Film and Digital Times Japan Annual Meeting

InterBEE – Mukahari, Chiba, Japan. Nov. 13. Leading luminaries Japan’s cine business, shoguns and guests attended the 5th annual meeting of FDTJ- Film and Digital Times Japan.

The agenda was to thank everyone for all their great work on FDTJ; discussions of common topics and trends; sushi, sashimi, sake, tempura and ramen–not necessarily in that order. read more…

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ARRI has released SUP 4.0 — a suite of  helpful new updates for ALEXA LF cameras.

Download the Release Notes here ( 310 KB PDF.)

Download the ALEXA LF SUP4.0 User Manual here (8.17 MB PDF.)

Our favorites:

New Anamorphic Desqueeze ratios: 1.8x for Cooke Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses
and 1.65x for Panavision Ultra Vista Full Frame Anamorphic lenses. And support for the new ARRI Operator Control Unit OCU-1, Master Grips, cforce mini motors and more. read more…

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Creative Solutions Acquires Amimon

Teradek has acquired Amimon. The official wording is that Amimon Inc has been acquired by The Vitec Group plc. Amimon will be integrated into Vitec’s Creative Solutions division.
Creative Solutions has its headquarters in Southern California and their brands include Teradek, SmallHD, Wooden Camera, Paralinx, Rycote—and now Amimon.  Creative Solutions products are used on motion picture, commercial, documentary, television, sports, news, streaming and event productions worldwide. If you work with a wireless video system, chances are that an Amimon chipset is inside. read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 and 3 Updates

Sony VENICE Version 2.0 firmware update was announced on June 27, 2018. Version 3.0 details are shown at IBC in September. read more…


Scorpio FFA Full Frame 2x Anamorphic Primes

Jeff Berlin recently shot The Shoot, a short, in Full Frame with Sony VENICE and Scorpio Full Frame 2x Anamorphic lenses. The Shoot was shot 16-bit linear in X-OCN ST with Servicevision Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x lenses, covering the full 24mm height of the VENICE sensor. read more…

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DJI Mavic 2 and Aerial Dolly-Zooms

There’s a good example of a dolly-zoom in Joseph Losey’s 1967 film Accident. Accident is Losey’s steamy love quadrangle of Oxford students and professors, punctuated by the inevitable pregnant pauses of Pinter’s screenplay, filmed in saturated wood-panelled interiors and humid green exteriors by Gerry Fisher, BSC. It was one of Fisher’s first jobs as DP. Now, you can do a dolly-zoom simply, seamlessly, nimbly and in the air with DJI’s new Mavic 2 Zoom. It’s one of two new DJI camera drones that landed this August. read more…

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Musitelli Montevideo M 0.8 + MONSTRO

Musitelli Film & Digital, based in Montevideo, Uruguay, has been supplying productions with Leitz M 0.8 lenses lately. The Leitz M 0.8 primes worked on multiple RED MONSTRO cameras at the Teatro Colón opera house in Buenos Aires, famous for acoustics that rank among the best in the world. read more…


Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design

It is always fascinating to catch up with Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. After a bit of mischievous banter (jamming systems, cones of silence, wire cutters?) on how to foil a vexing public address system that insistently interrupted our conversation, we got down to serious stuff about Blackmagic Design’s latest products, philosophy and aspirations. read more…

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RED Report September 2018 (and 8K, Turing)

Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema and Brent Carter, COO of RED, patiently endured another episode of FDT questions about Full Format, Lenses, Motors and other matters. read more…

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Mounting Questions: September 2018

Revisions and updates on lens mounts. Updates include new L, LPL, Z, and R. What are the trends? Shorter Flange Focal Depth and wider inside diameter of mounts.   Mount Flange Focal Depth (FFD) Inside Diameter of Mount Nikon Z mount 16 mm 55 mm Fujifilm X-series 17.7 mm 43.5 mm Sony E-mount 18mm 46.1 mm Canon EOS M-Mount 18mm… read more…

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Leica, Panasonic, Sigma L-Mount Alliance

Leica launched the L-mount with their Leica T (APS-C) mirrorless, interchangeable lens  camera in 2014. It was the 100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack’s Ur-Leica. A year later, the Leica SL (Typ 601) arrived: Leica Format (36x24mm), mirrorless, autofocus, with the same mount, now renamed “L-mount.” The L-mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 20mm. The mount’s inside diameter is 51mm…. read more…

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Leitz Cine Leica Format (LF FF VV) Lenses

Objects of desire beckoned behind glass. History repeated. Mystery lenses introduced. Nine years ago, a new line of cine optics floated among the stars. CW Sonderoptic’s Summilux-C Super35 lenses were presented. They didn’t yet have a name or a logo. It was a concept to entice. And entice they did. There are two sleek Leica Format zoom lenses. They are planned for delivery in late 2019. The 25-75 mm and 55-125 mm both have a breathtaking maximum aperture of T2.8, without ramping.A set of 12 prime lenses is planned for delivery in early 2020. Focal lengths run from 18 mm to 180 mm, all with a T1.8 aperture. read more…

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Fujifilm X-T3

Remember when someone said, around 2009, that a digital motion picture camera was just a still camera that shoots at 24 fps? Now we’ve come to the point where those digital still cameras are shooting remarkable video for major motion pictures. The convergence continues.

This summer, Matthew Libatique, ASC shot “A Different Beyond” using early models of the new Fujifilm X-T3 camera system. Matty was Cinematographer and Director of the short. It was produced by Chromista.

A pre-production X-T3 system landed at FDTimes just in time for this edition and a couple of NDA days before Fujifilm’s major launch event on September 6. This is the latest, top of the line APS-C mirrorless X Series Fujifilm digital still and video camera. The sensor measures 23.6 x 15.6mm. The X Mount has a 17.7mm flange focal depth (FFD). You can also use an X Mount to PL adapter. read more…

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ARRI ALEXA LF gets SUP 3.0 software and hardware update. Hardware This latest software update, LF SUP 3.0, requires a new ACDA4 circuit board inside the camera. New ALEXA LF cameras will have the new board and SUP 3.0 installed. Existing cameras can be updated with the new hardware and software by ARRI Service Centers, free of charge. That is… read more…

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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…


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…


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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