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Camera Hire Alexandria now open

Camera Hire has just opened a brand new inner-city location in Alexandria, Sydney.

We started 11 years ago in Manly on Sydney’s Northern beaches and have been steadily growing since. Our equipment range includes high-end cinema cameras, lenses, audio and lighting equipment. Australia-wide delivery is also available.

Many of our long-term clients are based in the inner city. This created demand for a convenient Sydney city location. Launching our new space in Alexandria enables us to provide a high-level service in the Sydney city area.

Brookvale will remain our headquarters with Alexandria being a satellite space. Both locations have on site gear-checking. However our Brookvale headquarters is more suited to larger productions.

We are very excited to be expanding into Alexandria, and look forward to serving both old and new clients from this location.

The address for our new Alexandria store:

Camera Hire Alexandria
Workit Spaces
B1/13-21 Mandible Street
NSW 2015

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Canon C300 Mark II, XC10 Cameras Announced

Canon C300 Mark II

[UPDATE] Camera Hire now has two Canon C300 mark II cinema cameras in stock and available for hire.

Canon has announced two new 4K cameras: the C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera and the XC10 4K Compact Camcorder.

Canon C300 Mark II
Canon C300 Mark II

The C300 Mark II features several major upgrades, including the ability to record 10/12-bit 4K video at either DCI 4K or Ultra HD resolution internally to CFast 2.0 cards. Additional features include 4K Raw output over 3G-SDI, a 4K-capable HDMI 2.0 output, and a new OLED electronic viewfinder.

C300 Mark II Highlights

  • Super 35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4K,1920×1080 60/50i, 23.98/25p True 24p
  • Canon XF Codec – 4:2:2 50 Mb/s MPEG-2
  • EF Lens Mount
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Rotating 4″ LCD Monitor
  • 2x 3D-SDI Output, 2x SLR Inputs
  • 2x CFast Card Slots
  • Timecode I/O, Genlock In & Sync Out
  • Canon Log Gamma
Canon XC10
Canon XC10

The XC10 brings 4K to a compact, versatile system that incorporates a built-in 10x f/2.8-5.6 zoom lens, flip-out 3.0″ LCD touchscreen, and a 90-degree rotatable handgrip. Its 1″-type CMOS sensor delivers 8-bit 422 video up to Ultra HD at 24 and 30 fps to CFast 2.0 memory cards. In addition to 4K video, the camera can also capture 12-megapixel photos independently, or extract still images while recording or playing back video.

XC10 Highlights

  • 1″ CMOS Sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Processor
  • UltraHD 4K at 29.97/25/23.98p
  • H.264 Recording in MFX Wrapper
  • Up to 305 Mbps 4K / 50 Mbps HD Recording
  • SDHC/SDXC and CFast Card Slots
  • HDMI Output – Supports 4K Monitoring
  • 10x Zoom / 8.9 to 89mm Focal Length
  • f/2.8 to 5.6 Aperture Range
  • 100 to 20,000 ISO Range
  • Ergonomic Tilting Hand Grip

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New look website, Sony 28-135 PZ Lens

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens

We’ve recently made a few changes to our website – it’s always an ongoing task refining and improving the website, this time around we’ve improved the functionality of the site on mobile platforms, making it far easier to browse all of our equipment on iPhone, Android and any other small screen medium.

In other news – we’re excited to add the new Sony power zoom optic to our list of E-mount glass compatible with the FS7, A7S and FS700 cameras. The FS7 cameras in particular have had an amazing reception over the last few months! Specifications can be read below,

FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS

  • New ‘Smooth Motion Optics’ design for serious movie-makers
  • Smooth and silent drive with Super Sonic wave Motor (SSM) for zooming and “double linear motor” for focusing
  • Separate focus, iris and zoom rings for professional operation
  • Optical SteadyShot in-lens image stabilisation
  • Compact and portable with dust and moisture resistant design

Sydney, 12 September 2014 –Now Sony offers photographers and movie-makers a potent new creative tool: the first ever full-frame powered zoom lens for Sony’s α camera range.

Designed and engineered to uncompromising standards, the FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G) offers videographers and film-makers immense expressive power. It’s an ideal partner for cameras such as the 35mm full-frame α7S, capturing enormous amounts of flawless detail whether you’re shooting 4K video, Full HD or stills.

The SELP28135G is compatible with all Sony E-mount cameras and camcorders. Its focal length extends over an even wider 42-202.5mm (35mm equivalent) range when attached to bodies with an APS-C sensor. These include Sony’s α6000/α5100 cameras as well as pro-friendly Super 35mm format camcorders like the NEX-FS700 or new PXW-FS7.

A constant F4 maximum aperture lets movie-makers and still photographers achieve beautiful depth of field effects and stable exposure control across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to telephoto.

A constant F4 maximum aperture lets movie-makers and still photographers achieve beautiful depth of field effects and stable exposure control across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to telephoto.

The needs of serious film-makers are catered for with Sony’s new ‘Smooth Motion Optics’ design philosophy. Targeting the highest possible image quality when using large-sensor cameras, this advanced optical/mechanical design addresses three issues of prime concern to movie-makers: change in angle of view (‘breathing’) while focusing, focus shifts during zoom and movement of the optical axis during zoom.

In addition, aspherical lens elements suppress unwanted aberration while advanced multi-coating technology boosts contrast and cuts glare, even with strongly backlit scenes.

Handling and ergonomics of the SELP28135G are indebted to Sony’s professional cameras for broadcasters and film-makers. Three separate rings offer independent control over focus, zoom and aperture (iris), with optimal torque for a satisfyingly responsive, professional feel. Even the pitch of scalloping on the rings has been painstakingly designed for comfortable, slip-free fingertip control.

