Cinematography Electronics /i Lens Display

Larry Barton, President of Cinematography Electronics, was on the other end of a Zoom chat in high resolution, with dramatic lighting and Full Frame shallow depth of field. It was time to learn about the Cinematography Electronics /i Lens Display. Larry said: “What we’ve done with our /i Lens Display was to take the iris, focus, focal length and other metadata from the lens—combined with information from the CINETAPE 2—and make the information more user-friendly for focus pullers and lens technicians at rental houses.” read more…

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Panasonic LUMIX DC-S5

The new LUMIX DC-S5 joins Panasonic’s growing line of Full Frame L-Mount hybrid mirrorless cameras that shoot stills and video. A quick review. The LUMIX DC-S1H is still the flagship for hybrid video, with a crisp 5.76 million dot OLED EVF and numerous video choices that include C4K Full Frame 4096×2160 All-I 4:2:2 10-bit 400 Mbps MOV H.265 files internal recording up to 30 fps. The LUMIX S1H has a 24.2 MP sensor. LUMIX DC-S1R has a high resolution 47.3 MP sensor. Both have 5.76 million dot finders. Now, if you want a lighter, smaller, cheaper companion to the S1H, the new LUMIX S5 beckons. It uses the same 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame sensor as the S1H. read more…

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Motion Impossible and AbelCine

AGITO is an exciting, stabilized, modular, remote camera dolly system. Robb Drewett, CEO, and Andy Nancollis, CDO, are the co-founders of Motion Impossible and creators of AGITO. Pete Abel is CEO of AbelCine, with locations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Jeff Lee is Director of Education at AbelCine. read more…

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Band Pro is Angenieux Distributor in Americas

 

Inevitably there is breaking news at the annual Band Pro One World Open House.

This year it was virtual–at 4pm PST on December 10.

Severine Serrano, Managing Director, Angénieux International Sales & Marketing, announced that effective December 10, 2020, Band Pro will be exclusive distributor of the Angenieux brand of products in the US, Canada and Latin America. read more…

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Leitz Henri Directors Finder

Rainer Hercher, Managing Director of Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH (Leitz Cine), said, “The initial concept of Henri was to implement the Leica SL2-S for lens testing. And so, we decided to make our own system as a Director’s Viewfinder for the cine world, especially because the SL2-Sb camera, in my opinion, has the one of the best viewfinders in the business. It’s very good and very sharp. The colors and contrast are excellent. read more…

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Leica SL2-S for Stills and Cine

The new Leica SL2-S launches today, December 10. Think of the “S” after the “SL2-” as “Special” or maybe “Sinematographer” with an “S.” That is because the SL2-S will be specially suited for cinematographers and anyone shooting stills and cine.

The SL2-S has a 24.6 Megapixel sensor inside. (Its sister SL2 has a 47 MP sensor). What is it about 24 MP sensors that puts them inside the Panasonic  S1H and S5, as well as the SIGMA fp? Are these members of the L-Mount Alliance conspiring? What do they know that we should know? read more…

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Grading Ford v Ferrari with Skip Kimball

In last month’s FDTimes, Nicol Verheem (Founder & CEO of Teradek and CEO of Creative Solutions) said, “One of my recent favorite memories was watching Ford v Ferrari with my 12-year- old son. I can remember walking out and he said, ‘First off, that was a really good movie. And second, when can we come back and see it again?’” I saw it again as well and was delighted to get in touch with Company 3’s Senior Colorist Skip Kimball about the film’s impressive grading.Ford v Ferrari was directed by James Mangold. Cinematography was by Phedon Papamichael ASC, GSC. It’s based on the true story of Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they work to win the 24 hour race at Le Mans in 1966. read more…

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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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