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Euro Cine Expo Munich 2024

6/27/24 – 6/29/24
Euro Cine Expo Munich 2024: More than 100 exhibitors and 2 days of seminars. June 27-29 at Motorword Munich.

Euro Cine Expo returns for its third year in Munich, June 27-29, at Motorword. It is about 10 km north of Marienplatz and central Munich, near BMW headquarters. Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS is a featured speaker, presenting a seminar “The Art of Cinematography” on Friday June 28 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. read more…


FDTimes at Cine Gear – stand L608


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Pick up your complimentary copy of Film and Digital Times June – Cine Gear 2024 Edition at our booth L608. We are indoors, in the comfortable shade of the Partner Pavilion. Enter the doorway behind the ASC American Cinematographer stand.

Or, download this latest edition online. read more…


Sony Cine Camera Reports

This 80-page FDTimes Special Edition began at the beginning of the year when colleagues called in with stories about recent jobs that happened to be filmed with Sony VENICE, BURANO and FX3 cameras.

These are not eulogies or reviews or production paeans. Instead, they are somewhat technical, sometimes nerdy, always artistic discussions about interesting films and series with lots of details about lenses, lighting, LUTs, peppered with long discourses on Director-DP dynamics, crew management, psychology, color science, career beginnings, film schools, first jobs, and all the other tales told on location waiting for the sun to rise, the clouds to part, or the next shot in a glass after wrap. read more…

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Cine Gear Expo LA 2024

6/7/24 – 6/8/24
Cine Gear Expo LA 2024

Film and Digital Times will be at Cine Gear LA in the Partner Pavilion, L608. Pick up a free copy of the FDTimes Cine Gear June Issue #126. See floorpan. Cine Gear Expo begins on Friday June 7 at Warner Bros. Studios. Exhibitions are Friday June 7 (11 am – 7 pm) and Saturday June 8 (10 am – 5… read more…

Pacific Northwest Lens Summit 2024

The Pacific Northwest Lens Summit returned to Koerner Camera in Portland on May 3 and 4,  2024. CVP  hosted the event in London last year. Around 30 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors from around the world attended — to try, test, look at and look through lots of the latest cine lenses and accessories. Classes, workshops and seminars were presented by lens technicians and experts. read more…

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Keiji Oishi and Jarred Land on Nikon and RED

Nikon completed its acquisition of RED Digital Cinema on April 8, 2024. This is an interview with Keiji Oishi and Jarred Land (in photo by Mark Cruz, above) all about it. read more…

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TRIBE7 – BLACKWING7 Binary II Lenses

TRIBE7 introduces a limited run of Second Edition BLACKWING7 Binary Prime Lenses. This release builds on the legacy of the original prototypical Binary lenses, introduced five years ago. 10 sets were made in 2019 as test and evaluation optics. The new Second Edition BLACKWING7 Binaries pay complete homage to their prototypical predecessors, while offering filmmakers greater creative control through new modular components such as custom-tuned optics, flare control systems and the SKIN program of alternative coatings for BLACKWING7 front lens elements. read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Cine 17K 65mm


URSA Cine 17K 65mm Even Larger Format camera by the end of the year.

Sensor size: 50.808mm wide x 23.316mm high
Diagonal: 55.9mm
Horizontal Resolution: 17,520 pixels
Vertical Resolution: 8,040 pixels read more…


Philip Vischer Joins Second Reef

Philip Vischer (above, center) has joined the crew (Alexander Schwarz (left) and James Bouchie (right) at Second Reef as they set sail on their latest journey.

Philip will be Vice President of Sales & Client Relations. Welcome aboard.

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SmallHD Quantum 32 Monitor

SmallHD launches their Quantum 32 – a 31.5” OLED reference monitor. It is intended for grading suites, post-production and on-set monitoring for discerning eyes: DPs, DITs and Directors. The Quantum 32 displays HDR and SDR images using Quantum Dot OLED technology, with exceptional luminance, color uniformity and a wide viewing angle. read more…


Blackmagic URSA Cine 12K

“Ladies and Gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts.” The descent into Las Vegas Airport for NAB can be turbulent as adiabatic or katabatic winds from the nearby Valley of Fire shake the aircraft. Blackmagic Design also seems to delight in shaking things up at NAB. This year is delightfully interesting with the introduction of their new flagship Blackmagic URSA Cine 12K… read more…

AJA ColorBox v2.1

ColorBox v2.1 from AJA Video Systems is a free software update for the AJA ColorBox.

