Author Archives: Jon Fauer

Scorpio FFA Full Frame 2x Anamorphic Primes

Jeff Berlin recently shot The Shoot, a short, in Full Frame with Sony VENICE and Scorpio Full Frame 2x Anamorphic lenses. The Shoot was shot 16-bit linear in X-OCN ST with Servicevision Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x lenses, covering the full 24mm height of the VENICE sensor. read more…

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ARRI OCU-1 Operator Control Unit

ARRI’s OCU-1 is a focus override knob. The Operator Control Unit is a single channel unit that lets the camera operator temporarily retake control of any wireless lens control function from the camera assistant, and then return control. One OCU-1 can take over focus, iris or zoom control. read more…

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CineTape2 and Wireless AIR Mobile2

Cinematography Electronics introduces a new model: the CineTape2. With all of the familiar features and controls of the original CineTape, it adds more than 50 new features and innovations. CineTape2 now has long range 2-way radios, Bluetooth, faster processing—all bundled into a smaller, lighter enclosure. read more…

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IB/E Optics

IB/E Optics’ LPLx2 VV Optical Extender doubles the focal length of Large Format LPL mount lenses. High-index, low-dispersion glass ensures high resolution and contrast with minimal optical degradation. read more…

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DJI Mavic 2 and Aerial Dolly-Zooms

There’s a good example of a dolly-zoom in Joseph Losey’s 1967 film Accident. Accident is Losey’s steamy love quadrangle of Oxford students and professors, punctuated by the inevitable pregnant pauses of Pinter’s screenplay, filmed in saturated wood-panelled interiors and humid green exteriors by Gerry Fisher, BSC. It was one of Fisher’s first jobs as DP. Now, you can do a dolly-zoom simply, seamlessly, nimbly and in the air with DJI’s new Mavic 2 Zoom. It’s one of two new DJI camera drones that landed this August. read more…

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Wooden Camera LPL for RED DSMC2 & Sharkfin Battery Bracket for Alexa LF

Wooden Camera introduced a DSMC2 LPL mount at IBC. So, if you’d like to shoot with Large Format Signature Primes on a RED MONSTRO 8K VV Camera, simply attach this mount with its 4 captive screws. 44 mm FFD, 62 mm Ø. read more…

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Musitelli Montevideo M 0.8 + MONSTRO

Musitelli Film & Digital, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, has been supplying productions with Leitz M 0.8 lenses lately. The Leitz M 0.8 primes worked on multiple RED MONSTRO cameras at the Teatro Colón opera house in Buenos Aires, famous for acoustics that rank among the best in the world. read more…

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Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design

It is always fascinating to catch up with Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. After a bit of mischievous banter (jamming systems, cones of silence, wire cutters?) on how to foil a vexing public address system that insistently interrupted our conversation, we got down to serious stuff about Blackmagic Design’s latest products, philosophy and aspirations. read more…

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AJA FS-HDR for DPs and DITs

Bryce Button, AJA’s Director of Product Marketing, explains the FS-HDR and how it helps in cinema production. read more…

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Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1

Panasonic showed two prototype models of their next Leica Format (Full Frame) Digital L-mount Mirrorless cameras: LUMIX S1R and the S1. I mention “Leica Format” mischievously because this is part of the L-Mount Alliance. The Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma L-mount triumvirate was announced at Photokina. Itss members agreed on using Leica’s L-mount, which has a 20mm Flange Focal Depth… read more…

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RED Report September 2018 (and 8K, Turing)

Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema and Brent Carter, COO of RED, patiently endured another episode of FDT questions about Full Format, Lenses, Motors and other matters. read more…

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Mounting Questions: September 2018

Revisions and updates on lens mounts. Updates include new L, LPL, Z, and R. What are the trends? Shorter Flange Focal Depth and wider inside diameter of mounts.   Mount Flange Focal Depth (FFD) Inside Diameter of Mount Nikon Z mount 16 mm 55 mm Fujifilm X-series 17.7 mm 43.5 mm Sony E-mount 18mm 46.1 mm Canon EOS M-Mount 18mm… read more…

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Leica, Panasonic, Sigma L-Mount Alliance

