0

June 2013
Cooke, Angenieux Collaborate on Anamorphics

Cooke Optics and Thales Angenieux have worked together, sharing the designs of Cooke’s new Anamorphic/i series of primes and Angenieux’s new Optimo 2S anamorphic zooms, in order to bring cinematographers a full range of compatible anamorphic lenses.

Cooke Adds to MiniS4/i Range, Launches Metrology Tools

In response to customer demand, Cooke Optics has added 40mm and 65mm lenses to its MiniS4/i range of primes, which consists of smaller, lighter-weight lenses that bring the professional “Cooke Look” to content creators at an affordable cost.

Mole-Richardson Highlights MoleLED Fresnels

The Mole-Richardson Co., an industry leader in the engineering and manufacturing of lighting and power distribution equipment since its founding in 1927, has introduced a line of MoleLED Fresnels, which boast a design familiar to generations of lighting professionals but fitted with state-of-the-art electronics and the latest LED-chip on-board technology.

Blackmagic Grows Camera Family

Blackmagic Design has expanded its Cinema Camera line with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Hexolux Illuminates Xum7 LED

Hexolux has unveiled the Xum7 (pronounced “zoom seven”) LED Fresnel. The hexagonal design of the Xum7 allows the fixture to function as a modular system; each Xum7 can be used individually, or multiple Xum7s can be mounted together as a “team” to create a large, seamless, bright source.

AadynTech Unleashes Hurricane

AadynTech has introduced the weatherproof, IP65-rated Jab Hurricane LED fixture.

Zylight Offers Compact F8 Fresnel

Zylight has introduced the F8 LED Fresnel. Available in tungsten (3,200°K) or daylight (5,600°K) versions, the compact fixture collapses to less than 4” thick for easy transport and storage.

Fill-Lite Introduces Low-Profile LED Fixtures

Fill-Lite LLC has introduced the Fill-Lite family of LED-based soft-light squares for use in both still photography and motion-picture applications.

Frezzi Takes SkyLight On the Go

Frezzi Energy Systems has introduced the compact SkyLight LED lamp, which delivers a daylight-balanced (5,500°K) output comparable to a 650-watt tungsten or 125-watt HMI source while drawing only 75 watts of power.

Rotolight Engineers 6K Ringlight

Rotolight has unveiled the RotoFlood, a 6K LED light ring comprised of six Rotolight Anova bi-color LED floodlights.

Manfrotto Extends Camera-Support Line

Manfrotto Distribution has introduced the Sympla Shoulder Rig, the latest addition to the Sympla line of camera supports that can be assembled, configured and adjusted to a wide range of shooting situations in seconds without tools.

Redrock Micro Unveils Black Line

Redrock Micro has announced the Redrock Black line of premium cinema rigs and accessories, which emphasize ultra-high-quality materials, time-saving features and exclusive priority services and incentives through membership to Redrock Concierge.

Anton/Bauer Expands Battery Solutions

Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Dionic HD lithium-ion battery for broadcast and digital-media professionals.

K-Tek Launches Nautilus

K-Tek has introduced the Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount, which incorporates a completely new, patent-pending design to offer the maximum isolation with minimum compromise.

Boxx TV Powers High-Current Cameras

Boxx TV has expanded its range of camera accessories with 260-volt camera batteries designed for use with high-current cameras.

Canon Develops 35mm Cine Prime

Canon has announced the development of a 35mm Cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras that employ Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm or APS-C-size imagers.

Schneider Showcases Glass

Schneider Optics has announced the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime lenses, a family of prime lenses specially designed for digital cinematography with full-frame-sensor HDSLR and other professional cameras.

Fujinon Goes Wide with Cabrio Zoom

Fujifilm Optical Devices has unveiled a preliminary model of the Premier 14-28mm Cabrio wide-angle lens, model ZK2x14, designed for ENG or cine-style shooting. The PL-mount, T2.9 zoom features 200-degree focus rotation.

