July 2020 update

A view of Saco Falls, just outside of the CinemaTechnic workshop, on a foggy summer evening

Beginning around July 4 a unknown parasitic human (or bot) somehow hacked our site which caused links from google to our site to be redirected to a spam website. This is what google calls “content injection”.

At the moment, I’m not sure if the problem is on our site specifically, or if the server has been compromised.

I hope none of you thought that I’d started a new career as a sleazy internet “male enhancement” pill salesman. One of our clients informed me of the situation and we are working to correct it. I have also reported the issue to google.

Regrettably, our search engine rank, built up over 20 years, has suffered as a result (the spam site is considered “harmful content”. This shows how much damage malicious hackers can do.

Hopefully our search ranking will recover quickly. In the meantime we recommend you bookmark cinematechnic.com and come directly to the site if you are not seeing us in the search results.

We haven’t gone anywhere…

Thanks as always for your support!

Jorge Diaz-Amador, 17 July 2020, Portland, ME USA

cinematechnic June 2020 UPDATE, SARS CoV-2 covid-19 response

Entrance to North Dam Mill in February – all that snow has long since melted

Updated 29 June 2020

Having got through the unfortunate months of March and April 2020, restrictions are cautiously being lifted in this and other states.

I am working alone for the time being so there is no risk of infection. Until further notice client or vendor visits or accommodate lens service training sessions at the CinemaTechnic workshop cannot be scheduled.

I am answering email and encourage you to get in contact if you have questions (see the bottom of this page for email address). We are also able to send and receive shipments.

We are no longer shipping items internationally using any service other than FedEx or UPS. We will not ship using USPS outside the U.S. due to suspended delivery commitments and greatly delayed shipments. For this reason, eBay listing are limited to U.S. bidders only.

Product Research and Development projects are ongoing at this time. Some other projects I’ve been working on during this time include the CinemaTechnic Collimator Book, to be published later this year. I’ll announce that and other projects on this site and on the CinemaTechnic instagram page when they are ready.

I have also created detailed and illustrated instruction manuals for Cinematechnic products and have made updates to the CinemaTechnic website. This will be the first major website update since early 2016.

Other confidential projects are in progress which cannot be publicly disclosed at this time.

I wish all of my clients and friends in the motion picture industry the best of luck in this difficult time. Our industry is facing an unprecedented challenge, and transformational change will result from it.

I was formerly freelance film crew so I know how difficult it can be, even in “normal” times. I have also been involved in the technical side of the motion picture industry, working with rental houses, equipment sales companies and owner-operators for two decades. I know of the difficulty of competing in this marketplace.

If you want to know the status of CinemaTechnic, just check the homepage. I’ll keep this post up and updated for the duration of the SARS CoV-2 crisis.

-Jorge Diaz Amador
Portland, Maine
29 June, 2020


Bring your richter collimator into the 21st century

CinemaTechnic M-2 Digital Focal Plane Micrometer with IMS Adapter and ARRI PL Mount

CinemaTechnic continues to introduce new upgrades that bring the vintage Richter Cine collimator system up to todays standards of accuracy, and improve ease of use. Our upgraded Richter systems can compete with collimator systems costing up to $38,000.- at a fraction of that cost.

Our new R-2 Digital HD Video Output conversion for the Richter R-2 Collimator Block is just out of prototype stage and the first system has been delivered.

R-2 Collimator Block with Video Relay and HD camera, example of actual HD video image

This compact system uses high resolution optics to relay the collimator image to a compact single sensor HD camera. Image quality is excellent, far superior than the original shop-made eyepiece. We are currently accepting reservations for this upgrade. Production will be limited.

Richter Collimator 1080P HD
CinemaTechnic Richter R-2 Collimator 1080P video output

Our system is compatible with cameras up to 2/3″ sensor cameras. With an inexpensive and compact 1/2.5″ sensor camera, you can get a 1080P output of the collimator image that fills the screen top-bottom.

The photo above shows the collimator image on a small monitor. The image was captured at 8.7x magnification (a high resolution 15mm prime lens tested with a 130mm collimator objective). It shows a typical image quality of the collimator output when testing a very sharp lens.

Our M-2 Digital Micrometer upgrade for the Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer is also available. The M-2 Digital is a highly recommended upgrade that improves both accuracy and ease of use. Several of these upgrades have been delivered since we introduced it in January 2019.

