The Gods of Focus Speak: LR2

Here are recent reports about using Preston’s Light Ranger 2 on some major features and TV series — from Gods of Focus: Paul Santoni, Richie Masino, Jonas Steadman, Serge Nofield, Pergrin Jung, Daniel Bombell, and Jason Garcia read more…

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S4/i Uncoated Cooke Look

Cooke now offers uncoated front elements for their S4/i series. This is a lot more practical and affordable than a one-way ticket of blasting the coatings off your existing lenses. In fact, for not much more than the cost of a filter, two choices of Cooke looks—with regular and uncoated fronts—are now available for each lens in the set. read more…

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Digital Cinematography on “Café Society” by Vittorio Storaro

The film “Café Society” was Vittorio Storaro’s first real experience in digital capture. Analyzing the process and different aspects of digital cinematography, he has written this article based on his observations and recent lectures. Topics include: The idea, Location Scouting, Importance of Light, Technical Tests of Camera and Lenses, DIT, Video Control, Composition, Dailies, DI, Distribution, Preservation,  and Love of the Art of Cinematography. read more…

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Happy Holidays from FDTimes

AbelCine at Industry City

AbelCine’s New York operation is expanding to Industry City, a vibrant, new community of artists, artisans, innovators, designers, businesses, restaurants, retail spaces, art galleries and factory outlets on the Brooklyn waterfront. AbelCine’s new 12,500 square foot Development Center is already up and running at Industry City, working on R&D, engineering, manufacturing, and systems integration. read more…

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Jazz, Lenses and ZEISS

by Thomas R. Zecher Photos by Alexander Kopp Most cinematographers and still photographers know about Obekochen. It’s a small town, three hours from Frankfurt and two hours from Munich. This is where ZEISS cine and still photography lenses come from. What many of us did not know is that the 25th Aalener Jazz Festival opened in Oberkochen this November 2016. Aalen is a large… read more…

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NYTimes on Steadicam

Here’s an excellent article in the NYTimes: “The Invention That Shot Rocky Up Those Steps.” The accompanying video is like a Steadicam Greatest Hits with a description of Garrett Brown’s Steadicam camera operating system that made “The Shining,” “Rocky” and “Goodfellas” possible.

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IB/E Optics+BandPro Large Format Raptors

There are now 6 members of the Raptor Large Format prime lens family. The new prototype Raptors shown at Band Pro Open House were 40, 60 and 80 mm. They join the 100, 150 and 180 mm Macros.    

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Band Pro Nouvelle Vague

Befitting Band Pro’s French connection with the new Angenieux Type EZ Zooms, the theme of their Open House this year  was the French Cinema. Pierre-William Glenn, AFC was the guest of honor. The events began with a screening of his “Day for Night” (“Nuit Americaine”) at the Sony Backstage Theater on December 6. The Open House had a record attendance on Dec 8. read more…

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Diversity in Cinematography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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