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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P+S TECHNIK Technical Sales Manager

Help Wanted from P+S Technik: P+S Technik is a manufacturer of lenses and opto-mechanical accessories for professional film production–specializing in precision optics, lens rehousing, high-speed imaging,  film scanning and archiving. Located in Ottobrunn, near Munich, P+S Technik is looking for a Technical Sales Manager. Responsibilities: Support customers Build existing customer relationships Extend customer base Develop sales strategies and product presentations Close co-operation with product managers Forecast,… 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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DENZ Portable FF Lens Projector

Denz Compact Test Projector for S35 – Full Frame lenses. Lens mounts: ARRI PL, EF, E-mount 24 V DC power from Camera battery or AC LED lamp. 4200 lm, 6,000K, dimmable. Siemens star and line-pair target 12-200 lp/mm At DENZ NAB Booth www.denz-deniz.com  

ZEISS CP.3 Full Frame Lenses

Read the full article in FDTimes April Issue 81-82 going online Monday at 12 noon EST. Imagine a series of lenses you can customize. It’s a cinematographic dream to create unique and signature looks far from the competitive crowd. What if you could tweak some of the characteristics of a lens in real time, on set or on location? Now… read more…

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Sony Hints New Camera

NAB. Sunday, April 23. At the conclusion of their opening press conference, Sony dazzled with images from a camera to come, but there were no representations of the camera’s shape nor details describing it. But some of the pieces can be put together from the gorgeous images presented on the Sony Crystal LED 8K screen and some of the captions: 4K camera,… read more…

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Panasonic’s Proposed Cinema Camera

Panasonic foreshadowed a camera to come at their NAB opening press conference. Small and light, cinematic imagery, low-cost media and (easy) workflow. Available Fall 2017. Looking at the silhouette, looks sort of like a mini VariCam 35.

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Cooke Front Anamorphic 45-450 T4.5

Cooke reveals details of their 2nd Anamorphic/i Zoom for NAB 2017. It will be a 10:1 front 2x anamorphic 45-450mm T4.5 Zoom Lens. This comes exactly a year after their 4:1 35-140 anamorphic zoom was shown last year at NAB 2016. The 45-450 has the same front diameter as the Cooke 35-140 and 300 mm, same 300 degree focus and 90… read more…

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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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