Leica launched the L-mount with their Leica T (APS-C) mirrorless, interchangeable lens  camera in 2014. It was the 100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack’s Ur-Leica. A year later, the Leica SL (Typ 601) arrived: Leica Format (36x24mm), mirrorless, autofocus, with the same mount, now renamed “L-mount.” The L-mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 20mm. The mount’s inside diameter is 51mm…. read more…

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FUJIFILM GFX 50R Medium Format Camera

Photokina. September 25, 2018. Watch what they do, not what they say, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is fond of saying. While many in the photography industry were saying, “Watch the new mirrorless Full Format (36x24mm) cameras,” Fujifilm was doing something completely different. They were leap-frogging from APS-C directly to Medium Format, and in the process, bypassing Full Format completely. The… read more…

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IB/E Smartfinder Pro: 65mm Director’s Finder

IB/E Optics is presenting a nice, new Director’s Viewfinder for lenses from S35 to Full Format and up to 65mm format. The Smartfinder Pro uses IB/E’s UMS Universal Mount System. This includes ARRI LPL, XPL and PL. You attach a lens. The image is gathered on a 62mm ∅ groundglass, which is slightly larger than the image area of an ARRI… read more…

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Leitz Cine Leica Format (LF FF VV) Lenses

Objects of desire beckoned behind glass. History repeated. Mystery lenses introduced. Nine years ago, a new line of cine optics floated among the stars. CW Sonderoptic’s Summilux-C Super35 lenses were presented. They didn’t yet have a name or a logo. It was a concept to entice. And entice they did. There are two sleek Leica Format zoom lenses. They are planned for delivery in late 2019. The 25-75 mm and 55-125 mm both have a breathtaking maximum aperture of T2.8, without ramping.A set of 12 prime lenses is planned for delivery in early 2020. Focal lengths run from 18 mm to 180 mm, all with a T1.8 aperture. read more…

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Cine Lens Specialist at ARRI Burbank

ARRI INC is looking for a Cinema Lens Specialist to work in their Burbank, CA office. Responsible for growing ARRI’s new line of cinema lenses by working closely with the sales and marketing team. Research the digital cinema markets to gain insight into market size and its potential for new sales. Interact with potential and existing clients. ARRI seeks a… read more…

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ULTRASCORPIO 70 Super Full Frame T1.4

Breaking news during IBC Set-Up day in Amsterdam. Servicevision will announce a new series of spherical large format lenses and show an 85mm T1.4 prototype this Saturday at their IBC booth 12.C43. The lenses are light, small and fast. Focal lengths: 18, 25, 35, 50, 85, 105 mm — all T1.4 — in 2019. 40mm and others coming later. Image… read more…

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Look! Cooke 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus

Cooke Optics introduced 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses at IBC.

Les Zellan, Cooke Chairman, calling from the far side of the world, explained, “As soon as we introduced S7/i Full Frame Plus spherical primes, users asked for Full Frame anamorphics.” Cooke showed a 50mm T2.3 Full Frame Plus 1.8x Anamorphic/i lens at IBC. The core set will be 40, 50, 75 and 100 mm, all T2.3. Front diameters will be 110 mm. They will be similar in size to the Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses. These will be followed by 32, 135 and 180 mm. All these lenses will cover the Full Frame image area of 36 mm wide x 24mm high (image diagonal of 43.27 mm). read more…

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Fujifilm X-T3

Remember when someone said, around 2009, that a digital motion picture camera was just a still camera that shoots at 24 fps? Now we’ve come to the point where those digital still cameras are shooting remarkable video for major motion pictures. The convergence continues.

This summer, Matthew Libatique, ASC shot “A Different Beyond” using early models of the new Fujifilm X-T3 camera system. Matty was Cinematographer and Director of the short. It was produced by Chromista.

A pre-production X-T3 system landed at FDTimes just in time for this edition and a couple of NDA days before Fujifilm’s major launch event on September 6. This is the latest, top of the line APS-C mirrorless X Series Fujifilm digital still and video camera. The sensor measures 23.6 x 15.6mm. The X Mount has a 17.7mm flange focal depth (FFD). You can also use an X Mount to PL adapter. read more…

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