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ALEXA LF and 35mm format Anamorphic Lenses

Marc Shipman-Mueller published a helpful and interesting white paper, “ALEXA LF & Anamorphic Lenses.” It is in the DOWNLOADS section of the ALEXA LF microsite. Here’s a summary of the key points. You have a Netflix show. You’d like to shoot with 35mm anamorphic lenses on Alexa LF. Can you satisfy the Netflix 4K UHD UHD specification? Yes. You can do this with Alexa LF Open Gate sensor mode and crop in post. read more…

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Michael Neuhaeuser new ARRI Board Member

July 24, 2018, Munich. The Supervisory Board of ARRI Group announced today that Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser will be appointed as the new Executive Board member responsible for technology effective Sept 1. He succeeds Professor Franz Kraus. Franz Kraus will join the Supervisory Board and continue to work closely with the company. To clarify: Joerg Pohlman and Michael Neuhaeuser, as the Executive… read more…

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Cooke Optics, Caledonia, Same Team

By now, the press releases are online, complete with Cooke mistooked as Cook, along with a distraction of financial figures. Les Zellan called with clarifications today. Caledonia Investments plc, a self-managed investment trust based in the UK, acquired a majority stake in Cooke Optics. The current Cooke management team and day-to-day company activities remain unchanged. Caledonia’s investment will facilitate company growth and development of new lenses. read more…

Nick Hayes at Angenieux North America

Nick Hayes has been appointed North America Sales Manager of Cinema Optics at Angenieux.  He is based in Irvine, California. Nick is a familiar face in the industry. He worked at RED Digital Cinema for over 6 years, first as a Bomb Squad sales representative and corporate accounts manager. He was then promoted to Territory Manager for Western US and Canada…. read more…

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CW Sonderoptic renamed Leitz Cine Wetzlar

The name and logo on the outside of CW Sonderoptic’s new headquarters and factory in Wetzlar seemed permanent a couple of months ago. Curiously, a fabric banner covered the name yesterday at the inauguration of Leitz-Park III. Today, during an event attended by thousands of visitors, the banner came down and the new name and logo were revealed. CW Sonderoptic is now Ernst Leitz Cine Wetzlar. read more…

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AJA Video Systems Celebrates 25 Years

John Abt started AJA Video Systems with his wife Darlene in 1993 to develop simple digital parallel to serial and serial to parallel converters. Many of AJA’s products at their core continue to bridge connectivity and simplify pro video workflows through video up, down, cross format conversion. An engineer by trade, company founder John Abt is still very hands-on in… read more…

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Cannes 2018 Angenieux ExcelLens Award

Ed Lachman, ASC received the 2018 Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens Lifetime Achievement Award for Cinematographer at Cannes. Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter wrote an homage to Ed on a glass screen: “Dear Ed, With a camera you make music for the eyes. Thank you for sharing with us your vision and the unique light in your smiling eyes. Bravo.” read more…

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Keslow in Salt Lake City and New Orleans

Keslow Camera recently opened new offices in Salt Lake City, Utah and New Orleans, Louisiana. The new offices reflect rapid growth and the industry’s geographical migrations. Keslow Camera already supported a number of productions over the years in Utah, such as HBO’s “Mosaic,” Disney’s “Andi Mack” and now Paramount Network’s upcoming series “Yellowstone.”  The recent growth in Utah is significant. In… read more…

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Ed Lachman ASC to get Angenieux Award at Cannes

Ed Lachman, ASC will be honored with the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography Award  at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. This lifetime achievement award celebrates Ed’s work as Cinematographer on more than 75 films and documentaries. with Werner Herzog, Jonathan Demme, Susan Seidelman, Dennis Hopper, Paul Schrader, Mira Nair, Andrew Niccol, Robert Altman, Todd Solondz and Larry Clark. Notable films include… read more…

