Panasonic Firmware Update for VariCam LT

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Panasonic has a new firmware update for the VariCam LT that adds RAW output via two 3G-SDI terminals to an external RAW recorder at 4K or UHD 60p. RAW recording will be compatible with Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+… read more…

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DaVinci for DPs: Lens Correction

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Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Studio has a terrific tool to correct lens distortion. Let’s say you’re intercutting fisheye, wide-angle, action shots with pristine, undistorted landscapes. You love the GoPro’s 170 degree field of view curving horizon. But the art director,… read more…

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Leica Noctilux 50mm F/0.95 M 0.8

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Leica M 0.8 Leica Format (Full Frame 24x36mm) 50mm Noctilux pre-production model shown at Cinec. Iris scale is now nicely beveled.

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OppCam Universal Monitor Mount System

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  OppCam Universal Monitor Mount System (UMMS) is not a yoke, nor is it a typical VESA Mount. It is a new, secure way to mount a monitor onto a stand. Nearly all HD monitors today support VESA mounting. The… read more…

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Leica Cine MacroLux and Summicron-C

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Here’s an interesting use for Macro close-up attachments to reduce depth of field. Most of the time, Macros (Proxars) are used for extreme close-ups at minimum distance. Here’s a user story about working with Leica Summicron-C lenses and Leica Cine Macrolux. read more…

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Full Frame & S35 Lenses at IBC

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Full Frame was careening inexorably down the corridors of IBC like the stagecoach in the opening of The Hateful Eight. But a curious thing was afoot. IBC was packed with a plethora of Full Frame cine lenses. But there was a perplexing paucity of Full Frame cine cameras. What’s going on here? Why was the cart before the horse? read more…

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Canon C700 Possible to Expand to Full Frame, 18×24, S35 and other Formats

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Update. It seems that the new Canon Cinema EOS C700 camera has been designed from the outset with additional sensors in mind. This may include Full Height S35 18×24 mm, Full Frame 24×36, VistaVision, and possibly other formats. It will most likely… read more…

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Carl Zeiss 200th Birthday

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Today marks the 200th birthday of Carl Zeiss, founder of ZEISS. Carl Zeiss opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846. This was the beginning of a company that would grow into the major technology company it is today. Read more about ZEISS history, optics and factory tour in this FDTimes special report. read more…

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Sony SEL PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS

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Sony’s newest E-Mount lens is a Super 35mm lens with power servo-zoom capability specifically designed for motion picture taking. The new lens, the E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS, covers both Super 35mm & APSC sensors. For a 6x zoom lens (18… read more…

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FDTimes September Edition 2nd Cover

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This is the rear cover of September 2016 FDTimes, going online and in the mail at the opening of IBC — Friday, Sept 9. That’s Cinematographer Pierre Edelmann with the a Sigma Full Frame Cine Lens on RVZ’s RED 8K VV camera. Download the 20-page 3.7 MB PDF of the Sigma article — which also includes a comprehensive tour of the Sigma Factory in northern Japan and an interview with Kazuto Yamaki, CEO of Sigma. read more…

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Leica M 0.8 Full Frame Lenses

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From Leica: another decisive moment. Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C lenses were the result of repeated requests from cinematographers for legendary Leica optics in dedicated Super35 format cine lenses. Now CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, is bringing the iconic characteristics of Leica M Full Frame lenses back to the cinema world with new Leica M 0.8 lenses. read more…

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Canon Professional HDR 4K/UHD Displays

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Canon U.S.A. has announced two new 4K/UHD displays  – the DP-V2420, a 24-inch high-luminance 4K reference display and the DP-V1710, a 17-inch 3840 x 2160 4K reference display, for use on set, in broadcasting vans, and in studios. read more…

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Optic Service Technician – AbelCine NY

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Location: New York, NY Department: Service – NY Type: Full Time Min. Experience: Mid Level   AbelCine is a supplier to the motion picture, broadcast and new media industries. They offer sales, training, rental, repair and finance services to the professional… read more…

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Sigma Full Frame and S35 Cine Lenses

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The rumors are confirmed. The big booth at IBC makes sense: Sigma is jumping into the cinema industry with a new line of CINE LENSES. The big news is that most of them are Full Frame, High Speed, ridiculously small and incredibly light. At IBC, Sigma introduces a new line of Sigma Cine Lenses. The initial set will consist of five Full Frame Primes: 20, 24, 35, 50 and 85 mm, all T1.5 — and a Full Frame Zoom 24-35mm T2. For Super35, Sigma offers two fast zooms: 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2. read more…

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Angénieux Type EZ Zooms: FF and S35

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Here are two new, convertible, compact zooms from Thales Angénieux. They cover both Super35 and Full Frame/VistaVision. This is a new paradigm for Angénieux: an affordable zoom lens filling the gap between the DSLR and Cinema lenses for the growing corporate, documentary and owner-operator markets. At IBC, Angénieux debuts two models. Type EZ-1 is a standard 3x zoom. Type EZ-2 is a wide-angle 2.7x zoom. Both lenses have exchangeable rear lens groups and hence the ability to be swapped between Super35mm format and Full Frame/VistaVision. read more…

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Panasonic+Codex VariCam Pure

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At IBC 2016, Panasonic introduces the VariCam Pure. It  is a “co-production” between Panasonic and Codex. VariCam Pure is a new S35 4K/2K camera system with high-quality imaging, 14+ stops of dynamic range,  dual ISO 800/5000,   and built-in, uncompressed RAW to 120 fps. The new VariCam Pure camera records pure, uncompressed RAW up to 120 fps onto familiar, industry-standard Codex Capture Drive 2.0 media already widely used by many camera systems, post facilities and studios. read more…

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New Cooke Panchro Classics

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In response to continued enthusiasm from cinematographers and demand by rental houses for Cooke Optics’ vintage Speed Panchro lenses from the 1920s-1960s, Cooke introduces a new series of Panchro Classics based on the original design, with PL mounts and modern mechanics. The Panchro Classic line is scheduled to ship around April 2017. read more…

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ZEISS LWZ.3 21-100mm T2.9-3.9

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ZEISS launches a new Super 35 format Lightweight Zoom: LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T*. It is light (2 kilos), compact, very affordable and has interchangeable mounts (PL, EF, F, E, MFT). What sets the new 21-100 zoom lens apart is a combination of attractive features: range, light weight, optical and mechanical quality, and astonishingly affordable price. Here’s a new Super 35 zoom lens from ZEISS for many types of productions that will fit digital and film cameras. read more…

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Canon Cinema EOS C700

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This is the camera that many have dreamed Canon would build. They have. Canon presents Cinema EOS C700 at IBC 2016. It’s a Super35 format studio and shoulder-resting “A” camera with internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC as well as integrated Codex uncompressed RAW recording. There is a choice of two lens mounts, PL or EF mount—and a choice of Global Shutter or Standard CMOS sensor. Pixel size is 6.4 x 6.4 μm. Depending on model and mode, effective image area is 26.2 x 13.8mm (29.6 mm diagonal) when shooting 4K and 28.9 x 15.2 (32.6mm diagonal) in RAW 4.5K. Download the 12-page PDF special report. read more…

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