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Sony Venice Fully Functional Full Frame in February

Nov 15. Tokyo, Japan. At InterBEE this morning, Sony announced an accelerated timeline for the release of VENICE. The camera will ship in February 2018 with its 24×36 mm Full Frame sensor fully functional. When launched in September, the roadmap was a February release with only S35 implemented and Full Frame to be ready later in the year, around August…. read more…

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New RED W8K VV (Full Frame) Monstro Camera

There’s a new large format camera in town. It’s the RED Digital Cinema W8K VV Camera with MONSTRO Sensor. MONSTRO replaces the 8K VV Dragon sensor. The carbon fiber Weapon camera body (brain) stays the same. (Weapon is the body, MONSTRO and Dragon MONSTRO provides improved image quality, with greater dynamic range and increased shadow detail. See the demo video “Iron… read more…

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Scorpio FFA Full Frame Anamorphics

New Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic FFA 2x Lenses. 2x squeeze. Maximum aperture T2.2. ARRI Alexa 65 XPL mount at left. PL mount at right. read more…

Sparkling Bistro Munich

Sparkling Bistro is one of the best new restaurants in Munich. Recommended by Juerg Pohlman and Walter Trauninger, who know these things, it’s tucked away behind a lovely terrace on Amalienpassage off Tuerkenstrasse. It is a block away from ARRI. The name may come from the extensive list of bubbly beverages,  and what better way to celebrate ARRI’s 100th anniversary. Next, go… read more…

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Sony’s VENICE Full Frame + S35 Camera

Sony launches VENICE today at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. This is the Full Frame 24×36 high-end cine camera that Sony signaled in June. The big news was the big picture. Few details were revealed then. In one of the fastest whispers-to-product launches we’ve ever seen,  we learn that the camera is named VENICE, not an F and a number. It is being shown with PL mount, S35 format, with Full Frame, E-mount and updates coming soon. Download the 28-page PDF FDTimes Special Report. read more…

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Flowtech 75: Quick Sticks from Sachtler

Tripods haven’t changed much since the birth of cinema, the founding of Vinten in 1910 (later to become Vitec), or Buster Keaton. Until now. Vitec’s new flowtech™ 75 tripods will be at IBC in  both Sachtler and Vinten brands. And yes, “flowtech” is all lower case. Download FDTimes’ 3-page PDF, including a visit to the factory in Bury St Edmunds…. read more…

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Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x Lenses

It was a crackly, barely audible yet reliably confirmed source the mobile phone. Did I hear correctly? It was OK to publish this news? Let’s hope so: Servicevision will announce Scorpio Full Frame Anamorphic 2x Lenses at IBC. They will be call FFA — as in Full Frame Anamorphic. 2x squeeze. Same maximum aperture of T2.2 as the Scorpio 2x Anamorphic S35 set. They will be the same size, or close to it. Resolution and look will be the same. There will be a whole set. Zooms as well. The lens assembly team at Servicevision has been working on the FFA lenses for some time, and they should be ready to ship in about 4 months. read more…

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New AbelCine Website

AbelCine’s new website has gone live. It is blazingly fast and well organized. It senses when you’re using an iPhone, smartphone or tablet, so you can shop, rent or learn anywhere. Searching is simple and quick, with tabs and filters to help narrow results. The search box is also smart. For example, if you can’t remember how to spell KipperTie, results will start showing up once you get to “kipper.” The website is a great reference for product specs.

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Where to Rent Leica Thalia Large Format Lenses

CW Sonderoptic has shipped the first sets of production-ready Large Format Leica Thalia lenses to the following rental companies: ARRI Rental, RVZ, Ljud & Bildmedia, TCS, Keslow Camera and Otto Nemenz International. Yves Angelo, AFC, SBC, is shooting now with RVZ’s Leica Thalias on RED 8K VV cameras for his latest feature film. Comments include “Skin kindness and awesome bokehs.” read more…

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Panasonic AU-EVA1 VariCam Mini

It’s certainly not officially called VariCam Mini. But that’s what some people were calling Panasonic’s new camera that was shown under wraps at NAB and unveiled at Cine Gear Expo. Updated details were announced today, August 3rd. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line. read more…

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Full Frame Matters of Life and Depth