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Sales Manager at 16×9

Sales Manager 16×9, Inc. a cinematography equipment distribution company located in Valencian is currently accepting resumes for an experienced Sales Manager. Minimum Qualifications: Current industry-specific knowledge of professional digital cinematography equipment & accessories Prior sales experience is a MUST Ability to be a self-motivated employee Manage current customer base, visit local customers, conduct equipment demos, assist with customer equipment &… read more…

Koerner Camera Lens Summit

by Adam Wilt Koerner Camera Systems in Portland, Oregon hosted the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on the first Saturday in May. About 250 people came to see lenses, filters, FIZ controllers and focusing aids, anamorphics and adapters, gimbals, cameras, and camera robots presented by thirty different exhibitors. Attendance might have been even  higher had Portland not suffered from… read more…

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Sales Position at 16×9

16×9, Inc., a production equipment distribution company located in Valencia, CA, is currently accepting resumes for an experienced outside Salesperson.

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Pacific Northwest Lens Summit

5/5/18
Pacific Northwest Lens Summit: at Koerner Camera Systems in Portland

  Koerner Camera Systems hosts the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit on Saturday, May 5, 2018. It will be a who’s who of the cine lens world, with representatives from all the major companies giving presentations and providing hands-on time. Koerner Camera Systems 2828 SE 14th Ave Portland, OR 97202 Register now.   Updated schedule for the lens training sessions on Friday:… read more…

Desqueeze FF Anamorphic with Resolve

Here’s a reprint from the current edition (April 2018) of FDTimes about desqueezing anamorphic images with DaVinci Resolve. 8 pages. 

With the latest wave of Full Format cameras comes new interest in anamorphic Full Format lenses. The math gets numbing, but the result will be the possibility of many new exhibition/streaming formats that were never dreamt of in standards committees’ philosophies. read more…

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Micro Salon Italia 2018

A.I.C. (Associazione Italiana Autori della Cinematografia — the Italian Society of Cinematographers) brought Micro Salon Italia back to Cinecittà Studios after a 3-year absence, to where it first started in 2013. The first edition had only twelve booths, but this year, thanks to the larger space of Stage 10 – right across Federico Fellini’s famed Stage 5 – it hosted 56 booths in 2,000 sq mt (1,300 in 2017), 17 more than last year, with 83 major brand names and an extraordinary attendance of over 4,500 visitors. read more…

Jonathan Maxwell on Full Format vs S35 DoF

Full Format  vs S35 Depth of Field Depth of Field  or “By how much do we have to increase the lens aperture filming on a small camera format to maintain the same Depth of Field as a lens filming on a large camera format ?” by Jonathan Maxwell, Optical Designer   Everybody “knows” that the larger the camera detector you use the smaller… read more…

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Klaus and Uwe Eckerl, IB/E Optics, on DoF

In “Depth of Field Repealed,” FDTimes called for comments on “The difference in depth of field between Large Format and S35, comparing lenses with the same angle of view.” Klaus and Uwe Eckerl,  Managing Director and Optical Designer of IB/E Optics in Bavaria, write: Yes, Circle of confusion  really causes some confusion. In brief,  We agree with ARRI (1 stop difference)…. read more…

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Depth of Field Repealed

On page 49 of Film and Digital Times February 2018 Edition #86, I wrote, “The difference in depth of field between Large Format and S35, comparing lenses with the same angle of view, is the equivalent of about 2 stops.”

This unleashed a deluge of debate among PhDs, Professors and Lens Designers sprinkled with some solid real-life testing. Uh-oh. Please do your own tests. And let us know your results. read more…

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VENICE 001 Goes to Keslow

Peter Crithary, Dan Perry, Reginald Watson and the Sony LA Team barged into Keslow Camera today and surprised Robert Keslow by presenting him with Sony VENICE camera serial number 001. Peter emailed from LAX, where his flight back New York is delayed by winter storm Riley: “We completely surprised Robert by walking into his office this afternoon. I presented serial… read more…

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