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FSF Days 2019 in Sweden

8/29/19 – 8/30/19
FSF Days 2019 in Sweden: presented by the Swedish Society of Cinematographers in Stockholm

The FSF Day is a public event dedicated to the art of cinematography presented by the Swedish Society of Cinematographers in Stockholm from August 29–30, 2019 at the Film House, home of the Swedish Film Institute and the center of the Swedish film industry. read more…

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NEW K35 Primes by Servicevision

Those Full Frame Fanatics from Barcelona are at it again. The same Servicevision team who designed and built the FFA Scorpiolens Anamorphic 2x primes have developed a completely new series of lenses with matching characteristics, flares and bokeh to augment the original, venerable, vintage Canon K35 sets. These new lenses are called NEW K35 by Servicevision. The set includes a 15mm T1.5… read more…

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FDTimes August 2019 Edition #96

Film and Digital Times August 2019 Edition #96 is now online for subscribers. Print copies are going out the week of August 12. Read all about the Angénieux introduction of Optimo Prime Lenses at the Cannes Film Festival. SIGMA Full Frame Classic Art Primes and fp Full Frame camera. “The Innocents of Florence” by David Battistella, shot with RED and… read more…

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Bright Tangerine Drumstix

Drum roll please. Bright Tangerine’s new Drumstix Sterling Titanium Support Rods are incredibly lightweight and very solid—¼ of the weight of stainless steel lens rods. read more…

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July 20, 1969 – One Giant Leap for Mankind

Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin landed on the moon. They had lifted off in the Apollo 11 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969 and splashdown back on Earth was on July 24, 1969. Armstrong had a Hasselblad (HDC Data Camera) Medium Format Camera with a ZEISS Biogon 60mm f/5.6 lens fitted to his chest harness to shoot stills of the lunar excursion. An Angenieux 6×25 16mm format zoom lens in the Command Module shot live color images of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their trip to and from the moon. A 16mm Maurer camera with Angénieux 75mm f/2.5 prime lens was also shooting film of the Lunar Module’s separation and docking maneuvers from the porthole read more…

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Vocas LPL and PL Mounts

The Vocas camera accessory line will be shown at NAB 2019 in the booths of several leading brands such as Angenieux, Atomos, Panasonic, Spirit Labs, etc. read more…

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Sony α7R IV – 61 Megapixels

Sony launched their new full-frame mirrorless a7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4) today. With a new 61 megapixel sensor, this is Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera. It has a totally new sensor—the first major update for Alpha still cameras since 2015. The full-frame sensor measures 35.7×23.8mm. We estimate the pixel pitch around 3.6 microns. Maximum resolution for stills is 9504 x 6336. Gone may… read more…

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SIGMA Classic Primes

At the SIGMA launch in Tokyo, CEO Kazuto Yamaki kept pulling rabbits out of the hat. Actually, no rabbits and no hat — just gasps of astonishment when a SIGMA Classic Prime appeared in his hand on stage. Uncoated inside, mildly coated on the outside front and rear element surfaces, these are flarey, classic, vintage primes that will make Samuel… read more…

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SIGMA FP 4K Full Frame 12-bit RAW Camera

Fortissimo Pianissimo. fp. The New SIGMA FP camera was introduced in Tokyo on Thursday evening. SIGMA CEO Kazurto Yamaki calls it a “deconstructed digital imaging device.” It seamlessly bridges the gaps from still photography to video, from smart phone to Directors Finder. Astonishingly, it shoots Full Frane 4K 12-bit RAW internally. It has an L mount (20m FFD) and is… read more…

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SIGMA L Mount & E-Mount Lens Launch

Today in Tokyo, SIGMA introduces the first 3 models in a new series of full-frame lenses for mirrorless cameras. The SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art is a large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for L-Mount and Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. It is astonishingly compact – almost impossibly small. The SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art is described by SIGMA as “The world’s first autofocus 35mm F1.2 L-Mount and Sony E-mount lens for full-frame mirrorless systems. F1.2 maximum aperture.” The SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary is an all-purpose lens that is intended to travel with the camera at all times, ready for rapid street photography and any other shot you might want to grab at a moment’s notice. read more…

