Canon EOS C70 4K Super35 Cine Camera

This is the first Canon Cinema EOS Camera with an RF Mount. It has a Super 35mm Sensor. If you’re familiar with the C300 Mark III, you’ll be at home with many of the C70 capabilities. Why would you want a new EOS C70 4K Digital Cinema Camera then? Because it is smaller than the C300 Mark III, is half the cost, has a versatile RF mount,  can record H.265 video. Canon explained, “One request that Canon consistently heard was to put an RF mount on a Cinema EOS camera so that future lens performance could capitalize on the short flange depth. Those wishes have come true with the new C70 camera.” read more…

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The Business of the Business: CVP

Fitzrovia, London. January 28, 2020. Jon Fry, Darren Simpson, Yevgeny Subbotin, Aaron George and I met in the nicely appointed club at CVP Creative Space on Charlotte Street. As often happens in our world of moveable feasts, we soon adjourned to continue the discussion at Berners Tavern.

In a large elegant room festooned floor to ceiling with paintings, the menu included traditional British pork pie prepared tableside with showmanship, chargrilled Buccleuch Estate Scottish beef with triple cooked chips, battered Cornish haddock with crushed peas. As anyone familiar with this CVP and FDT cast of characters, the drinks and wine flowed copiously. read more…

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Band Pro One World Open House 2020

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Band Pro One World Open House 2020: Band Pro's One World Open House 2020 will be held as a virtual online Zoom event on Thursday December 10th at 4:00 PM PST.  

Band Pro’s One World Open House 2020 will be held as a virtual online Zoom event on Thursday December 10th at 4:00 PM PST.

Angenieux & Band Pro will be sharing some special news at this year’s event.  Angenieux’s Managing Director, International Sales, Severine Serrano will join from Lyon.

Band Pro’s Guest of Honor this year is cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, AFC (Amélie, Inside Llewlyn Davies, Darkest Hour, Ballad of Buster Scruggs).  Bruno will join live from Paris for a virtual Q&A moderated by Band Pro’s Rockstar of Zoom, Randy Wedick.

Virtual exhibitors this year include Sony, Canon, RED, Blackmagic Design, Angenieux, Leitz, Zeiss, Fujinon, IB/E Optics, Sigma, 16×9, Inc., ORCA Bags and many more. RSVP is requiredread more…

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Sony FX6 Full Frame 4K Cine Camera

Download our FDTimes 22-page Report on the Sony FX6. The Sony ILME-FX6 launches officially on November 17 at 10 am EST. Like Fellini’s “Asa, Nisi, Masa,” mantra in “8 1/2,”  the camera beat thrums: “Lighter, smaller, faster, cheaper.” The word “cheaper” is not the right one, but it thrums more melodically than “more affordable,” which is what the FX6 is. Lighter. The FX6 body weighs a mere 1 lb 15 oz. Smaller. FX6 is the smallest member of the Cinema Line, at 6 1/8″ long x 4 5/8″ high x 41/4″wide. In fact, the new FX6 is smaller and lighter than the Super35 FS7  II. FX6 is also smaller than the small S35 FS5. Faster. FX6 records up to 120 fps in QFHD (4K UHD) and 240 fps in FHD. More Affordable.  FX6 will be US $5,999.99 when it ships in December. read more…

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Sony F EC 16-35mm T3.1 G Cinema Zoom Lens

Welcome to “fly by wire” Cinema Lenses.

The Airbus A320 took off in 1984 and was one of the first commercial airplanes with digital, rather than mechanical or hydraulic, controls. Although we’ve seen cine lenses controlled electronically, the Sony F EC 16-35 T3.1 G (SELC1635G) Cinema Lens is altogether unique.

Externally, the 16-35 T3.1 lens looks familiar, albeit a bit smaller than what you’d expect. There are three separate, geared M0.8 rings for focus, iris and zoom. The iris has a mechanical switch to click or declick the aperture settings. This 16-35 T3.1 lens has a servo zoom. read more…

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Atomos NEON 17” and 24” Monitor-Recorders

Atomos NEON 17” and NEON 24” HDR monitor-recorders are shipping later this month. NEON 17” has a Full HD 1920 x 1080 10-bit, 16:9 aspect ratio display. (If you’re shooting 4K, it can process and scale the image to HD.) NEON 24” has a 4K DCI 4096 x 2160, 10-bit, 17:9 aspect ratio display. (If you’re shooting HD or 2K, it upscales to 4K.) Both NEON displays have Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight illumination. This can provide a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio along with a 180 degree viewing angle. read more…

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Tokina Cinema Vista Prime 40mm T1.5

Tokina introduces a new Cinema Vista Prime 40mm T1.5 lens. It joins the existing Tokina Cinema Vista Full Frame Prime lens set—all T1.5:  18, 25, 35, 50, 85, 105 and 135 mm.

The 40mm T1.5  image circle is 46.7mm. This nicely covers RED MONSTRO 8K VV, ALEXA Mini LF Open Gate and Sony VENICE FF. The Tokina 40mm T1.5 also has an area of illumination that will cover larger formats up to ALEXA 65 2:1 Open Gate. read more…

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Aaton Smart Grip

The Aaton wood handgrip is iconic. This is the original. Now Aaton-Cameras and FoolColor have created a new take on this most comfortable handgrip. It is available now directly from Aaton-Cameras and Transvideo for 990 Euros. Foolcolor, of course, is Mikael Lubtchansky and famous FoolControl. The new handgrip is made of walnut wood from Grenoble. It connects directly to the camera and has a joystick, a 5-position switch and three silver buttons familiar to Aaton camera users everywhere. The new handgrip connects via Bluetooth to an iOS device (iPhone, iPad) running the FoolGrip App to program individual functions for the camera. At the moment the handle and the app are compatible with RED DSMC 1 and DSMC 2 cameras. (RED KOMODO and other cameras will be added soon.) read more…

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ARRI Accessory Rail System ARS

ARRI’s Accessory Rail System ARS consists of Rails that attach to camera or mattebox, and Cubes that slide onto the rails and provide  3/8-16 and 1/4-20 mounting points for accessories, monitors, motor drivers, video transmitters, focus aids and whatever else you need to attach to the growing Christmas tree that is the camera.