Boris Offers Individual Filter Packages

Boris FX, a developer of integrated VFX and workflow technology for video and film, has made each category of its Boris Continuum Complete filters available as a separate unit.


Archives
New Products and Services
online archives. go
Cooke, Angenieux Collaborate on Anamorphics

Cooke Optics and Thales Angenieux have worked together, sharing the designs of Cooke’s new Anamorphic/i series of primes and Angenieux’s new Optimo 2S anamorphic zooms, in order to bring cinematographers a full range of compatible anamorphic lenses.

“Cooke primes and Angenieux zooms have always complemented each other in terms of look and color,” says ASC associate Les Zellan, chairman and owner of Cooke Optics. “They are frequently used together on feature films as the combination of our respective expertise brings something special to the screen that cinematographers have long valued. We are confident they will not be disappointed with the results of this initiative, as we make anamorphic production available for a new generation of filmmakers.”

Pierre Andurand, CEO and president of Thales Angenieux, adds, “In our ongoing quest to provide cinematographers with the very best tools, we are developing a complete line of compact anamorphic zooms that maintain a superb level of resolution while keeping a very human feel in the image. The entire line will perfectly match with the new Cooke primes and will be friendly, usable, compact and lightweight.”

Angenieux has unveiled the first lens in its planned line of compact Optimo 2S (2x squeeze) anamorphic zooms: the 56-152mm T4 zoom. Weighing only 4.8 pounds, the lens incorporates a unique optical design that combines spherical and cylindrical elements in the same group to deliver exceptional sharpness and low distortion.

Cooke has designed seven prime lenses for its Anamorphic/i system: 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm, all T2.3. The lenses, which are approximately the size of Cooke’s S4/i lenses, retain the Cooke Look and are color matched with the Cooke 5/i, S4/i and MiniS4/i ranges. Each lens also comes equipped with /i Technology to capture lens metadata.

Both companies expect to ship the new lenses in early 2014.

contact info:

 
Cooke Adds to MiniS4/i Range, Launches Metrology Tools

In response to customer demand, Cooke Optics has added 40mm and 65mm lenses to its MiniS4/i range of primes, which consists of smaller, lighter-weight lenses that bring the professional “Cooke Look” to content creators at an affordable cost. The MiniS4/i range now comprises 18mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm and 135mm focal lengths, all at T2.8, with calibration and color matching to the entire Cooke range.

Cooke has also launched Cooke Metrology, a range of affordable lens-testing equipment designed by Cooke and manufactured by Pure4C. The first product in the line will be a lens-test projector designed for today’s fast lenses. Many current projectors cannot pass a beam correctly through lenses that are faster than T2; the Cooke Metrology projector is bright enough to be demonstrated in daylight, making it much easier to discern flaws and artifacts in fast lenses.

“We have been thinking for some time about the testing instruments we use and how we could improve them,” says ASC associate Les Zellan, chairman and owner of Cooke Optics. “As lenses have become faster and more complex, testing equipment has struggled to keep pace and is often, in our opinion, overpriced. We decided to develop our own tools that would not only live up to our exacting standards but also be affordable, and we are pleased that we can share the resulting products with the industry.”

contact info:

 
Mole-Richardson Highlights MoleLED Fresnels

The Mole-Richardson Co., an industry leader in the engineering and manufacturing of lighting and power distribution equipment since its founding in 1927, has introduced a line of MoleLED Fresnels, which boast a design familiar to generations of lighting professionals but fitted with state-of-the-art electronics and the latest LED-chip on-board technology. The MoleLED Fresnel fixtures use a proprietary Quantum Dot LED developed and produced by Mole to exactly replicate film and television 3,200°K tungsten and 5,600°K daylight color temperatures.

The line of MoleLED Fresnels comprises three sizes and wattages: The 100-watt TweenieLED has a 4.5” lens, the 150-watt BabyLED has a 6” lens, and the 200-watt JuniorLED has an 8” lens. Each fixture is a single color, tungsten or daylight, and uses a borosilicate glass Fresnel lens to perform identically to an existing incandescent or HMI Fresnel fixture.