Our IMS Richter Adapter upgrade allows the use of industry standard IMS (Interchangeable Mount System) lens mounts. This allows quick mount swaps without having to individually calibrate flange focal distance for each mount.

Since our system threads on to the Richter M-2, it is possible to remove it when you need to test a mount that has an FFD too short for IMS (such as Sony E), then quickly re-install the IMS Richter Adapter.

First deliveries of our new Flange Focal Depth Gage kit are about to be made.

Future planned upgrades:

  • “On Board” LED Illuminator (variable intensity)
  • New collimator objectives
  • Internal upgrades for the R-2 Collimator Block
  • All New Collimator Bench

Please get in touch via email for availability and pricing for these items:

All CinemaTechnic products are Made in USA using components sourced from suppliers in US, EU, Japan and S. Korea. We expect that our products will continue to be available despite the current pandemic.

At the moment, we are still operating as usual. You can check here for updates.

Updated 03-18-2020

HD Video output for Richter Collimator

CinemaTechnic is pleased to announce our Video Upgrade for the Richter R-2 Collimators. The photo above shows the prototype unit during testing. The first production unit has been sold.

The Problem

One of the most frequent requests we get from customers of our Richter Cine collimator upgrades is for a better eyepiece. Until now, Richter collimator users needed to bend down and push their eye sockets uncomfortably against a small rigid plastic eyepiece in order to see the image. The quality of the magnified image was poor.

Unfortunately, the design of the Richter R-2 complicates finding a replacement eyepiece. The R-2 requires a very compact and high power eyepiece.

Our Solution

We replace the original eyepiece with a modern achromatic eyepiece design. The new eyepiece has modern multi-coated optics. We modify the R-2 collimator block to accommodate a custom housing that allows the new eyepiece to be used.

The new eyepiece is superior to the original in every respect except magnification, which is slightly lower. It has higher resolution, a wider field of view and much better eye relief. Even without the HD video relay, it is easier to see the collimator image with this eyepiece.

When coupled with our high-resolution video relay lens, the Richter collimator image is highly magnified without loss of image quality. It can be comfortably viewed on a monitor.

Camera Compatibility

Our optics are compatible with up to 2/3” single chip C-Mount cameras, up to 3k horizontal resolution. We recommend 1080P or 2k cameras as having enough resolution for the collimator image. With a 1080P HD 1/2.5” chip camera (as seen above) the image of the reticle fills the screen.

Calibrating back focus on Cine Lenses is much easier when you can view the image on a monitor. This is particularly important with Vintage Cine Lenses which are not very sharp, and with Anamorphic Lenses.

Being able to see the image and the focus scale or micrometer reading at the same time allows you to see the relationship between the two in real time. This is especially helpful with some vintage lenses that have unusual focus characteristics, such as the Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar lenses, Anamorphic lenses or vintage Soviet lens designs such as LOMO.

Calibrating FFD on Digital Cinema Cameras

The ability to see a highly magnified collimator image on an HD screen also makes very accurate adjustment of the Flange Focal Distance (FFD, sometimes incorrectly called “back focus”) of Digital Cinema cameras possible.

You can view the image on the monitor while turning the FFD adjustment screw (on RED cameras, for example) or moving the focus scale on your test lens (for cameras that use shims under the lens mount, such as ARRI cameras). You can easily see where the best focus setting is.

Adjustment of the camera’s FFD with a well calibrated high resoultion test lens is the most accurate method of setting FFD. Accurate setting of FFD on your cameras eliminates complaints from customers using their own improperly calibrated lenses.

Availability

The upgrade is available as an “eyepiece only” version, or complete with the HD video relay. The initial upgrade must be installed at CinemaTechnic as the R-2 block must be modified. The eyepiece only version can be upgraded to the HD video relay version and this can be installed by the user.

We strongly recommend having us service and calibrate your R-2 collimator block while doing the upgrade.

Current production of these units is back-ordered. We will be doing a short production run in the near future, but availability will be limited to units pre-ordered. If you would like to have your Richter Collimator upgraded, please get in touch via email.

Updated 11 February 2020

©2020 CinemaTechnic

july 2019 update

To Clients and Friends of CinemaTechnic:

CinemaTechnic, LLC no longer conducts business in the State of California as of June 30, 2019.

We have reached this difficult decision after coming to the conclusion that a radical change in direction is necessary in order to ensure our future success.

