FUJIFILM GFX 50R Medium Format Camera

Photokina. September 25, 2018. Watch what they do, not what they say, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is fond of saying. While many in the photography industry were saying, “Watch the new mirrorless Full Format (36x24mm) cameras,” Fujifilm was doing something completely different. They were leap-frogging from APS-C directly to Medium Format, and in the process, bypassing Full Format completely. The… read more…


IB/E Smartfinder Pro: 65mm Director’s Finder

IB/E Optics is presenting a nice, new Director’s Viewfinder for lenses from S35 to Full Format and up to 65mm format. The Smartfinder Pro uses IB/E’s UMS Universal Mount System. This includes ARRI LPL, XPL and PL. You attach a lens. The image is gathered on a 62mm ∅ groundglass, which is slightly larger than the image area of an ARRI… read more…


ULTRASCORPIO 70 Super Full Frame T1.4

Breaking news during IBC Set-Up day in Amsterdam. Servicevision will announce a new series of spherical large format lenses and show an 85mm T1.4 prototype this Saturday at their IBC booth 12.C43. The lenses are light, small and fast. Focal lengths: 18, 25, 35, 50, 85, 105 mm — all T1.4 — in 2019. 40mm and others coming later. Image… read more…

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Look! Cooke 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus

Cooke Optics introduced 1.8x Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus lenses at IBC.

Les Zellan, Cooke Chairman, calling from the far side of the world, explained, “As soon as we introduced S7/i Full Frame Plus spherical primes, users asked for Full Frame anamorphics.” Cooke showed a 50mm T2.3 Full Frame Plus 1.8x Anamorphic/i lens at IBC. The core set will be 40, 50, 75 and 100 mm, all T2.3. Front diameters will be 110 mm. They will be similar in size to the Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses. These will be followed by 32, 135 and 180 mm. All these lenses will cover the Full Frame image area of 36 mm wide x 24mm high (image diagonal of 43.27 mm). read more…

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Canon EOS R: 20mm FFD, 54mm ∅

Aloha. It’s 9 pm in Maui, Hawaii. 4 pm Tokyo. 9 am in Paris. At carefully synchronized events around the world, planned so that major markets would be awake, Canon launched their new EOS R Mirrorless Camera System. The mirrorless Full Frame camera has a new RF mount: 54mm inside diameter and 20mm Flange Focal Depth. Four new RF lenses… read more…


Nikon Z 7 and Z 6: 16mm FFD, 55mm ∅

  Nikon launched new mirrorless Full Frame cameras in Tokyo and New York today. Several things are remarkable about the new Nikon Z 7 and Z 6: The electronic viewfinder approaches the sharpness and focus-friendliness of a ground glass. It is astounding. The 3,690,ooo dot OLED panel of the electronic viewfinder has 100% frame coverage and 0.8x magnification. The new Z… read more…

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Sony VENICE V2.0 FDTimes Special Report (PDF)

Download the latest free FDTimes Sony VENICE Special Report.
Includes all the firmware and hardware updates for V2.0 as of August 8, 2018. 140 page PDF.

includes: VENICE Version 2 Firmware Update, Tether, Formats; Travel Guide to VENICE; VENICE PL and E-mount; VENICE: Modular and User-Swappabe Sensor Block; Built-in Optical ND Filters; RAW & Internal Recording; Outfitting VENICE; VENICE Full Frame and Super35 Formats; VENICE Roadmap, Specs, Dimensions; and lots more. read more…

Netflix Mode for Sony Consumer Televisions

If you’re like me, you spend an inordinate amount of time tweaking and fiddling with the color, contrast and other settings of your home TV. This is maddening. Today, Sony and Netflix announced a helpful collaboration. Here’s the edited press release: Sony Electronics Launches MASTER Series TVs with Exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode, Bringing Studio-quality Picture Mastering to the Living Room…. read more…

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ARRI Large Format Japanese Edition

To coincide with the delivery of an ARRI Alexa LF camera to NAC Image Technology in Tokyo, here is the Film and Digital Times “ARRI LARGE FORMAT CAMERA SYSTEM” Special Report in Japanese. Translation courtesy of ARRI ASIA.

