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Leica, Panasonic, Sigma L-Mount Alliance

Leica launched the L-mount with their Leica T (APS-C) mirrorless, interchangeable lens  camera in 2014. It was the 100th anniversary of Oskar Barnack’s Ur-Leica. A year later, the Leica SL (Typ 601) arrived: Leica Format (36x24mm), mirrorless, autofocus, with the same mount, now renamed “L-mount.” The L-mount has a Flange Focal Depth of 20mm. The mount’s inside diameter is 51mm…. read more…

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Panasonic Firmware Update for VariCam LT

Panasonic has a new firmware update for the VariCam LT that adds RAW output via two 3G-SDI terminals to an external RAW recorder at 4K or UHD 60p. RAW recording will be compatible with Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ and the Atomos Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder. The RAW CinemaDNG file is compatible with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1, Drastic Media Reactor 5.04 and upcoming… read more…

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Panasonic+Codex VariCam Pure

At IBC 2016, Panasonic introduces the VariCam Pure. It  is a “co-production” between Panasonic and Codex. VariCam Pure is a new S35 4K/2K camera system with high-quality imaging, 14+ stops of dynamic range,  dual ISO 800/5000,   and built-in, uncompressed RAW to 120 fps. The new VariCam Pure camera records pure, uncompressed RAW up to 120 fps onto familiar, industry-standard Codex Capture Drive 2.0 media already widely used by many camera systems, post facilities and studios. read more…

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Panasonic VariCam Workshop at Keslow Camera

Article and photos by George Leon On August 6, Panasonic hosted a workshop at Keslow Camera covering Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam LT Cameras. The event introduced camera crews to the cameras and the latest technical details. Panasonic staff provided technical assistance to train end users in how to maximize the capabilities of these cameras. Keslow Camera staff were there demonstrate how… read more…

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Panasonic VariCam LT

Panasonic launched the VariCam LT  — LT as in Lite (Bud Lite, Arricam LT…) It’s a lighter, smaller, lower-priced version of the VariCam 35. Same 4K sensor, same dual native 800/5000 ISO, smaller body. It looks like Mr. Miyagi’s Panasonic team, with Taka Mitsui and Barry Russo and many others, came up with a very appealing camera. The Panasonic VariCam LT (official model number AU-V35LT1G) weighs about 6 lb. It will be at home on Steadicams, rigs, gimbals, drones, cranes, remote heads, handheld or shoulder-resting. It could be an indie A camera or big budget B camera. Actually, with cameras multiplying on big shows, I can imagine it being part of an arsenal of 10-20 cameras ready to roll. read more…

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Panasonic Yamagata Lens Factory Tour

Tendo City, Yamagata is a one-hour flight north from Tokyo’s  Haneda Airport. The mountainous area is known for its hot springs, ramen and soba noodles, and factories that make most of Japan’s Shogi (chess) sets. We are here to visit a different kind of factory: Panasonic’s Yamagata Lens Factory. A year earlier, Panasonic’s principal  lens designer Mr. Kazutake Boku had suggested a visit to their optical factory. “It’s like nothing you’ve ever written about before,” he said. So here we are. read more…

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Panasonic Varicam 4K Ships

 Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras are shipping. The VariCam 35 has a 35mm sensor, PL mount, and records 4K RAW,  4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes. The Varicam HS has three 2/3″ sensors, B4 mount, and records 1080p up to 240fps. Both models will offer Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ and both include Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of codecs. An interesting… read more…

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Panasonic 4K 35mm VariCam

Panasonic held a pre-NAB press conference today in New York. Although a nuts and bolts camera was not handed around, we were enticed with this image of a 35mm 4K VariCam that will be shown at NAB 2014. Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, outlined some of the main features: 35mm MOS sensor PL mount Dockable / detachable recorder can be tethered… 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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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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35mm Sensor Cameras in NY

Mark Forman put together a suberb standing-room only SMPTE presentation by leading luminaries at CBS Studio 45 this evening in New York. David Leitner, Producer, Writer and Cinematographer, gave an overview of large sensor cinematography. Jan Crittenden Livingston, Panasonic Broadcast and TV Systems, presented the AF100. Guenter Noesner, ARRI Inc, discussed Alexa. Juan Martinez, Sony Broadcast & Production Systems Division, introduced… read more…

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Panasonic AG-AF100 4/3″ Camcorder

After stirring up a frenzy of interest at IBC, Panasonic announced today that their AG-AF100 Micro 4/3-inch video camcorder  will start shipping on December 27th at a suggested list price of $4,995. We don’t usually publish prices here, but this is so low, it almost looks like a misprint. It isn’t. Introduced at NAB 2010, the AF100 delivers the shallow… 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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Panasonic PL Camera

Panasonic was first out of the gate at NAB with PL-mounted, full-featured camcorder based on the DSLR phenomenon. Many expected something like this from Canon–but then, Panasonic was also first with the Lumix Micro Four-Thirds camera, which was quickly hotrodded by Illya Friedman and Hot Rod Cameras with a PL mount. A prototype of the new Panasonic AG-AF100 Camcorder was… read more…

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