What else is new?

I am back from my trip to Boston and Maine for the second annual NikonRumors Forum get together. This is what you may have missed in the past few days:

→ Zeiss announced two new lenses at  the NAB Show 2014: Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 ($23,900.00) and ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA 135/T1.9.

→ The LomoChrome Purple film is coming to USA and Asia. For pricing and additional details, visit Lomography's online store.

→ The Sony a5000 camera is now shipping in the US.

→ A new microscopic lens-free image sensor could turn anything into a camera.

Phase One iXU medium format aerial camera
→ The new medium format Phase One iXU is the world's smallest and lightest aerial camera.

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  • guest

    The price of cine lenses just blows me away. I imagine some fading super star demanding in their contract to be shot *only* with this or that brand of lens, at this or that aperture, because of its more gentle signature. lol

    • I doubt most screen talent have a clue about the lenses, etc. Cine lenses that have a twin in the photographic world are expensive because their barrels are costly to make and the lenses are low volume. The better cine lenses have features like colour matching, no focus breathing, etc. that increase the prices more. Also the name plays a big role, just like in still photography.

      If you ever pick up a zeiss, canon, etc. cine lens you’d immediately know that they’re prohibitively difficult to handle in regular photography because they’re massive, very front heavy, their focus rings are firm and take lots of turning to move the focus a bit.

      • Dmitry Anisimov

        Why do they need special focus rings when there are things like Aputure V-control

        • That really depends on a lot of things.

          Also, just like with everything else, people want to do things the old way until someone comes along and shows them what’s possible with new things.

    • Les

      Keep in mind that these lenses aren’t purchased by end-users. They are rented by film productions. The sale price is irrelevant, do you worry about the sale price of a rental car? Medium and big budget films rent a lot more cars and vans than they do lenses.

      The design goal is for these lenses to be incredibly tough and precise, and fully rebuildable. They will be rented-out to hundreds of productions over their lives.

      There are no excuses on film sets. You can’t have a lens that flexes when you attach a matte box, or that doesn’t focus precisely at the same point after a dozen takes of a scene. You can’t worry about it being too cold or too wet for your lenses, or maybe you car mount is vibrating too much. In short, any money you save by getting your lenses at Best Buy will be wasted a hundred times over by losing shots to a jammed zoom ring (with dozens or hundreds of people on set and getting paid).

  • Examples of Lomochrome Purple: http://www.flickr.com/groups/lomochrome/

    • Mark

      I am really, REALLY not impressed with this Purple. They call it the revival of Aerochrome, but it looks nothing like Aerochrome. I’m not impressed, and slightly disappointed.

      • Not my thing either but I’ve seen some nice results when the purple is swapped with red (in post):



        Because it’s a ISO 400 film, might be interesting to use with colour filters too.

        • Mark

          Hmm. Interesting. I’ve worked quite a bit wit Infrared. I have a few rolls of Aerochrome stashed away for a special occasion. Those two shots are pretty intriguing. I guess we’ll see when it becomes more widely used.

          Have you found anyplace where it says what the wavelength cutoff is? Purple seems like an odd point considering all the other currently used cutoffs.


          • The purple output from the emulsion doesn’t have a direct connection to the wavelength that results in violet. At first glance it looks like purple is the infrared response but if you read their material closely they say that reds stay normal (e.g. for more natural skin tones). So very likely what’s going on is certain green wavelengths result in purple.

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