Manfrotto Tour

Lino Manfrotto was a photo journalist, based in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. He worked for Il Gazzettino and Il Giornale di Vicenza and also did industrial and advertising photography. By the late 1960s, he realized that his photo equipment was cumbersome, heavy and slow. There were many studio lights on the market, but Lino saw that they neglected the basic necessities. So, with the help of a colleague, Lino made his first product: a lightweight and a rugged lighting stand that extended high enough to be practical. Download our 11-page PDF Report of the Factory Visit to Manfrotto Manufacturing in Feltre. read more…

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Hawk Trilogy

Three new series of Hawk lenses from Vantage address new realities in contemporary production. Hawk class-X 2x squeeze Anamorphic Primes and Zooms have an iconic look for Super35 format. MiniHawk primes are lightweight, compact, anamorphically hybrid, oval bokeh Super35 format lenses. Hawk65 Anamorphic 1.3x squeeze Primes fill Large Format and 65mm frames. Cinematographers can comfortably and consistently mix and match these latest sets. For example, you might shoot principal photography with Hawk class-X anamorphics;  use MiniHawks for gimbal and drone shots that require ultralight lenses with extremely close focus and no distortion; and then work with Hawk65 lenses on a Large Format camera for vast vistas and title sequences. The three latest sets of lenses from Vantage currently comprise  28 matching lenses. There are 11 Hawk class-X lenses: 9 primes and 2 zooms. There are 8 MiniHawks. And there are 9 focal lengths in the Hawk65 set.  They are all available now.

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Happy Holidays!

FDTimes Free Holiday Edition Dec 2017

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! What if it came as a free download. The latest #85 edition, December 2017, is here and all 64 pages are free. 

After your Dickens of a dinner on artery-clogging roast goose, mince pie, and Scrooge's Christmas Pudding (“a speckled cannon-ball, so hard and firm, blazing in half of half a quartern of ignited brandy”), curl up by the smoke-free fireplace next to the environmentally recycled and recyclable tree, and dig into Tales of Two Cities (Venice Beach, Venice Venice), Merchants of VENICE (Sony) and stories of monster-size sensors (RED MONSTRO).

Read on: Stories of the Startup Upstart Carl Zeiss, and another storyline, Storyline Studios in Norway. Join our roadtrip grand factory tour of IB/E Optics, Manfrotto in northern Italy, ARRI Austria in Vienna and lots more. Here's the rest of the table of contents…With best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, a happy new year, and no humbug, please enjoy FDTimes December 2017 with our compliments.

—Jon Fauer

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Severine Serrano at Angenieux

Severine Serrano was appointed Managing Director of Angenieux International Sales in May. She has been working at Angenieux since 2009, initially in marketing and as a member of the Angenieux advisory team investigating new opportunities in the cinema industry. Severine then advanced to sales management in the demanding fields of avionics, aircraft systems, night vision, heads-up displays, and optical devices… read more…

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SONY α7R III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The new 7R III has 2.2 times longer battery life than its predecessor, is better at low light photography by a stop, can shoot bursts at 10 fps either electronically or using the mechanical shutter, has up to 15 stops of dynamic range, can shoot video in 4K HLG, S-Log 2 or 3, with additional picture profiles or formats, can photograph multi-frame 169 Megapixel equivalent still frames using external processing, autofocuses accurately in most situations in both still and video, and has a body similar to the Sony α9 with more controls than the previous α7R II. read more…

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Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC on “Wonder Wheel”

Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC perched atop a hard stool at a wooden trestle table high above Manhattan. Outside, the city was transforming from orange to azure to magic hour. Vittorio had been grading “Wonder Wheel”earlier in the day. Like most conversations with him, one question evoked a doctoral dissertation-worthy monologue that lasted several hours. He called it a confession. It was… read more…

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Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 FF Lens

  Here’s an extremely fast Full Frame (Leica Format) Lens. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at Leica Stores in early 2018. Expect to see an M0.8 version with cine lens gearing as well. Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) for 35 mm format (24 x 36 mm): ~ 32°, 27°, 18° Optical elements: 9 Optical groups: 6… read more…

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FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO and other updates

FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO is a new software app for photographers to quickly and easily convert RAW files. RAW files are usually very large and batch conversion can be take an annoyingly long time. One GFX Medium Format RAW photo can be around 116 MB. X RAW STUDIO uses the connected camera as a hardware accelerator. In other words, a Fujifilm X… read more…

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Easyrig’s Johan Hellsten reports on Camerimage

Johan Hellsten, Cameraman and Inventor of the Easyrig, visited Camerimage for the first time. Camerimage was a mere 20 hours or more to the south by car and ferry from his hometown of Umeå. Here’s Johan, above, with an 18 kg ARRI Alexa 65 on his Easyrig Vario 5. He sent these photos and notes.  Turkish cinematographer Cansu Bogulsu, above,… read more…

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Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphics in Japan

RED MONSTRO 8K VV Camera with Scorpiolens FFA Full Frame Anamorphic prime, presented by Maki Itakura of RAID during InterBEE in Tokyo.

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Sony Venice Full Frame in February

Nov 15. Tokyo, Japan. At InterBEE this morning, Sony announced an accelerated timeline for the release of VENICE. The camera will ship in February 2018 with its 24×36 mm Full Frame sensor fully functional. When launched in September, the roadmap was a February release with only S35 implemented and Full Frame to be ready later in the year, around August…. read more…

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Japanese language INTERBEE 2017 edition

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Storyline Studios & Camera Rental

STORYLINE STUDIOS hosted an open house and party for the Norwegian film community and guests attending the IMAGO Oslo conference on September 9. Storyline is the largest camera, grip, lighting rental house, studio and post production facility in Norway—and one of the biggest in Scandinavia. Their roots go back to 1932 and Norsk Film. An energetic team of 44 manage… read more…

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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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