CVP European Lens Summit
Sorry for delayed posts—Sweaty Tours from London to Cannes has been running at 120 fps while Internet barely crawled. Catching up: first stop was CVP’s newly-renovated headquarters in Brentford, outside London, at the European Lens Summit on May 20 and 21.
The two-day European Lens Summit (ELS) was produced in partnership with Koerner Camera, hosts of the ever-popular Pacific Northwest Lens Summit since 2017. With lens repair clinics taught by factory representatives, technical workshops, masterclasses, and in-depth discussions, the London event was busy, fun and educational. read more…
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Jarred Land Interview about new KOMODO-X
The last time we saw Jarred Land holding the KOMODO for FDTimes was in a cover photo that just happened to be taken by Brad Pitt in Los Angeles. This time, Jarred is holding the new KOMODO-X in the trendy fashion film and photo stages at Pier 59 in New York, this time taken by me. His interview begins, “We call the new camera KOMODO-X and it’s not a KOMODO 2. KOMODO-X gives you twice the frame rates of KOMODO (up to 80 fps at 6K 17:9 and 120 fps at 4K 17:9). It uses a much faster CFexpress card for data, just like the RAPTOR. KOMODO-X fits nicely between the KOMODO and the Super35 V-RAPTOR, at a reasonable price. read more…
Nikon Z 8
If you loved the Nikon Z 9 but wished for a lighter, smaller Full Frame mirrorless hybrid still/video camera, Nikon now has the new Z 8. Nikon is definitely focused on cine as well as stills—the Z 8 records RAW internally: 12-bit N-RAW up to 8K 60p and ProRes RAW up to 4K 60p.
There are so many impressive things about this new camera that exclamation marks should replace bullet points: read more…
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AJA ColorBox v2.0
AJA updates ColorBox with firmware v2.0 for Colorfront Engine support, the latest ORION-CONVERT and BBC HLG LUTs, — and introduces new user overlay features and expanded test patterns.
ColorBox is a compact, high-performance conversion, look and color management device for cine production, live events and broadcasting.
ColorBox is controlled with a web browser user interface that includes video preview.
ColorBox supports Standard Dynamic Range (SDR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) signals using 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 single wire connections for 4K/UltraHD HDR up to 4:2:2 10-bit 60p or 4:4:4 12-bit 30p. read more…
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ARRI ZMU-4 Wired/Wireless Zoom Control
The full version of this article will be in Film and Digital Times April 2023 Issue 120 going online this Thursday, April 13, around 9:30 am EDT. Check the homepage, top left. The print edition will be distributed at NAB beginning Sunday April 16 and mailed as well.
ARRI introduces their new ZMU-4 zoom controller. It works seamlessly in wired and wireless configurations. This is the fourth incarnation of the ZMU. It is ergonomic, rugged and weather-resistant. Zoom motor control, camera start/stop and camera functions controls are combined in one device. read more…
Seriously? Sirius 1x Atlas Anamorphics
Fatigued by flares? Sick of streaks? Bored with oval bokeh? Vexed by vintage? On this first day of April, Atlas Lens Co announces Sirius Anamorphic primes with a 1.0x squeeze ratio. How does that work? We don’t know. 65mm ÷ 1.0 = 65mm. As their website explains, “Classical round bokeh, no more distracting streak flares, artisanal aspect ratio. Seriously? Sirius? (Disclaimer:… read more…
Otto Blad and Otto Desć
Otto Desć ads that aired yesterday during the Oscars got our best spot award. Although legendary filmmaker Otto Desćinski is a spoof, as is the FDTimes best spot award, Autodesk is good and real.
Otto Blad is also very real. Ottoblad lenses are named for Otto Nemenz. Introduced at BSC Expo, they are Hasselblad/Zeiss Medium Format lenses wonderfully rehoused by P+S Technik of Munich. The project was initiated by Otto Nemenz International, Fritz Heinzle (Executive VP of ONI) and Gerhard Baier (Managing Director of P+S Technik).
