Wanted: PhotoCineRent Paris Lens Technician

Lens Technician position available at PhotoCineRent, Paris, FRANCE.
Responsible for service and maintenance of professional digital motion picture lenses and accessories.
Technician’s role: Maintain and repair cinema lenses. Prepare lenses for customers during prep. Maintain and repair spherical and anamorphic prime and zoom lenses from various manufacturers: Angénieux, Cooke, ZEISS, Leica, Leitz, Fujinon, Canon and others. Lens prep and calibration during camera tests. And more…. read more…

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ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance

ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance (SPR) lenses are a new set of 7 lenses that artistically emphasize ghosting (flares) and are consistent across the entire set. They are based on Supreme Primes with a warmer color tone. They are not simply the same lenses with the coatings removed. There is no loss of light and no uncontrolled “white-out.” Instead, Radiance lenses have newly formulated T* Blue coatings. While there are 13 focal lengths in a set of Supremes, a Radiance set consists of 7, from 21mm to 100mm, all T1.5. There will be limited production runs. read more…

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Leica SL2

The new Leica SL2 comes with improved ergonomics, a more comfortable grip, in-body image stabilization and excellent 4K Full Frame video. The L-Mount’s 20mm shallow flange depth and the in-camera stabilization accommodate Leica M, S and R lenses. PL, LPL and other cine lenses not only fit but also benefit from the 5-axis sensor stabilization. Meanwhile, Leica continues to roll out an impressive series of new SL lenses. The SL2 camera menu is designed with 2 separate modes: “Photo” and “Cine (Video).” read more…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Design’s new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K is highly capable Super35 cinema camera “hiding” in a DSLM body (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). There are many things to like. For many, it is the new, larger, 6144 x 3456 Super35 sensor. The effective image area is 23.10mm x 12.99mm. It has an EF lens mount.

How does the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K compare to the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K? The 4K model, shown below, was introduced last year. It has a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) size 18.96 x 10 mm sensor. The MFT lens mount’s Flange Focal Depth is 19.25mm and its inside diameter is 21.64 mm Ø. read more…

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SIGMA fp Director’s Finder and PL mount Camera

The  SIGMA fp camera has a Director’s Finder mode. Attach the LCD Viewfinder/Diopter accessory to compose shots with framelines calibrated for various aspect ratios on (thus far) ALEXA LF, Mini LF, ALEXA 65, Venice, Monstro 8K, Helium 8K, Dragon 6K, Epic MX 5K, Gemini 5K, Arricam, ALEXA SXT, XT, Mini, Amira, etc. read more…

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SIGMA Full-Frame Classic Art Primes

SIGMA launched their splendidly small, sharp, lightweight and affordable FF High Speed Primes at IBC 2016. Now, three years later, SIGMA adds a new series: Full-Frame Classic Art Primes. A prototype 40mm was presented in Tokyo on July 11. Two months later, the set was in Amsterdam at IBC 2019. read more…

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IDX IPL Series Stackable Batteries

The IPL Series is the latest stackable battery system from IDX, creaters of PowerLink (piggy-backing) batteries. While previous generations allowed only two batteries to be linked, the new PowerLink technology can link up to four batteries together. This considerably extends continuous shooting times by drawing power from the last battery mounted, and then moving forward. read more…

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Teradek Bolt 4K MAX

Teradek Bolt 4K MAX joins Bolt 4K 750 and Bolt 4K 1500 (announced earlier this year). The Bolt 4K MAX is the most fully-equipped Bolt transmitter yet. Bolt 4K MAX can transmit 4K HDR video wirelessly—in real-time—over distances up to 5000 ft (1500 m) in normal operation and up to 10,000 ft (3000 m) in Broadcast Mode. For a limited time, all Bolt and Paralinx Tomahawk owners are eligible to earn a trade-in credit toward the new Bolt 4K. read more…

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Small4K Monitors

SmallHD announces two lines of new 4K HDR monitors. The name is “Small4K.” There will be a Small4K Vision Series and a Small4K Cine Series, each featuring three monitor sizes: 13″, 17″, and 24″. read more…

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SmallHD Cine7 RED Camera Control

SmallHD is releasing a new Camera Control for RED DSMC2 software license for their popular Cine7 touchscreen monitors. This software gives users full menu access to a RED DSMC2 camera when the monitor is connected using an included custom cable. With just a simple swipe across the screen, a menu appears as an overlay with offerings of multiple options to dial-in configurations for the camera. read more…

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Sony F EC 16-35mm T3.1 G Full Frame Zoom

