Who we are




Christopher Smith - Managing Director

Christopher has been involved in Film and Television since 1983. He has worked initially at Rank Taylor Hobson the division now known as Cooke Optics. This followed by a managerial position at Rank Film equipment responsible for the sale of Arri products. This was followed by a directorship at ICE Film in London the sales outlet for Aaton Cameras and other products. Christopher's own business then became his employment where the Factory in Leicestershire grew to employ in excess of 20 people at its height manufacturing hundred plus lenses per year as well as a range of camera accessories.

Today the Van Diemen films continues to change quickly with the development of new products and systems in broadcast Television Christopher enjoys being involved in keeping pace with the requirements of such changes.





Edward Koehler - Production Support & Service Manager

Having graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998 with a BA degree in Film and Video Production, Eddie has over 20 years of experience in the field of film and video lens servicing and modification. Eddie joined the Van Diemen team in 2017 as Production Support & Service Manager. His skills are applied to the preparation of vintage lenses prior to conversion to suit the lens designer’s requirements as well as assisting with the flow of service work as required.






Ellen Smith - Company Secretary

Ellen has many years of experience running the accounts at Van Diemen and other companies. Ellen is part time at Van Diemen but is generally contactable by e mail in case of need.