Monthly Archives: May 2019

Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC and the Angénieux Excellens Award at Cannes

Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC was born in Nancy, France and graduated in 1978 from ESEC film school in Paris. A distinguished cinematographer, he has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Tim Burton, the Coen brothers, Joe Wright and many others. Bruno Delbonnel has been nominated five times for Best Cinematography Oscar: Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), and Darkest Hour (2017). On May 24, 2019, Bruno receives the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens Award in cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival. read more…

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Teradek RT CTRL.3

The Teradek RT CTRL.3 is a new, 3-axis wireless Focus, Iris and Zoom lens control. With built-in lens mapping, you can set up and calibrate the scales of your lenses and store the data inside the control unit— to be summoned up in an instant when you change lenses, thus avoiding time-consuming end-stop and focus mark setup. read more…

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C’est Cannes 2019

The 72nd Festival de Cannes is now open. Follow the 12 days of Cannes on the official Festival website. The Cannes 2019 poster celebrates filmmaker Agnès Varda. If anyone knows the name of the camera assistant or grip whose back she’s standing on, please contact FDTimes. It was August 1954 and, as the official Cannes press release describes, she was filming… read more…

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Tokina Vista Primes

Planning for the Tokina Vista Primes began in 2013. During the early stages, Ryan Avery, VP of Formatt KT America and Tokina Cinema products, met with cinematographers to get feedback. He also came up with the name: Vista Primes. From the beginning the lenses have been designed to cover beyond Full Frame and cover the RED 8K VV sensor (46.7mm image diagonal) that was introduced in June 2015. The image illumination of the longer focal lengths covers the 5K image area of the Alexa 65 camera that was introduced a year earlier, in September 2014. The lenses came to market a year later, in 2016. read more…

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SIGMA Burbank Studio

Sigma recently opened a new 10,000 sq. ft. studio, showroom, screening room, lens repair shop and office facility. And, at NAB 2019, Sigma showed three new high-speed Full Frame cine prime lenses: 28mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF and 105mm T1.5 FF. This brings the total count of Sigma cine lenses to 13: FF Zoom, High-Speed Zoom and FF High-Speed Primes. They have PL, E and EF mounts. LF to come. read more…

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CVP Large Format Test with ARRI

CVP recently hosted a Large Format event in collaboration with ARRI at the CVP & ARRI Creative Space. The CVP team set up a test with the ALEXA LF, ALEXA Mini (fitted with LPL mount) and ARRI Signature primes. The lenses were 18, 25, 35, 47, 75 and 125 mm. The event was overseen by CVP Account Manager Aaron George, who prior to joining CVP in 2017, spent almost 12 years at ARRI as UK Head of Camera Service. read more…

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Sony VENICE Firmware Update 4.0 — 120 fps

VENICE at 120 fps in 4K 2.39:1, 60 fps in 6K 3:2 Full Frame and lots more…Sony VENICE continues to catch the attention and imagination of filmmakers worldwide. It is working on many features, commercials and television productions. Full Frame is gaining traction as almost every lens manufacturer rolls out an increasing number of Full Frame lenses. With Version 4.0, you can purchase an optional HFR license (High Frame Rate) that takes VENICE up to 120 fps in 4K Super35 2.39:1 (4096 x 1713) and 60 fps in 6K Full Frame 3:2  (6048 x 4032). read more…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K & RAW

Blackmagic Camera 6.2 update eanbles Blackmagic RAW in the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) size 18.96 x 10 mm sensor. The lens mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 19.25mm and its inside diameter is nominally 40.2 mm Ø.

Blackmagic RAW is a new codec that combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. File sizes are smaller, which means recording time is longer. You’ll be able to record 2 hours of Blackmagic RAW in 4K on a single 256GB SD UHS-II card.    read more…

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