Bright Tangerine gets into Camera AKS

With NAB 2017 about to open on Monday, this just in. Bright Tangerine, makers of beloved matteboxes and other fine things, has now entered the camera accessory (AKS) market. They tell us, “All will be revealed at NAB 2017.” Bright Tangerine has a new range of bright accessories for the ARRI Alexa Mini and RED Cameras. They will provide camera protection, triggering functions, multiple… read more…

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Angénieux Optimo Style 48-130 T3.0

Angenieux welcomes a 3rd sister in their lightweight, high-class, high-quality, compact Optimo Style family. The new 48-130 T3.0 zoom lens joins the Optimo Style 16-40 T2.8 and 30-76 T2.8 zooms. Actually there’s a 4th Style sibling, a bit longer, less accustomed to hand-holding, but equally popular. He’s the bigger brother: Angenieux’s Optimo Style 25-250 T3.5. The new 48-130 T3.0 is the longest zoom in the lightweight series: excellent for close-ups, portraits, and tighter angles on all productions. read more…

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Sony α9 Camera w/ 4K FULL FRAME Video

Sony just launched the new α9 Full Frame digital still camera yesterday. It does 4K (3840 x 2160)Full Frame video in a native 16:9 aspect ratio. By my back of napkin calculations, using DaVinci Resolve or similar software to crop in post, that also means full width Full Frame spherical widescreen (2.39:1) with any Full Frame lens and full height S35 anamorphic with an E-mount to PL adapter. (Sensor size is rounded up: actual image area of the a9 is 23.8 x 35.6 mm.) read more…

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ARRI ALEXA SXT W – Wireless

ALEXA SXT W is totally wireless. Wireless Video, WiFi and wireless camera/lens control are all built in. ARRI has integrated a high-quality, low-latency (no delay) HD video transmitter and a WiFi radio into the new ALEXA SXT W model. Having a video transmitter built in makes the camera smaller, lighter and less cluttered than having an external transmitter. Fewer cables is nice because how many times have you rummaged through equipment cases looking for the essential one that  you just cannot find? Camera setup can now be quicker, and the AD might even thank you for saving precious production time. Download the PDF article… read more…

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New Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus

Full Frame and beyond. Need we say more? The new Cooke S7/i lenses cover an image circle up to 46.31 mm diameter. That’s every format from RED 8K VV 21.60×40.96 mm (46.31 diagonal) to Full Frame 24×36 mm (43.3 mm diagonal)and anything on down. Why would you want a bigger Cooke Look? Full Frame and Large Format is gathering momentum. It is future-proof because these lenses work equally well on Super35, current Full Frame, VV and the inevitable arrival of new cameras to come. The new Cooke S7/i lenses are extremely fast and go incredibly close. Maximum aperture is T2. Minimum object distance is around 4 to 6 inches in front of the wider ones. Front diameters are nicely compact at 110 mm. read more…

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Trading Places 2 – Updated: Aaton – Transvideo, Cooke Optics, CW Sonderoptic, Keslow Camera

More industry people trading places: Kevan Parker now at Aaton Digital-Transvideo. Eric Johnston at ZGC for Cooke Optics. Osamu Tsukada, Po Liu, Kevan Parker and Seth Compton at CW Sonderoptic for Leica Cine lenses. read more…

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Trading Places. Part 1. Tom Fletcher.

A lot of industry luminaries have taken new positions lately. Here’s the first in a series on long overdue announcements about who is where and from whence they traded places. Tom Fletcher has been appointed Director of Sales at the Optical Devices Division (Fujinon) of FUJIFILM. He will oversee sales and promotion of cinema lenses and broadcast lenses in North America. He reports to division Vice President Gordon Tubbs. read more…

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Renoir at the Birth of Cinema

Cover story of the next edition of Film and Digital Times for distribution on opening day of NAB, April 24. Pierre-Auguste Renoir completed Woman with a Basket of Flowers in 1895. In the same year, 1895, cinema was “born.” On December 28, 1895, ten short films by Auguste and Louis Lumière were projected on a screen in the Salon Indien at the Hotel Scribe in Paris. These were the first motion pictures viewed by a paying audience in France. read more…

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La La Launch Leica Thalia Cine Lenses

