Portrait of Large Format on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) won the Best Cinematography Award at the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle on December 4. Directed by Céline Sciamma with stunning cinematography by Claire Mathon AFC, it is “a superbly elegant, enigmatic drama” (The Guardian) — an 18th century story of a young woman facing marriage and an artist commissioned to paint her portrait. It is also a portrait in Large Format cinematography: RED MONSTRO 8K VV, LEITZ THALIA primes, Preston Light Ranger 2 and more. read more…

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LEITZ PRIME Lenses Delivered

The first sets of full-frame large-format Leica-format LEITZ PRIME lenses arrived at a number of rental houses worldwide in the past few days. This is warp speed. They must have been working long hours with lots of overtime in Wetzlar. Remember that LEITZ PRIME lenses were behind-glass models at IBC 2018 and only introduced in April of this year. Here they are now. And not just a few focal lengths. LEITZ PRIME deliveries are almost full sets of 8 lenses: 21, 25, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75 and 100 mm — all T1.8, all with 114mm front diameters. Happy recipients shown in photos here: at Camalot in Amsterdam, Ljud & Bildmedia AB in Stockholm and Sanwa Cine Equipment in Tokyo shown in photos below. read more…

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BIRTV 2019 Report

Jacques Lipkau-Goyard’s annual report on BIRTV in Beijing. This year was the 28th running of BIRTV—China’s most prestigious exhibition for film and television. Jacques also interviews filmmaker and cinema icon Mr. Percy Fung Tze-Cheong. They discuss the current state of cinema production in China and where they think it is heading. read more…

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FDTimes Japanese Language Edition 98J

Film and Digital Times Japanese language online edition 98J is here. Download the 44-page 8MB PDF free. The print edition was distributed in Tokyo and at InterBEE. This November 2019 InterBEE edition is a “greatest hits” compilation  from recent worldwide editions. More than 25 topics are covered. read more…

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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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