Built rugged and based on more than 70 years of successful Fresnel design, MoleLED Fresnels are ideally suited for all set-lighting needs. Each fixture contains a built-in universal power supply, built-in local dimming and on-board DMX dimming. Additionally, all three fixtures share accessory sizes with the legacy Solarspots, so barn doors, gel frames and speed rings remain compatible.

Mole also offers retrofit kits to convert existing Tweenie, Baby and 8” Junior Solarspots to tungsten or daylight MoleLED Fresnels.

“In an industry inundated with mass-produced, eco-friendly products, the MoleLED Fresnels are truly a hybrid of handcrafted quality and the most advanced solid-state lighting technology available,” says ASC honorary member Larry Mole Parker, executive vice president of the Mole-Richardson Co.

MoleLED Fresnels are designed, engineered and built in the United States for professionals everywhere.

Contact info:

 
mole.com
Blackmagic Grows Camera Family

Blackmagic Design has expanded its Cinema Camera line with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, which incorporates a large Super 35-size sensor, global shutter and EF lens mount, shoots to high-quality compressed CinemaDNG raw and ProRes 422 (HQ) files in 4K using the built-in high-speed SSD recorder. Blackmagic Design will also implement a QuickTime wrapper for the open-standard CinemaDNG and companion codec, allowing the camera to record in a format that allows raw editing in popular editing software. Additionally, users have the choice of recording Rec 709 video files.

With standard connections and an internal battery packed inside a machined-aluminum design, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is built to endure the rigors of location work. A high-resolution LCD display shows settings such as shutter speed, color temperature, aperture and time code in an easy-to-read status strip. The built-in capacitive touchscreen offers direct access to menus with a touch of the finger and allows changing settings such as recording format, shutter angle and more; the touchscreen also allows users to enter metadata that is compatible with editing software such as Final Cut Pro X.

The camera supports 6G-SDI video-out that can be down-converted to HD or used for Ultra HD video production. The camera also includes a built-in Thunderbolt port and UltraScope software for real-time waveform monitoring. For audio, the camera features ¼” jack mic/line inputs plus 12-volt to 30-volt DC input, a 3.5mm headphone socket and LANC remote control.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is a pocket-sized digital-cinema camera with a Super 16mm-sized 1080HD sensor, Micro Four Thirds lens mount, 13 stops of dynamic range, a built-in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), and lossless compressed 12-bit Log CinemaDNG raw capture. As with the Production Camera 4K, Blackmagic Design will implement a QuickTime wrapper for the Pocket Cinema Camera that will accommodate the open-standard CinemaDNG and companion codec.

The compact design of the Pocket Cinema Camera — which measures less than 1” thick and boasts most of the features of the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera — allows the camera to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be practical. The Super 16 sensor size enables the use of industry-standard Super 16mm cine lenses (via MFT adapters), while the Micro Four Thirds mount is compatible with a wide range of low-cost lenses; the mount is also compatible with PL-mount adapters.

The built-in large LCD display makes focusing easy and allows playback of recorded files. The camera also features a built-in microphone, as well as external jack-based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When reviewing recorded clips, audio can be played through the built-in speaker and routed through the headphone port or micro HDMI output. The HDMI output includes all camera data such as time code, transport control, shutter angle, color-temperature setting and ASA overlaid in anti-aliased fonts.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera are slated to be available in July for $3,995 and $995, respectively.

Contact info:

 
www.blackmagicdesign.com
Hexolux Illuminates Xum7 LED

Hexolux has unveiled the Xum7 (pronounced “zoom seven”) LED Fresnel. The hexagonal design of the Xum7 allows the fixture to function as a modular system; each Xum7 can be used individually, or multiple Xum7s can be mounted together as a “team” to create a large, seamless, bright source.

