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Film and Digital Times April 2019 NAB Edition is now online, in print and in the mail.

Visit us at NAB Central Hall booth 10206 for free paper copies. read more…

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Preston Light Ranger 2W

Preston Cinema Systems will be showing their Light Ranger 2W prototype at NAB. Focus Pullers will be shouting with delight: “A lighter, smaller, game-changing, essential focus helper.” LR2W is a wide-angle, 48 degree version of the existing LR2, which covers 18 degrees. You will want both. read more…

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BLACKWING7 from Tribe7

Tuneable optics. Seven focal lengths in the initial set. A choice of 3 looks. Custom tuning by design and by appointment.

BLACKWING7 prime lenses will be available to order exclusively from TRIBE7 beginning March 2019, with production deliveries starting in Summer 2019. Additional focal lengths—including wide angle, macro, close focus and faster T-stop versions—will be developed during late 2019 and ship in 2020. read more…

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Fujinon Premista T2.9 Large Format Zooms

Fujinon launches a new Large Format Zoom lens at NAB. Fujinon Premista 28-100 mm T2.9. The name is derived from Fujinon’s top-of-the line zooms, “Premier” and “Vista,” as in VistaVision. Premista.   A companion to the Fujinon Premista 28-100 will arrive later this year: a nice long 80-250. This one is under development – specifications may change.   Some additional Fujifilm Cine… read more…

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ARRI ALEXA Mini LF – Large Format

Here’s the new little camera from ARRI that shoots big pictures.  It’s ARRI’s latest addition to their large-format camera system. This is what many cinematographers were asking for: Large Format, lighter, smaller, modular. ARRI ALEXA Mini LF is quintessentially an ALEXA LF stuffed into the body of a Super35 ALEXA Mini. It uses the same large format CMOS sensor (36.70 x 25.54 mm). To picture the engineering involved, imagine unloading the entire contents of your 22-foot long camera truck and squeezing almost everything inside a BMW X3. ALEXA Mini LF’s carbon fiber body plus LPL lens mount weighs a mere 2.6 Kg.  How convenient—that’s the same size and weight (about 5.7 lb) as the ubiquitous Maß (1-liter beer mug) at Oktoberfest. Read the full 22-page FDTimes Report. read more…

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Designing Sony VENICE

We now came to the high point of the visit: a meeting mechanical, styling, electronic and software engineers who designed VENICE at the Sony Atsugi Technology Center. read more…

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ARRI WVR-1s Small Video Receiver

ARRI WVR-1s Small Video Receiver The new WVR-1s from ARRI is a smaller, lighter Wireless Video Receiver. The WVR-1s is part of ARRI’s WVS family of integrated (in-camera) and standalone transmitters, receivers, monitors and associated accessories. The WVR-1s is smaller and lighter than ARRI’s WVR-1 receiver. It will be at home attached to a Wireless Lens Control Hand Unit and… read more…

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RED Ranger at Rental Houses

Jarred Land talks about the new RED RANGER Camera, available exclusively to Rental Houses. “The RANGER is a special camera that we will sell only to authorized rental houses. They will get this camera that hopefully addresses some features and requests that are unique to rental houses.” read more…

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TRIBE7

Neil Fanthom and Bradford Young ASC are up to something. Today they launched a new venture called TRIBE7 and a technology called BLACKWING7. Since I’m sitting in London within shouting distance of Sherlock Holmes’s 221B Baker Street, a bit of deduction might help unravel some of the mysteries that are yet to be revealed. As Holmes might have told Watson,… read more…

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RED Ranger Rental Only

New custom camera called RANGER is being built by Red Digital Cinema exclusively for authorized rental houses. Designed at Red Studios Hollywood by Jarred Land and Matt Tremblay. More details to follow around BSC Expo time.

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Panasonic EVA1 and ProRes RAW

Panasonic has a new, free VariCam LUT Library online.

