Keslow Camera Acquires Clairmont Camera

Keslow Camera announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera in Hollywood and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment.  Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. Clairmont Hollywood will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City. The acquisition is expected to be completed on or before August 4. The end of an era. The beginning of a new one. read more…

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Full Frame Matters of Life and Depth

Hundreds of millions of Leica, Canon, Nikon and other still camera users have been playing in the fields of Full Frame for almost a century, ever since Oskar Barnack turned standard 35mm motion picture sideways and introduced the 24x36mm format. Full Frame 24x36mm format (FF) for Cine is barreling towards us. Sony recently launched the new a9 still camera that does quite decent video. At Cine Gear, Sony announced an imminent Full Frame cine camera. RED VV 8K, ARRI Alexa 65 and Panavision DXL are already dazzling directors and DPs with the allure of compelling, larger formats. Lots of Full Frame and Large Format cine lenses are already here: from Leica, Cooke, ZEISS, Sigma, Angenieux, IB/E Optics, Panavision, ARRI, Schneider, Canon, Sony and others. read more…

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Canon Burbank Grand Opening

The beautiful, new  Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center is now officially open in Burbank. It is located at 3400 West Olive Ave., Burbank, Calif. — near Warner Bros, Disney and The Burbank Studios. The new location is much more convenient than Canon’s previous, colorful 6060 Sunset Boulevard facility. Visitors will appreciate underground parking in the building. read more…

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Jason Joseffer’s Pinhole PL Lens

Looking for a vintage look? Tired of decoating or recoating precious cine lens optical elements? San Francisco cinematographer Jason Joseffer machined his own pinhole lenses with PL mount for the music video “On The Road”. Jason has been intrigued by Pinhole photography for a long time. Applying it to motion pictures is now helped by new, low-light cameras. The dreamy aesthetic of pinhole and its timeless quality were well-suited for the music video “On The Road,” written and performed by Seth Lael  about his experiences as a production sound mixer and the people who work in film. read more…

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DENZ Full Frame Portable Lens Projector

There are different methods to test a lens. One of the simplest and most effective is to reverse the “normal” process: the camera lens becomes a projector lens. Lens test projectors have been around for quite some time. But here’s something new. The Portable Lens Checker (PLC) from DENZ is a lightweight, small and versatile test projector for all lenses… read more…

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No Humbug: Australian Photo Review Digitized

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from 1894-1956 has been digitized and made available by the State Library of New South Wales.  The description of the editor, Edwin J. Welch, is something FDTimes might consider: “Bluntness is also one of his strong points, combined with a fluent facility of expression when he gets badly aggravated; he likewise abhors humbug and discerns it from afar.”

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Panasonic Super35 AU-EVA1 Cine Camera

Pansonic’s camera shown under wraps at NAB was unveiled at Cine Gear Expo. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight 5.7K cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line. The AU-EVA1 has a new 5.7K Super35 sensor. This results in a superb image when down sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K,… read more…

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Sony Full Frame 24x36mm Cine Camera

Sony announced plans for a new Full Frame 24x36mm high-end CineAlta digital motion picture camera system at Cine Gear. The big news was the big picture. Few additional details were revealed. Full Frame 24 x 36 mm image sensor. Aspect ratio agnostic  – including Full Frame, Super35 full height Anamorphic, Spherical 16:9 and 1:85:1 and 2.39:1. The resolution of Super35 anamorphic (18 x 21.6 mm image area) was announced to be 4K. Compatible with current and planned accessories for F55 cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards). read more…

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Angenieux AngeNews: Andurand and Sprauel

Pierre Andurand (above left) was in LA last week to introduce his successor Emmanuel Sprauel (right) to key Angenieux partners. Pierre has been CEO and President of Thales Angenieux for a little more than 5 years. He moves on to a VP position at Thales Air Systems. This is a natural progression—successful Thales  executives are usually promoted within the Group every five years. Among Pierre’s accomplishments at Angenieux, he was responsible for key decisions in the renewal and growth of the Angenieux lens portfolio (30-72, 56-152 and 25-250, 44-440, Optimo Style and Type EZ series… and more to come)

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Steadicam Stabilized M-1 Volt

Eight years in the making, Tiffen introduced Steadicam M-1 Volt at Cine Gear. It is a modular attachment that adds electronic and gimbal stabilization to the Steadicam–helping to keep horizons level and eliminating pendulum movement of the arm. You operate the Steadicam the way you always did. The M-1 Volt allows precise and full control, but when you let go, the camera… read more…

