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Cooke Panchros Uncoated

Cooke Panchro /i lenses are now available with uncoated front elements. They can be obtained on special order, and can be swapped with the standard coated elements by a qualified lens technician. Uncoated front elements may help create a different, “historic” look — more flare, softer edges, etc. A set of 6 Panchro lenses includes: 18, 25, 32, 50, 75,… read more…

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Cooke Evening

More than 65 guests attended the annual Cooke Evening on April 13, 2011 to mingle and discuss the state of the motion picture industry. They converged on Del Frisco’s Steak House, where the wine and beverages flowed smoother than workflow, the steaks were Jurassic in size, and the conversation was better than most seminars. The evening quickly became a moveable feast… 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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FDTimes NAB Edition Contents

FDTimes April 2011 double issue 41-42 hits the halls of NAB on opening day: at 9 am on Monday April 11, 2011. Pick up your complimentary copy of Film and Digital Times from the publication bins in the Central Hall Main Lobby and South Hall Upper Lobby, at our booth C9550, and at the booths of our sponsors, including Sony, Fujinon,… read more…

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Sony PMW-F3 Zooms and Updates

Sony’s F3 Camcorder uses the same CMOS image sensor as the NXCAM 35. It measures 23.6 x 13.3 mm, with a 27 mm diagonal — 16:9, APS-C format. At NAB, expect to see an RGB 4:4:4 and S-Log (Sony’s gamma curve) output option up to 30 fps, and SStP (Simple Studio Profile) 4:2:2 up to 6o fps. You’ll be able… 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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Cooke 5/i Primes Stolen from IBC

On Saturday night, 6 Cooke 5/i Prime Lenses and 4 Cooke Panchro /i Primes were stolen from the showcase of Cooke’s booth at IBC. The lenses and serial numbers are: Cooke 5/i set Cooke 5/i 25mm lens #5025-0103 Cooke 5/i 32mm lens #5032-0103 Cooke 5/i 50mm lens #5050-0103 Cooke 5/i 65mm lens #5065-0103 Cooke 5/i 75mm lens #5075-0103 Cooke 5/i… read more…


Cooke 5/i and ARRI Alexas on Scorcese/Richardson 3D “Cabret”

Here’s a sneak preview of an article in our upcoming issue 35 of FDTimes, by Gregor Tavenner, First Camera Assistant on “Hugo Cabret.” There are a lot of firsts being made on “Hugo Cabret.” 1. First major motion picture shot with Cooke 5/i Prime Lenses. 2. First 3D movie for Martin Scorcese and Bob Richardson, ASC. 3. First major 3D movie… read more…

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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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First Cooke 5/i Lenses at Clairmont

Clairmont Hollywood is the first US rental house with the new Cooke 5/i Primes. They are all T1.4, include /i Technology Lens Data, and have illuminated focus scales. Focal lengths: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, and 135mm. The 5/i Primes are color-matched with Cooke S4/i, Cooke Panchros,  CXX 15-40 mm T2 Zoom, Cooke Zooms, and SK4 16mm… read more…

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Cooke and Angénieux see /i to /i

Cooke Optics Ltd. and Thales Angénieux will announce a partnership agreement in which Angénieux will incorporate Cooke’s /i Technology into its line of lenses. We’ll hear the complete details at the press conference scheduled for 11am on Monday, April 12 in conference room N242 of the LVCC (North Hall Level 2, up the escalators near the cafeteria and book store). The idea behind… read more…

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Clairmo – Clairmont Canon 1D PL

The race is on. Canon PL. Eyemo of the digital age. This just in from Alan Albert, Executive VP of Clairmont Camera, Hollywood: “Right now we have this one camera only, but plan on making more for our rental departments in the U.S. and Canada. The camera functions in both the Video and Still modes albeit without the optical reflex… read more…

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Hot Rod Mods Canon EOS PL

Adapter or Surgery There are two ways to put a PL mount on a Canon EOS camera. The painless way is a PL-to-Canon mount adapter, leaving the mirror and electronics of the camera intact. This works with a select set of lenses, notably Angénieux Optimo zooms whose rear elements do not protrude beyond the rear of the adapter. The more… read more…

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AFC Micro Salon 2010

Highlights of AFC Micro Salon 2010. Full report coming soon. Click here for full-screen slideshow.

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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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Cooke 5/i and Panchro/i at IBC and Lens Tests

The lensmakers in Leicester have been working overtime. Cooke surprised us at IBC with a new series: The Cooke 5/i. There will initially be 9 lenses in the series: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100 and 135mm, all T1.4-T22. Read about our tests of 100mm pre-production samples of the new 5/i and Panchro/i lenses, along with a Cooke… read more…

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Transvideo CineMonitorHD/i

Here’s a monitor not only for Directors and DPs, but also for Camera Assistants and Script Supervisors. Put away your Kelly Calculators and iPhones. Transvideo’s new CineMonitorHD/i Evolution Monitors, shown at IBC, constantly update you on depth of field in an easy-to-read display. In the example above, the Cooke S4/i lens is set to 2.02 and the focus is 8’4″… read more…

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Cooke 5/i Dimmer

Update: the Cooke 5/i lenses have an external dimmer, made by Transvideo. As an alternative to using the iris ring to control the focus scale illumination settings, you can plug one end of this small box into the camera’s RS receptacle, and the other end attaches to the /i connector on the lens. Voilà. Brightness is controlled by pushing the… read more…

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Cooke 5/i T1.4 Primes at IBC

Not only is Cooke showing the complete set of the new T2.8 Panchro/i series, but also Cooke has a surprise look at their new 5/i set. There are initially 9 lenses in the Cooke 5/i series: 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100 and 135mm, all T1.4-T22. They all cover Super 35mm format (30mm diameter) and have a front… read more…

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