Hundreds of millions of Leica, Canon, Nikon and other still camera users have been playing in the fields of Full Frame for almost a century, ever since Oskar Barnack turned standard 35mm motion picture sideways and introduced the 24x36mm format. Full Frame 24x36mm format (FF) for Cine is barreling towards us. Sony recently launched the new a9 still camera that does quite decent video. At Cine Gear, Sony announced an imminent Full Frame cine camera. RED VV 8K, ARRI Alexa 65 and Panavision DXL are already dazzling directors and DPs with the allure of compelling, larger formats. Lots of Full Frame and Large Format cine lenses are already here: from Leica, Cooke, ZEISS, Sigma, Angenieux, IB/E Optics, Panavision, ARRI, Schneider, Canon, Sony and others. read more…

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DENZ Full Frame Portable Lens Projector

There are different methods to test a lens. One of the simplest and most effective is to reverse the “normal” process: the camera lens becomes a projector lens. Lens test projectors have been around for quite some time. But here’s something new. The Portable Lens Checker (PLC) from DENZ is a lightweight, small and versatile test projector for all lenses… read more…

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Panasonic Super35 AU-EVA1 Cine Camera

Pansonic’s camera shown under wraps at NAB was unveiled at Cine Gear Expo. The Panasonic AU-EVA1 is a new, compact, lightweight 5.7K cinema camera that fits in a backpack and shares many qualities of the Varicam LT, VariCam 35 and VariCam Pure product line. The AU-EVA1 has a new 5.7K Super35 sensor. This results in a superb image when down sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K,… read more…

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Sony Full Frame 24x36mm Cine Camera

Sony announced plans for a new Full Frame 24x36mm high-end CineAlta digital motion picture camera system at Cine Gear. The big news was the big picture. Few additional details were revealed. Full Frame 24 x 36 mm image sensor. Aspect ratio agnostic  – including Full Frame, Super35 full height Anamorphic, Spherical 16:9 and 1:85:1 and 2.39:1. The resolution of Super35 anamorphic (18 x 21.6 mm image area) was announced to be 4K. Compatible with current and planned accessories for F55 cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards). read more…

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Steadicam Stabilized M-1 Volt

Eight years in the making, Tiffen introduced Steadicam M-1 Volt at Cine Gear. It is a modular attachment that adds electronic and gimbal stabilization to the Steadicam–helping to keep horizons level and eliminating pendulum movement of the arm. You operate the Steadicam the way you always did. The M-1 Volt allows precise and full control, but when you let go, the camera… read more…

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Scorpiolens Anamorphic 25 and 150mm

At Clairmont Camera in Hollywood, Brett Reed and Denny Clairmont were busy on Tuesday unboxing and testing the first Scorpiolens S35 25mm and 150mm Anamorphics from Servicevision. Denny commented, “We projected the 25 and 150 mm Scorpio anamorphic lenses and they are amazing. I put a 4 x 5.650 filter holder in front of the 25mm lens and it did not vignette, even with 3… read more…

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Canon Cinema EOS C200 & C200B

Canon presents 2 new Cinema EOS digital cine cameras at Cine Gear: Canon EOS C200  and EOS C200B. C200 and C200B cameras have two 4K video formats inside: Canon’s new Cinema RAW Light and MP4. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus system. The cameras come in  two configurations–same insides; variations outside. C200 is the full production-ready camera package that can be used right out of the box, with an LCD Monitor, nice mounting brackets, Camera Grip and Handle and a 1.77 million dot OLED pivoting Electronic View Finder (EVF) at the rear. The C200B is the same camera — but without the EVF in back, without handle, handgrips, LCD monitor or brackets. read more…

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ZEISS CP.3 FF Primes with eXtended Data

Download the full article as a PDF– which includes additional important information about recording lens data on Ambient’s MasterLockit and customized the look with Pomfort LiveGrade Pro.  Here is most of the text. Download the PDF to see all the images and full text. ZEISS CP.3 Full Frame Prime Lenses Imagine a series of lenses you can customize. It’s a cinematographic dream… read more…

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Updated Cooke Anamorphic/i Group & Chart

Correction to page 95 of FDDTimes April-June 2017 Issue 81-82: There are now 12 (not 11) Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses— 10 primes and 2 zooms. Thank you Iain Neil (optical designer) for pointing this out.      

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DENZ Portable FF Lens Projector

Denz Compact Test Projector for S35 – Full Frame lenses. Lens mounts: ARRI PL, EF, E-mount 24 V DC power from Camera battery or AC LED lamp. 4200 lm, 6,000K, dimmable. Siemens star and line-pair target 12-200 lp/mm At DENZ NAB Booth www.denz-deniz.com