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Scorpiolens Anamorphic 25 and 150mm

At Clairmont Camera in Hollywood, Brett Reed and Denny Clairmont were busy on Tuesday unboxing and testing the first Scorpiolens S35 25mm and 150mm Anamorphics from Servicevision. Denny commented, “We projected the 25 and 150 mm Scorpio anamorphic lenses and they are amazing. I put a 4 x 5.650 filter holder in front of the 25mm lens and it did not vignette, even with 3… read more…

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Canon Cinema EOS C200 & C200B

Canon presents 2 new Cinema EOS digital cine cameras at Cine Gear: Canon EOS C200  and EOS C200B. C200 and C200B cameras have two 4K video formats inside: Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus system. The cameras come in  two configurations–same insides; variations outside. C200 is the full production-ready camera package that can be used right out of the box, with an LCD Monitor, nice mounting brackets, Camera Grip and Handle and a 1.77 million dot OLED pivoting Electronic View Finder (EVF) at the rear. The C200B is the same camera — but without the EVF in back, without handle, handgrips, LCD monitor or brackets. read more…

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Chris Doyle Angenieux Award at Cannes

At a black tie event in the Salle Bunuel theater at the Cannes Film Festival, Christopher Doyle HKSC was presented this year’s Pierre Angenieux lifetime achievement award for cinematography. Accepting his prize–an Angenieux Optimo 15-40 T2.6 zoom–Chris said, “This is something I can use every day and will cherish. It’s much better than a statue that sits on a shelf.” read more…

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Chris Doyle, HKSC & Du Ke Feng Interview

Christopher Doyle, HKSC (aka Du Ke Feng) receives the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award for Cinematography on Friday, May 26 at Cannes.  JON FAUER:  Congratulations on the Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Award at Cannes.  CHRISTOPHER DOYLE:  I’m honored. I’m not sure how they chose me. Maybe they saw pictures of me using their lenses [laugh]. Or maybe they wanted to throw a spanner in the works [chortle] by bringing in a “ringer” like me. They’ve already given the prize to all the great cinematographers. So now they wanted to reassure “the kids” that  “If Chris can do it, anybody can.” read more…

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ARRI in France and Cannes

On Sunday May 21, ARRI hosted a pre-100th anniversary party at Cannes on the Plage Quinzaine. ARRI Managing Directors Dr. Joerg Pohlman and Franz Kraus announced the larger presence of ARRI in France: not only at Cannes but also with the opening of a new ARRI facility in Paris. It will be run by Natasza Chroscicki and Natacha Vlatkovic and the… read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2017

Microsalonitalia took place in March at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia CSC, (the Italian National film school). The center is the famous Italian institute for training, research and experimentation in the field of Cinema, intended in its widest sense, of films, documentaries, fiction and animation. Article and photos by Jacques Lipkau Goyard. read more…

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NAB 2017 Slideshow – part 1

NAB was notable for lots of new lenses — many of them Full Frame and beyond: Leica, CW Sonderoptic, Sigma, Raptor, Cooke, Angenieux, Tokina, Fujifilm, Canon, Sony. It seems as if lens manufacturing has outpaced cameras for the moment, but new cameras are rumored to be around the corner. Here’s the first of several NAB 2017 slideshows. Click on any… read more…

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ZEISS CP.3 FF Primes with eXtended Data

Download the full article as a PDF– which includes additional important information about recording lens data on Ambient’s MasterLockit and customized the look with Pomfort LiveGrade Pro.  Here is most of the text. Download the PDF to see all the images and full text. ZEISS CP.3 Full Frame Prime Lenses Imagine a series of lenses you can customize. It’s a cinematographic dream… read more…

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Updated Lens Charts and IB/E Optics Updates

This is an update with corrections to pages 106 – 108 of FDTimes April-June 2017 issue 81-82– along with additional information on lens mounts, sensor sizes, lens coverage, image circles, IB/E Optics Raptor VV T2.9 Large Format lenses exclusively distributed by Band Pro, Velociraptors, Lens Extenders distributed by AbelCine, LED Ring Lights for Raptors, and more. Download the free 4-page PDF…. read more…

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Updated Cooke Anamorphic/i Group & Chart

Correction to page 95 of FDDTimes April-June 2017 Issue 81-82: There are now 12 (not 11) Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses— 10 primes and 2 zooms. Thank you Iain Neil (optical designer) for pointing this out.      

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