Get Big or Get Lost: ARRI Alexa 65 Sensor is 3X the Size of Super35

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The Alexa 65 is something truly fascinating: a 6.5K sensor; claims that it looks better than film; a clean, clean, clean user interface; and a set of repurposed Hasselblad/Fujinon still photography primes as its launch optics package.  

Right.  Let’s get this out of the way immediately: I shoot with just about the smallest and cheapest cams out there (a Sony a6000; an iPhone 6; a GoPro 3+; and increasingly infrequently a pair of Canon Rebel SL1’s). I’ve never shot a feature film. I haven’t seen the Alexa 65 in the metal and probably never will.

So me writing about this camera is a bit like a guy with a beer belly and face paint sitting in his living room watching the Super Bowl while passing commentary on Tom Brady's decisions.

Good.  Now that this is out of the way, I can still write: I’m excited.

Why?

On first blush, it appears to be a camera that has been designed and built with as little compromise as feasible for its intended purpose, which is, simply, amazing imagery. It strikes me as…pure.

Second: if the early raves are true, it could change what we see on the big screen in a meaningful way (though being far-removed from how these things actually work, I still find myself asking how big a difference can that be compared to the ARRI 765 film camera with an image size just 13% smaller?).

Third: in a form follows function aesthetic, it looks… beautiful.

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Lastly: I am absolutely intrigued — given the near-constant back and forth on true cinema lenses vs. repurposed still photography primes – that ARRI has elected to use the latter as part of its launch platform.  It’s easy to imagine that (of necessity) this actually represents their biggest compromise, but I wonder how big a compromise this truly is.

I guess the proof will be in the footage.

 

ARRI GO LARGE – NEW ALEXA 65 SHOOTS 6.5K WITH A SENSOR ABOUT THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN SUPER35

Via News Shooter:

There had been rumours but today we got the confirmation. ARRI have built a super large sensor 6.5K version of the Alexa. The sensor is slightly larger than a 65mm 5-perf film frame and is comprised of three Alexa sensors that are arranged vertically and seamlessly stitched together.

Alexa 65

The camera uses rehoused Hasselblad medium format lenses that cover the sensor and are of the highest quality. The lens mount is a larger PL type.

The new rehoused Hassleblad lenses

The new rehoused Hassleblad lenses

 

The camera records in the ArriRAW codec to Codex XR drive cartridges as used by the current Alexa XT.

ArriRAW codec to Codex XR drive cartridges

Read full article at News Shooter “ARRI GO LARGE – NEW ALEXA 65 SHOOTS 6.5K WITH A SENSOR ABOUT THREE TIMES BIGGER THAN SUPER35”

 

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Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

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