Tag Archives: Accessories

Canoflex C300

Imagine a Canon C300 on an Arriflex 16SR3 exoskeleton. That’s what Tim Arasheben has created with his new Canoflex C300. Tim is an accomplished Camera Operator, having worked his way up from AC, and now is on the brink of something new with his innovative design and production of a practical, handholdable, accessory-friendly life-support system for Canon’s new C300 camera…. read more…

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DENZ Camera Base Plate

DENZ has designed and manufactured a new camera base plate for most film and digital cameras. With  black anodized aerospace materials, Denz’s BP-multi (code 301.0377) was introduced at IBC 2011 for video and film cameras from ARRI, RED, Sony and Panasonic. Cameras attach with 3/8 x 16 or ¼ x 20 screws (included). The BP-multi is designed for 19 mm rods…. read more…

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Epic Rain Covers

Elaine Fasula and crew at Ombre have created a new rain cover for RED Epic and Scarlet cameras. Made of breathable waterproof fabric and see-through material, you should never leave your studio without an Ombre rain cover. Come to think of it, they could come in handy even in a studio when the roof leaks or the sprinklers sprinkle. This… read more…

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Blackmagic for Camera Crews

At IBC 2011, I met with Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design to find out how their products can help cinematographers, camera crews and the usual suspects who read FDTimes. Dan runs the U.S., North America and South America office.  Dan joined Blackmagic five years ago when they needed a local office in the U.S. Previously, Blackmagic was all in Australia. The… read more…

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Case Closed

I met Cocoon’s Maik Finzel and Patrick Biesinger at IBC. Cocoon makes terrific custom foam interiors for camera and equipment cases. For example, their products have coddled Compact Prime and Master Prime lenses by ZEISS, Cooke S4  sets, and the new Leica Summilux-C primes. Cocoon is based in Jena, which happens to be where Carl Zeiss set up shop in 1846. These… read more…

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Kinotehnik LCDVFe

Meet Tonis Liivamagi, CEO of Kinotehnik. His marvelous LCDVFe Electronic Viewfinder was shown at IBC. It’s a big step up: sharp, good color, a universal color viewfinder for cameras with HDMI output. You can really see whether you’re in or out of focus. It will be equally at home on a Sony F3, RED Dpic, or on a DSLR. Delivering soon from headquarters… read more…

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ToughGaff

My favorite new product at Cine Gear Expo NYC: ToughGaff gaffers and camera tape holder. It’s one of those great, simple products that will soon be seen everywhere on set. Inexpensive, clever, helpful…ToughGaff is destined to become as famous as the Gaffers Tape it dispenses, and as famous as Gaffers Tape’s inventor, Ross Lowell.ToughGaff was invented by Steadicam Operator Nir… read more…

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Mako, Norbert and GoPro at Indy

Mako Koiwai is one of the first cinematographers to use the new K-Tek Norbert Sport Jr. on a high-profile production. Mako recently chose the newest of the Norbert line for New Wave Entertainment’s production for 3net on the 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500 in 3D. Dedicated readers of FDTimes news will remember Mako’s enlightening article on Mini Cams. This… read more…

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GPS Equipment Tracking

The SilverCloud GPS Tracker from LandAirSea was designed to check on fleets of cars, trucks, as well as your teenage driver’s whereabouts. However, these small (2.5″ x 3.9″ x .9″), inexpensive ($469), compact and portable real-time GPS tracking units could be helpful to keep tabs on your equipment. Stick one in each case. Or transplant the circuit into your cameras… read more…

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VBag: To Hold and Protect

One of the best things at NAB was the VBag, a flexible, inflatable “hi-hat” from Danish camera assistants Thomas Holm Deleurang (at left) and Erik Thal-Jantzen. These guys know a thing or two about extreme temperatures, working in -25 degree Scandinavia, studios, sweltering sand dune locations… They also know how to improve on the low-tech, lowly furniture pad to support a… read more…

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Oli at NAB 2011

Sony’s theme was “Believe Beyond HD.” The Digital Cinema Society’s seminar was titled, “3D, 4K and beyond.” We saw plenoptic lenses selectively adjusting focus within a scene. We saw the GoPro 3D camera on a model helicopter. NAB 2011 was well beyond HD. Attendance was up, along with activity on the show floor.  It could be a reflection of a… read more…

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Harry Potter and the Hirth-Toothed Rings

Remember how the wand chooses the wizard in Harry Potter, and how different woods make up different wands? Cinematographers are like wizards. Our wands are the cameras’ handgrips. The first artisanal wooden handgrips came from Aaton, long ago. Now, Peter Denz proposes olive wood handgrips. The olive wood comes from the hills around Lago di Garda in northern Italy. (Excellent sailing,… read more…

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