe they saw pictures of me using their lenses [laugh]. Or maybe they wanted to throw a spanner in the works [chortle] by bringing in a “ringer” like me. They’ve already given the prize to all the great cinematographers. So now they wanted to reassure “the kids” that  “If Chris can do it, anybody can.” read more…

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ARRI in France and Cannes

On Sunday May 21, ARRI hosted a pre-100th anniversary party at Cannes on the Plage Quinzaine. ARRI Managing Directors Dr. Joerg Pohlman and Franz Kraus announced the larger presence of ARRI in France: not only at Cannes but also with the opening of a new ARRI facility in Paris. It will be run by Natasza Chroscicki and Natacha Vlatkovic and the… read more…

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