ALPA PLATON - Larger than Large in Moving Image

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Zurich, 28 September 2018 - Platon wins cinecAward 2018 for Camera Technology/New Digital Recording Tools.

On the 12th International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology in Munich, the "Platon 65mm Cinema Camera System" wins the cinecAward 2018. The cinec 2018 took place from 22nd to 24th September in Munich.

The competition entry submitted by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH as exhibitor features the video system ALPA Platon with the video-compatible digital back Hasselblad H6D-100c and the large format lenses of the Thalia series by Ernst Leitz Wetzlar. Together they form a unique and outstanding video system - larger than large.

The outstanding cooperation and combination of the three companies ALPA, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar, Hasselblad and the participation of ETH Zurich were emphasized. In the field of additive manufacturing, ALPA works closely with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering Institute of Design, Materials & Manufacturing.
pd|z Product Development Group Zurich.

by Matt Carmody
Lenses: various

by Matt Carmody
Lenses: various

The ALPA PLATON system combines sensors with diameters of more than 60mm with modern cine lenses to create a compact and powerful unit, opening up completely new possibilities for filmmakers: The large sensor allows you to work with selective depth of field and gives the pictures a captivating three-dimensionality and plasticity. At the same time, the small format factor allows the system to be used in gimbals and makes it the ideal B camera for other 65mm systems. The ALPA PLATON system offers you numerous connection options such as Arri rosettes, NATO rail, ULCS balls, and 15mm rod systems.

ALPA embraces the possibility of medium-format 4K video recording with the availability of the Hasselblad H6D-100c digital back and continues to expand its range towards moving images. In preparation for embedding into the video ecosystem, the Zurich-based camera manufacturer recently introduced connectivity elements such as "Arri-Rosette" and "Universal Rail" (NATO Rail) and is now also offering a first adaptation for standard 15mm rods. 

ALPA will now offer the Hasselblad H6D-100c digital back in kit with different ALPA cameras. For owners of relevant digital backs, the kits will also be available without a digital back, but the H6D-100c back will only be available in a kit with an ALPA camera. As an accessory for the mobile use of an ALPA camera with the H6D-100c, a mobile external power supply will also be offered, so that the camera can be used outside the studio.

With the current kits, ALPA opens up the possibility of using the ALPA 12 cameras not only for still photography, but also in videography. With the H6D-100c, the Swedish manufacturer Hasselblad is the first to offer a digital back with a 100 megapixel CMOS sensor measuring 53.4 x 40.0 mm, which today already enables 4K videos over the entire sensor and could even offer 8K video in future sensor versions. This corresponds to around 53.4 x 30 mm and 61 mm image circle at 16:9. In addition to the Hasselblad proprietary RAW format, which can be converted to Cinema DNG using Phocus software, there is also the option of recording HD-quality videos in H. 264 format. The data can be stored on SD or CFast cards. 

New ALPA cameras and accessories under development
With the availability of the Hasselblad H6D-100c digital backs and its video recording capability, ALPA will now expand its range to medium format, so that ALPA users can now use medium and large format video as well. There will soon be several new modules that are specifically designed for use in the video sector. After ALPA has already developed and produced several products such as the lens hoods optimally designed for focal length and sensor format with the aid of additive manufacturing (AM), this expertise will be used for further products in the future. With AM, new products can be manufactured much faster and more customer-specific. ALPA will communicate products related to AM through an special logo.

Under the project name PLATON, ALPA is currently developing new camera models based on the ALPA 12 TC. In contrast to the TC with variable mountings, these are permanently equipped with specific lens mounts. The first models are designed for ARRI-PL mount and Canon EF mount for Canon EOS lenses. For the ALPA 12 TC, ALPA 12 FPS and the models of the PLATON project, a "Light Weight Support" was also developed with which standardized "15 mm rods" for Follow-Focus and other accessories can be attached. 

In addition, ALPA will soon be offering a connector for Pentax 67 lenses, thus expanding its range of video-capable lenses. So far, this already includes the lenses of ALPA Rodenstock, Hasselblad H, Hasselblad V, Contax 645 and Mamiya manual. 

Images by Scanderbeg Sauer

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