Author Archives: FDTimes

SLATE from Tribe7

Clapperboards haven’t changed much since Psycho.

Leave it to the team at Tribe7, innovators of Blackwing7 lenses, to come up with a new, exciting and innovative SLATE. It has familiar sticks that clap (heads or tails) and a board to mark with Dry Erase pens. But this is no ordinary writing surface.

SLATE has an e-paper display similar to a Kindle. Instead of a board with pre-engraved lettering or custom graphics that have to be ordered in advance, graphics and template text on SLATE can be changed immediately. read more…

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Cooke Varotal/i FF 19-40, 30-95, 80-215 Details

Download 14-page FDTimes 2.5 MB PDF article about the new Cooke Varotal/i FF 19-40 mm and 30-95, 80-215. 

Cooke is back with more zoom lenses.

Two new Cooke Varotal/i FF Full Frame zoom lenses were introduced in November 2021 and released earlier this year: 30-95 mm T2.9 and 85-215 mm T2.9. And now, the duo becomes a trio. Please welcome the Cooke Varotal/i FF 19-40 mm T2.9. read more…

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Cooke Varotal/i FF in Industry City Video

Took a Look at Cooke Varotal/i FF Zooms

FDTimes looked at Cooke Varotal/i FF Zooms on VENICE 2 at Industry City, in Brooklyn, NY. You can see the 4K video on YouTube at:  youtu.be/zF-5mThr0j0

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NAB Show New York 2022

10/19/22 – 10/20/22
NAB Show New York 2022: NAB Show New York 2022

NAB Show New York

Education: October 17-20, 2022

Exhibits: October 19-20, 2022

Javits Center in New York City

200+ Exhibitors

Show Floor Hours:

  • Wednesday, October 19 | 10 m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20 | 10 m. – 5 p.m.

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DJI FPV @ MIT

Jonathon Brearley, MIT Master of Architecture and colleagues fly the DJI FPV. ” The FPV system’s precise navigation makes it feel extremely easy to position the drone in the sky. With this drone, the intention is to use the superb first-person-view (FPV) goggles that provide the pilot with a high definition stream of the 150˚ FOV drone camera. The goggles are so immersive, if you’ve had dreams of being a bird, free to roam the skies, this might be the closest you’ll get  with your feet planted safely on the ground. It’s slightly uncanny how natural the flight felt, especially the ability to assess depth and proximity of obstacles through the goggles, something I do not find easy to do while flying other phone-screen operated drones. read more…

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On-Set Social Distancing Using AJA Products

Sushi is not socially distant. Here is a photo of this article’s author, Andy Bellamy, in pre-pandemic days, providing bounce fill with his napkin at Yamazato in Amsterdam. We managed to avoid eviction from this and other fine sushi establishments whose chefs suffered our antics in tabletop lighting and camera tests between uni and ebi. But, this is not an article about sushi. It’s Andy’s article about AJA products that can help crews keep safely apart, watching the action on monitors far away from the cameras and connected by fiber optic cables and AJA devices. read more…

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Gods of Focus: Olga Abramson

The lack of marks or rehearsals on Uncut Gems was a given from the start; it’s a part of the Safdie brothers’ directing style. Whether lining up a frenetic running shot or an over-the-shoulder close up, Cinematographer Darius Khondji ASC, AFC would suggest a 150mm lens and the brothers would revel in raising the stakes. Why not a 250mm? Or better yet, a 360mm? read more…

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Koerner Pacific Northwest Lens Summit 2019

Koerner Camera Systems hosted the third annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on a sunny Saturday, May 4th, in their spacious Portland, Oregon facility. The Lens Summit is a single-day event focused on cine optics. You can meet two dozen lens, optical and accessory vendors and ogle their products with few distractions. Perhaps 500 people attended, twice as many as last year. read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2019

Federico Fellini used various visual effects in his film Casanova, one of which was a gigantic overly graphic head of Medusa rising from the dark waters of Venice’s Canal Grande during the Carnival sequence. Now, this gigantic Medusa head rests in the Cinecittà Studios of Rome, not far from Stage 10 – right across Federico Fellini’s famed Stage 5. This is where the 2019 Micro Salon Italia took place on March 22nd & 23rd. read more…

