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Lens Survey


Extension studies for non-students and alumni

“Lifelong learning” – there is scarcely a field where this term is as crucial as in film technology. Accordingly, in the 2007 Exchange Processes competition, HFF Munich won a Special Award from the Ministry of  Home Affairs for the founding of a film study center, the Studienzentrum für Filmtechnologie (SFT). One of the pillars of this institute – along with the industry forum, the research program, and film technology history – is extension studies.

Our Extension Studies program is tailored to the needs of anyone interested in film technology, at all levels.  Our e-learning courses provide basic knowledge, while those seeking to refresh their film technical knowledge attend the theoretical and practical seminars and Film Technology Days. Rounding out the range of instruction, expert workshops address the needs of experienced filmmakers. Some seminars build on the knowledge of previous seminars, but they can be booked on a modular basis. This way everyone can fill his or her own knowledge gaps.

For English speaking partcipants, in 2017 we will offer 

International Conference Teaching Cinematography at HFF Munich March 13th-14th 2017

International Masterclasses (HDR Workflows, 360° Workflows, Lightfield photography, Light, Camera) March 15th-17th

The only assurance we get from our professional life is – change.

This happens incredibly fast in film. What are the new trends, how do they influence filming - and thus also the teaching of Cinematography? How is this changing the actual and future generations of film makers and cinematography in particular?

March 13th-14th 2017, we want to discuss this at the IMAGO Conference Teaching Cinematography at HFF Munich - with those generating the changes and those "having to deal with them" - Cinematographers, Cinematography Teachers, Staff Members of Film Schools and Post Production Houses, Camera, Software and Equipment Manufacturers.


  • Nine 60-Minutes Presentations, Topics as announced by the Conference Committee
  • Group discussions, suggested topics: Technology; Art/ Authorship, Content, Documentary cinematography; Relation Technics and artistic, Director and Cinematography team work, Cinematography and art department, Accreditation to Film Schools, Distribution technology, Streaming apps
  • Monday evening  ARRI invites to an HFR / HDR screening with presentations of DOLBY ATMOS / DOLBY Cinema and HDR / ATMOS Homecinema, followed by a closing dinner, both at ARRI@BAVARIA, Geiselgasteig.
  • Tuesday evening: BVK invites to a Bavarian Buffet Dinner at HFF

More information to the conference - and a questionnaire, which classes you would like to have, here.


An established tradition are the Cinematography and Editing Forums at HFF Munich. Here, discussion is focused, for a change, not on the content of a film but on its production process. You are cordially invited to to join in!

A study center draws its success from its students. Take the challenge of keeping on the ball, remaining up to date on new technologies and trends. We look forward to welcoming you at the new HFF.

For more information on the founding, structure and tasks of the Study Center for Film Technology (SFT), click HERE.


Results Lens Survey

Lenses are one of the most important tools to create a “Look” in films. Understandably, object lens manufacturers are working to perfectionate lenses by eliminating optical artefacts and maximising sharpness etc. But which lenses would the USERS, the camera people, really want to work with? What are their priorities and needs?
In times of digital cameras, the choice of filmstock or fotochemical processes to influence the look of a picture while recording has vanished. On the other hand, Digital Colour Grading has become more and more important – a part of the production chain that can often not or not completely be influenced by the DOP. Has the lens therefore become one of the last possibilities to create a photographic look? The next big changes in filmtechnology are unstoppable on their way – the development to even more picture quality with 4K/8K or UHD. What are the consequences for the development of new lenses?

In May 2014, the Center of Advanced Studies of Film and Television Technology wanted to answer this question together with the community of lens-users in order to start a communication in between picture designers and lens developers. Here are the results of this survey.

In March 2015 there will be a hands on lens-workshop for camera people at HFF. If you are interested in further informations please contact