This does not mean the end – it is a transition and a new beginning. The process of re-booting has already begun.

The cinematechnic.com website will continue to operate as usual as an information resource to the professional cinematography community. However, many of the products and services offered on these pages have been discontinued.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and partners that have supported us during these three and a half years as an independent business in the Los Angeles area.

-Jorge Diaz-Amador


Richter Collimators Systems and Upgrades for Cine Lens Testing

Super-Precision Collimator Systems for Cine Lens Testing

Updated 4 January 2019

UPDATE: New CinemaTechnic lens testing mounts “Standards”  for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Projectors are now available. We can supply most SLR and rangefinder lens mounts such as Canon FD, Canon EF, Nikon F, Leica M and Leica R. A Sony E / NEX mount is in development.

The CinemaTechnic IMS (Interchangeable Mount System) upgrade for Richter Cine Collimators and Test Projectors is also now available.

CinemaTechnic is developing focus testing collimator systems and upgrades for existing  collimator systems (Möeller-Wedel and Richter Cine).

Drawing on our two decades of experience with cine lens testing equipment, including state-of-the-art MTF testing systems by Carl Zeiss, we are bringing dependable precision lens testing and calibration within the reach of even small rental houses. Our new upgrades bring the venerable and affordable Richter Cine system into the 21st Century.

Richter Collimator Complete
Complete Richter Collimator System upgraded by CinemaTechnic including LED Illuminator and Digital Focal Plane Micrometer

Richter Cine Collimator Systems – Reconditioned and Calibrated

We have used collimator systems available, although supply is very limited. The latest reconditioned and upgraded system is pictured above. It features the Digital Micrometer Upgrade and the LED Fiber Optic Illuminator with a proprietary Fiber Optic Adapter

The new Fiber Optic Adapter incorporates high quality diffusion, a spectral filter and condenser optics to assure even illumination of the collimator reticle. Along with the 5500ºK light from the LED Illuminator this combination greatly increases the ease of focus adjustment with the Richter Collimator, especially for vintage lenses that do not “snap” into focus as clearly as modern lenses do.

Richter 500mm Objective
Richter Cine 500mm Collimator Objective

Used Reconditioned Collimator Components

We have a small stock of reconditioned and calibrated Richter Cine collimator components. These include the rare 500mm collimator objective pictured above. Please contact us via email with your requirements.

New Accessories for Richter Cine Collimators and Test Projectors

EF Mount for Richter Cine
CinemaTechnic EF Mount for Richter Cine Collimators

The first new product is the EF mount (Canon) lens “standard” for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Test Projectors. EF mount is now the second most popular lens mount in professional cinematography, behind only ARRI PL mount.  But an EF mount was never offered by Richter Cine.

The first new product is the EF mount (Canon) lens “standard” for Richter Cine Collimators and Lens Test Projectors. EF mount is now the second most popular lens mount in professional cinematography, behind only ARRI PL mount.  But an EF mount was never offered by Richter Cine.

EF Mount on Richter M-2
CinemaTechnic EF Mount shown mounted on Richter Cine M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer

 CinemaTechnic EF (Canon) Mount for Richter Cine
  • Anodized aluminum (all surfaces), chrome plated brass lens mount flange, laser engraved
  • One-pice thread and flange (no slipping/loosening, no set screws)
  • EF mount can be rotated to the desired orientation in 22.5º increments by un-bolting the middle flange and turning it.
  • Factory calibrated to 44.00 mm F.F.D. ± 0.01 mm
  • Flange Focal Distance can be fine tuned using commonly available Zeiss shims, to compensate for wear, temperature changes, etc.
  • High quality Made in USA item.

EF Mount for Richter Cine $624.-

If you need a still camera mount other than Canon EF, such as  Canon FD, Contax C-Y, Nikon F, Leica M, Leica R,  please contact us via email.

We recommend this type of lens  mount for Richter Collimator users that have many original Richter Cine lens standards that they want to keep using, and just need to add another mount.

If you have very few or no original Richter lens mounts that you want to keep using, our IMS Conversion may be a better choice for you.

