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ALEXA 65 - The splendor of 70mm is reborn
Thanks to the new digital ARRI 65mm camera!!

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Jacques Morell (still photographer) Date: 02.10.2014
We were waiting for the new Panavision digital 65mm camera developed with NASA engineers. The information has been published in January with a picture of the prototype. And no more news 9 months later… The breaking news is coming from Germany! ARRI is the leader of digital 35mm cameras all over the world with its complete range of ALEXA cameras. And now it will be the exclusive company to replace the former ARRI 765 (the last and the best 65mm camera which was built too late just before the end of the 70mm period). The reborn of 65mm filming will be the brand new “ALEXA 65” with a full range of new special lenses 8 Zeiss (Hasselblad) Prime 65 lenses from 24mm to 300mm and one zoom 55 to 110mm. The sensor of this camera is larger than the frame of the Arri 765 with a size of 54.12 by 25.59 mm and a maximum resolution of 6560 x 3102 pixels. Much more than 4K the new standard of high definition movies is now 6.5K!

If you don’t trust me or if you want to read more informations from this technical revolution you’ll find all these good news from: This equipment will be exclusively rented by Arrirental group. Now let’s see if Panavision will present soon the American version of the 65mm digital camera. I hope cinemas will improve soon their DCP projector equipment with 4K and giant screens, and perhaps it will be necessary to invent 6 or 8K projectors to appreciate « the splendor of digital 70mm ». It will be interesting to check if the major companies will reintroduce the « in 70mm » label or a specific logo like « in Digital 65 » as a reference of the good old times when it was a must to see a movie in the splendor of 70mm. It’s funny that, for many years, the only logo mentioned on posters is about sound : “Dolby digital”, except 3D movies and IMAX. Long life to digital 70mm… born from the wedding of the best size of motion pictures ever made and the best up-to-date digital technology.
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ALEXA 65 - le 70 mm redevient le format d’excellence au cinema

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Technical Specifications


• 65mm Digital Cinema Camera
• ARRI A3X CMOS sensor
• 5-perf 65mm (full camera aperture)
• 6560 x 3102 resolution (maximum recordable)
• 54.12 x 25.58 mm Sensor size (active image area)
• Weight: 10.5 kg / 23.2 lb
• ARRI XPL Mount (64mm diameter)
• 200 - 3200 ISO. Base is 800 ISO
• Dynamic Range: >14 stops
• Uncompressed ARRIRAW
• LDS metadata
• Electronic Shutter 5° - 358°, adjustable in 1/10° increments
• 0.75 to 27 fps (upgrade to 60 fps planned for early 2015)
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Updated 07-01-21