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Gear & Tech Highlights from AbelCine's Spring Tech Showcase

AbelCine's Spring Tech Showcase was held May 21st at our Brooklyn location. The event featured new technology, hands-on demos, and panel discussions. Here are some of the highlights of the gear and solutions for virtual production, multi-cam cinema, camera movement, and lenses that were on display.

 

Cooke S8/i and Service Announcement

Cooke showed off their impressive new line of high-end, all-spherical S8/i cinema primes. These lightweight lenses are color-balanced and color-matched with all other current Cooke optics and feature a faster T1.4 maximum aperture, as well as updated /i Technology.

Cooke also announced plans to certify AbelCine as an Authorized Cooke Service Center in its New York and Los Angeles locations. This partnership will enable Cooke to provide US customers with an expanded network of warranty service and ongoing support. Details will be announced later in 2022 as they are finalized.

Cooke S8/i Lens at the Spring Tech Showcase

A Cooke S8/i Lens at the Spring Tech Showcase

 

TRIBE7 BLACKWING7 SKIN Upgrade Program

TRIBE7 announced their new SKIN program, which allows any BLACKWING7 prime lens (of any manufactured tuning) to take on a new range of creative looks through the addition of replacement front and rear lens elements with new, specially formulated, non-radioactive coatings. The unique look of lenses fitted with SKIN is a tribute to the Thorium look of 50 years ago.

Front, rear, or both lens elements, as well as new replacement scarlet anodized focus scale covers, can be fitted at approved TRIBE7 service centers, or by skilled lens technicians with deep BLACKWING7 knowledge and training.

The warm amber hue produced by SKIN coatings, with striking gold and intense ruby red ghost flare characteristics, offers the choice of markedly different looks over and above what can be created with standard BLACKWING7 lenses, and because the SKIN lens elements are replaceable, the process is fully reversible.

Delivery is slated to begin in September 2022. Availability is via pre-order only.

Neil Fanthom, Co-Founder of TRIBE7, with a BLACKWING7 SKIN upgraded lens

Neil Fanthom, Co-Founder of TRIBE7, with a BLACKWING7 SKIN upgraded lens. Photo by Jon Fauer.

 

Multi-Cam Zone

AbelCine also showcased their capabilities in cinematic broadcast and multi-cam. On hand were fiber-enabled camera systems built around the Sony VENICE, VENICE 2, and FX9, as well as ARRI AMIRA and ALEXA Mini.

AbelCine-engineered flypacks and signal distribution hubs were also presented. These powerful, versatile, preconfigured, and portable systems are complete solutions for events, broadcasts, and live performances that are looking for a cinematic style for their production.

Contact our Rental or Sales teams to learn how we can customize a kit to your specifications.

AbelCine's Multi-Cam Zone

Matt Giblin, AbelCine's Director of Technology, at the Multi-Cam Zone.

 

Motion Impossible AGITO

Motion Impossible showed off their AGITO robotic dolly, the only fully modular dolly system capable of operating as a free-roaming cinema platform, on track, or trackless via MI’s new MagTrax upgrade. Contact us for a demo today.

Ben Dair of Motion Impossible, with the AGITO

Ben Dair of Motion Impossible, with the AGITO. Photo by Jon Fauer.

 

Canon Flex Zooms

Canon showcased their new Flex Zooms, available in 20-50mm or 45-135mm zoom ranges, with EF or PL lens mounts. The Flex Zoom series has been designed for outstanding optical performance, rendering beautiful and natural images. Its breathtaking image quality is ideal for everything up to and including 8K productions.

Designed for use on large-format cameras, these premium full-frame zoom lenses offer a constant maximum aperture value of T2.4 across the entire zoom range. Advanced Lens Metadata Support includes Cooke /i Technology protocol (on PL mount models).

Canon Flex Zoom at the Spring Tech Showcase

A Canon Flex Zoom at the Spring Tech Showcase. Photo by Jon Fauer.

 

Virtual Production Announcements

AbelCine is now an official reseller of Mo-Sys camera tracking technology and remote heads, as well as Pixotope mixed reality and live media solutions. Vū Technologies was on hand to provide a LED wall and related equipment for the show, enabling live demos of these exciting products. AbelCine offers a range of solutions and services for virtual production.

Virtual Production Zone at the Spring Tech Showcase

The Virtual Production Zone.

 

Chrosziel Fujinon Premista Drive Motor

Chrosziel showcased their Premista Drive Unit at the show, an “all-in-one” solution that is fully compatible with all three models of Fujinon Premista lenses, attaching directly to the side of the zoom natively, without additional support.

The Drive Unit’s design is more compact than any alternative currently on the market, and is designed especially for cinematic multi-cam, remote, and ENG applications. It is easier to hand-operate than other solutions, with more functionality, and is less expensive than many competing FIZ systems.

The Drive Unit features:

  • Built-in Zoom Rocker
  • VTR & Return buttons
  • Fujinon Zoom & Focus Demand connectors
  • Fujinon Remote Port
  • ENG Camera Lens Port
  • Power Input

The Drive Unit is slated for release in June 2022.

Chrosziel Focus Drive unit at the Spring Tech Showcase

Chrosziel's Focus Drive unit at the Spring Tech Showcase. Photo by Jon Fauer.

 

Be sure to contact our Sales team for more information on these products and solutions.

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This past Saturday, AbelCine held its first Spring Tech Showcase event at its Industry City location in Brooklyn, NY. The day was full of new technology, hands-on demos, inspirational panels, and much more. More than 15 camera, lens, lighting, and technology manufacturers showed off their latest gear, including some exciting product first looks. Panel discussions and educational breakout sessions took place throughout the space as well.
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