Just as the FX9 was inevitable, so were more Sony E-mount cinema lenses. The new FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G zoom is the first in a new series of Full-Frame zooms. Focus, iris and zoom gears are all standard 0.8M. The iris clicks and declicks for cine or still work. Zoom is switchable from manual to servo. The servo unit comes with the lens and is operated by the camera handle or handgrip zoom control. The servo can be detached. The Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G zoom lens will be available around Spring 2020. Estimated price is $5,500. read more…

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Sony PXW-FX9 Full Frame

The Sony FX9 is an affordable, compact, lightweight cine camera that can democratize Full-Frame. With a new companion Full-Frame zoom lens, this system is about the same size and weight as Super35 predecessors and still shoots both formats. Full-Frame cine becomes mainstream. And, history repeats itself. read more…

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ARRI ALEXA Mini LF

ARRI ALEXA Mini LF is shipping now. It is thoughtfully designed and meticulously built. Usually the measure of a camera’s goodness is to count how many petty peeves you wrote down to send to the engineers. The fewer the better. This time, the page was blank. It’s my favorite ARRI camera since the Arriflex 235. read more…

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IBC 2019 Slideshow

Highlights of IBC 2019 from FDTimes: slideshow. read more…

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MINI MIX from DMG Lumière by ROSCO

The MINI MIX from DMG Lumière by ROSCO blends six LEDs to create almost any color you can conjure up or you can accurately match Rosco gels. read more…

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Wooden Camera LPL Mounts for RED and Sony

Wooden Camera has LPL Mounts for RED DSMC2, Sony VENICE and Sony E-mount Alpha mirrorless cameras (a9, α7 series). LPL is the new lens mount introduced by ARRI in February 2018. It is standard on ALEXA LF and now ALEXA Mini LF. LPL has a 44 mm Flange Focal Depth and 62 mm Inside Diameter. ARRI Signature Primes only come with LPL mounts. By the way, all PL mount lenses fit by using a PL to LPL adapter. read more…

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Before the Fall

I’m now in lovely Freyung Hospital with a bunch of broken ribs after a close encounter with a metal post while mountain biking with Klaus Eckerl on Sunday. Photos of the carnage and recovery are on Instagram @fdtimes.

Freyung is about 2 hours east of Munich. IB/E Optics headquarters are in two large, modern buildings on -the main road leading into town. IB/E is also conveniently located right next door to the hospital. So, should you choose to visit, Klaus and team can demonstrate their impressive line of products in their offices or in the privacy of a hospital room :) read more…

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FDTimes Sep 2019 IBC Edition

Film and Digital Times September 2019 Edition will be distributed at IBC on Friday, Sep 13 beginning 12 noon Amsterdam time. That’s when the last embargo lifts. Paper copies will be available all over Hall 12 and elsewhere at IBC. It will also go online here at that time.

Also, visit FDTimes at IBC Booth 12.F30 (Aaton-Transvideo).

The worldwide edition printing in Los Angeles will ship on September 13 as well.

Watch the top left column of this page to download the PDF on September 13 at 12 noon Amsterdam time. read more…

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Servicevision Scorpiorama 70 Full-Frame 1.65x Squeeze Front Anamorphic

At IBC 2019, Servicevision will present new 1.65x FFA Full-Frame Front Anamorphic lenses. They have characteristic flares, streaks and the smoothness that you get from front anamorphic cylinders. The 1.65x squeeze ratio fills a 1.5:1 (3:2) Full-Frame sensor like ALEXA or VENICE and desqueezes it very nicely to 2.39:1 without wasting left and right side pixels in post. The Servicevision 1.65x FFA lenses are small and lightweight and have front anamorphic elements.  These lenses premiere at IBC in Servicevision’s booth 12.C43. read more…

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William Rexer’s Equipment List on “The Hunt”

William Rexer is shooting The Hunt, a TV series in New York for Amazon Studios. This article first appeared in June 2019 FDTimes, but now it’s updated with his comprehensive equipment list. REXER: “We’re shooting in Full Frame with three RED MONSTRO 8K VV cameras. I was attracted to the Sigma FF High Speed lenses and then I was blown away by them. We have three sets. I’m a big fan of Full Frame.  Amazon wants 4K deliverables. Al Pacino is the lead actor. It was very easy for me to explain that if we were shooting a medium close up and it was a perfect performance, you could easily pull a tighter shot out of it in the MONSTRO’s Full Frame 8K resolution. You have that flexibility. read more…

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