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Hasselblad X1D II 50C

This is the next episode in Game of Formats, and a very exciting saga it promises to be. Hasselblad introduced their new X1D II 50C mirrorless Medium Format digital camera today. It has the same lens mount as the original X1D introduced in 2016 and many improvements. The XCD lens mount has an 18.3mm flange focal depth and ~61mm Inside Diameter. That’s an extremely short distance from the lens mount to the sensor, which is nice. Google “Hasselblad XCD Adapters” and you’ll see many mechanical mounts. The 50 megapixel CMOS sensor has 5.3μm photosites. It measures 43.8 x 32.9 mm, which is 54.78mm diagonal. read more…

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Cine Gear 2019

Cine Gear 2019. This is probably the first time I can remember wishing a trade show actually lasted longer. Cine Gear 2019 was bigger and more packed with people than ever. It was impossible to see all the exhibits and stay on schedule with all the meetings in two days. Here’s a report on new announcements and a slideshow of Cine Gear highlights. read more…

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Tribe7 plus One: Alexander Schwarz

After more than fifteen years as Senior Director of Worldwide Key Accounts at Vantage Film, ASC Associate Member Alexander Schwarz has decided to move on. Effective June 1, 2019, he has been directing worldwide sales strategy and business development activities at Tribe7 — the technology start-up founded by Bradford Young, ASC and Neil Fanthom. Tribe7’s first venture is with the new Blackwing7 lens system – a highly creative, tuneable range of cine optics for large format image capture. read more…

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Panasonic S1H: Full Frame 24p, 6K

S1H The Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H launched at 12:30pm at Cine Gear on May 31, 2019. The S1H is a full-frame, 36mm x 24mm sensor, 24p, 6K video camera “hiding” in the body of a DSLM. The shape makes it great as a grab camera, handheld, on rigs, gimbals, drones, or fully outfitted with a studio rig. It gets interesting when… read more…

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FDTimes June 2019 Online & at Cine Gear

Film and Digital Times June 2019 Issue 95 is now online. Go to fdtimes.com top left for details and download. We are also at Cine Gear. Visit us in booth 207 in the New York Streets. read more…

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Angénieux Optimo Prime Flying In

Enroute AF 072 CDG-LAX. May 29. Flying in to Cine Gear

Across the aisle on Air France 072 from Paris to LAX is a 40mm prototype Angénieux Optimo Prime. It is carefully hand-carried by Angénieux executives Severine Serrano, Christophe Remontet and Emmanuel Sprauel — heading for Cine Gear this Friday-Saturday. See the framegrabs in the post as well. read more…

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New Preston Hand Unit 4 HU4

New Preston Hand Unit HU4 to be introduced at Cine Gear. Features
35% lighter weight than HU3 with Micro Force zoom.
Adjustable focus knob drag.
LED triplet provides uniform focus scale illumination.
Super-rugged tactile switches rated for 10 million cycles.
Menu items can be accessed either by tactile keys or touch screen entry.
Large sunlight-visible 4.63″ diagonal display.
Large display fonts make lens data easy to read.
Reversible black/white background for interior/exterior use.
Focus, Iris, and Zoom scales are precisely represented.
Non-linear iris scales are mapped to a linear scale. read more…

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First Angénieux 35mm Prime in 1951

Here’s an update from Cannes about the newly announced Angénieux Optimo Prime lenses. (18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm.) Specifications and prices will be announced at Cine Gear.

Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC talked about working with Orson Welles and the first Angénieux wide angle 18.5 mm prime lens (FDTimes September 2013). “In the 1950s, I bought the 18.5 mm Angenieux Retrofocus wide angle prime. read more…

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Angenieux Optimo Prime Lenses

Cannes, France. Thursday May 23. Angenieux announces Optimo Prime Lenses. Full Frame 46.5mm image circle coverage Maximum aperture 1.8 T-stop. 21mm, 28mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm and 135mm for the initial 6-lens production run scheduled for delivery Fall 2020. The complete 12-lens set will include the above focal lengths and 18mm, 32mm, and 100mm lenses delivering Winter 2020; and 24mm, 60mm and 200mm… read more…

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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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