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Les Zellan Exits Cooke

Les Zellan is exiting Cooke. Announced today, Cooke Chairman, Les Zellan, will be stepping down from the company, and its CEO, Robert Howard, will be retiring, both effective from 31 October 2020.  Tim Pugh will take over as CEO, while Kees van Oostrum, currently a Cooke Optics board member, becomes Non-Executive Chairman. read more…

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ARRI Handle Extensions HEX

Once upon a time, there was an ARRI top handle called CCH-4. Its full name was Camera Center Handle 4. But not all camera crews carry cameras the same way. And so, the ARRI PCA team conceived of a modular  system of handle extensions.  The ARRI Handle Extensions HEX system carries on the design of the Camera Center Handle CCH-4. Each component can be connected in multiple ways to extend out from the top handle. It lets you customize your own top handle or turn it into a Hollywood Handle.

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FDTimes Textware Update v. 2.10

Film and Digital Times November 2020 Issue 105 has been updated with new Sony a7S III Recording Mode Charts on pages 78-79. These cover Regular as well as Slow & Quick Internal Recording Details.

Since we are all familiar with Firmware and Software updates, why not Textware?

Two updated versions:

Subscriber printable high rez PDF download Issue 105 v. 2.10.

Free Access download Issue 105 v. 2.10. read more…

RED KOMODO 6K at CVP in UK

RED KOMODO 6K launched yesterday. It is available from CVP. They are taking orders and booking demos.

The new camera will be available to view and test at CVP’s Newman House showroom in Fitzrovia, London, beginning this October. read more…

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RED KOMODO 6K S35 Released

RED KOMODO is released and ready to order. This is the serial production model in black. Hundreds of custom color and white KOMODOs were already set free into in the wild—those were beta and special pre-release species. “KOMODO has turned into quite the beast,” Jarred Land said. “This tiny chameleon of a camera packs in amazing resolution, dynamic range and image quality with a global shutter that has allowed filmmakers to capture footage in ways never thought possible.” Here are updates and specifications that were missing from my previous post about KOMODO. read more…

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Leitz M 0.8 Full Frame M-Mount Primes

Leitz M 0.8  are iconic Leica M lenses with a click-less iris, 0.8M industry-standard gear rings for lens motors, an 80 mm front diameter and 77 mm screw-in front filter threads. You can shoot with M 0.8 lenses on cameras fitted with M mounts, and of course, Leicas. These are among the smallest and lightest Leica Format / Full Frame lenses anywhere — and their look is the stuff of legends. read more…

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Leitz THALIA Large Format Primes

Leitz Thalia primes cover Large Format, Full Frame, Leica Format and 65mm Format cameras like ARRI ALEXA 65, Fujifilm GFX 100, etc. The image diagonal is 60 mm. There are three Makro lenses in the Leitz THALIA set.  They focus to 1:2, meaning that you can fill the frame with an object that in real life is twice as large as the sensor. The focus barrels are marked not only with distance, but also magnification factor and exposure (light loss) for which you have to compensate. The German spelling of Makro is used, with a “k.”

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Etienne Sauret and MYT Works

Etienne Sauret is an award-winning New York filmmaker. A few years ago, he started his own company, MYT Works (pronounced “Mighty”). As his logo says, it was “born out of frustration” with the equipment he was using. One of these is the MYT Works Opti-Glide checkout system:  an ingenious overhead track under which a motorized focus chart glides from near to far. Instead of running your tape measure from camera to chart, a large monitor automatically displays the exact distance, accurate to 1/100 inch. There are various theories on doing this: some rental houses move the camera; others move the chart. Optic-Glide can accommodate both. read more…

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FDTimes 101, 103, 104 are in the Mail

Film and Digital Times are in the Mail: April Issue 101, July Issue 103, and August Issue 104.
Subscribers: your #101 and #103 editions are free, with our compliments. Thanks for your patience with the delays.

Issue 100 and 102 are online only as PDFs and also free to download. For subscribers who absolutely must feel the feel of paper and smell the smell of ink, please print the high rez PDF. read more…

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Jarred Land on KOMODO 6K

Here is an interview with Jarred Land, president and co-owner of RED Digital Cinema, about the new KOMODO camera. This is a preview of the cover story and interview in the upcoming October edition of FDTimes. It’s the beginning of October 2020, the camera hasn’t been officially released, and thousands of people already know about it. Jarred explains, “Yes, it hard to believe that the KOMODO isn’t actually official nor commercially for sale yet in production form. It is vacant from RED.com and we are just ramping up to get ready for traditional manufacturing. And yet it is a camera that everyone seems to be already shooting… read more…

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LEITZ PRIME Lenses

LEITZ PRIME lenses have been described as “cinematic with an iconic confluence of coatings, glass, design, art and craft.” Development began in 2015. In 2019, I remember rhapsodizing, “LEITZ PRIME lenses has the look of glowing, lusciously smooth skin tones, detailed details where you want them—sharp eyelashes and eyebrows—with silky sympathetic focus roll-off, gently tempered depth of field dimensionality, impressionistic luminous backgrounds, beautiful bokeh and harmonious contrast.

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