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Ultra Lightweight ARRI 35mm cameras for drones: for sale

Here’s an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber Arriflex 35mm camera package for sale. It is ideal for drones, gimbals, helium-filled balloons — and was used extensively on the film OCEANS. The system includes two Arriflex 2 cameras, each under 1.4 kg, modified with carbon fiber bodies, new motors and mounts. Frédéric Jacquemin, writes: “We met at the 2010 AFC Micro Salon in… read more…

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Sony VENICE Version 2 Released Today

Great expectations were rewarded today as Sony released the long-awaited VENICE Version 2 firmware. It’s a major release that makes the VENICE do what almost everyone wanted it to do. Sony’s engineering team were probably working long hours for many months. They scrambled and came through with these new updates ahead of schedule. Version 2 makes VENICE fully functional. The… read more…

Cine Gear Expo 2018 Slideshow

Lots of launches at Cine Gear Expo 2018.  ZEISS Supreme Primes; Sony VENICE V2.0 with  1-60 fps in 4K, E-mount capability, Dual Base 500 and 2500 ISO; Sony VENICE tether; Panavision Primo X, Ultra Vista large format 1.6x squeeze anamorphics, Panavision H series, PanaSpeed large format T1.4; Panavision Liquid Crystal variable ND mattebox filter; Panavision DXL-M; Leica M mount for Sony VENICE… and more… read more…


Panavision Lenses: Ultra Vista 1.6x FF

Panavision at Cine Gear:  Millennium DXL2, LCD Filter and 4 new Large-Format Lens Sets   Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 8K camera will be shown at Cine Gear Expo on June 1-2 at the Panavision booth (#S102) in Stage 17, along with four new large-format lens sets, a new firmware upgrade, DXL-style accessories kit for RED DSMC2 cameras, and a preview new filter… read more…


IB/E Optics News

IB/E Optics is growing and as of June 1, 2018 will distribute independently in the Americas. Also–Big (as in Large Format) new products: LPLx2 VV Optical Extender, PL to LPL mount, and LPL UMS Mount Adapter. read more…


FDTimes June 2018 issue 88

FDTimes June 2018 issue 88 is ready to download now: hi-rez for subscribers and a limited time lower rez copy for all to see for free. The print edition will be distributed free at Cine Gear Expo. Visit FDTimes at booth 207 in the New York Streets backlot at Paramount. read more…

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ZEISS Supreme Primes Special Report (PDF)

FDTimes Factory Tour and Special Report about the new ZEISS Supreme Prime lenses. Download 44-page 11MB (high rez) PDF.  ZEISS Supreme Primes cover a FULL FORMAT image area up to 46.3 mm diagonal. They are incredibly small, lightweight and fast. The focus barrel has a unique, advanced square helical thread that is as smooth as cams and even more rugged. There are 13 lenses planned so far. read more…

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RED is simplifying with 3 models, named after the sensor, all in the same DSMC2 body. DSMC2 MONSTRO has the same specs as the WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV camera. The body is available in aluminum alloy and , on request, in Carbon Fiber. DSMC2 HELIUM has the same specs as the WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35 camera. The body is made of aluminum alloy. On special order, this camera is also available with a HELIUM 8K S35 Monochrome sensor. DSMC2 GEMINI has better data rates and REDCODE settings than the EPIC-W 5K S35 GEMINI camera. Otherwise, the rest of the features are the same. It’s available in aluminum alloy. read more…

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ARRI Certified Pre-Owned (Used) Cameras

Just as BMW and Mercedes do with their fine used cars, ARRI has established a Certified Pre-Owned Program. Christian Richter, Manager of ARRI’s Certified Pre-Owned Camera Systems, explained the program when I visited Munich. “Now customers can buy cameras at very affordable prices and be confident in the knowledge that these cameras and all components, including the sensor, are checked with… read more…

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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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