Weighing only 5 pounds, the absolutely flicker-free Xum7 features silent hybrid cooling, DMX remote control and optional wireless DMX. The Hexolux CineWhite LED solves the color-rendering problems often associated with LEDs, providing a smooth, continuous spectral distribution with a high CRI of 98 to produce pure white on film and digital cameras and match existing tungsten sources. Additionally, the unit is fully dimmable from 0-100 percent and incorporates “f-stop dimming,” which lets users adjust the light output in 1/10-stop increments.

At full output, the Xum7 consumes 125 watts/1 amp on 120-volt AC power. The fixture is world compatible from 85-264-volt AC, and it accepts 12-24-volt DC with a locking DIN connector. Additionally, an integrated battery yoke can accept Gold Mount or V-mount batteries.

Hexolux offers customizable portable three-light kits that include ultra-lightweight Xoft hexagon softboxes, which boast instant setup with SpeedSwap mounting and a removable diffuser panel for additional contrast control, and a Rella umbrella that can be used with one, two or three Xum7s to create a large, soft source with excellent throw.

Hexolux lights are handcrafted in America and come with a 2-year warranty.

Contact info:

 
hexolux.com
AadynTech Unleashes Hurricane

AadynTech has introduced the weatherproof, IP65-rated Jab Hurricane LED fixture. Totally protected against dust and low-pressure water jets, the Jab Hurricane delivers 1,771 foot candles at 10’ (according to AadynTech’s photometrics) while consuming only 1.77 amps of AC power, 187 watts, or 30 volts of DC battery power.

The Hurricane, like other Jab fixtures from AadynTech, is available in three models: Daylight, Tungsten and Variable. The fixture is convection-cooled and flicker-free up to 14,000 fps. Optical efficiency allows for a single light source and eliminates multiple shadows. Integrated special effects include variable lightning and strobe. The unit also features quick-change lenses for switching between spot and flood.

Additional features include no UV or IR emissions, a 60,000-hour warranty on the LEDs, a three-year warranty on the fixture itself, DMX compatibility and full dimming without color shift. AadynTech has developed, engineered and assembled the Jab Hurricane in the U.S.A.

Contact info:

 
www.aadyntech.com
Zylight Offers Compact F8 Fresnel

Zylight has introduced the F8 LED Fresnel. Available in tungsten (3,200°K) or daylight (5,600°K) versions, the compact fixture collapses to less than 4” thick for easy transport and storage.

Equipped with an 8” Schott glass lens, the fully dimmable F8 maintains single-shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Its beam spread is adjustable between 16-70 degrees.

The F8 draws only 90 watts but has close to the light output of a traditional 1,000-watt Fresnel. While its silent operation makes it ideal for studio use, the F8 is also water resistant (IP54) for exterior conditions. The fixture can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4-volt camera battery.

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylight units for simultaneous remote control. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX.

The F8 ships with barn doors and a yoke mount. Additional options and accessories, including DMX-motorized focus, pole yoke mounting, ZyLink-controlled multi-head mount, handgrip and kit box are available separately. The F8 sells for $2,400.

Additionally, Zylight now ships its IS3c large-panel cyclorama and beauty light with a custom soft box produced exclusively by Chimera for Zylight. The fully dimmable IS3c is a high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

Zylight has also unveiled an optional travel case for its compact Z90 LED fixture. Available in DV, ENG and DP configurations, the case features custom foam cutouts for secure storage of the light and its accessories. The Z90 can instantly switch between daylight and tungsten, and offers full Color Mode output with separate hue and saturation control.

Contact info:

 
www.zylight.com
Fill-Lite Introduces Low-Profile LED Fixtures

Fill-Lite LLC has introduced the Fill-Lite family of LED-based soft-light squares for use in both still photography and motion-picture applications.

Designed by Owen Stephens, SOC, founder and president of Fill-Lite, the ultra-thin, modular Fill-Lite fixtures are built around 24”x24” LED light squares that make use of peripherally mounted LEDs and a special diffusion screen in order to provide softer and more uniform output than first-generation LED panels; the design enables the Fill-Lite square to be only ½” thick.

