Imago Conference in Oslo

Slower than dreaded latency in video transmission, this article arrives a month late. “The dog ate my homework,” the internet was slow, and other excuses abound. The European marathon tour of companies and events is finally completed: Wetzlar-Frankfurt-Oslo-Munich-Berlin-Amsterdam-Munich-Freyung-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Asolo, Feltre, Bassano del Grappa, Venice and Vienna. Let’s catch up and start with Oslo. Imago’s 2017 Digital Cinema Conference was… read more…

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New RED W8K VV (Full Frame) Monstro Camera

There’s a new large format camera in town. It’s the RED Digital Cinema W8K VV Camera with MONSTRO Sensor. MONSTRO replaces the 8K VV Dragon sensor. The carbon fiber Weapon camera body (brain) stays the same. (Weapon is the body, MONSTRO and Dragon MONSTRO provides improved image quality, with greater dynamic range and increased shadow detail. See the demo video “Iron… read more…

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Correction: 6 Canon CN-E Full Frame Primes

Correction to error on page 29 of FDTimes September Edition #84: There are 6 (not 5) Canon Full Frame EF-mount Cinema CN-E Prime Lenses. The online PDF has been updated. Thanks to Chris Hurd, Mitch Glick and the many readers who pounced on this egregious omission in our growing list of Full Frame cine primes.     

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IB/E Optics Lens Day

Freyung, Eastern Bavaria, Germany. September 20-21. IB/E Optics celebrated their 5th anniversary in Freyung, a town that is close to the Czech border and the Bavarian Forest. It is a hilly region with the largest protected forest in Central Europe. (Previously, IB/E Optics was located in Passau.) Managing Director Klaus Eckerl (above) welcomed several hundred guests who arrived from around… read more…

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Scorpio FFA Full Frame Anamorphics

New Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic FFA 2x Lenses. 2x squeeze. Maximum aperture T2.2. ARRI Alexa 65 XPL mount at left. PL mount at right. read more…

Art of Large Format

It was fitting that Sony introduced a working Full Frame prototype of Venice the camera in Amsterdam the city. Two weeks ago, Sony showed a Super35 version of Venice in LA. Howls of despair were surely heard in Tokyo and in the short intervening time, a Full Frame 24x36mm model serendipitously  appeared at IBC. A short walk to the Rijksmuseum is… read more…

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Sparkling Bistro Munich

Sparkling Bistro is one of the best new restaurants in Munich. Recommended by Juerg Pohlman and Walter Trauninger, who know these things, it’s tucked away behind a lovely terrace on Amalienpassage off Tuerkenstrasse. It is a block away from ARRI. The name may come from the extensive list of bubbly beverages,  and what better way to celebrate ARRI’s 100th anniversary. Next, go… read more…

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History of ARRI in a Century of Cinema

One hundred years ago, August Arnold and Robert Richter founded ARRI on September 12, 1917. Download FDTimes’ Special Report as a 24-page PDF – with illustrations. (Best viewed in two-page mode, show cover page).   Here’s the full text: ARRI was founded a century ago by two aspiring cinematographers who saw the value of technology in the pursuit of their… read more…

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Sony’s VENICE Full Frame + S35 Camera

Sony launches VENICE today at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. This is the Full Frame 24×36 high-end cine camera that Sony signaled in June. The big news was the big picture. Few details were revealed then. In one of the fastest whispers-to-product launches we’ve ever seen,  we learn that the camera is named VENICE, not an F and a number. It is being shown with PL mount, S35 format, with Full Frame, E-mount and updates coming soon. Download the 28-page PDF FDTimes Special Report. read more…

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Flowtech 75: Quick Sticks from Sachtler

Tripods haven’t changed much since the birth of cinema, the founding of Vinten in 1910 (later to become Vitec), or Buster Keaton. Until now. Vitec’s new flowtech™ 75 tripods will be at IBC in  both Sachtler and Vinten brands. And yes, “flowtech” is all lower case. Download FDTimes’ 3-page PDF, including a visit to the factory in Bury St Edmunds…. read more…

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New Angenieux Optimo Ultra 12x Zoom: Full Frame, U35, S35

The next-generation Angénieux Optimo Ultra 12x is a high-end, multi-format zoom with interchangeable modules to cover  sensor sizes from Full Frame 24×36 and RED 8K VV to U35 and S35. It is the venerable Optimo 24-290 reference redefined, the zoom lens that accompanied almost every major motion picture production since it was introduced in September 2001. Download the FDTimes PDF… read more…

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Band Pro: Sales Associate

Band Pro is currently accepting resumes for an experienced Sales Associate position based in our Burbank office. For over 30 years Band Pro has provided new products and services for professional cinematographers around the world. We actively develop new technology and have helped create key innovations: IB/E Raptor primes, Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C lenses, Zeiss DigiPrime lenses, and many more…. read more…

Martin Kreitl Managing Director Band Pro Munich

Martin Kreitl is the new Managing Director of Band Pro Munich beginning September 1. Martin has been a familiar face in the industry since 1985.  In 2000, Martin and some partners produced one of the world’s first films in 1080 / 24p. The short film “Gone Underground” jump-started  most HD productions in Germany. Three years later Martin Kreitl founded his own company, MKMedia Production. For more than 13 years, Martin worked at Band Pro Munich in various positions, most recently as Head of Sales and Marketing. read more…

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Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x Lenses

It was a crackly, barely audible yet reliably confirmed source the mobile phone. Did I hear correctly? It was OK to publish this news? Let’s hope so: Servicevision will announce Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x Lenses at IBC. They will be call FFA — as in Full Frame Anamorphic. 2x squeeze. Same maximum aperture of T2.2 as the Scorpio 2x Anamorphic S35 set. They will be the same size, or close to it. Resolution and look will be the same. There will be a whole set. Zooms as well. The lens assembly team at Servicevision has been working on the FFA lenses for some time, and they should be ready to ship in about 4 months. read more…

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Clairmont Equipment for Sale

Denny Clairmont writes, “I have sold Clairmont Camera to Keslow Camera and am happily  retiring. They did not want the film cameras so I have a lot of them to sell.  “I have two brand new Vist Vision movements.  There are 2-perf cameras, 3-perf cameras, and 4-perf cameras, and any kind of magazines that were ever made.  Even 800 ft Arri 16 SR magazines.”

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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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