IMS to Richter on M2
CinemaTechnic IMS Adapter mounted on Richter Cine M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer – photo of prototype unit

IMS-Richter with P+S EF
CinemaTechnic IMS to Richter Adapter on R-2 FPM with P+S Technik positive-locking EF Mount

CinemaTechnic IMS Mount Adapter for Richter Cine NEW
  • This unique adapter easily converts your Richter Cine M2 Focal Plane Micrometer to IMS (Interchangeable Mount System) mount.
  • One-pice thread and flange (no slipping/loosening, no set screws)
  • IMS flange can be rotated to preferred orientation  in 22.5º increments
  • Mount stays put once set. No loosening or unwanted rotation
  • Makes Richter Cine Collimators mount-compatible with P+S Technik Lens Checker and Gecko-Cam Lens Test Projector
  • You can calibrate your Richter Cine analog M2  micrometer zero once to IMS standard (19.00 mm) and quickly interchanging lens mounts without having to re-check and adjust zero on M2
Richter – IMS Conversion: Price TBA, Please inquire.

Richter R-2 Digital
Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer with CinemaTechnic Digital Micrometer Upgrade and EF Mount

CinemaTechnic Digital Micrometer Upgrade for Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer NEW
  • Upgrades the Richter M-2 Focal Plane Micrometer with a modern Mitutoyo Digimatic micrometer
  • 0.001 mm [0.00005] in accuracy (one-thousandth millimeter, fifty millionths inch)
  • 25.4mm [1.0 in] range of micrometer travel
  • 5mm [0.2 in] range ahead of the threaded flange, a benefit of the exclusive CinemaTechnic design
  • Excellent image quality on reflex autocollimator due to super hardened lapped reflector
  • Quickly set zero or pre-set to a distance (ex. 52.000 mm)
  • Precision no-stress, no-damage collet clamping system for micrometer stem
  • No more concern about replacing damaged Richter reflectors (unavailable for 20 years) or the high labor cost of replacement and calibration.
  • Each conversion is precision fitted to the individual Richter M-2 and calibrated.
Price $1995.- including Richter M-2, Mitutoyo Digimatic micrometer and installation/calibration
Pricing for conversion of your existing M-2 unit depends on age and condition, but will be lower than the price quoted above. Please contact us via email with photos of your unit.

CT Digital FPM with IMS
CinemaTechnic Digital Focal Plane Micrometer with IMS Adapter

CinemaTechnic Digital Focal Plane Micrometer with IMS
  • Super precision digital Focal Plane Micrometer with interchangeable mount plate.
  • 0.001 mm / 0.00005 in accuracy (one-thousandth millimeter, fifty millionths inch)
  • 50mm range of micrometer travel
  • Excellent image quality on reflex autocollimator
  • Quickly set zero or pre-set to a distance (ex. 52.000 mm)
  • Shown in photo with Richter Standard mount plate and IMS Adapter
  • Industry standard IMS adapter can be easily unthreaded for use with mounts that are too short for IMS.
  • Compatible with C-mount, CS-mount, Micro Four Thirds (MFT) and Sony E mount with IMS adapter removed.
  • Precision no-stress, no-damage clamping system for micrometer stem
  • Available for Richter Cine, Moeller-Wedel, Chrosziel, and other autocollimator systems
Price as pictured above: $3335.- including IMS Adapter
What is IMS Interchangeable Mount System?

The IMS system was introduced by P+S Technik in the 2000’s as an open standard positive locking intermediate lens mount. It is similar dimensionally to ARRI PL mount but has a smaller pilot diameter and a much shorter flange focal distance.

The IMS system has been adopted by manufacturers of high quality cine lens test equipment, such as Gecko-Cam (collimator and test projector) and P+S Technik (Lens Checker test projector).

IMS mounts are available for a wide variety of lens mounts. CinemaTechnic can manufacture IMS compatible mounts for many cine and still camera lens mounts.

NOTE: The relatively rare Richter Cine Lens Test Projector uses the same threaded mount, but requires special clearancing (larger I.D. and shorter thread length). Lens Test Projector compatible versions of our products are available on special order and require shipping of the lens projector to us for fit testing.

We also have Sony E (NEX) mount  and C/CS mounts for Richter Cine under development.

Please contact:

NOTE: Products pictured above are prototypes. The production versions will differ slightly due to ongoing incremental updates to the design.

Keep an eye on this page for updates…

Updated: 4 January 2019

Richter Cine Collimator System Available

Rebuilt and calibrated Richter Collimator system available for sale

UPDATE: This collimator system described in this post has been SOLD.  If you are interested in purchasing a collimator system please get in touch via email (see below). 