The Fill-Lite family currently comprises three formats: The Fill-Lite 200 measures 24”x27” and utilizes a single LED light square; the Studio model use four squares and measures 51”x59”; and the Wall model allows users to add as many units as necessary in a modular configuration wherein each square can be tilted in two directions for optimal illumination.

Fill-Lite products can be operated via traditional controls or through a mobile-device application.

Fill-Lite products are available through Band Pro.

Contact info:

 
www.bandpro.com
Frezzi Takes SkyLight On the Go

Frezzi Energy Systems has introduced the compact SkyLight LED lamp, which delivers a daylight-balanced (5,500°K) output comparable to a 650-watt tungsten or 125-watt HMI source while drawing only 75 watts of power. Suitable for stage and location production, the fixture can be powered by standard broadcast batteries (such as Anton/Bauer or V-mount), or with AC power. Additionally, the SkyLight is fully dimmable (0-100 percent) without color shift and features quick-change reflectors for selectable beam angles of 24, 30 and 50 degrees.

The silent-running and weatherproof SkyLight fixture is constructed from rugged aircraft aluminum and boasts 75,000-hour LED lamp life. According to Frezzi’s photometrics, when fitted with the 24-degree reflector, the unit delivers 640 foot candles at 5’.

Contact info:

 
www.frezzi.com
Rotolight Engineers 6K Ringlight

Rotolight has unveiled the RotoFlood, a 6K LED light ring comprised of six Rotolight Anova bi-color LED floodlights. Weighing approximately 40 pounds, the hexagonal light ring can be mounted to lighting stands or on a specially designed 19mm rail-support system; when used with the rail system, the complete rig can be panned and tilted along with the camera.

The flicker-free RotoFlood 6K is ideal for super-slow-motion work. It delivers a 110-degree beam angle and color-controllable soft light. The rig can be controlled locally, by DMX, or over Wi-Fi with the Rotolight Magic Eye iPhone/iPad app.

Rotolight has further expanded its Anova line with the Anova 5600 and Anova 3200 fixed-color LED floodlights. 35-percent brighter than the bi-color Anova, these fixtures share such features as V-Lock battery plates, DMX and Anova networking capability. The fixed-color Anovas also feature the latest generation LEDs, which boast a CRI of 97 for excellent skin-tone reproduction.

Contact info:

 
www.rotolight.com
Manfrotto Extends Camera-Support Line

Manfrotto Distribution has introduced the Sympla Shoulder Rig, the latest addition to the Sympla line of camera supports that can be assembled, configured and adjusted to a wide range of shooting situations in seconds without tools. Every product in the line, from the Flexible Matte Box to the Variable Plate, is made of steel and aluminum to withstand the rigors of professional use. Sympla accessories are 100-percent compatible with other Manfrotto photo and video support products.

“The basic [Sympla Shoulder Rig] can be configured to accommodate most of the interchangeable-lens video cameras in the market right out of the box, with little or no additional accessories,” says ASC associate Wayne Schulman, Manfrotto’s sales and product manager for video. “The Sympla line bridges the gap between off-the-shelf, ready-to-use convenience and custom modularity.”

Sympla modular rigs incorporate design and technology elements from Manfrotto’s full range of product offerings. For example, self-supporting clamps that stay in place even before they’re locked come from heavy-duty stage lighting; flexible, easy-locking ball-joint hand grips were inspired by Manfrotto’s photographic ball heads; multi-axis micro-adjusters and single locking mechanisms, which make fine-tuning easier and safer, come from Manfrotto’s photographic geared heads; and sliding plates with quick-release and secondary safety buttons were borrowed from Manfrotto’s professional video heads.

Manfrotto has also introduced the 500 Video Head, a lightweight fluid head designed for use with HDSLRs and video cameras; the 500 replaces the 701HDV and becomes the smallest head to be built around Manfrotto’s successful Bridging Technology.

Thanks to the hollowed-out structure of Bridging Technology heads, the 500 is lightweight but still manages to feature a broad top plate that is better for supporting the wider shape of a DSLR. The top plate is also longer, so its sliding plate has a greater range of adjustment to balance the shifting center of gravity of a camera used with interchangeable lenses. Professional fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes ensure smooth, controllable movements, and the head’s comfortable pan bar can be switched between left and right sides depending on operator preference.

