Tag Archives: Cameras

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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First Ikonoskop Delivered

The first Ikonoskop A-Cam dll was delivered to Ljud & Bildmedia AB on November 29th in Sweden. Ikonoskop elves are hard at work building a batch of cameras in time for Christmas.


Follow the T

Stefan Weiss, cinematographer and inventor of the Weisscam, gets the FDTimes Award for best t-shirts at Cinec, color-coordinated to blend into the booth background. The follow-the-T booth looked like a trendy boutique. Instead of fine jewelry, Stefan and his colleagues were showing a fine concept camera. It’s a compact, modular system with multiple configurations for different resolutions, from HD through 4K…. read more…


December Issue now online for Subscribers

Our 96 page December Issue 36-38 of Film and Digital Times is now online. Subscribers: click on the MEMBERS tab, above. The print edition has gone to press. It will be in the mail soon. Our cover says “Converging Worlds.” Although convergence and 3D certainly has everyone’s attention, this is the historic year of convergence and collision between consumer and professional… read more…

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Cooke /i Technology and ARRI LDS

A lot of readers have been emailing questions about Cooke /i Technology and ARRI LDS on the new Sony PMW-F3. Here’s what the PL mount looks like (above). Notice the gold-plated lens data 4-pin contacts at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. They’re the same contacts you’ve seen before on Arricams, Alexa Plus, Sony SRW-9000PL and other cameras. (Above left) Cooke /i lenses… read more…

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Clairmont Ground Glass Guide

Film has been a universal standard with a hundred years of legacy. However, it’s been a standard with many variations. The wizards of Clairmont Camera have completed a 70 page catalog of all the different ground glasses and formats they’ve dealt with. It’s available online: a valuable resource, with measurements in metric and inches, and superb, true-to-scale line drawings. Credits… read more…

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Stephen Stough on Sensors at High Altitude

When Bill Bennett, ASC suggested an article on sensors at high altitude, and the perils of shipping digital cameras by air, I immediately got in touch with Stephen Stough (picture at left) — Cinematographer, Producer, and President of Tradecraft Films. Stephen Stough knows a thing or two about technology, physics (Univ of California at Berkeley) and sensors (he was business… read more…

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From Hero Cam we plummet to Looxcie. For egos who find Twitter too mundane, the democratization of video ascends anew, offering more than a tea party in which there may be more protagonists making videos than viewers watching them. The $199 Looxcie attaches to your ear like a headset, and connects to Android phones via Bluetooth. Your phone becomes the viewfinder…. read more…


Alexa Plus at IBC and Cinec

The Alexa Plus is the newest addition to ARRI’s line of (digital) cameras. The PLUS provides built-in lens control and lens data, familiar to Arriflex 416 Plus users. Owners of “regular” Alexa EV models are offered an upgrade path to the Plus at a reduced rate. ARRI also introduced the RCU-4 remote control panel, which is capable of controlling everything… read more…

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Ikonoskop ACam DII

The guys from Sweden who brought us the Acam 16 mm camera a few years ago are now presenting the Acam DII. The Acam DII is a small and lightweight HD Camcorder that records 1920×1080 RAW CinemaDNG directly on excangeable 160 GB drives. It is available with C-mount, Leica-mount or PL-mount.

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FDTimes New Issue 32+33 Now Online

Film and Digital Times Mid-Year Cine Gear 2010 Edition (issue 32+33) is now online for subscribers. We will be all over Cine Gear. Visit us at Booth # 126 for a complimentary paper copy. See you there: June 4-5.www.cinegearexpo.com

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New Red EVF and Scarlet

Hans Hansson writes from Sweden, “I’m sending you some links for news for your blog:” Engadget interview with Ted Schilowitz at CES Stills and close-ups of new RED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and Scarlet Jon Fauer writes, “We were impressed with the prototypes we saw at IBC, now further refined and shown at CES recently. The Red Bomb EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)… read more…

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Ron Dexter Award to MBF Filmtechnik

For being first with a PL to Canon EOS Lens Adapter, Matthias Uhlig and MBF Filmtechnik Hamburg won the FDTimes Ron Dexter Award. The award was inspired by Director/Cinematographer/Inventor Ron Dexter, ASC, who never met a piece of camera equipment he couldn’t make better, and was famous for making some of the first video assists by hacking brand-new lenses and… read more…

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Consumer Electronics Show

CES is in hyper-twitter, kicking off four days of annual frenzied introductions in Las Vegas of products that we consumers are expected to spend $681 billion on in the coming year. Those astounding numbers make this year’s record movie box-office of $10.5 billion seem like petty cash. If you’ve ever wondered why there have been over 50 video standards in… read more…

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Sony Roadmap

Sony Unveils SR 2.0 Roadmap. Article by Seth Emmons. Sony’s event last night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Linwood Dunn Theater opened with Global Language Monitor’s 2008 word of the year, “Change.” As the word hung alone in the air for a few moments, I wondered what new products we were about to see from Sony. But, Rick Harding,… read more…

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FDTimes December 2009 Issue 29 Now Online

The December 2009 Issue of Film and Digital Times has gone to press in LA and should be in the mail soon. Our online edition is now ready to download (PDF files) for all Subscribers and Members. We end the year in low light, with articles on: Forgetting Three-Point Lighting; Lighting with Paint at one footcandle; ISO 12,800 to 102,400; Game-Changing Hybrid Cameras;… read more…

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102,400 ISO and Canon White Papers

Although the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV isn’t available until December 18, you can start reading its Instruction Manual by downloading the PDF. ISO 102,400 (H3) sensitivity is on page 64. read more…

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PhotoPlus Expo

At  PhotoPlus Expo (October 24, Javitts Center in New York) over 30,000 photographers converged on convergent digital still and motion picture camera equipment. Both Canon and Nikon have raised the bar with new cameras that seem to be more sensitive than what our eyes can see. The Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S have a low-noise ISO range of… read more…

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Eyemo Red

Cinematographer Gerardo Puglia writes, “This is my Eyemo 71 QM, which I uncovered and bought from Eastman Kodak a number of years ago. I sent it to Steve Bereczsky in Vancouver. He modified it for me, removed the turret, and put on a Nikon mount. The camera you see has a 50mm Zeiss Nikon mount. The three objectives on the… read more…

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Canon 7D Delivers

FDTimes has learned that Mark Forman received the first Canon 7D in New York…

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