Monthly Archives: December 2018

Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS on “VICE”

“VICE” opened today, Christmas Eve. Round up the reindeer and steer your sleigh to the nearest movie theater.  Directed by Adam McKay, “VICE” swings from drama to satire with a hint of the absurd (if it weren’t so true.) It’s the story of Dick Cheney, the Washington insider who maneuvered to become the most powerful person in the US government… read more…

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Panasonic EVA1 and ProRes RAW

Panasonic has a new, free VariCam LUT Library online.

You can preview, view, create and load 35 Look-Up Tables for VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras. They were created by Panasonic with the help of Local 600 DITs. read more…

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NAB 2018 belated Slideshow

New Year 2019 Resolution: Get these slideshows posted on time. Here are Mark Forman’s excellent photos from NAB 2018. Click on any thumbnail to enlarge and click through all 330 pictures:    



Tristan Boxford has a great job. He is founder and CEO of the Waterman League, a worldwide organization that represents all kinds of Ocean sports. Tristan was a professional World Champion windsurfer in the 1990s and early 2000s. His latest endeavor is the Association of Paddlesurf Professionals (APP) World Tour and Stand Up Paddling (SUP).

It just so happens that APP uses Blackmagic Design products on all their productions. Distributed in more than 100 countries, they are covering the 2018 championships in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and the Canary Islands. read more…

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The Story of Easyrig: 25 Years

Johan Hellsten, inventor of Easrig, will release his new book at IBC. The Story of Easyrig, 25 Years is the story of his fascinating journey from an idea to a final product. Johan has been working on the book for the past two years. It is not only about Easyrig but also about his interesting life. read more…

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cmotion cPRO, cVision Focus Assist

Here’s an update on the latest cmotion lens controls: cPRO hand unit, cPRO motors, cPRO Camin, cvsion focus assistn, cinefade, and more. read more…

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RGB – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

RBG is everywhere. Streaming, screening, in theaters, on DVD and devices. RBG opened in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival.

The documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg was directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen. Claudia Raschke was the Cinematographer, working with ARRI Amira, Canon C300 Mark II and Sony F55 cameras—all shot in LOG. Ken Sirulnick, President of Glue Editing & Design in New York, graded the film using DaVinci Resolve Studio and a DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel. read more…

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DENZ MFC65 Large Format Lens Projector

Rental houses and repair facilities need lens projectors—and especially the new DENZ MFC65. It tests all photo and cine lenses with image circles up to Ø60mm — from 8mm, 16mm, Super 35, Full Frame 35 up to Alexa 65 format. The MFC65 has been designed from the ground up for speed, accuracy and avoidance of mistakes while working — one of the main reasons why ARRI Rental has selected it as the test projector for their facilities worldwide. read more…


Technovision 1.5x Anamorphic LF by P+S

Technovision Anamorphic lenses were “reborn” by P+S Technik at Cine Gear 2018. The new lenses are named Technovision Classics and are 1.5x squeeze Full Frame anamorphics. The series consists of 5 primes: 40mm T2.2 , 50mm T2.2, 75mm T2.5, 100mm T3.0 and 135 T3.0 mm. There are 2 zoom lenses: 40-70mm T3.2 (previously 35-70) and 70-200mm T3.0. They all have cylindrical front anamorphic elements. read more…

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Gottfried Pflugbeil and Preston Light Ranger 2

Here’s the latest episode in the continuing series, Season Two, of “The Superstars of Focus.” Gottfried Pflugbeil has been a Camera Assistant since 1994 and a 1st AC since January 1999. Recently he’s been working on the TV Series “Condor” for MGM and “The Handmaid’s Tale” for MGM/Hulu. He writes, “When the Preston Light Ranger 2 came out, focus tools came to a new level. The LR2 uses infrared light to calculate the distance, but it takes the idea of a focus tool to two additional levels…” read more…

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ARRI Large Format Signature Primes

Alexa LF and Large Format Signature Primes were announced in February and are working on productions worldwide. The core set of ARRI Signature Prime Large Format lenses have shipped. They include ARRI Signature Prime 18, 25, 35, 47, 75 and 125 mm lenses. New lenses pretty much arrive every month from now until April 2019. read more…


SIGMA 28, 40 & 105mm T1.5 FF

The family of SIGMA Cine FF High Speed Primes continues to grow.

SIGMA Corporation adds three new SIGMA CINE lenses to their FF High Speed Prime Line: 28, 40 and 105 mm—all T1.5. This brings the Sigma Full Frame Cine lens total to 10 high speed primes, from 14mm to 135mm and a fast 24-35mm T2.2 zoom. read more…

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The Sigma Cine Lens series will soon include the option of having LPL mounts. This is the new lens mount released by ARRI in February 2018 with the Alexa LF. The LPL mount has a flange focal depth of 44mm and a 62 mm Ø diameter. The planned release date for SIGMA CINE LENSES in LPL mount is 2019 or… read more…

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Panavision DXL2, DXL-M, New Lenses, LCND

At Cine Gear in June, Panavision previewed the latest firmware for the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera, four new Large Format lens sets, Modular DXL-style accessories for RED DSMC2 cameras, and an innovative LCND filter. read more…

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Crithary and Barber and crew at ARRI Rental

Peter Crithary has been appointed President of ARRI Rental US, Camera Division. For the previous 13 years, Peter had a number of roles at Sony Electronics in market development and as the go-to guy for anything about digital cinema cameras. Before Sony, he was a cameraman in Australia and then moved to the USA where he worked in motion pictures,… read more…

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Anamorfaux CP.2 from NAC

  NAC Image Technoloy Rentals wondered what to do with their large inventory of CP.2 primes now that they have many ZEISS CP.3 and Supreme lenses. So, they modified ZEISS CP.2 primes with an oval shaped mask in front of the iris. Identified with the gold band above the lens mount. This creates faux anamorphic oval bokehs. Works best wide… read more…

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Canon’s Full Frame vs S35 Demo

Jingle bells! With thanks to Masaki Akamatsu and the crew at Canon’s InterBEE exhibit, here are framegrabs of their live demo comparing Full Frame and Super35. Two cameras were set up at the same distance from a reindeer doll. The Canon C700 FF (Full Frame) had a 50mm lens at T1.5. The Canon C700 (Super35) had a 35mm lens at T1.5…. read more…

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