The 500 features a side lock lever that allows the camera and a sliding quick-release plate to click quickly into the head from above. There is only one locking control to release, and the camera lifts easily out from above. Additionally, the 500 is set to a fixed counterbalance of around 5 pounds, but locking power on the tilt axis ensures the head is perfectly stable under camera equipment weighing up to 11 pounds. To allow an external monitor or other accessories, the 500 has an industry-standard Easy Link 3/8” connector.

The 500 is available as a standalone head, in either flat-based or 60mm half-ball versions, in a kit with twin aluminum-leg tripod or single carbon-fiber-tubes tripod. A combination of the 500 head with Manfrotto’s fluid monopod is also available.

Contact info:

 
www.manfrotto.us
Redrock Micro Unveils Black Line

Redrock Micro has announced the Redrock Black line of premium cinema rigs and accessories, which emphasize ultra-high-quality materials, time-saving features and exclusive priority services and incentives through membership to Redrock Concierge.

The Redrock Black line consists of accessories and rigs designed for modern digital cinema cameras. The line includes the UltraCage system for Canon EOS Cinema, Sony F and FS, Red Digital Cinema and Blackmagic Cinema cameras. Redrock Black accessories and supports are easily identified by their sleek black look with subtle gold accents and badges. The Black line will grow with additional product enhancements and support for other digital cinema cameras.

Qualifying Redrock Black products come with a complimentary membership to Redrock Concierge, which offers services and incentives to inspire and support video professionals, including complimentary rig tune-ups, live Skype setup assistance, and incentives and rewards at events and online.

Redrock Micro has also introduced a line of Cobalt Cages and accessories for GoPro cameras, including the GoPro Hero3. Constructed from precision-machined military-grade aluminum, the impact-proof Cobalt Cage offers exceptional mounting and rigging support with four sides of industry-standard ¼” taps (22 mounting points in total). A GoPro finger-mount plate is also included, so existing GoPro accessories and mounts can be used with the Cobalt Cage. The Cobalt Cage can be used with or without the Hero underwater housing, and it enables full access to all ports, switches and card slots, and it secures the camera with six points of contact, not just the finger mount.

Additionally, Redrock Micro has unveiled the One Man Crew motorized parabolic slider that operates unattended and delivers elegant movements while keeping the subject both in focus and stationary within the frame. The system features a 36” track, and shorter limits can be set by the user. The system also allows for speed changes in real time; manual start, stop and change of direction; and speed ramp up and down. The One Man Crew’s compact design, quick setup, push-button ease-of-use and unattended operation make it a perfect choice for corporate interviews, documentaries and production/tabletop video.

The One Man Crew ships with everything needed for use and is production-ready straight from the box. The included Heavy Load Tilt Head can hold up to 20 pounds, and the system is powered by an included AC adapter (with international plug adapters). It can be mounted onto a standard tripod via its integrated ¼”-20 and 3/8”-16 cheeseplate, and it also features rubberized feet for low-profile tabletop placement. The One Man Crew also ships with a soft carry case for easy transport.

The Cobalt Cage is available for $99. The One Man Crew is available for $1,495.

Contact info:

 
www.redrockmicro.com
Anton/Bauer Expands Battery Solutions

Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Dionic HD lithium-ion battery for broadcast and digital-media professionals. Part of the company’s Logic Series of batteries, the Dionic HD powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it an ideal solution for cameras such as the Sony F65, Arri Alexa, Vision Research Phantom and more.

Delivering up to 10 amps of power, the Dionic HD is a 183-watt-hour battery that features special-application Li-Ion technology. Employing sixth-generation cell technology, the Dionic HD incorporates Anton/Bauer’s latest software architecture and an improved LCD for superior safety and reliability even in extreme environmental conditions. Weighing 40 percent less than a NiCad or NiMH battery, the Dionic HD boasts 25 percent more capacity and will run a 30-watt camera, monitors and multiple accessories for more than six hours.