The ring that got everyone’s attention at BSC Expo was the rear ring of the Ottoblads. Calibrated and numbered 0 – 6, you can dial in various degrees of detuning/tuning. read more…
MYT Works Opti-Glide Compact
MYT Works will travel from Brooklyn to Battersea and BSC Expo on Feb 24-25 to present their newest product.
The Opti-Glide Compact is the latest evolution of their popular Opti-Glide which is used in many rental houses worldwide. The Compact model has the same features as its predecessor but has more customization options at a much more affordable price. Opti-Glide is a camera checkout bay system that elegantly moves focus chart relative to a camera. read more…
SIGMA fp & fp L Camera Updates include EL Zone
EL Zone. SIGMA fp L and fp are the first mirrorless cameras to incorporate EL Zone. With new firmware updates, your SIGMA fp L (61 MP) or SIGMA fp (24.6 MP) camera is now a spotmeter and exposure tool, in addition to being a versatile DP/Director’s Finder, smallest Full Frame cine camera and mirrorless still camera. read more…
Nikon Z 9 for Cine
Nikon’s flagship, top-of-the-line hybrid, mirrorless digital still and cine camera is adept at both stills and video. Its 8K 12-bit video images are as spectacular as its stills. It feels like a longtime friend the moment you grab it. With the Z 9, Nikon unquestionably raised the bar on image quality, ergonomics and versatility for filming on location and in studios. Images from the 45.7MP Full Frame Stacked sensor are gorgeous. The camera’s tactile, ergonomic heft is familiar. It may remind you of a Nikon F4 from analog film days. Every button is familiar and intuitive. The Z 9 records internal 8.3K 12-bit N-RAW up to 60 fps, or 4.1K 12-bit N-RAW up to 120 fps, or 4.1K ProRes RAW up to 60 fps. read more…
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Angenieux Special Report 2022
This 24-page Special Edition is a retrospective of FDTimes articles from previous editions about Angénieux Full Frame lenses: Type EZ zooms, Optimo Ultra 12x, Optimo Primes and Optimo Ultra Compact Zooms. read more…
FUJINON 25-1000 F2.8 Zoom
New York. Dec 14. At an open house today, FUJINON showed the first working HZK25-1000mm F2.8- F5.0 PL Mount Box Lens on a Sony VENICE 2. Although officially called a “box lens,” you’ll find it on major motion picture sets in addition to its original intent as a 40x fast zoom for multi-camera concerts, events, broadcast and sports.
The thing that got my attention the most was its automatic breathing compensation. The 25-1000 can correct for breathing by compensating its focal length (zoom) in sync with focusing. read more…
Angénieux Optimo Ultra Compact FF & U35
Angénieux announces a “Full Pack” version of their Optimo Ultra Compact 37-102 and 21-56 Full Frame zoom lenses. The Full Pack includes each lens with both a Full Frame and an Ultra35 (U35) rear that can be changed easily to cover the entire sensor area of Full Frame cameras or the U35 (Open Gate) area of the ARRI ALEXA 35.
When equipped with the new IRO group, these lenses cover U35 (a.k.a. Ultra35 or Open Gate) with an image diagonal of 34.6 mm Ø and a gain in maximum aperture to T2.2. And so, Ultra Compacts with the U35 back become, respectively, a 28-76 T 2.2 and a 16-42 T 2.2. read more…
SLATE from Tribe7
Clapperboards haven’t changed much since Psycho.
Leave it to the team at Tribe7, innovators of Blackwing7 lenses, to come up with a new, exciting and innovative SLATE. It has familiar sticks that clap (heads or tails) and a board to mark with Dry Erase pens. But this is no ordinary writing surface.
SLATE has an e-paper display similar to a Kindle. Instead of a board with pre-engraved lettering or custom graphics that have to be ordered in advance, graphics and template text on SLATE can be changed immediately. read more…
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Leitz Hugo Leica Format Cine Lenses
Hugo joins Leitz Primes, Elsie and Henri in the eponymous family of cine lenses and finders at Ernst Leitz Wetzlar.
