Camera, Light, Projector and Sound Rental in Milwaukee & Chicago

            Renting cameras, audio, lighting & grip for Milwaukee, Chicago, and the surrounding area.




Archive: May 2015

  1. LED PAR 64 Lights

    Comments Off on LED PAR 64 Lights
    led-par-64-rental

    LED PAR 64 lights are a great light for washing stages, walls, and anywhere where you’d like a pop of color. Create custom colors with red, green, and blue (RGB) LEDs. Use the controls on the back or a DMX-512 lighting control system. These PAR 64s are low profile and mount easily on the ground with the split stand.

    LED lights are cool to the touch, and these draw much less power than traditional PAR 64s. They are a great choice for uplighting. As accent uplighting, we suggest one every 4-6 feet of wall. For a more even wash, they should be closer together.

    If you choose a custom color, we can set the lights for you before you pick up your rental. If you prefer, we can even send a tech to handle delivery and setup for you.

    The prices below are for one light with power cable, without stands or clamps. Discounts are available for rental orders of 8 or more.

    Rental Prices

    $14 for 1 day
    $28 for up to 3 days
    $42 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

    adj-mega-par-profileled-light

  2. Backyard Movie Night Package

    Comments Off on Backyard Movie Night Package
    movie-night-milwaukee

    We include everything you need in our backyard movie night package: a super-bright HD projector, a huge 120″ screen that’s easy to set up, two powered speakers, a DVD/Bluray player or TV tuner with Antenna, and all the cables you’ll need to make it work, indoors or outside. All you need to bring is the disc and the popcorn.

    If you’ll be setting up indoors, we recommend a room with ceilings at least 10′ high. Outdoor areas should be clear of branches and overhead wires.

    While you are welcome to connect our equipment to your own devices, we strongly suggest bringing a DVD or Blu-ray as a backup. We can’t guarantee your devices will work with ours, or the quality of your internet connection.

    A backyard movie night is a great way to have a memorable night. We suggest inviting the neighbors, so you can turn up the volume! Here’s some more information about  Preparing for Your Movie Night.

     

    Rental Prices

    $315 for 1 day
    $630 for up to 3 days
    Call or email for availability.
     backyard-movie-night
  3. Plan a Backyard Movie Night

    Comments Off on Plan a Backyard Movie Night

    backyard-movie-nightA perfect backyard movie night just takes a little planning and a nice summer evening. Here’s how to bring together a movie night that makes you the coolest neighbor on the block.

    Start with invitations. As with anything that has the potential to be loud, you’ll want to invite the neighbors! Invite anyone you think might be interested and encourage them to bring outdoor movie necessities, including a blanket and bug spray. If your party is open to the public, or you’re charging admission, you’ll need to license your movie from the movie studio.

    Pick the right spot. You’ll want to be away from streetlights and other bright lights, ideally in a space with some open grass for viewing. Or you can set up the screen above the pool and host a “dive-in” movie!

    Plan enough food and drinks. Since your screening won’t start until after dark, you probably won’t need to provide a meal. No snack screams “movie night” more than popcorn, and you can serve it in classic paper popcorn bags for just a few dollars. Don’t forget, you’ll want to provide a trash and recycle bin, too, so your guests can clean up after themselves.

    Start after dark. It’s tempting on late summer nights with kids to try to start the movie early, but the projection won’t be very visible until after sunset. Using a brighter projector can help, but no projector is going to work well while the sun is still up. At least you’ll have an excuse to use your glow bracelets. They’re for the kids, right?

    host-outdoor-movie-night Pick a spot where the lights won’t shine on the screen, to help keep the image easy to see.

    Choose the right screen size for your group. Most backyard movies look best on a 16:9 screen that’s between 10 and 12 feet diagonal (usually for crowds between 20 and 120). You can build your own budget screen from a large sheet or project on a plain white wall, or you can get much nicer results from an affordable outdoor screen rental.

    Use a bright enough projector. Projector brightness is measured in lumens. Here’s our suggested brightness chart for a good-looking projection on a typical summer night outside:

    Screen Size
    (Diagonal)
    Suggested
    Lumens
    80” 2000
    100” 2700
    120” 3000
    144” 4000

    Good sound is really important. Most digital projectors include some kind of speaker, but it’s not designed for large groups outdoors. For the outdoor movie experience, it’s best to use powerful speakers with good sound quality. For safety, you can add wireless audio to connect your speakers without running cables through your audience.

    If you don’t want to worry about getting all the right av equipment and cables, we offer a backyard movie night package that has all the equipment you need. We can even have an AV tech come set it up if you like!