The system has been reconditioned and upgraded for the accuracy demands of today’s cine lenses and digital cine cameras. It is priced at a fraction of what new autocollimator systems (Chrosziel, Gecko-Cam, Duclos) are being sold for today. The package consists of:

Richter Collimator Setup
Richter Autocollimator with FPM W/PL Mt, OTB Mod B, 60, 130, 180 and 254mm Objectives, EF Mt, Light Source

Complete Richter Cine Autocollimator System (see photo above)
  • Richter Cine R2 Autocollimator Block,  rebuilt with CinemaTechnic upgrades
  • Richter Cine 60mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine 130mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine 180mm Collimator Objective
  • Richter Cine  254mm or 275mm Collimator Objective
  • CinemaTechnic Fiber Optic Light Guide Adapter for R2 Autocollimator
  • Richter ARRI PL mount Lens Mount
  • Custom Canon EF mount Lens Mount
  • Richer M2M Focal Plane Micrometer with Starret 468M micrometer head, .002mm accuracy, with CinemaTechnic upgrade for easy zeroing.
  • Richter Model B Optical Lens Test Bench with 36″ rods
  • Richter Cine Lens Support for OTB
  • Halogen Fiber-Optic Illuminator with adjustable intensity, fiber-optic light guide.
  • Set of instructions
  • Calibration warranted for 1 year
  • Phone/email tech support for 30 days included, one-on-one training available at additional cost

Complete system as above: SOLD

We may have another Richter Cine Autocollimator System available soon. Please check this site for updates.

All components of this collimator system have been serviced and brought up to “like new” performance.

Compare to Duclos Lenses collimator system at $19,695.- or Gecko-Cam’s collimator system at € 31,700.- (currently $41,158.- plus shipping from Germany).

Contact: cinematechnic@mac_com

More information here: http://cinematechnic.com/resources/richter_cine

 

CinemaTechnic Year-End Blow-Out Sale

Blow-Out Sale

Prices are good while supplies last (which won’t be long). Some items are already sold out.  Keep an eye on this space as I will be adding more items.
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ARRI Standard / Bayonet to PL Adapters SOLD OUT
More Blow-Out Items:

ARRI 16SR Super 16 Bayonet Mount Kit SOLD

LWS 15mm (mini-rods) for ARRI 16SR 1/2/3 and ARRI 35-3 (very limited supply)

ARRI 16SR Super-16 Gates (EDM modified) – INQUIRE

ARRI 16SR Spare Parts – many available – INQUIRE

ARRI 35IIB / 35IIC Spare Parts – many available – INQUIRE (NO not any 2-perf parts)

ARRI Original 15mm Carbon Fiber Rods 240mm length $124.-

ARRI 35-3 Ground Glass $135.-

ARRI 35-3 BAYONET Mount $175-

ARRI 35-3 Stainless Steel PL Mount (one piece, no lock ring, can be converted to S35 format) $84.-

Chrosziel Fluidzoom – overhauled – $185.- ea.

ARRI 16SR Magazine Throat Covers $39.- ea

Arriflex 16St Parts Kit grab-bag: $89.-

email cinematechnic@mac_com

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Zeiss Oktoberfest Event and Lens Talk

Spherical Aberration f1.5
Example of spherical aberration at f1.5

Ever wonder what spherical aberration is or what it -really- looks like? I’m not using any kind of diffusion filter, this the image produced by a vintage lens at f1.5. To me, it looks like a toy Ad from the ’80’s.

The image above is one of the examples I created for my lens talk, “What Do Cinematographers Really Want in a Lens?” which I’ll be giving today, October 11, as part of Zeiss Cinema Lens Oktoberfest in conjunction with Hot Rod Cameras at our Burbank location 722 N. Mariposa Street, Burbank, CA 91506. The event runs from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.

I’ll be discussing desirable technical an aesthetic qualities in a lens, what all those aberrations really mean, and the challenges that lens designers have to work with. You’ll also get hand-on time with all the latest Carl Zeiss still and cine lenses such as the CP.3, Otus, Milvus, Batis, Loxia and Touit. I hope you’ll join us.

Seating is limited. There will be refreshements AND BBQ! So RSVP now before your spot is gone:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hot-rod-cameras-fall-lens-series-presents-zeiss-lenses-oktoberfest-tickets-38669936822?aff=es2

Optics and Optical Testing for Digital Cinema

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