You can preview, view, create and load 35 Look-Up Tables for VariCam and EVA1 cinema cameras. They were created by Panasonic with the help of Local 600 DITs. read more…

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cmotion cPRO, cVision Focus Assist

Here’s an update on the latest cmotion lens controls: cPRO hand unit, cPRO motors, cPRO Camin, cvsion focus assistn, cinefade, and more. read more…

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DENZ MFC65 Large Format Lens Projector

Rental houses and repair facilities need lens projectors—and especially the new DENZ MFC65. It tests all photo and cine lenses with image circles up to Ø60mm — from 8mm, 16mm, Super 35, Full Frame 35 up to Alexa 65 format. The MFC65 has been designed from the ground up for speed, accuracy and avoidance of mistakes while working — one of the main reasons why ARRI Rental has selected it as the test projector for their facilities worldwide. read more…

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Technovision 1.5x Anamorphic LF by P+S

Technovision Anamorphic lenses were “reborn” by P+S Technik at Cine Gear 2018. The new lenses are named Technovision Classics and are 1.5x squeeze Full Frame anamorphics. The series consists of 5 primes: 40mm T2.2 , 50mm T2.2, 75mm T2.5, 100mm T3.0 and 135 T3.0 mm. There are 2 zoom lenses: 40-70mm T3.2 (previously 35-70) and 70-200mm T3.0. They all have cylindrical front anamorphic elements. read more…

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SIGMA 28, 40 & 105mm T1.5 FF

The family of SIGMA Cine FF High Speed Primes continues to grow.

SIGMA Corporation adds three new SIGMA CINE lenses to their FF High Speed Prime Line: 28, 40 and 105 mm—all T1.5. This brings the Sigma Full Frame Cine lens total to 10 high speed primes, from 14mm to 135mm and a fast 24-35mm T2.2 zoom. read more…

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SIGMA LPL Mounts

The Sigma Cine Lens series will soon include the option of having LPL mounts. This is the new lens mount released by ARRI in February 2018 with the Alexa LF. The LPL mount has a flange focal depth of 44mm and a 62 mm Ø diameter. The planned release date for SIGMA CINE LENSES in LPL mount is 2019 or… read more…

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Anamorfaux CP.2 from NAC

  NAC Image Technoloy Rentals wondered what to do with their large inventory of CP.2 primes now that they have many ZEISS CP.3 and Supreme lenses. So, they modified ZEISS CP.2 primes with an oval shaped mask in front of the iris. Identified with the gold band above the lens mount. This creates faux anamorphic oval bokehs. Works best wide… read more…

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Canon’s Full Frame vs S35 Demo

Jingle bells! With thanks to Masaki Akamatsu and the crew at Canon’s InterBEE exhibit, here are framegrabs of their live demo comparing Full Frame and Super35. Two cameras were set up at the same distance from a reindeer doll. The Canon C700 FF (Full Frame) had a 50mm lens at T1.5. The Canon C700 (Super35) had a 35mm lens at T1.5…. read more…

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Ninja Appleboxes and good Grip Equipment

Locations in Japan are often in very small apartments and houses. This makes small dollies, track and support equipment very important. Shinji Hirakawa and his fellow grip-partners at Hirakawa Inc (Metal Toys)  supply Meister Track, Professor Track and handmade Appleboxes with 7 functions: 1. Hi-Hakka: built-in high hat with 150 and 75mm tripod bowls. 2. Pull-out coffee cup holder.  3. Seat cushion. 4. Kleenex dispenser. 5. Garbage bin built in. 6.Trash disposal hatch. 7. Storage compartment read more…

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FDTimes Nov 2018 Now Online

Film and Digital Times November 2018 PDF Issue #91 is now online.

See fdtimes.com homepage — top left.

Print editions are shipping from  Los Angeles now.

Film and Digital Times Japan November 2018 print edition will be at InterBEE in Tokyo beginning November 14. The online PDF edition will be available within the next couple of days.

Visit FDTimes Japan at InterBEE in Makuhari HALL 4, booth no. 4101.

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