  4. Batteries and Chargers

    Comments Off on Batteries and Chargers
    rent-camera-batteries-milwaukee

    If you need to rent a battery or charger for your camera, recorder, microphone, mixer, or other gear, we can help.  We offer extra rechargeable batteries and chargers for just about everything we rent. We only send out fully-charged batteries. Please give us a call if you have questions about battery capacity or run time.

     

     
    Batteries        
    Size/Model Qty Type Day Rate Notes
    AA 4 XXX Recharge $5 Best-performing AA battery
    9v 2 NiMH $5 Popular for audio equipment
    LP-E6 1 Canon $5 Fits 5D, 6D, 7D series
    LP-E8 1 Canon $5 Fits T2i, T3i, T4i, etc.
    LP-E17 1 Canon $5 Fits Canon T6s
             
    NP-FW50 1 Sony $5 Fits Sony A7s, A7s II
    NP-F970 1 Sony $9 for camera accessories
    BP-U90 1 Sony $9 EX1, EX3, FS5, FS7, etc.
             
    Gold Mount 1 89 WH $19 14.8v
    V-mount 1 89 WH $19 14.8v
    V-mount 1 177 WH $29 14.8v

     

    Chargers      
    Size/Model Capacity Type Day Rate
    AA 8 NiMH $5
    9v 2 NiMH $5
    LP-E6, E8, or E17 1 Canon $5
           
    NP-Fxxx series 1 Sony $5
    BP-U series 2 Sony $15
    A7s, A7s II 1 Sony $5
    Gold Mount 2   $20
    V-mount 2   $20

     

    We also sell single-use alkaline AA, lithium AA, and alkaline 9V batteries as expendables. If you have questions about what battery you need, just ask.

  5. LCD HD Projector – 3000 lumen

    Comments Off on LCD HD Projector – 3000 lumen
    lcd-projector-rental

    This LCD projector rental features HD resolution and WiFi connectivity for easy setup.  With 3000 white lumens (and 3000 color lumens) this projector is a great choice for business presentations and videos when you want vibrant colors.  PowerPoint slides are easy to read and video is colorful and crisp, even in a room with some ambient lighting.  We recommend renting this 3LCD projector for screen sizes up to 120″ (10 feet), or 144″ (12 feet) in completely darkened rooms.

    This projector has fantastic connectivity, including HDMI, MHL, USB, S-Video, and composite inputs.  We also include a MiniDisplayport adapter. If you’re not sure, you can test out the projector rental in our Milwaukee office and make sure it will work with your equipment.

    What makes this projector rental even more powerful is the new WiFi connectivity, letting you wirelessly display images and slideshows with any device running Epson’s free iProjection app, including smartphones and tablets. The LCD projector has a WXGA 1280×720 (720p HD) resolution.  This means sharper-than-SD projections no matter if you’re using 16:9 or 4:3 materials.  Don’t forget, we offer a $10 discount when you combine your LCD projector rental with a projection screen.

    You don’t have to fill out forms, request quotes, and add fees.  The price you see is what you pay. Not sure what projector you want to rent? Our team of audiovisual rental specialists have years of experience with projectors, and can make a recommendation based on your venue, audience size, and what you’ll be projecting.

    We’re sure we have the most affordable projector rentals in Milwaukee, and we publish our prices to make it easy.  Handle your own setup to make a rental work on any budget, or hire one of our experienced AV techs to handle the rental, delivery, and setup for you!

    Rental Prices

    $99 for 1 day
    $198 for up to 5 days
    Call or email for availability.

     

    Suggested accessories:

    projector screen, media cart, enhanced speaker system, laptop PC, Bluray/DVD player

     

  6. Daylight 1×1 LED Light Panel

    Comments Off on Daylight 1×1 LED Light Panel
    litepanel

    The F&V K4000 is a portable, affordable 5600K LED panel. We include the fixture, a V-mount to AC adapter for running on wall power, and a diffusion panel. Add V-mount batteries if you want to shoot on the run. You’ll need a baby stand to mount the light.

    The lights are 400 LEDs arranged in a 1’x1′ array.  The fixture has a 60-degree beam angle, and flicker-free dimming from 0-100%.

    Rental Rates

    $39 for 1 day
    $78 for up to 3 days
    $117 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

  7. Sony FS7 updated tips and tricks

    Comments Off on Sony FS7 updated tips and tricks

    fs7-tips

    You’ll want to use a lens support when mounting heavier lenses to the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra.

