Monthly Archives: September 2009

Canon 7D Delivers

FDTimes has learned that Mark Forman received the first Canon 7D in New York…

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Cooke 5/i and Panchro/i at IBC and Lens Tests

The lensmakers in Leicester have been working overtime. Cooke surprised us at IBC with a new series: The Cooke 5/i. There will initially be 9 lenses in the series: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100 and 135mm, all T1.4-T22. Read about our tests of 100mm pre-production samples of the new 5/i and Panchro/i lenses, along with a Cooke… read more…

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pCAM App for iPhone

David Eubank is a busy Hollywood Camera Assistant with a long list of impressive credits. Between high-profile jobs, he somehow has managed to conjure up the killer App for the Film Business: pCAM for iPhone. This amazing App is fast, intuitive, easy to understand and a pleasure to use. Beautiful GUI interface. It is easy to load, amazingly comprehensive, faster… read more…

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RED Read

Noah Kadner has completed the essential book on RED. Here, in 340 well-written pages, with beautiful color photos, is the must-have guide to everything you need to know about working with the RED ONE camera system. For less than the price of an eyepiece cover, you have years of knowledge under one paperback cover. It will save you hours…no, days…of… read more…

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Transvideo CineMonitorHD/i

Here’s a monitor not only for Directors and DPs, but also for Camera Assistants and Script Supervisors. Put away your Kelly Calculators and iPhones. Transvideo’s new CineMonitorHD/i Evolution Monitors, shown at IBC, constantly update you on depth of field in an easy-to-read display. In the example above, the Cooke S4/i lens is set to 2.02 and the focus is 8’4″… read more…

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Canon PL

Matthias Uhlig of MBF Filmtechnik Hamburg is leading the Ron Dexter PL Mount for Canon EOS competition. Their Canon-PL Adapter is shown here with a 300 mm Canon Century. The 300 mm works with the 5D without vignetting. They’ve also tested the Angenieux Optimo 24-290 with a D60. Matthias writes, “I hope to finally get our 7Ds next week to… read more…

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16SR Digital Mag

Alfred Piffl and P+S Technik’s Digital Magazine for 16SR1, 2 or 3. Records HD RAW and 2K RAW (2048×1152). The sensor size is close to Normal 16, and it works with 16mm PL mount lenses. HD-SDI flicker-free monitoring. It weighs around 4 kg (8.8 lbs) and runs off 12 volts or 24 volts. Delivery planned for beginning of 2010, with… read more…

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Cooke 5/i Dimmer

Update: the Cooke 5/i lenses have an external dimmer, made by Transvideo. As an alternative to using the iris ring to control the focus scale illumination settings, you can plug one end of this small box into the camera’s RS receptacle, and the other end attaches to the /i connector on the lens. Voilà. Brightness is controlled by pushing the… read more…

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A lot of readers have been asking for more pictures of ARRI’s new Alexa. Here’s Marc Shipman-Mueller modeling the pre-pro model in an IBC “whisper room.” This is the Optical Viewfinder version, with wireless camera and lens control, spinning mirror shutter and ARRICAM style finder. At this stage, styling and features change–remember the Arriflex 235 started out life looking like… read more…

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PL Mount for Canon EOS

The race is on to put a PL mount on Canon 5D, 7D or any Canon EOS SLR. Problem is, PL lenses have a 52mm flange focal depth. Canon lenses have a 44mm depth. Fortunately, both mounts have a 54mm diameter. Unfortunately, if you stick most PL lenses into a Canon mount, it will hit the mirror and lots of… read more…

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Mill Colour: Grading on iPhone

Thanks to Mako Koiwai for spotting Mill Colour, a terrific, free iPhone app from those wonderful visual effects people at The Mill. Use it on location to take a reference picture with your iPhone, then emulate primary grading and basic looks. In the iTune App Store, search for The Mill or Mill Colour.

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Model of one of the three new digital cameras from ARRI: choice of electronic or optical finder. Smaller than a 235, lightweight, sits nicely on shoulder, on-board battery and quiet 20 db. I would expect to see on-board storage when we get a closer look around NAB

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Transvideo at IBC

Article on Transvideo’s New Products at IBC: TitanHD, CineMonitors, Cooke /i data on monitors, Cooke 5/i dimmer and more….TransvideoPageFDTimes27


2 2-Perf Aaton Penelopes on First US Feature

The first 2-Perf Aaton Penelope production in the United States recently wrapped. Two cameras, supplied by Abel Cine Tech were used on this 90% handheld and Steadicam job. Here’s a reprint of the article from the IBC issue of FDTimes.

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FDTimes IBC now Online for Subscribers

The complete 16-page IBC Edition of FDTimes is now online for subscribers. Try Firefox if your Safari browser isn’t working.


Not One but Three New Digital Motion Picture Cameras from ARRI, the company with the Blue Logo. 3 new cameras, code named ALEXA, make their debut today at IBC. EV, EV-Plus and OV-Plus. The two entry level models (EV and EV-Plus) use a new ARRI FLCOS electronic viewfinder and a 16:9 picture area. The bigger-budget production camera (OV-Plus) will have… read more…


Cooke 5/i T1.4 Primes at IBC

Not only is Cooke showing the complete set of the new T2.8 Panchro/i series, but also Cooke has a surprise look at their new 5/i set. There are initially 9 lenses in the Cooke 5/i series: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100 and 135mm, all T1.4-T22. They all cover Super 35mm format (30mm diameter) and have a front… read more…

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FDTimes to IBC

FDTimes Issue 27 goes to press this week, printing simultaneously in Los Angeles and Amsterdam, and ready for opening day of IBC this Friday. Check here for up-to-the-jetlagged-minute reports and major surprise announcements from IBC.


New Digital Mag for 16SR

We’re all supposed to be at the beach on this Labor Day. But it is kind of cool and foggy in the Hamptons and our blog stats show a huge number of you, dear readers, are lurking. So, here’s hot news just in: P+S TECHNIK will show something (not sure yet how much) in the development of their 16Digital Magazine… read more…