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Koerner Camera Lens Summit

by Adam Wilt Koerner Camera Systems in Portland, Oregon hosted the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on the first Saturday in May. About 250 people came to see lenses, filters, FIZ controllers and focusing aids, anamorphics and adapters, gimbals, cameras, and camera robots presented by thirty different exhibitors. Attendance might have been even  higher had Portland not suffered from… read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2018

A.I.C. (Associazione Italiana Autori della Cinematografia — the Italian Society of Cinematographers) brought Micro Salon Italia back to Cinecittà Studios after a 3-year absence, to where it first started in 2013. The first edition had only twelve booths, but this year, thanks to the larger space of Stage 10 – right across Federico Fellini’s famed Stage 5 – it hosted 56 booths in 2,000 sq mt (1,300 in 2017), 17 more than last year, with 83 major brand names and an extraordinary attendance of over 4,500 visitors. read more…

Filming the Solar Eclipse Aug 21

This is the story of Stephen Pizzo’s enthralling preparations to shoot the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. This is the first total solar eclipse across the continental United States since 1918. The Moon will pass between the Sun and Earth, blocking the face of the Sun and leaving only its outer atmosphere, or corona, visible in the sky. The epicenter of the total eclipse will be in Carbondale, IL. The project includes a number of firsts that rely on state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras as part of an advanced astro-imaging system built specifically to capture the first US-wide eclipse in a hundred years. read more…

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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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Jazz, Lenses and ZEISS

by Thomas R. Zecher Photos by Alexander Kopp Most cinematographers and still photographers know about Obekochen. It’s a small town, three hours from Frankfurt and two hours from Munich. This is where ZEISS cine and still photography lenses come from. What many of us did not know is that the 25th Aalener Jazz Festival opened in Oberkochen this November 2016. Aalen is a large… read more…

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Diversity in Cinematography

Madelyn Most writes: “for the first time ever, Camerimage, the festival of cinematography, IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, and illuminatrix, a U.K. collective of female cinematographers, hosted a forum on gender and diversity in cinematography. The panelists discussed what made their career work, while questioning the myths, inequalities, and obstacles that still exist in their respective countries.” read more…

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Camerimage Docs: Essay by Axelle Coquelet

Bydgoszcz, Poland. Axelle Coquellet writes: Camerimage is the marvelous international festival dedicated to the art of cinematography. It is all about cinematographers, and even more so when you look at the documentary program where most of them are also directors. I think it is one of the main interests of documentaries: how these directors see the world and how they manage to communicate it through the cinema screen. read more…

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Leica Lens Service Training

Oli Laperal, Jr. writes about his lens service course at CW Sonderoptic: “Having attended lens service training at Angenieux, ARRI, Cooke, and ZEISS, learning more about the Leica CW Sonderoptic cine lenses was most welcome. When Osamu Tsukada, Asia Regional Sales Manager of CW Sonderoptic invited me to attend a lens technical service training seminar in Wetzlar, Germany, I did not hesitate…” read more…

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FUJIFILM X-T2 Still & 4K/UHD Camera

FUJIFULM North America today announced the newest in their interchangeable lens X-series cameras, the FUJIFILM X-T2. The X-T2 has received several significant improvements over the 2014 release of its predecessor, the X-T1, including a new 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III SPS-C sensor, a large 2.36 million dot OLED viewfinder, and  4K (3840×2160) video with a .mov file type. The X-T2 also received… read more…

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Interview With RED’s Jarred Land – Episode 2

This is Episode 2 of “Interviews with Jarred” about RED Digital Cinema, the state of the industry, large format, and more. Another sequel in this saga is inevitable. I expect Episode 3 will include more about RED Helium 8K S35 3.65 micron pixel sensors.

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Sony Full Frame FE 50mm F1.4 ZA Prime Lens

Sony Electronics has just introduced a new Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens with an E-mount. It’s part of the Sony/ZEISS strategic partnership that includes the 16-35mm F4, 24-70 F4, 16-70mm F4, 135mm F1.8, 55mm F1.8, 35mm F1.4, 35mm F2.8, 24mm F2, and 24mm F1.8 lenses. read more…

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