Author Archives: Jon Fauer

Leica M10-R — 40 Megapixel Sensor

March 1914, Wetzlar. Oskar Barnack completes the prototype of his Liliput camera, the “Ur-Leica. It shoots 36×24 mm (Full Frame) stills, using 35mm cine film positioned horizontally. March 1925. The Leica I begins serial production and is introduced at the Leipzig Fair. The format is called Leica Format. 1930: the Leica I gets a 39 mm diameter threaded mount for interchangeable lenses and looking back, can be called a primordial  ILMC—Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera. 1932: the Leica model C standardizes on a Flange Focal Depth of  28.8 mm. 1954. The first M series Leica Camera, with a bayonet mount, is introduced at Photokina. Flange Focal Depth is now 27.8 mm and the mount’s Inside Diameter is 44 mm. July 2020: Leica Camera introduces the latest in their long line of M cameras–the M10-R has a new 40 Megapixel sensor.

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9/11. 19 years.

19 years later, I still have nightmares about this. Not long before the towers crumbled, we were on top—shooting a commercial for the World Trade Center. The spot featured Bobby Short playing the piano and singing “You’re the Top” by Cole Porter. As an over-the-top agency concept, the initial plan was to airlift a grand piano to the top of… read more…

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FUJINON Premista 19-45 T2.9 Zoom – Updated

FUJIFILM announces the third lens in their FUJINON Premista line of lightweight Full Frame zooms.

The new 19-45 mm T2.9 fulfills the demand for a wide zoom for documentary handheld shooting, Steadicam, aerials, underwater, on gimbals, remote heads and drones.

The 19-45 is 10% shorter and 14% lighter than its siblings, the Premista 28-100 mm T2.9 and Premista 80-250 mm T2.9-3.5. This is quite a feat for a short, wide zoom. The 19-45 has Cooke /i and ZEISS eXTended Data.

These are preliminary specsfor the 19-45 and will be updated when confirmed. The 19-45 is scheduled to ship in early 2021. read more…

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Panasonic LUMIX S5

The new LUMIX S5 joins Panasonic’s growing line of beloved hybrid mirrorless cameras that shoot beautiful video easily.

The S5 is Full Frame—lighter and smaller than the S1H.

It shoots 4K 30p 4:2:2 10-bit and 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video internally as MOV or MP4 files.

The sensor has in-body stabilizing. Add that to Optically Image Stabilized L-mount lenses, and you gain 5 to 7 stops of steadiness. Handheld, you can almost be a human tripod.

The camera’s L-Mount has a 20 mm flange focal depth, and shares L-Mount lenses with SIGMA and Leica as part of the L-Mount alliance. read more…

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Sony FX6 joins Cinema Line

September for Sony seems like clockwork. And a new camera: FX6. Despite COVID and crisis, IBC and Cinec cancelled, the cycles of product planning began long ago. So it is no surprise that Sony reveals a new cinema camera today. The details are sparse. The following is based on discussions with Sony representatives mixed in with a generous dose of speculation. FX6 is Sony’s newest member of its newly-named Cinema Line. FX6 is the smallest member of the family, joining  VENICE and FX9. The FX6 is planned for release later this year. It is almost surely Full Frame. read more…

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Angenieux Optimo Primes USA Silver Set Launch

8/26/20
USA Optimo Prime Silver Set Launch: Band Pro's official US unveiling of the new Angenieux Optimo Primes Silver Set

Register for the live Zoom Presentation, Wednesday 8/26/2020 at 10:30am PST of Band Pro’s official US unveiling of the new Angenieux Optimo Primes Silver Set moderated by Film and Digital Times publisher/editor Jon Fauer, ASC.  Band Pro’s Senior Technical Consultant Randy Wedick and Band Pro’s Senior Product Manager, Jean-Marc Bouchut will answer questions in an interactive Q&A.  Look customization will be discussed, and Band Pro Lens Technician Emin Nalbandian will demonstrate the Integrated Optical Palette replacement during the event. Hear directly from Angenieux Optical Designer Paul Fullerread more…

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Inside Angénieux Optimo Primes

The Silver Set of six Angénieux Optimo Primes will begin to ship in September. They are right on schedule, as announced at Cannes a year ago. Three partners in the Optimo Prime project are interviewed here: Severine Serrano, Managing Director, Angénieux International Sales and Marketing, located in Saint-Héand, France. Amnon Band, CEO of Band Pro, headquartered in Burbank, California. Jack Yu, Head of Cinematic & Broadcasting Solutions, Jebsen Industrial, based in Hong Kong.

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SmallHD 4K Monitors

Maybe you saw prototypes at IBC or BSC Expo. Now they’re here. SmallHD has a new series of production monitors that address screaming needs: Affordable, 4K, HDR or High Brightness or OLED, Rugged and Lightweight.  Lighting and shooting 4K HDR shows while viewing on HD standard monitors seems sadly comparable to the old days of watching flickering, grainy black &… read more…

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Otto Nemenz Moves

Otto Nemenz International (ONI) has moved to a huge new facility at 5700 Buckingham Parkway, Culver City, CA 90230. We usually list specifications for cameras and lenses. Here are a few specs about the new place. These details tell a lot of the story: 38,000 square feet 41 employees 21 prep bays 2 large feature prep rooms 128 parking spaces 345… read more…

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SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art (E & L-Mount)

SIGMA announced their latest E-Mount and L-Mount high-end 85mm F1.4 Full-Frame lens for mirrorless cameras. The new SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG DN | Art prime lens is remarkably small and lightweight yet displays superb optical performance. MTF values even exceed its much larger 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art predecessor. read more…

