Check out the newest addition to our lens inventory, the Zeiss CP.3 Compact Primes. This brand new line of lenses improves on the extremely popular CP.2 lightweight cinema primes. The CP.3’s feature a new mechanical design, anti-reflection coating, interchangeable lens mounts, full-frame sensor coverage, and offer the clean and crisp look that Zeiss is known for.
Our set comes with five lenses: 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. The latter four open up to a T2.1 while the 18mm is a T2.9. Renters have the option of either a PL or EF mount, and the lenses can be rented out individually or as a full set. From our experience shooting with them so far, the CP.3’s are amazing lenses– sharp, lightweight, and quite affordable for a premium quality set.
Take a look at the rental page here, and give us a call to reserve the set for your next shoot!
25 Nov First Look: Canon C300 mkIICanon C300mkII, New Rentals | Rentals
We got an early chance to run some tests with the new Canon C300 mkII, the successor to the popular Canon C300. With 4k recording, high framerate options, 444 12-bit recording, and up to 15 stops of dynamic range, this camera has a lot to offer. Check out our First Look review of the new camera (above).
11 Sep The Easyrig Vario 5 is here!New Rentals | Studio B Team
Handheld gimbal stabilizers are taking camera mobility to a whole new level. But that freedom extends only as long as you can stand to hold up the rig. All day shoots with a Ronin or MoVI can be a heavy task. Luckily, we now have the perfect piece of gear to save your arms during long productions – meet the Easyrig Vario 5 Gimbal Rig.
Designed to support cameras and gimbals from 11lb to 38lb, this vest system lightens the load of a wide range of handheld setups. It serves as an excellent companion to our DJI Ronin or any of our digital cinema cameras — the Vario 5 supports shoulder mounted camera rigs, too. Contact us to reserve the Easyrig Vario 5 today.
The Sony A7S is a powerful camera for its size and price range. Now, you can take full advantage of an A7S rental when you pair it with the Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder. Output crisp 4K footage with an impressive dynamic range, beautifully exposing shots that comparable cameras can’t touch.
Internally, the A7S is limited to 60fps at 1080p, but via HDMI, the camera can output 4K footage at 24fps and 30fps, as well as regular HD up to 60fps. In addition, recording to the Shogun gives filmmakers easy access to powerful features like scopes, zebra stripes, and focus magnification with the touch of a finger — all on an easy-to-view 1920 x 1200 seven inch display. The Shogun even allows shooters to preview footage with preloaded 3D LUTs, further bolstering creative control on set.
Rigging up these two great pieces of equipment keeps independent filmmakers at the cutting edge of the 4K video market and greatly increases flexibility in 1080p workflows. Check out the footage below, shot with this setup at varying resolutions and frame rates:
Tips for shooting with the A7S:
The last couple months have been so busy at Studio B that we’ve neglected to post about our newest Sony cameras, the Sony PXW-FS7 and the Sony a7S. Both are amazing cameras, especially when compared with their low prices. The FS7 rivals the Sony F5 or the Red Epic with its 4k internal recording, 14 stops of latitude, and high frame rate options– all for a much lower rental day-rate. It records up to 180p in HD and up to 60p in UHD (3840×2160), all in 10-bit 4:2:2 with the option of S-Gamut3Cine/S-Log 3 encoding. What’s more, the Studio B FS7 rental comes with your choice of an EF or PL lens mount adapter, in addition to the basic Sony E-mount on the camera.
Above: The FS7 with a Metabones Speed Booster EF-mount Adapter, and the Canon L-series 16-35mm EF zoom lens.
We’ve used the FS7 as the main camera, or as the B-cam to the F5 on several of our most recent shoots, including the Tesla spec spot, Tencue Netsuite event video, and the Adobe Creative Cloud & Photography and Adobe Warriors spots. Here is the test shoot we did on the first day we had with the FS7.
Below: Shooting on the FS7 with the Canon CN-E 30-105mm Lightweight Cinema Zoom Lens.
The Sony a7S is a much smaller, lightweight DSLR option for the more independent videographer. It rivals the Canon 5Dmk.III in price, but blows it out of the water in low light shooting and with its 4k output capability. The a7S records in 50mbps XAVC 4:2:2 in camera to SD cards, and outputs 4k to be captured with an external recorder such as the Atomos Shogun. The main selling point is the low-light capability, which allows this camera to shoot in near complete darkness with an ISO range of up to 409,600.
Below: Low-light comparison between the A7S and Panasonic GH4, by TJ Donegan (seen here).
Both cameras are available today for rent and come with all of the necessary accessories (media, lens mounts, batteries) to pick up and shoot. Just mount a lens and you’re ready to go. Check out Studio B Camera Rentals for these cameras and more.