In an industry first, the zoom is powered by the SSM drive and is exceptionally smooth and silent – a must-have for professional movie production. Zooming speed can be precisely controlled over a wide range, with the ability to switch zoom rotation direction as desired to suit personal preference.

Focus noise is also minimised by reducing the weight of the focus element group and driving with a responsive “double linear motor”. As an extra refinement, focusing mode can be switched effortlessly from auto to manual simply by sliding the focus ring, without fumbling to find a focus mode switch midshot.

Premium optical performance and operability are complemented by a dust and moisture-resistant design, making the lens ideal for location use. Extra versatility is afforded by Optical SteadyShot that provides in-lens image stabilisation during handheld shooting. Despite its heavyweight credentials, the lens’s compact dimensions and reduced weight are especially welcome in shooting situations where maximum mobility is needed

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Christmas Trading Hours

Camera Hire will be closed the public holidays and some extra days over the Christmas and New Year period.

Over this time, we will be offering discounts for hires that need to be returned later, due to our closing days and times. Please email or call us if you require a quote for equipment over this period.

Our Christmas and New Year Holiday dates are outlined below:

22 – 28 December 2014

Mon 22ndTue 23rdWed 24thThurs 25thFri 26thSat 27thSun 28th
8-6pm8-6pm8-5pmChristmas DayBoxing DayClosedClosed

29 Dec – 4 January 2015

Mon 29thTue 30thWed 31stThurs 1stFri 2ndSat 3rdSun 4th
9-5pm9-5pm9-5pmNew Years Day9-5pmClosedClosed

5 – 11 January 2015

Mon 5thTue 6thWed 7thThurs 8thFri 9thSat 10thSun 11th

12 – 18th January 2015: Normal Trading Hours Resume







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TV Logic Monitors added to Hire Inventory

Today Camera Hire’s range of monitors available for hire has been expanded to include the TV Logic range. These monitors have a reputation as being both robust and feature rich for professional applications, and will compliment our current range of Marshall, Small HD and Blackmagic monitors already in stock.

TV Logic VFM-056WP Monitor
The TV Logic VFM-056WP Monitor

TV Logic MonitorsSince beginning in 2002, TVLogic has dedicated itself to developing and manufacturing the highest quality video monitoring systems available. These systems are suitable for professional broadcast, production and post-production applications, as well as being used for digital signage & multi-viewer situations.

Fast forward to now, and you’ll find TVLogic monitors among the world’s leading broadcast and professional monitor manufacturers. Their technology and innovative designs provide broadcast and production customers with reliable reference grade displays for the most demanding critical viewing applications.

Camera Hire’s range of TV Logic monitors available to rent include the TV Logic 5.6″ VFM-056WP monitor. With HDMI, HD-SDI and composite inputs, as well as HDMI to SDI conversion, this monitor is perfect for DSLR right up to high-end professional video cameras. The internal HDMI to SDI conversion enables you to run a second monitor from the split.

TV Logic LVM-182W 18.5" Monitor
The TV Logic LVM-182W 18.5″ Monitor

We also now offer the 18.5″ TV Logic LVM-182W broadcast grade monitor. This LCD monitor is ideal as a client or directors monitor, or for critical broadcast viewing. The LVM-182W offers a plethora of HDMI, 3G-HD-SDI, DVI and Composite inputs.

If you would like any further information on any of the TV Logic hire monitors we have in stock, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. If the monitor you require is not listed, please contact us, and we’ll do our best to order one in for you.

To see our full range of LCD and OLED monitors available for hire, please visit our Monitor Hire page.

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Opening Hours Extended for Camera Hire

Due to high demand, and our aim to provide outstanding customer service, we have decided to extend Camera Hire’s opening hours. As of February 2014, we will be open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, as well as 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. This will enable our customers to pick up hired equipment from our North Manly premises outside normal business hours.

Camera Hire’s new Opening Hours, from February 2014:

Monday – FridaySaturdaySunday
8am – 6pm9am – 1pmclosed

Alongside the ability of customers to pick up from us, we also provide a same-day (approximately 3-hour) courier service within metropolitan Sydney. Many of our customers take advantage of this option when they are unable to pick up equipment, or for last-minute bookings. We can provide a quote for same-day courier over the phone if required.

Our overnight delivery service has also been expanded, with cheaper, fully insured delivery options available for those who reside anywhere within Australia. This can be a great options for those based on the outskirts of Sydney, or for customers who reside in other localities outside Sydney or even New South Wales. Camera Hire currently have customers from places such as Canberra and Newcastle, to Melbourne, Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Perth (not to mention the many smaller towns in between).

If you would like a quote for equipment hire, just let us know if you prefer to pick up or have the equipment delivered, and we would be more than happy to help. Either create an order through our shopping cart system, make an enquiry through the contact us page, or give us a call.

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Camera Hire Christmas Trading Hours 2013

Camera Hire would like to thanks all our customers and suppliers for a fantastic year. Our range of equipment has grown dramatically, we have brought on extra staff, and began Saturday trading hours.

We wish you all an enjoyable and restful Christmas and New Year’s.


Our trading hours over the Christmas and New Year period will be as follows:


Mon 23 DecTue 24 DecWed 25 DecThu 26 DecFri 27 DecSat 28 Dec
8am – 5pmclosedclosedclosed9am – 5pmclosed
Mon 30 DecTue 31 DecWed 1 JanThu 2 JanFri 3 JanSat 4 Jan
9am – 5pmclosedclosedclosed9am – 5pmclosed
Mon 6 JanTue 7 JanWed 8 JanThu 9 JanFri 10 JanSat 11 Jan
8am – 5pm9am – 5pm9am – 5pm9am – 5pm8am – 5pmclosed

Normal trading hours will resume from Monday 13th January 2014 (opening at 8am).