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INOVATIV AXIS Health Products for Safer Sets

You arrive on set. They check you in at a flimsy folding table. Where are the masks? Gloves? Protocols? Getting back to work and working safely in Coronavirus times  can be helped by some common-sense practices and products. Now, INOVATIV introduces a new line of AXIS Health workstations to stay safe on set and on location as production reopens. Inovativ… read more…

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Sony α7S III: Internal 4K 10-bit, External 4K 16-bit

  Sony’s new α7S III continues to blur the boundaries between still and cine cameras. Not blurred, of course, are its images and the trajectory of thoughtful innovation inside. Some quick specifications of the new α7S III: 12 MP resolution, 4264 x 2814 3:2 (1.5:1) 36 x 24 mm sensor. ISO 80-102,400. (40-409,600 extended.) 15+ stop dynamic range in S-log3…. read more…

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Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K

July 16, 2020. We zoom from Wetzlar to Melbourne. Today was a day when resolution seemed to matter. A few hours after Andreas Kaufmann announced the new 40 Megapixel Leica M10-R (R for resolution) still camera, Grant Petty introduced the latest Blackmagic Design URSA Mini  Pro 12K. He said that Blackmagic Design was aiming for the high end with this affordable camera. Did he say 12K? Yes. read more…

40 Megapixel Leica M10-R

  July 16, 2020. Leica Camera introduced the latest in their long line of beloved M cameras. The new M10-R has a new, 40 Megapixel sensor. Image noise is reduced, dynamic range increased, time exposure now goes to 16 minutes for those night sky shots, and ISO ranges from 100 to 50,000. The shutter is quieter and causes less vibration…. read more…

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ZEISS Virtual Cine Expo

This could be where trade shows are going for the near future and then continue for years to come. Thursday, July 16 is the third and final day of the ZEISS Virtual Cine Expo online. You enter a realistic, 3D rendered view of the ZEISS booth familiar from many real trade shows. Stroll around onscreen and watch detailed presentations. read more…

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Canon EOS R5 — Full Frame 8K RAW Inside

This should catch your attention. Canon’s new EOS R5 is a 45 Megapixel Full-Frame RF-mount mirrorless hybrid still/video camera that shoots and records 8K DCI 12-bit RAW at 2600 Mbps to an internal CFexpress card. You may not wear socks from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but if you did, the R5 specs might just knock your socks off.

Full Frame (36 x24 mm approx) 45 megapixel (4.40 μm photosites) CMOS sensor

8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps

8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) / 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) / 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

Full-width (no crop) 8K RAW and 8K/4K sensor modes. read more…

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Shooting on Location without Flying There

During this pandemic, how do we shoot on location without flying there? While some of us think green screen backgrounds are about as much fun as having root canal work, what if you could use affordable, consumer electronics, large screen LED TVs and projectors to let the actors interact in real time with their backgrounds on set? You can, and Sam Nicholson ASC explains how. He and his company Stargate worked on the HBO’s new series “Run.” The story travels across the United States on a train, but production never left the studio in Toronto—except to shoot the background plates in advance. Equipment includes RED cameras, Panavision lenses, DaVinci Resolve, lots of Blackmagic Design equipment, ARRI SkyPanels, 82″ monitors and lots more. read more…

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Gods of Focus: Chris Silano

Usually this episodic series about legendary Focus Pullers is called “The Gods of Focus.” This month’s story could be called “The Lion Tamers of Focus.” Read this article to see why. Chris Silano said, “They call Preston Cinema Systems’ Light Ranger 2 the Focus Puller’s friend. And while that’s true, it’s much more.  It’s also the friend of the actor, director, editor and producer. Finally, the Light Ranger is the audience’s friend as they get a better movie, every time. read more…

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SIGMA fp 2.00 Update

The critics at Cahiers du Cinema espoused a new vocabulary for film students to memorize in the following years: auteur, the director as author and le caméra stylo, writing with the camera as if it were a pen. Actually, a lot of this theory was just that: theory. There was, of course, an entire crew around the camera, behind the author and the pen and the talented cinematographers who liberated the camera from its fixed tripod.

It has been said, at times ironically, that the new wave owed much to the fact that you could avoid pesky Parisian film permits by shooting without a tripod. Nevertheless, Truffaut, Godard, Decaë, Coutard and company would have wept with joy had the SIGMA fp, no larger than a pack of Gauloises, arrived 60 years earlier.

The SIGMA fp camera is the embodiment of an entirely new and  liberated camera, an auteur’s stylo. SIGMA CEO Kazuto Yamaki called it “a deconstructed camera that allows for free and flexible styles that adapt to any genre. It is a camera for the next new wave.”

And now, SIGMA fp gets firmware update 2.00 —sort of like a cinematic spa rejuvenation. It is significant. Read all about it here. read more…

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SIGMA fp RAW Video Recording

This is a quick summary of the full article just published in July FDTimes, issue 103.

SIGMA announced a major firmware update, V2.00, for their fp camera and the big news is support for RAW video recording.

DCI 4K 12-bit / HDMI RAW output.

RAW recording via HDMI with Atomos Ninja V monitor-recorder. (Free AtomOS firmware update for Ninja V is required).

Blackmagic RAW recording via HDMI with Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models. (Requires firmware update of Video Assist 12G models using Video Assist Update 3.3.)

HDR in video shooting. etc. read more…

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