Tuesday, March 28. A group of cinematographers gathered at the Leica Store and Gallery in Beverly Hills for the worldwide launch of the new Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Primes. An ARRI Alexa with a case of XPL mounted Thalia lenses and a Panavision DXL camera with PL mounted Thalias were there to test. Videos shot with Thalia lenses by Colt Seman,… read more…

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Leica Thalia Large Format Cine Lenses

Large format cinematography gets more interesting today with Leica Thalia. CW Sonderoptic introduces nine new prime lenses that cover all formats from Alexa 65, Panavision DXL, RED 8K VV, Full Frame, to Super35. Leica Thalia primes ship with stainless steel PL mounts. An XPL version will be available for ARRI Rental. Thalia lenses have front diameters that are all 95… read more…

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Free NAB Passes from FDTimes

Film and Digital Times will be at NAB in the usual location: Central Hall C10206.
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Leica Cine MacroLux +0.5, +1, +2

A year ago, at NAB, CW  Sonderoptic presented the Leica Cine MacroLux +1 diopter. Now, there are two additions to the close-up family:  +0.5 and +2. All three diopters (+0.5, +1, +2) share the same optical design, coatings, mechanical housing, and 95mm front diameter clip-on and stackable rings. The Cine MacroLux diopters clamp onto the front of any Summilux-C or Summicron-C prime (except 135 Summilux-C)  because they all share the same front diameter: 95 mm. read more…

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The World’s Best Bar, Secrets, Glass, DPs

Colin Peter Field is the world’s best barman. Forbes, Travel + Leisure, and FDTimes agree. He presides over the Bar Hemingway  in Paris with an uncanny intuition as to what the customer might enjoy. He proposes the Clean Dirty Martini. You agree. Mr. Field retreats to a secret room behind the bar. He emerges with a glass chilled to -18… read more…

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LENSER Lens Database App

Istvan Djuroska is a Camera Assistant with a great Lens Database App called LENSER. Picture this. You're prepping an equipment package, and one of the setups involves a drone shot. The lens cannot weigh more than 2 kg. What are your choices? Or you're looking for the closest focus prime, or just want to check on the aperture of an intended set of lenses. For iPhone and iPad, Lenser catalogs 1000+ lenses and accessories. read more…

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BSC Expo 2017

The annual BSC Expo was held in London on Feb 3-4. Inside the Evolution event space in Battersea Park, a short walk across Chelsea Bridge, a formidable array of companies exhibited products and services. There were quite a few introductions of new equipment. BSC Expo has become one of the top venues in world of cinema exhibitions, and nicely represents the formidable UK production community. read more…

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AFC 2017 Micro Salon Paris

The AFC (Association of French Cinematographers) 2017 Micro Salon took place once again in the former Pathé Film Studios in Monmartre, Paris. Five floors — attended by almost everyone who’s anyone in the French film industry, and some interesting new equipment, shown below. Here’s a slideshow review. Click on any image to begin viewing.

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FUJINON MK 18-55 & 50-135 T2.9 Zooms

  It often begins this way. There’s a handshake or signature of non disclosure. Secrecy is sworn. A whisper room or secluded space awaits. At BSC Expo two weeks ago, the setting felt like a spy story, private truffle transaction, or rare art viewing. In a hitherto undisclosed secure location (the equipment closet of their exhibition booth), FUJIFILM executives took… read more…

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DMG Lumière MAXI Switch 4′ x 2.5′ LED

DMG Lumière’s new MAXI Switch could be described as follows: “Picture two slightly larger SL1 Switch fixtures hinged lengthwise. The two sections fold against each other for shipping. Open the two sides up in all kinds of configurations—wedge, flat, book-like.” Actually, the easiest thing is to just look at the pictures here. DMG Lumière presented their new MAXI Switch at AFC… read more…

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Full Frame Prime Cine-Tilt Schneider Lenses

Micro Salon, Paris. Schneider-Kreuznach introduced the first model in a new set of Full Frame (24×36) tilt lenses at the Micro Salon Exhibition in Paris. The 25mm Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt Lens, fitted with a E-mount, was shown on a Sony a7S. Yet another new Full Frame lens option in the growing E-mount collection! Schneider-Kreuznach’s Cine-Tilt lenses are based on their Xenon FF-Primes. The… read more…

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FDTimes French Edition – Micro Salon 2017

Film and Digital Times February 2017 Micro Salon Edition 80F  en franglais is now online and free to download. Top right of page. The 96-page FDTimes Worldwide edition in English goes live in a couple of hours. read more…

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