Author Archives: Jon Fauer

ARRI Burbank Lens Tech Wanted

ARRI Inc. is looking for an experienced Lens Service Technician at their new, state-of-the-art service center in Burbank, California. This is a full-time position: responsible for repairs of ARRI, ZEISS and other professional cine lenses. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following: Performing repairs Evaluating the performance, condition and quality control of new and used cine lenses Troubleshooting and identifying… read more…

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FDTimes BSC Expo 2020 Edition

A complimentary print edition of Film and Digital Times issue 99-B will be at the BSC Expo in London on January 30, 31, Feb 1, 2020.

This is an abridged 48-page version of the complete worldwide online edition (February 2020, issue 99)– available as a free download for a limited time (at left). read more…

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FDTimes Micro Salon 2020 Edition

A complimentary print edition of Film and Digital Times issue 99-F will be at the AFC Micro Salon in Paris on January 16-17.

This is an abridged 28-page version of the complete worldwide online edition (February 2020, issue 99)– available as a free download for a limited time.

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Band Pro Open House 2019

Band Pro’s annual Open House was open on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 1 to 8 pm at their Burbank Headquarters. A magnificent, storm-proof, waterproof tent was erected. It had a raised floor to protect against the rising flood waters of previous years. Of course, the weather was sunny and beautiful. Dean Semler, ASC, ACS was the guest of honor…. read more…

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Portrait of Large Format on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) won the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle on December 4. Directed by Céline Sciamma with stunning cinematography by Claire Mathon AFC, it is “a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama” (The Guardian) — an 18th century story of a young woman facing marriage and an artist commissioned to paint her portrait. It is also a portrait in Large Format cinematography: RED MONSTRO 8K VV, LEITZ THALIA primes, Preston Light Ranger 2 and more. read more…

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LEITZ PRIME Lenses Delivered

The first sets of full-frame large-format Leica-format LEITZ PRIME lenses arrived at a number of rental houses worldwide in the past few days. This is warp speed. They must have been working long hours with lots of overtime in Wetzlar. Remember that LEITZ PRIME lenses were behind-glass models at IBC 2018 and only introduced in April of this year. Here they are now. And not just a few focal lengths. LEITZ PRIME deliveries are almost full sets of 8 lenses: 21, 25, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75 and 100 mm — all T1.8, all with 114mm front diameters. Happy recipients shown in photos here: at Camalot in Amsterdam, Ljud & Bildmedia AB in Stockholm and Sanwa Cine Equipment in Tokyo shown in photos below. read more…

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BIRTV 2019 Report

Jacques Lipkau-Goyard’s annual report on BIRTV in Beijing. This year was the 28th running of BIRTV—China’s most prestigious exhibition for film and television. Jacques also interviews filmmaker and cinema icon Mr. Percy Fung Tze-Cheong. They discuss the current state of cinema production in China and where they think it is heading. read more…

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FDTimes Japanese Language Edition 98J

Film and Digital Times Japanese language online edition 98J is here. Download the 44-page 8MB PDF free. The print edition was distributed in Tokyo and at InterBEE. This November 2019 InterBEE edition is a “greatest hits” compilation  from recent worldwide editions. More than 25 topics are covered. read more…

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Wanted: PhotoCineRent Paris Lens Technician

Lens Technician position available at PhotoCineRent, Paris, FRANCE.
Responsible for service and maintenance of professional digital motion picture lenses and accessories.
Technician’s role: Maintain and repair cinema lenses. Prepare lenses for customers during prep. Maintain and repair spherical and anamorphic prime and zoom lenses from various manufacturers: Angénieux, Cooke, ZEISS, Leica, Leitz, Fujinon, Canon and others. Lens prep and calibration during camera tests. And more…. read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2019

12/12/19
Band Pro Open House 2019: Dean Semler ASC, ACS guest of honor

Band Pro’s annual Open House takes place on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 1 to 8 pm at their Burbank Headquarters. Dean Semler, ASC, ACS is the guest of honor. (Academy Award for Best Cinematography on Dances with Wolves – 1990). Exhibitors this year include almost every brand from A to Z. Two prototypes of the new full frame Angenieux Optimo Primes will be available for eyes-on review: the 40mm and 135mm. Also new: ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance lenses, Sony FX9, Canon C500 Mark II, etc. read more…

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses are a new set of 7 lenses that artistically emphasize ghosting (flares) and are consistent across the entire set. They are based on Supreme Primes with a warmer color tone. They are not simply the same lenses with the coatings removed. There is no loss of light and no uncontrolled “white-out.” Instead, Radiance lenses have newly formulated T* Blue coatings. While there are 13 focal lengths in a set of Supremes, a Radiance set consists of 7, from 21mm to 100mm, all T1.5. There will be limited production runs. read more…

