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Wooden Camera AKS for Sony BURANO

It didn’t take long for Wooden Camera to come up with AKS (Accessories) for Sony BURANO. The Wooden Camera Elite Accessory System for Sony BURANO make the camera even better and more fun to work with. read more…

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ARRI Camera Control Monitor CCM-1

If you have an ARRI ALEXA 35 or Mini LF, then an industry-standard SmallHD Cine 7 Monitor was probably perched on top. But you yearned for dedicated ARRI features and camera control. Now you can. ARRI and SmallHD partnered to develop the new 7-inch CCM-1 (Camera Control Monitor). read more…

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Video explains ZEISS CinCraft Scenario

ZEISS CinCraft Scenario is an easy-to-use, lightweight, portable, affordable, real-time camera tracking system that sits on top of your camera or mattebox.

Here’s a new video by ZEISS and Hyperbowl that explains it well. read more…

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AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G v3.0 Update

AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G is a real-time SDR, HDR and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) monitoring and analysis device, developed in partnership with Colorfront. It combines AJA’s I/O technology and Colorfront’s image analysis software in a compact 1RU chassis. The Image Analyzer 12G provides waveform, histogram, vectorscope, analysis and all kinds of content monitoring up to 8K via 12G-SDI and up to 4K via NDI. AJA Video Systems announced v3.0 Software update for the AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G in September. It has new features for HDR monitoring, analysis and QC on multi-cam shows and in post production suites. read more…

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Bright Tangerine KOMODO-X AKS and Misfit Kick Mk II

Bright Tangerine launches their new Misfit Kick Mk II. This updated mattebox comes with several improvements. The top flag installs in seconds. Just align the notches and tighten two large thumbscrews. A Torsion Plate spans the entire length of the top flag to absorb and dampen vibrations. Also—Bright Tangerine’s LeftField Accessory System is now compatible with RED KOMODO-X. read more…

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RED KOMODO-X

The RED KOMODO-X is a camera user’s camera, a constant delight you want to keep in your carry-on bag or under-seat case to take everywhere. It is thoughtfully designed and meticulously machined. Controls are intuitive. Of course, the images are beautiful. Jarred Land said, “A while ago, there weren’t many cameras in the mid-range. That’s changed a little. A new wave of filmmakers have created a new middle market, just above what was once called ‘prosumer’ and KOMODO-X fits beautifully in there.” read more…

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Blackmagic Full Frame L-Mount 6K Cine Camera

The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K has launched.

Full Frame 36 x 24mm Sensor.
6K (6048 x 4032).
Full height 3:2 format.
Optical low-pass filter.
L-Mount.
Dual native ISO up to 25,600.
Records full resolution up to 36 fps or 120 fps windowed.
Records to CFexpress cards.
HDR 1500 nit LCD screen. read more…

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Sony BURANO Camera Report

Burano, Italy is s a 45-minute vaporetto ride from Piazza San Marco in Venice to the north end of the Lagoon. Buildings are painted in beautifully bright colors that could work as an on-location color chart.  Burano is known for its seafood. Try the risotto de gò, but better to taste it in a Burano restaurant than try to catch the spiny grass goby (gò) fish yourself.

BURANO is the new camera from Sony. Its Full Frame 8.6K sensor can capture every nuance and color painted on the houses of Burano island. BURANO, the camera, is the latest addition to the Sony Cinema Line.

With in-body image stabilization and in-camera variable ND filters, BURANO is unique, ergonomic, and extremely mobile. BURANO could fit in a backpack on a documentary about the Venetian Lagoon. BURANO might also work as a companion camera to its larger sibling, VENICE.  Let’s take a tour in this BURANO Report. Most of it is also in the September 2023 Edition of FDTimes.

Download the free 40-page BURANO REPORT PDF read more…

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New Cooke SP3 Prime Lenses

Cooke Optics introduces a new line of compact, lightweight, mirrorless-mount, affordable lenses. The new Cooke SP3 primes are based on a reincarnation of the legendary Cooke Speed Panchros.

Tim Pugh, CEO at Cooke Optics, calls the SP3  lens series “a significant strategic move into an exciting new sector that expands the horizons for such an iconic brand.”

The new SP3 primes are based on original Speed Panchros.

They have modern mechanics and a single optical coating.

At launch, there are five SP3 primes: 25, 32, 50, 75 and 100 mm.

They all cover Full Frame and have a T2.4 maximum aperture. The lens mount is easy to swap. You do not have to be a lens tech, nor do you need a clean room.

SP3 will come in E-Mount and RF-Mount as standard (RF-Mount will follow shortly after launch and customers can receive them free of charge). L-Mount and M-Mount are available as accessories. M comes in early 2024. read more…

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New Angénieux EZ-3 Zoom Lens

Angénieux announced their new EZ-3 Zoom Lens. Covering 68-250 mm in Full Frame, and 45-165 mm in Super35, this is the third in the EZ Zoom series. These are not ordinary Full Frame lenses that happen to over-cover Super35. The IRO (Interchangeable Rear Optics) module lets you  use the same lens to swap between Full Frame format (up to 46.3mm image diagonal) and Super 35  (up to 30.4mm image diagonal). By swapping the rear IRO (Interchangeable Rear Optics) module, the lens becomes a wider and faster Super35 zoom. You can configure the lenses easily for S35 and FF formats by swapping the rear group yourself.

The new EZ-3 is even easier and faster to change from FF to S35 and back again thanks to a new, quick IRO technology mechanism. In fact, it takes less than 5 minutes and can be done on location. read more…

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ZEISS CinCraft Scenario

ZEISS has acquired Ncam and they have been working together for the past two years on an innovative, easy-to-use, lightweight, portable, affordable, real-time camera tracking system that sits on top of your camera or mattebox. It’s called ZEISS CinCraft Scenario. There are basically 3 pieces of CinCraft Scenario hardware: CamBar, Link and Origin. read more…

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ZEISS Acquires Ncam

ZEISS has acquired Ncam Technologies Ltd, the UK-based camera tracking company. What does this acquisition mean? ZEISS is expanding its technology portfolio for the cinema, broadcast, and visual effects industries. This appears to be a natural progression for ZEISS in its cinema product line which currently includes Supreme Prime and Supreme Prime Radiance, Cinema Zoom and CP.3 lenses as well as their recent focus on lens metadata with CinCraft Mapper. Together, ZEISS and Ncam are planning to demystify and democratize tracking and VFX for professional productions. read more…

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Ben Affleck on AIR

Ben Affleck discusses his work directing AIR, shooting “D” camera, and producing the film with co-star Matt Damon and their production company Artists Equity.  Bob Richardson, ASC, was the cinematographer. read more…

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Tiffen Rear Filters for ARRI Signature Primes

Tiffen Magnetic Rear Filters for ARRI Signature Prime Lenses are now approved, tested and authorized by ARRI. They come in many of the popular Tiffen looks and grades: Glimmerglass, Promist, Fog, Black Satin, etc. read more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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