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Fujinon Full Frame Zooms

This sounds like the introduction to a Ninja movie. In an undisclosed location at NAB, attended by unidentified executives from an unnamed company, Film and Digital Times has learned of new Full Frame zoom lenses being planned. The company is Fujifilm. They are developing Full Frame zoom lenses, to be announced later this year. We know they will be Fujinon Full Frame zooms. They will be lightweight, compact, high-end. The maximum aperture will be T2.X, where X is still being worked out. I would guess T2.9. They will weigh around 3 kg. read more…

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FDTimes at NAB 2018

Get the latest 96-page April Issue #87 of Film and Digital Times. For a limited time, you can download it for free. Subscribers: log in for the high rez edition.

The print edition is shipping now. It will also be everywhere at NAB 2018. Pick up a copy from our FDTimes bin in the front of Central Hall and at our booth C10206 (next to Sony, across SIGMA).

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ProRes RAW, Atomos, Panasonic

Final Cut Pro X gets ProRes RAW in the 10.4.1 update coming from Apple on April 9. It combines  the flexibility and advantages of RAW with the performance (data rates, speed, ease) of ProRes. ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that combines significantly lower data rates with the performance of ProRes. You will be able to play full-quality 4K… read more…

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Canon EOS C700 FF

Download the Film and Digital Times Camera Report —  4.5 MB PDF. Canon introduces a new Full Frame Cinema Camera. This is Full Frame democratized, FF for all. The Canon EOS C700 FF has a new 38.1 x 20.1 mm (43.1 mm Ø) Full Frame, 18.69 megapixel (5952 x 3140) sensor. Pixel size is 6.4 x 6.4 μm. The EOS C700 FF is aspirational Full Frame at an affordable price. It will be especially attractive for independent features, commercials and many other productions. EOS C700 FF records Full Frame RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC and comes with either Canon locking EF mount or PL. read more…

SONY α7 III Full Frame Camera

The Sony α7 III Mirrorless Still and Motion Picture Camera is the latest E-mount Full Frame (36x24mm) mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera in the alpha-series product line. Sony camera designers listened to users and have come up with very important tools for most photographers and cinematographers. read more…

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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless 4K APS-C

Canon’s new EOS M50 Interchangeable Lens Camera (ILC)  is a mirrorless still camera that shoots 4K video. The 24.1 Megapixel sensor is APS-C format, approximately 22.3 x 14.9mm. Although Canon calls the EOS M50 “an all-around, entry-level camera” it has many interesting and innovative features that surely will trickle up to other products in the Canon  camera pyramid. The mirrorless EF-M mount… read more…

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Grand Format Lenses at Micro Salon

At the AFC Micro Salon in Paris, it was called “le Grand Format”– Full Frame, Large Format. And Grand Format was partout. Here is a parade of Large Format images. Photographed using a Sony a9 still camera with PL-to-E-mount adapter and LPL-to-E-mount adapter. All lenses wide open–maximum aperture. Credits and more details will follow as I edit this post. The filename… read more…

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Panavision DXL2

  On Friday, Feb 1  at BSC Expo in London, Panavision launched their new Millennium DXL2 8K Large Format camera. Sensor size: 40.96 x 21.60 mm (46.31 mm diagonal). No one at BSC Expo could have missed the significance of having most of the major cine manufacturers embracing the new, larger format, variously called Full Frame – Full Format – Large Format… read more…

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ARRI Large Format Camera System

This is a standalone, 64-reprint of the ARRI Large Format Special Report from FDTimes February 2018 Issue 86. Download 9 MB PDF here. ARRI ALEXA LF Why Large Format? Stephan Schenk, Marc Shipman-Mueller Klemens Kehrer, Achim Oehler, Thorsten Meywald Building an ALEXA LF ARRI Signature Primes Signature Prime Lens Manufacturing New LPL Mount ALEXA LF Test by Matias Boucard ALEXA LF Dimensions ALEXA… read more…

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Gods of Focus Speak: Preston Light Ranger 2

Every Preston Light Ranger 2 user I’ve talked to refers to it as “a game changer.” For focus pulling on large sensor cameras I would add the phrases “an essential tool” and “job security.” My last two projects were both 65mm (one in 8K), and there is no way I could have perfectly achieved and repeated some of the shots without the LR2’s guidance. read more…

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Hawk Trilogy

Three new series of Hawk lenses from Vantage address new realities in contemporary production. Hawk class-X 2x squeeze Anamorphic Primes and Zooms have an iconic look for Super35 format. MiniHawk primes are lightweight, compact, anamorphically hybrid, oval bokeh Super35 format lenses. Hawk65 Anamorphic 1.3x squeeze Primes fill Large Format and 65mm frames. Cinematographers can comfortably and consistently mix and match these latest sets. For example, you might shoot principal photography with Hawk class-X anamorphics;  use MiniHawks for gimbal and drone shots that require ultralight lenses with extremely close focus and no distortion; and then work with Hawk65 lenses on a Large Format camera for vast vistas and title sequences. The three latest sets of lenses from Vantage currently comprise  28 matching lenses. There are 11 Hawk class-X lenses: 9 primes and 2 zooms. There are 8 MiniHawks. And there are 9 focal lengths in the Hawk65 set.  They are all available now.

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Full Frame Canon EOS C700 FF

Download the Film and Digital Times Camera Report —  4.5 MB PDF. Canon introduces a new Full Frame Cinema Camera. This is Full Frame democratized, FF for all. The Canon EOS C700 FF has a new 38.1 x 20.1 mm (43.1 mm Ø) Full Frame, 18.69 megapixel (5952 x 3140) sensor. Pixel size is 6.4 x 6.4 μm. The EOS C700 FF is aspirational Full Frame at an affordable price. It will be especially attractive for independent features, commercials and many other productions. EOS C700 FF records Full Frame RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC and comes with either Canon locking EF mount or PL. read more…

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SONY α7R III Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

The new 7R III has 2.2 times longer battery life than its predecessor, is better at low light photography by a stop, can shoot bursts at 10 fps either electronically or using the mechanical shutter, has up to 15 stops of dynamic range, can shoot video in 4K HLG, S-Log 2 or 3, with additional picture profiles or formats, can photograph multi-frame 169 Megapixel equivalent still frames using external processing, autofocuses accurately in most situations in both still and video, and has a body similar to the Sony α9 with more controls than the previous α7R II. read more…

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Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 FF Lens

  Here’s an extremely fast Full Frame (Leica Format) Lens. The Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH. will be available at Leica Stores in early 2018. Expect to see an M0.8 version with cine lens gearing as well. Angle of view (diagonal, horizontal, vertical) for 35 mm format (24 x 36 mm): ~ 32°, 27°, 18° Optical elements: 9 Optical groups: 6… read more…

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FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO and other updates

FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO is a new software app for photographers to quickly and easily convert RAW files. RAW files are usually very large and batch conversion can be take an annoyingly long time. One GFX Medium Format RAW photo can be around 116 MB. X RAW STUDIO uses the connected camera as a hardware accelerator. In other words, a Fujifilm X… read more…

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Sony Venice 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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