Author Archives: Jon Fauer

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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Angenieux Optimo Prime 40mm T1.8

Here are framegrabs taken with the new Angénieux Optimo Prime Full Frame 4omm T1.8. Still socially distancing and wrangling family and friends feigning reluctance at lens tests, here are framegrabs of the new Angénieux Optimo Prime Full Frame 4omm T1.8. Marlena Fauer endured permutations of Optimo Prime optimization and degrees of flare. An in-depth article with interviews is coming in the next FDTimes. read more…

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Cooke Tour 2020 Chinese Translation

Who knew that Les Zellan and Robert Howard spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese? They don’t—but if you do, here is the FDTimes Cooke Factory Tour 2020 translated in Chinese, all 36 pages and online as a free download. Please go to the top right of our FDTimes Chinese homepageread more…

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Angenieux Optimo Primes on Location

Scene Two. What do the Angénieux Optimo Primes look like? To find out, let’s take a nature walk as the evening fog swirls  onto Shinnecock Bay, Southampton, Long Island, New York. It’s one hour before sunset. Optimo Prime 28mm and 135mm lenses on a Sony a7R IIII with a Vocas PL to E-mount adapter, shooting 4K video and stills. read more…

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Angénieux Optimo Primes

Three Angénieux Optimo Primes arrived. 28mm, 40mm, 135mm. All T1.8. Full Frame. Scene One: photograph them on a plexi milkglass sweep. Images follow. First impressions: beautifully made, smooth focus cams, lightweight, small, fit in one hand (don’t need both hands for a lens change.) Lots of opportunities to customize: front filters, rear filters, and the eagerly-awaited internal element, also artistically called “palette.” read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Update

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera. This update brings the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K software up to the level of the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and URSA Broadcast. Our favorite thing: customizable frame guides. read more…

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Jean-Marc Bouchut joins Band Pro

Jean-Marc Bouchut has joined Band Pro as Senior Product Manager – Angenieux. Widely known and respected in the industry, Jean-Marc worked at Angenieux for 30 years in R&D, service and sales. Jean-Marc Bouchut’s new position at Band Pro will involve coordinating technical matters of Angenieux EZ Zooms and Optimo Primes. He will support the sales and marketing teams  at Band Pro as well as customers and clients in the Americas. read more…

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Claire Mathon AFC: “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

The Cannes Film Festival would normally be running right now. Portrait of a Lady on Fire premiered at Cannes last year. It is now streaming on Hulu. Céline Sciamma directed and Claire Mathon AFC was the cinematographer. Here is our interview, reprinted from the Feb 2020 edition of FDTimes. read more…

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Denny Clairmont

Denny Clairmont passed away yesterday afternoon, May 11. He took a fall while at his home in Mill Valley, California. This is a tribute to a dear friend, mentor and icon of the film world. Denny Clairmont founded Clairmont Camera in 1976 with his brother Terry. Denny was like a father to so many of us, always there with advice and encouragement from the beginning of our careers. Denny never saw a camera or lens he didn’t want to improved or retrofit. read more…

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Atomos Ninja V + Z CAM + ProRes RAW 12-bit

The Apple ProRes RAW “consortium” continues to grow. Atomos Ninja V 5” HDR monitor-recorders and Z CAM E2 cinema cameras will soon record 12-bit Apple ProRes RAW via HDMI up to 4Kp60. Atomos and Z CAM also announced development of touch-screen camera control on the Ninja V for E2 system cameras. The cameras can be operated and key settings adjusted from the Ninja V’s AtomOS touch screen. read more…

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Sony FX9 V2.0 Updates

Sony PMW-FX9 gets additional capabilities with Firmware Update V2.0. The download will be available later this year. Key features include additional Frame Rates for Full Frame and Super 35 internal recording—especially DCI 4K 4096 x 2160. 16-bit RAW Output when using a Sony XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit. Create your own 3D LUTs and import up to 16 of them from an SD card.Improved Auto Focus and Eye AF. Touchscreen focus control. Touchscreen menu settings. Base ISO-High is increased to 102,400 ISO. And more. read more…

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Atomos Shogun 7, FX9, Apple ProRes RAW

Atomos introduces RAW recording support for the Sony PXW-FX9 camcorder. With concurrent firmware updates scheduled for October 2020, Atomos Shogun 7 monitor/recorders will record Apple ProRes RAW images at up to DCI 4K 60 fps and 2K up to DCI 2K 180 fps via the SDI output of the Sony FX9 with XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit attached. read more…

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