The Dionic HD also includes Anton/Bauer’s enhanced RealTime display. Simple and easy to understand, the display indicates both fuel gauge and remaining run-time data simultaneously, without requiring any setup. The display incorporates readouts of hours, minutes and remaining capacity, making battery-change decisions quick and easy. Additionally, its motion-detection feature incorporates a sleep-mode setting that reduces battery self-discharge and allows for extended period of storage with minimal capacity loss.

Contact info:

 
www.antonbauer.com
K-Tek Launches Nautilus

K-Tek has introduced the Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount, which incorporates a completely new, patent-pending design to offer the maximum isolation with minimum compromise.

“We saw a need for a modern microphone suspension that not only isolates the microphone but is lightweight, incredibly strong and allows for quick microphone changes,” says Brenda Klemme Parker, owner of K-Tek. “We came up with something simple [and] elegant — and it works!”

Inspired by nature’s extended coil design, the Nautilus Suspension Mount fits both short and medium-length shotgun microphones, as well as smaller cardioid production microphones. Rather than depending on traditional elastic mounts or pop-in vertical clips, the Nautilus floats the microphone in a round spring designed with horizontal clips over molded rubber, achieving optimum isolation. The coil is made from a proprietary material that is engineered to allow the microphone to hang suspended, but it has the strength to hold the mic’s weight. The coils slide along a T-bar and lock in place, allowing for quick microphone changes. For particularly heavy microphones, users can add more coils. K-Tek will offer coils in a variety of tensions with different sizes of clips to allow for customization.

All K-Tek products are made in the United States.

Contact info:

 
www.ktekbooms.com
Boxx TV Powers High-Current Cameras

Boxx TV has expanded its range of camera accessories with 260-volt camera batteries designed for use with high-current cameras. These batteries incorporate a manganese compound to provide the high level of current needed to run digital cameras such as the Arri Alexa and Vision Research Phantom.

Scott Walker, co-founder of Boxx TV, explains that using 26-volt instead of 16-volt batteries produces less heat in the battery and the wiring of the camera. “If the battery you are using now is getting hot, then it’s telling you that it’s working too hard and you are shortening its overall life,” says Walker. “When you take a 100-watt Boxx TV manganese battery off a fully [accessorized] Alexa, it’s barely warm. This is because the manganese chemical makeup of the battery has been designed to supply very high current, much higher than standard lithium-ion batteries.”

Contact info:

 
www.boxxusa.com
Canon Develops 35mm Cine Prime

Canon has announced the development of a 35mm Cinema prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras that employ Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm or APS-C-size imagers. The 35mm Cinema prime will join Canon’s line of 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, filling a strategic optical need between the 24mm and 50mm lenses. As with Canon’s precision-matched, competitively priced CN-E prime lenses, the 35mm lens under development will deliver 4K optical performance and inherit the professional operability of the existing CN-E prime-lens line.

Canon Cinema prime lenses are part of the Canon Cinema EOS system of professional cinematography products, which also includes the EOS C500 4K/2K digital cinema camera, EOS C300 digital cinema camera, EOS C100 digital video camera, EOS-1D C 4K DSLR cinema camera and four Canon Cinema zoom lenses.

“Canon is committed to supporting cinematic culture and the continued advancement of tools for visual storytelling at all levels,” says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manger of Canon U.S.A’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group. “During the past 18 months, Canon brought our Cinema EOS product line to market, and in that time we have introduced HD, 2K and 4K cameras, lenses and workflow solutions, as well as structured a comprehensive service and support network of professionals in the theatrical motion picture and television markets to enable customers to create and deliver exceptional imaging content and cinematic brilliance.”

Contact info:

 
www.usa.canon.com
Schneider Showcases Glass

Schneider Optics has announced the Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime lenses, a family of prime lenses specially designed for digital cinematography with full-frame-sensor HDSLR and other professional cameras.

Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the Xenon FF-Prime series so far includes 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1 and 75mm T2.1 lenses. Each lens is available with a Nikon F, Canon EOS or PL mount. Additional wide-angle and telephoto lenses will be added soon.

Each compact 3.3-pound lens offers an all-new optical and mechanical design. The circular 14-blade aperture is specially engineered for a smooth and consistent bokeh, The precision constant volume focusing design minimizes breathing, and a 300-degree barrel rotation offers accurate manual-focus markings. All Xenon FF-Primes are also color-matched for consistency across the line.

Engineered for compatibility with industry-standard cine-style accessories such as follow-focus rigs and matteboxes, the Xenon FF-Primes feature identical external dimensions and positioning of focus and gear rings in each focal length. Oversized focus and distance scales are readable on both sides of the lens. Each lens also has a 100mm front diameter and standard 95mm thread to accommodate filters and other accessories.

Schneider has also debuted the 1.4x MK II PL-to-PL Century Extender for PL-mount single-sensor cameras. This high-resolution optic increases a PL-mount lens’ range by a factor of 1.4 with only a 1-stop loss in light.

Boasting rugged stainless-steel construction, the 1.4X MK II Extender mounts between a PL-mount camera and a PL-mount lens (with mount clearance of up to 14mm from the PL-mount flange), and incorporates high-quality lens coatings to provide the optical performance required for large-sensor cameras. The Extender allows zooming while maintaining focus.

Additionally, Schneider has expanded the True-Streak Filter series. Designed to provide dramatic horizontal streak effects emanating from point sources of light, True-Streak filters are made from the same water-white optical glass Schneider is famous for. The filters are available in a variety of colors, including blue, red, orange, green, yellow, violet, pink and clear; each color is available in four steps of strength.

“The anamorphic blue streak was the origin of the concept,” says ASC associate Ira Tiffen, Schneider Optics’ vice president of Motion Picture and Television Filters. “But typically it could only be generated by using anamorphic lenses, which was often limited to big-budget productions. I realized there was a need for a cost-effective filter in standard sizes to reproduce the effect, and developed the True-Streak.” True-Streak filters are available in 4”x4”, 4”x5.65” and 6.6”x6.6” sizes.

Contact info:

 
www.schneideroptics.com
Fujinon Goes Wide with Cabrio Zoom

Fujifilm Optical Devices has unveiled a preliminary model of the Premier 14-28mm Cabrio wide-angle lens, model ZK2x14, designed for ENG or cine-style shooting. The PL-mount, T2.9 zoom features 200-degree focus rotation.

Designed using the latest optical simulation technology, the wide-angle Cabrio lens offers excellent optical performance across the image, including the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens-data output — such as the position of the zoom, iris and focus, is accurate; the lens supports Lens Data System and /i metadata formats. Like the PL 19-90mm and PL 85-300mm Premier Cabrio zooms, the PL 14-28mm Cabrio features a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. It can also be controlled using standard wireless controllers and existing Fujinon wired and wireless units.

Like the PL 19-90mm, the 14-28mm is equipped with such features as flange focal distance adjustment and coverage of a 31.5mm-diagonal sensor. Other specifications of this lens are still being determined; Fujifilm Optical Devices has scheduled a tentative delivery date of the end of this year for the lens.

Contact info:

 
www.fujifilmusa.com
Boris Offers Individual Filter Packages

Boris FX, a developer of integrated VFX and workflow technology for video and film, has made each category of its Boris Continuum Complete filters available as a separate unit. The shift will allow artists to choose toolsets geared toward their specific needs. Each of the 16 filter categories offered — such as 3D Objects, Art Looks, Blur and Sharpen, Color and Tone, Film Style, Image Restoration, Match Move, and Particles — are now available for individual purchase. Filters are compatible with Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Motion and Sony Vegas Pro.

The Boris Continuum Units product family is immediately available from the Boris FX website at www.borisfx.com. Pricing ranges from $199 to $299 per unit and upgrades from previous unit versions are available for $49.95.

 

Contact info:

 
www.borisfx.com