Quick review: AJA ColorBox is a powerful device for on-set color management, DIT carts, post-production work and live production. It does LUT-based color transformations using the AJA Color Pipeline as well as other look management tools—including Colorfront, ORION-CONVERT, BBC, NBCU LUTs and now ACES.

ColorBox has 12G-SDI in/out and HDMI 2.0 out. It can handle up to 4K/UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCBCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 output. ColorBox’s browser-based user interface makes it simple to adjust settings—connected via Ethernet or a third-party WiFi adapter. read more…


ARRI ALEXA 35 Live – Multicam System

Marc Shipman-Mueller, ARRI Senior Product Manager, and John Gilbert, ARRI Product Manager Fiber Systems, appear on a video meeting with stop-the-press news.

“ARRI is introducing a completely new camera system called the ALEXA 35 Live – Multicam System, said Marc Shipman-Mueller, ARRI Senior Product Manager. “It is for live production applications such as concerts, musical events, sports, esports, TV shows, fashion shows, scripted content, comedy specials, etc. This is a major commitment by ARRI to the live entertainment sector, bringing together specialist cameras, stabilizers, lighting, and custom solutions. We put a lot of resources into this and we’re planning other products in the future and expanding the system.” read more…

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DJI Focus Pro, RS 4 Pro & RS 4

DJI PRO has three interesting new products to keep scenes steady and in focus: DJI RS 4 Pro, DJI RS 4, and DJI Focus Pro. They are intuitive, work together, setup quickly, and provide advanced focus control.

DJI Focus Pro includes Automated Manual Focus (AMF) control.

DJI RS 4 Pro is the new, top-of-line RS (Ronin Single-handle) gimbal stabilizer that, among other features, supports heavier payloads and has carbon fiber arms.

DJI RS 4 is a more affordable stabilizer for lighter payloads. read more…

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NAB 2024 – FDTimes Booth C7436

Film and Digital Times will be at NAB. Please pick up a free copy of our NAB edition from the publication bin near the entrance to Central Hall. Or stop by FDTimes Booth C7436. Here’s the floorpan. NAB Show runs from April 13-17, 2024 in the Las Vegas Convention Center with exhibitors and visitors from around the world. There will… read more…

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Photographing the Eclipse

In anticipation of the solar eclipse on April 8th, Canon and Keith Ladzinski (Canon Explorer of Light and National Geographic Photographer) and  shared these suggestions. Photo (above) and text courtesy of Canon and Keith Ladzinski. It is never safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection when any part of it is visible behind the moon. It is… read more…


Johan de Nysschen, ARRI Americas CEO & Pres.

March 28, 2024, Munich. Johan de Nysschen has been appointed President and CEO of ARRI Americas Inc. He will also be responsible for ARRI Rental North America and Illumination Dynamics—and reports directly to Matthias Erb, Chairman of the Executive Board at ARRI. read more…

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Cooke Gallery London

“The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you.” Stepping into the Cooke Gallery in Fitzrovia, London immediately conjures up Ollivander’s  Wand Shop of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The lens chooses the Cinematographer…no doubt about it. Wizards and filmmakers alike can step into this magical space on Newman Street. Enter into a museum-like gallery with large video displays and photographs. The current exhibition is all about Focus. Pick up a pair of headphones paired with moving images on the wall for examples of deep focus, shallow depth of field, rack focus, and more. read more…


Andrew Tiffen named President of Tiffen Co.

New York, March 15. Andrew Tiffen (at right, above) has been named President and COO of The Tiffen Company. He is responsible for the operations of the company, including manufacturing, marketing, sales, R&D and Product Development.

Steven Tiffen will remain as Chairman and CEO.

The company’s brands include Tiffen Filters, Steadicam, Lowel, DOMKE, Davis & Sanford, Stroboframe and Zing. read more…

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Cine Gear NY 2024

It was a beautiful, warm spring day for a walk to the opening of Cine Gear Expo exhibits in Industry City. And there are many other choices of where to get off and take a subway, cab or car service.

Here’s a brief slideshow of the exhibits in Box Factory Hall, an 1900s historic industrial space with massive windows and gorgeous available daylight. read more…