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 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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ARRI DRW-1 Digital Remote Wheels

ARRI rolled out new Digital Remote Wheels DRW-1 at IBC. They work with ARRI’s Stabilized Remote Head SRH-3. Up to now, you had to “drive” the Remote Head with a joystick (e.g. RCP) or other device. But, a number of Camera Operators missed the muscle memory, fine hand-eye control (especially in a bouncing chase car) and the accurate repeatability of wheels. read more…

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ARRI OCU-1 Operator Control Unit

ARRI’s OCU-1 is a focus override knob. The Operator Control Unit is a single channel unit that lets the camera operator temporarily retake control of any wireless lens control function from the camera assistant, and then return control. One OCU-1 can take over focus, iris or zoom control. read more…

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CineTape2 and Wireless AIR Mobile2

Cinematography Electronics introduces a new model: the CineTape2. With all of the familiar features and controls of the original CineTape, it adds more than 50 new features and innovations. CineTape2 now has long range 2-way radios, Bluetooth, faster processing—all bundled into a smaller, lighter enclosure. read more…

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IB/E Optics

IB/E Optics’ LPLx2 VV Optical Extender doubles the focal length of Large Format LPL mount lenses. High-index, low-dispersion glass ensures high resolution and contrast with minimal optical degradation. read more…

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Wooden Camera LPL for RED DSMC2 & Sharkfin Battery Bracket for Alexa LF

Wooden Camera introduced a DSMC2 LPL mount at IBC. So, if you’d like to shoot with Large Format Signature Primes on a RED MONSTRO 8K VV Camera, simply attach this mount with its 4 captive screws. 44 mm FFD, 62 mm Ø. read more…

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AJA FS-HDR for DPs and DITs

Bryce Button, AJA’s Director of Product Marketing, explains the FS-HDR and how it helps in cinema production. read more…


Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1

Panasonic showed two prototype models of their next Leica Format (Full Frame) Digital L-mount Mirrorless cameras: LUMIX S1R and the S1. I mention “Leica Format” mischievously because this is part of the L-Mount Alliance. The Leica Camera, Panasonic and Sigma L-mount triumvirate was announced at Photokina. Itss members agreed on using Leica’s L-mount, which has a 20mm Flange Focal Depth… read more…


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…