Hugo Wehrenfennig, a talented mechanical engineer, helped design many early M Mount lenses and created the original Leica M Mount. Its four-pronged bayonet assembly was essential to Leica’s new M3 camera, introduced at Photokina in 1954. The M mount has connected Leica M cameras and M lenses to this day.
September 6, 2022. Ernst Leitz Wetzlar introduces the Leitz Hugo series of cine prime lenses. The initial set of 7 consists of 21, 24, 28, 35, 50, 75, 90 mm — all T1.5. There is an additional 50mm T1.0 lens in the series. They are expected in Q1 2023. read more…
Teradek RT MDR.S Motor Driver
Teradek RT MDR.S is a tiny receiver+control unit to drive lens motors. I guess the “S” in MDR.S could stand for small or stylish. You can control a single motor or daisy-chain up to 3 motors—for focus, iris and zoom. Short cables minimize clutter. MDR.S works with Teradek’s CTRL.1 single channel or the CRTL.3 three channel hand unit. Maximum line-of-sight range is 5,000 ft. MDR.S is ridiculously lightweight: a mere 2.4 oz. read more…
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2
June 23, 2022. G2 is for Generation 2.
Blackmagic Design launched their Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 today, the second generation of the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K introduced in October 2019.
The new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is almost the same as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro (launched in February 2021) — lacking only the internal Clear, ND.6, ND1.2 and ND1.6 filters. The body is the same. Both cameras have an adjustable, tiltable 5-inch 1500 nit 5” 1920 x 1080 LCD touchscreen display. They both accept Blackmagic’s superb Pocket Cinema Camera Pro OLED EVF.
SIGMA 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Zoom
SIGMA’s optical prowess continues to impress. Their new 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Wide-Angle Zoom Lens (at left) is almost the same size and weight as its companion 28-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary Zoom (at right). If the best lens is the one that’s light and small enough to put in your jacket pocket, and has exceptional imaging quality, then the 16-28 is the wide zoom you’ll want to join the 28-70 that was released in March 2021.
Both lenses are for Full Frame mirrorless cameras and come in Sony E-mount or Leica/ SIGMA/Panasonic L-Mount.
Wide and fast zoom lenses are usually not this petite. The 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary maintains sharpness to the edges, with no shading (darkening of the edges). A few weeks ago I was gushing over the rectilinear, unbending lines of SIGMA’s 20mm F2 DG DN | Contemporary prime. Now, here’s a lens that’s wider, is almost as small, and is a zoom. read more…
AbelCine Spring Tech Showcase NY
The AbelCine Spring Tech Showcase, at their Industry City, Brooklyn location took place on Saturday, May 21. It was an enjoyable, focused, not-massive, local event — a full day of exhibits by the major camera, lens and lighting manufacturers, panel discussions and tech sessions. It was the premiere of the new BLACKWING7 amber skin lens variant from TRIBE7. Jay Holben was there, signing his definitive and encyclopedic The Cine Lens Manual. Canon showed their new T2.4 Flex Full Frame zooms. Tim Smith showed how seamless and simple it was to customize Angenieux Optimo Primes with their swappable internal element, swappable irises, front and rear filters. Motion Impossible’s remote controlled, modular, motorized Agito dolly glided through the halls, navigated by Ben Dair, Chief Product Officer. read more…
Koerner PNW Lens Summit 2022
Koerner Camera Systems hosted the 4th 2022 Paciﬁc Northwest Lens (PNW) Summit on May 13-14 in their large Portland, Oregon rental headquarters. Michael Koerner, the company owner, called it “A celebration of cinema-lens technology and education.” Cooke’s Danny Haikin, who flew in from London called it “A wonderful, massive lens geek-out.”
Around 30 exhibitors displayed their products, mostly lenses. More than 300 industry visitors arrived from as far away as New Zealand.
A day before the main event, lens technicians attended hands-on lens training classes taught by lens maestros. Instructors donated their time, so the technicians attended the training for free. read more…