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New Arri Lighting Equipment Available


Struggling with shooting wide open? Pushing your ISO a little higher than you would like? Or just looking to add a little more depth to your lighting, Camera Hire now has you covered. We’ve recently added an entire line-up of new lighting gear, big and small, to help make your images really shine!

For those of you needing some real punch the Arri M18 HMI is the perfect solution. The strongest light you can run off a 20A household circuit, the M18 provides 70% more light output than a 1.2K HMI with the same spectacular daylight colour renditioning.

If colour temperature control and power draw are a concern look no further than the Arri LC-7 LED. An LED fixture that ranges from 2,700 Kelvin to 10,000 Kelvin, along with full tint control, the LC7 can match to any lighting scenario. The impressive LED technology also enables full dimming from 0-100 and provides the equivalent of a 750watt Fresnel at only 25% of the power draw.

If you can’t get past the golden glow of your traditional tungsten light, we now have a range of Arri Tungsten Fresnels ranging from 300w, Arri T1 and Arri T2 fixtures, suitable for any interior scenario big or small.

Aside from the main acts we also have a Filmgear 400W HMI Deluxe Kit, a 200W Joker Bug HMI and two Arri Studio 250W Ceramic Fixtures.

If you’re looking to diffuse, cut, shape or otherwise manipulate your lighting sources we now also have a range of fabrics, cutters, scrims and frames to suit any lighting scenario.

So get in touch with us to discuss how best to become a master of the light and the shadow, like all your favourite award winning cinematographers.

Disclaimer: Cinematography awards not guaranteed.




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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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Capture 4K Video with GoPro HERO4 Black

Just in time for summer, the GoPro HERO4 Black has arrived at Camera Hire.

The most advanced GoPro ever, the HERO4 Black can capture 4K at 30 fps (4K30), 2.7K at up to 50 fps, Full HD (1080p) at up to 120 fps for high definition slow motion and WVGA (848 x 480) for upload-friendly files.

GoPro HERO4 Black

The HERO4 Black can also take 12-megapixel still images in intervals for stitching together time-lapse movies, or in momentary bursts of up to 30 photos per second.

It’s also equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to pair it with a mobile device or the separately available Smart Remote. There is also a USB port for file transfer, charging, or to connect the optional 3.5mm mic adapter.

Standard housing is included, and not only keeps the camera dry, it adds an extra layer of protection. In addition to the bundled flat and adhesive mounts, the camera is also adaptable to a wide range of separately available mounts from GoPro and third-parties – with options to accommodate just about any scenario imaginable.

Features include:

  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K50, and 1080p Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView
  • Camera Housing Waterproof to 131′
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • Protune Mode for Video and Photo
  • One-Button Operation with QuikCapture
  • Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
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Repacking the DJI Ronin

We’ve had a huge amount of interest in the DJI Ronin Gymbal Stabiliser ever since we got our hands on it and so far the reception has been fantastic, with the exception of one thing: the case it comes in weighs a ton!DJI Ronin Hard Case

The Ronin itself is only 4.2kg, with a load capacity of 7.25kg, but when packed up in its super-heavy-duty hard case it tips the scales at around 25kg — a fact that has earned us the ire of many a courier!

So we decided to repack it.

Now a decidedly delicate 12.5kg, but still nestled away in a hard, protective case, we can easily send the Ronin to you via courier or post — and you can get it in and out of your shoot locations without any hassles.

The DJI Ronin Gymbal Stabiliser is available for hire or purchase at Camera Hire. Now in a lightweight package.

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DJI Ronin Sales

DJI RoninAs some of you may have noticed recently, we have expanded our operations into retail – Camera Hire are now authorised Australian resellers for a number of the best products and brands. We’ve focused our attention specifically towards high quality items that cater to the working professional within a range of media based industries, and doing so at a competitive price.

One product that deserves particular mention is the DJI Ronin – the latest incarnation of the handheld gimbal technology that brought incredible visual capabilities to creatives at a price point once unimaginable. We have multiple Ronin’s in stock for rental and purchase, it’s been great to see the clever ways in which clients have been putting the Ronin to work.

We’re proud to be stocking the DJI Ronin for both hire and sale.

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Canon C300 Firmware Update:

Canon C300 Cinema CameraCanon has updated their firmware for the Canon C300 to version The previous update (posted on the 12 November) has discrepancies in colour balance, whereas this update fixes these issues. It is recommended all C300 cameras are updated to version

Full details of the update are below (from Canon):

Firmware Version incorporates all the functions and modifications listed below:

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera & EOS C300 PL Cinema EOS Camera
Fixes a phenomenon where the previous firmware version offered incorrect color balance.
Ability to move the magnification viewing area around the LCD using the MAGN Function has been added.
Support for a 1440×1080/35Mbps recording mode has been added.
ISO up to 80,000 has been added.
Functionality to support the optional Canon GPS Receiver GP-E1 has been added.
A Key Lock menu setting has been added which now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the START/STOP button.
Using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter, the camera’s remote-control application allows two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link providing simultaneous camera operation and control and metadata input.
[Lens Exchange] and [ND+]/[ND-] have been added as functions that can be allocated to any assignable button.
A new Wide DR Gamma setting provides an expanded dynamic range of 800%.
Flicker Reduction has been improved.

EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camera only

Provides Push Auto Iris and One-Shot AF operation.
A new AE Shift function and the selection of various light-metering modes are now available when used with some Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and Canon EF Lenses.
Ability to assign the two control dials to operate either Iris or ISO sensitivity independently has been added.
Peripheral Illumination Correction Data has been added for seven (7) Canon Cinema lenses (EF mount) and fifteen (15) Canon EF Lenses.
A function has been added to enable continuous focus and iris setting on a subject in the middle of the screen when one of the two EF STM lenses** is attached.
**[EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM], [EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM].

*Note: Gamma information will not be shown correctly in the metadata of clips filmed on the Wide DR Gamma setting included in Firmware Version and above when using the bundled software application Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.1 or earlier. Therefore, we recommend our customers install Canon XF Utility Ver.1.3.2. The installer for this application has already been released.

Download the C300 Firmware update.

Download the C300 PL Firmware update


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Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS Announced

Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens
As rumoured, Canon has just announced a new Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS lens. Most likely, the 24-70mm f/4L IS will be included as a kit option with the upcoming Canon 6d camera. Availability is said to be mid-December 2012.

Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS Press Release:

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM – high performance, high flexibility, Hybrid IS
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is the latest addition to Canon’s elite L-series, and expands the range of standard zoom EF lenses available for both professional and amateur photographers. Ideal for reportage and wedding photography, it combines an essential everyday focal range with a premium quality L-series construction, delivering consistently sharp, professional-quality stills in a range of different situations. A new macro function also optimises the placement of lens groups during macro photography, allowing shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.7x – reducing the need for photographers to carry a dedicated macro lens.

Its first-class optical system includes two aspherical elements alongside two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lenses, each with optimised Super Spectra Coatings to minimise chromatic aberration, colour blurring and flare. A constant f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range provides photographers with exceptional creative control, allowing blurring of the background of a scene at all focal lengths. A nine-blade circular iris also assists photographers in making their subjects stand out, delivering beautiful out of focus highlights (bokeh) in the background blur to add atmosphere to a shot.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM also features a newly designed IS system, delivering blur-free images throughout the zoom range. Canon’s advanced optical IS offers a 4-stop light advantage, while Hybrid IS effectively compensates for angular and shift shake during macro shooting for stable close ups.

Superfast AF performance is provided by a small, ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM). Working in combination with a high-performance CPU and advanced AF algorithms, USM technology enables accurate, silent and ultra-responsive autofocusing. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM features a high grade, usability-focused design – both inside and out. The exterior features a high quality leather-texture coating, a revised shape ensures ease-of-use, and the focusing and zoom rings have been designed for optimal operation. Additionally, a dust and drip-proof construction is resistant to dust and moisture, a lock function protects lenses from knocks when travelling, while fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear lenses – helping to maintain superior image quality and reduce the need for cleaning.


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Sony PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 CineAlta Cameras Announced

Sony has just announced two new cameras, the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 4K CineAlta camcorders. Both feature the ability to record at 4K, and are aimed at filling the gap between the Sony PMW-F3 and PMW-F65 cameras. Both cameras accept PL-mount lenses, including the new Zeiss CP.2 Super-Speed Compact Primes.

Camera Hire now have a Sony F5 available for hire. Please see the listing in our hire pages.

Sony PMW-F55 camera
The new Sony PMW-F55


Press Release (30th October 2012):

Sony is unveiling two new CineAlta™ 4K cameras, complemented by a full line of
accessories. The new cameras – models PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 – have a modular and compact design for easy configuration, and each features a new type of 4K Super 35mm image sensor with a 4096 x 2160 resolution (11.6M total pixels).
“These two new models join a family of Sony large-sensor cameras that complement each other and deliver powerful new capabilities to cinematographers working at every level of production,” said Nick Buchner, Senior Product Manager, Content Creation with Sony Australia and New Zealand. “They fill a critical gap in large-sensor acquisition between Sony’s PMW-F3 camcorder and F65 digital motion picture camera, and give content creators new levels of flexibility and creative options for shooting in HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. The total line-up, with our new accessories, further underscores Sony’s commitment to supporting every aspect of the highest-quality professional

Sony PMW-F5 Camera
The Sony PMW-F5 Camera

The new CineAlta 4K cameras deliver unprecedented creative options for HD/2K*/QFHD*/4K (F55) and 2K*/HD (F5) production. Both offer multi-codec support: the new XAVC MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, the SR codec (MPEG4 SStP), and the well-established XDCAM 50Mbps 4:2:2 codec. In-camera recording uses Sony’s latest
SxS media, “SxS PRO+” (Plus) – on the F55 for 4K:60p:422 10-bit XAVC and HD:422 10-bit XAVC high frame rate shooting, and on the F5 for HD XAVC and HD high frame rate.
Both cameras are further distinguished by wide (14 stops) exposure latitude, high sensitivity and low noise. The F55 adds a global shutter to eliminate rolling shutter skew and flash banding, and uses the same colour filter with ultra-wide colour gamut as the F65, for highly accurate colour reproduction.

The new cameras are planned to be available in Australia and New Zealand from February 2013, with suggested list pricing to be announced.