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Leica SL2

The new Leica SL2 comes with improved ergonomics, a more comfortable grip, in-body image stabilization and excellent 4K Full Frame video. The L-Mount’s 20mm shallow flange depth and the in-camera stabilization accommodate Leica M, S and R lenses. PL, LPL and other cine lenses not only fit but also benefit from the 5-axis sensor stabilization. Meanwhile, Leica continues to roll out an impressive series of new SL lenses. The SL2 camera menu is designed with 2 separate modes: “Photo” and “Cine (Video).” read more…

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CineEmerge LA

11/14/19
CineEmerge Hollywood: At W Hotel Nov 14

From the people who bring us NAB Show, CineEmerge is a one day event in Hollywood on Thursday November 14 at the W Hotel. CineEmerge is a companion event to NAB Show. There will be panel discussions, technical talks, equipment exhibits and technology displays. Also: social events and opportunities to meet colleagues. CineEmerge is for Cine Professionals: DPs, Camera Operators,… read more…

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design’s new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is highly capable Super35 cinema camera “hiding” in a DSLM body (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). There are many things to like. For many, it is the new, larger, 6144 x 3456 Super35 sensor. The effective image area is 23.10mm x 12.99mm. It has an EF lens mount.

How does the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K compare to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? The 4K model, shown below, was introduced last year. It has a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) size 18.96 x 10 mm sensor. The MFT lens mount’s Flange Focal Depth is 19.25mm and its inside diameter is 21.64 mm Ø. read more…

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Sony FX9 Workshop at Band Pro Burbank

11/5/19
Sony FX9 Workshop at Band Pro: Tuesday 11/5 from 1-4pm at Band Pro Burbank

Free Sony FX9 Camera Workshop at Band Pro Burbank HQ. The FX9 is Sony’s latest Full Frame digital cine camera. 6K Full Frame sensor with dual 800 / 4000 ISO, electronic variable ND filter, 16 bit RAW capture– in a compact and affordable camera body. A detailed presentation on the FX9 will be provided, followed by a Q&A and plenty of hands-on time.  Snacks and beverages will be served. Space is limited.  RSVP to reserve your spot. read more…

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Musitelli MUSI DAY

10/28/19
Musitelli MUSI DAY : Open House - Monday October 28 in Montevideo, Uruguay

MUSI DAY 2019 takes place on Monday October 28 from 10am to 6pm.

The event is an excellent way to join colleagues and fellow crew members, to swap stories, discuss jobs, learn, try out new equipment and meet new people. The event is aimed at directors, cinematographers, camera crews, gaffers, grips, technicians, producers and television representatives, as well as advanced film students.

The Cinematography Society of Uruguay (Sociedad de Cinematografía del Uruguay – S.C.U.) will actively participate in MUSI DAY 2019read more…

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SIGMA fp Director’s Finder and PL mount Camera

The  SIGMA fp camera has a Director’s Finder mode. Attach the LCD Viewfinder/Diopter accessory to compose shots with framelines calibrated for various aspect ratios on (thus far) ALEXA LF, Mini LF, ALEXA 65, Venice, Monstro 8K, Helium 8K, Dragon 6K, Epic MX 5K, Gemini 5K, Arricam, ALEXA SXT, XT, Mini, Amira, etc. read more…

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SIGMA Full-Frame Classic Art Primes

SIGMA launched their splendidly small, sharp, lightweight and affordable FF High Speed Primes at IBC 2016. Now, three years later, SIGMA adds a new series: Full-Frame Classic Art Primes. A prototype 40mm was presented in Tokyo on July 11. Two months later, the set was in Amsterdam at IBC 2019. read more…

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IDX IPL Series Stackable Batteries

The IPL Series is the latest stackable battery system from IDX, creaters of PowerLink (piggy-backing) batteries. While previous generations allowed only two batteries to be linked, the new PowerLink technology can link up to four batteries together. This considerably extends continuous shooting times by drawing power from the last battery mounted, and then moving forward. read more…

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Teradek Bolt 4K MAX

Teradek Bolt 4K MAX joins Bolt 4K 750 and Bolt 4K 1500 (announced earlier this year). The Bolt 4K MAX is the most fully-equipped Bolt transmitter yet. Bolt 4K MAX can transmit 4K HDR video wirelessly—in real-time—over distances up to 5000 ft (1500 m) in normal operation and up to 10,000 ft (3000 m) in Broadcast Mode. For a limited time, all Bolt and Paralinx Tomahawk owners are eligible to earn a trade-in credit toward the new Bolt 4K. read more…

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