Monthly Archives: April 2014

Vilmos Angenieux Excellens at Cannes

In 2013, Angénieux became an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and awarded the first  “Pierre Angenieux EXCELLENS in cinematography ” tribute to Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC. This year, Angénieux will honor Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC in Cannes at a special evening, accompanied by the directors, stars and prominent personalities who accompanied him in his distinguished career. Vilmos Zsigmond was born June 16, 1930 in Szeged,… read more…

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Delacoux gets Legion d’Honneur

Jacques Delacoux, President and Managing Director of Transvideo and Aaton-Digital, received the Legion d’Honneur medal in a ceremony at la Femis in Paris this evening. The Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur (Order of the Legion of Honor) was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is the highest honor in France. More pictures to come from the ceremony, presided over by Pierre-William Glenn, AFC and… read more…

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NAB 2014 Camera Reports

Here is a whirlwind review of NAB 2014 cameras in pictures and brief text. Click on an individual thumbnail to enlarge and navigate as a slideshow. Sony’s annual press conference on the Sunday before opening day was all about 4K, and not just in the usual places. A new Sony α7s camera was unveiled: with a 24×36 mm full frame sensor, E-mount and… read more…

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Leica-T Camera

One hundred years after the introduction of the Ur-Leica, Leica Camera launches their new  Leica T-System today. Designed in collaboration with Audi Design, the Leica T-System is an APS-C format mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. I was fortunate to try it briefly at NAB. It was almost as if the spirit of Oskar Barnack was smiling down on this latest, essentially elegant Leica camera, with intuitive… read more…

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Sophia Loren at Tribeca Film Festival

Sophia Loren received a standing ovation at the Tribeca Film Festival screening tonight of the “Human Voice,” a short directed by Edoardo Ponti, with cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC. Ponti and Prieto met for the first time at Tribeca last year, so it was a fitting anniversary for both to be present this evening. It was a magnificent performance in a… read more…

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Scorpiolens Anamorphic Video ServiceVision presented a 7 minute 30 second video at NAB, “Walk in Barcelona.” Shot with their Scorpiolens 35, 75 and 100 mm 2x anamorphic lenses, with a hauntingly beautiful score by Jordi Solans and Narcis Coromines. Here it is on Vimeo. More info at   

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Toshiba 4K laptop

  Toshiba’s new 3840 x 2160 UHD SatelliteP55t goes on sale next week in the US. 15.6-inch diagonal Ultra HD touchscreen display native 3840 x 2160 resolution — 282 PPI (pixels per inch) display. (In comparison, my MacBook Pro 15″ Retina display is 288 x 1800 resolution at 220 ppi.) Color management is licensed by Technicolor Iincludes a full version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 …. read more…


Mark Forman’s NAB 2014

The following things attracted Mark Forman’s attention at NAB 2014.


Oli Laperal’s NAB Report

By Oli Laperal Jr. The omnipresence of 4K and 8K systems over HD at NAB reminded me of the HD-over-SD transition a dozen years ago.  As in the past, there are no shortage of nay-sayers.  But the quantum leap of technology offering price points lower than previous systems, coupled with transparent ease of intuitive workflow, and Thunderbolt 2 up to… read more…


Best Unexpected Product of NAB

Sometimes the most unexpected thing pops up at NAB, and success surprises even its own manufacturer. True Lens Services rolled out a newly re-housed Cooke Series 1 to go with their updated cam-focus PL mount rehoused Panchro series 2 and 3 lenses. But the buzz was also all about their new PL rear lens caps in clear polycarbonate and an… read more…

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Angenieux Style

Angenieux’s stylish annual NAB party for distributors, customers, and rental houses took place Tuesday night at Tryst. The usual notable suspects were twirling on the dance floor,   enjoying the ambiance and fine dining, and watching Yoginis floating by in bubbles: Denny Clairmont, Otto Nemenz, Tng Sieu Moi, Robert Keslow, and many more. Pierre Andurand, President of Thales Angenieux, gave… read more…


Panavision Primo 70

Panavision officially announced their long-awaited Primo 70 series lenses — for 35mm digital motion picture cameras.  Presented in proof of concept Powerpoint in a SMPTE paper last year for a 70mm camera, these lenses are now offered for specially Panavised 35mm motion picture cameras with new Panavision 70 mount: ARRI Alexa, RED Dragon, Sony F55, Phantom 65.  I have seen some of these lenses… read more…


RED Runway

RED once again wowed with creative, imaginative NAB booth presentation — a full-on fashion runway show with models…photographed of course RED 19 megapixel cameras with cool portrait-landscape mode tripod cradle.

New NAB stuff

Lots of new NAB gear that didn’t make it into FDTimes April Edition: AJA announces 4K 35mm camera(s). Blackmagic announces 4K 35mm camera(s). Blackmagic announces Cintel 4K film scanner. Panasonic announces 4K 35mm with Codex RAW back. ARRI Studio mattebox has a very cool tilt feature to get rid of annoying reflections bouncing off filters. Prototype RED remote 2-axis remote… read more…


Sony F55 ENG & Doc Dock

  Sony introduced a totally new F5/F55 shoulder dock. From the people who brought you many shoulder-resting ENG camcorders—this kit provides familiar camcorder functions to the F5/F55. Basically, it’s a base and rear that attaches to the bottom of the camera. It gets power and signals through the rear multi-pin connector where the AXS-R5 Recorder previously plugged in. The top… read more…

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Sony α7s 4K Camera

My favorite part of Sony’s annual NAB press conference is the new product  unveiling. This year, it was Mr. Shigeki Ishizuka, Sony Deputy President of Imaging Products (he’s in charge of still and motion picture cameras) who announced the new Sony α7s camera. Saying that the two worlds of consumer and professional imaging are merging, he introduced this third member of… read more…

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FDTimes NAB Booth C10006

  Setting up at NAB 2014. You’ll find us when the show opens on Monday under the Film and Digital Times Airstar balloon in Booth C10006 — next to Sony, across Band Pro and Pole Cam.

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ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom 9.5-18 mm

  More details on ARRI’s UWZ 9.5-18 mm T2.9 Ultra Wide Zoom. But first some thoughts on where it might be used, and on what kind of scenes: underwater, aerials, POVs from trains, planes, automobiles. The 8R is a wonderful lens, but sometimes we have the irresistible urge to zoom in slightly or change focal length during the shot–especially when the… read more…

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Angénieux Style & Servos

Angénieux Style Zoom Lenses Angénieux introduces a new line of lenses and the Angénieux Servo Unit (ASU) at NAB. The new Optimo Style series will consist of 3 zooms: 2 handheld, 1 full size. The 16-40 and 30-76 are lightweight at 4.2 lb each and well-balanced for shoulder or handheld shooting. The 25-250 is an all-purpose, classic-range zoom for most… read more…

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Anamorphic Screenings at NAB


Servicevision will screen their Scorpiolens 2x Anamorphic short “Walk in Barcelona” at NAB on Wed. April 9 from 10am – 6pm in room S107, every 2 hours.
Their 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100 mm Scorpiolens 2x anamorphics will be on display in their booth, C10542. read more…

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