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There are few industries that have been impacted by technology more than film and video. From new ways to make them to new ways to show them, the market has been demanding change, change, and more change.

By Markee Editors

Arriflex 35
Arriflex 35

After perfecting their mirror reflex system, ARRI introduced the Arriflex 35 in 1937. It was the world’s first 35mm reflex motion picture camera. The Arriflex 35 is built around a cast aluminum shell of asymmetrical triangular design. The front of the camera employs a three-lens rotating turret. The viewfinder is mounted in the film compartment door, which is detachable. Except for the ground glass and a single mirror, the entire optical viewing system is located in the film door. The 35IIC has no internal electronics (except for optional items such as pilotone generators). The motor mounts to the bottom of the camera and can be used as a handgrip. ARRI supplied either constant speed (24 or 25 fps) or variable speed DC motors. The interchangeable 200- 400- and 500-ft magazines mount to the top of the camera.

The ARRI ALEXA XT cameras were introduced in 2013 and are equipped with the XR (Xtended Recording) module, internal ND filtration, a 4:3 Super 35 sensor, Open Gate sensor mode, integrated CDL capture and an LDS PL mount. They have a viewfinder mounting bracket that includes anamorphic de-squeeze as well as a super silent fan. The XR Module is on the left side of the camera. It has one slot for either an XR Capture Drive, the SxS Adapter for use with one SxS PRO card or the CFast 2.0 Adapter for use with one CFast 2.0 card. The ARRI Lens Data System (LDS) reads the position of all lens rings and writes them into metadata in every ALEXA recording format. Over 41 ARRI lens models have LDS built-in, including the ARR/Zeiss Master Anamorphic.


March 14, 2014