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#1 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:28 AM

Geoff Boyle is reporting on Cml that Aaton have had to close due to lack of investors. If this is true then it's Another very sad day for cinema.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:14 AM

Sad news indeed. Hopefully, someone will pick it up (unfortunately) at a lower price and continue with their Digital camera and the audio side of the business. I suspect the price point of the camera is too high for TV production, but fits into the smaller Alexa Studio market.


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#3 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:19 AM

A bit more here: http://cinescopophil...ut-of-business/

 

Seems the Dalsa sensor might have been causing a drain on their resources. 


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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:27 AM

Apparently, the production quality of the sensor wasn't up to the standard of the prototypes, so Aaton couldn't deliver the ordered cameras.

 

http://www.afcinema....ThGCLAU.twitter

 

Which, if true, would explain the situation.

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Edited by Brian Drysdale, 27 April 2013 - 07:27 AM.

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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:03 AM

That's sad. I was really looking forward to playing with their Penelope Delta one of these days (though i have to admit I was never much of an aaton fan, they were fantastic cameras all in all). I wonder what'll happen to all their intellectual property?  If it's truly the end.


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#6 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:25 AM

Aaton went into receivership in the 1980's I believe it was following being sued by Arri. I guess it depends if someone wants to buy it as a going independent company, or just take on the Aaton products and/or intellectual property.


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#7 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:56 AM

Here's a statement from Jean-Pierre Beauviala.

Aaton turns to financial receivership - Afcinema


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#8 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 01:26 PM

I gather that in a statement Jean-Pierre Beauviala has said that Aaton is not closed, it'll be taken over by new owners, and they will be continuing on other developments. They're going to focus on the CantarX+ audio recorder and D-Minima documentary style reflex-viewfinder digital camera.

I suppose there's always possibility that the Penelope Delta might re-emerge if solutions can be found for the problems, it was rather left hanging in this statement and not seeming the first priority.

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