    I’ve been shooting with the Sony PXW-FS7 and Metabones Ultra Speedbooster EF for about six months, yikes, about four years! For some of my earlier notes, check out my first post on the FS7. This post is updated and current as of October 8, 2017, and covers some of the updates available in the FS7 mark II as well.

    The FS7 and the C300 mark II have definitely squared off as direct competitors. Excluding a few fanboys on either side, most operators and producers will say both cameras perform relatively equally. The cost to buy, cost of ownership, and flexibility all tilt in Sony’s favor. Canon appears to have the edge in durability and name recognition.

    The battery options have gotten a lot better, and most modern BP-U series batteries have been updated to work with the FS7 and FS7 mark II. I’ve had great results from BP-U90 batteries made by Vivitar, with two of them lasting all day. If you’re running on a gimbal/stabilizer, you’ll probably want to scale down to multiple BP-U30 batteries.

    The XDCA-FS7 really brings the camera close to the features and functionality of the much pricier F5 and F55. If you’re using the camera professionally, it’s a no-brainer to buy one. Of course, everyone who has one isn’t looking to sell it, so they are pretty rare to find used.

    After beating an FS7 up for four years, a few parts are going to break or fall off. In particular, consider reinforcing the connection between the EVF and camera body. Also, be aware the shotgun mount is a target for abuse, and the EVF mount is less than ideal. If you’re able to swap for the mark II version of the EVF mount, I strongly suggest it. At a minimum, you’ll want to trade out the short rod for a longer one to better position the EVF for shoulder work. Be careful, as the screws strip out easily if you’re heavy-handed.

    The stream of constant firmware updates has ended, and the latest version is probably the right choice for anyone who is not in the middle of a project. You don’t want to brick your rig halfway through a week’s shooting, or find out that highlight handling or something was changed halfway through your shoot. There are still some weird things about the way the FS7 handles settings, in particular if you’re setting general settings like framerate and resolution. More than once, I’ve gone through all my settings from top to bottom, and then realized that by changing some value, I’ve reset other values as well. And then there’s the menu items that end up grayed out without explanation. I suggest writing your most commonly used settings to an SD card, so you can recall them quickly, rather than spending 10+ minutes making sure every last setting is right or doing a factory reset every shoot.

    My key reason for preferring the FS7 over the Canon Cx00 series is the NEX/E mount. The extra flange depth leaves room for optical tricks like speedboosters. There are two big things to know about the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra. First, it needs to be adjusted before you can get infinity focus with most lenses, particularly wide lenses.

    speedbooster-infinity

    Terrible English aside, this is how Metabones suggests you adjust infinity focus on the Speedbooster.

    I’ve seen this issue with two different EF Speedbooster Ultras, and have heard about the same problem on the F-mount Nikon version. I needed to rotate each one between 2/3 and 7/8 of a turn counterclockwise before I could get infinity focus on a Zeiss CP2 21mm or a Rokinon 14mm. This seemed to pull the focus witness marks a little closer to accurate, as well. It’s tempting to rotate until you can get past infinity, but I suggest tweaking just enough to get your widest lens happy. Sloppy third-party wide lenses like the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 are probably best avoided completely.

    Second, sometimes things just don’t work. If you disconnect and reconnect, this will usually fix the problem, but occasionally, I’ve needed to reset the camera before I could get electrical functions on my lenses using a Speedbooster.

    sony-fs7-tricks

    With wide lenses, the arm sometimes needs to come off or be flipped back to stay out of the shot.

    LUT handling is limited in the camera, and I don’t expect a firmware update that enables preview in one LUT while recording in another. I was using the Gratical HD for awhile, but lately have preferred the Atomos Shogun Flame to help manage LUTs (as well as anamorphic desqueeze and a few other features).  Having the EVF set up to view log and the medium-sized monitor for a “normal” color is quite useful.

    What are your experiences with the Sony FS7? Let us know in the comments below.

    Posted by Jon Kline

  8. Arri Fresnel Lights – 150w, 300w, 650w

    Comments Off on Arri Fresnel Lights – 150w, 300w, 650w
    arri-fresnel-milwaukee

    Arri fresnel tungsten lights are an industry standard for all kinds of film and video sets. We rent them individually, or as a four-light kit.

    When renting individual fresnel lights, we include scrims and barn doors. You’ll need to order stands separately.  Please request your 150w, 300w, or 650w size when you place your rental order.

    Rental Prices

    $19 for 1 day
    $38 for up to 3 days
    $57 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Stands
    Sandbags
    Flag Kit

  9. Phototek Sunbuster Uncle Sam Umbrella

    Comments Off on Phototek Sunbuster Uncle Sam Umbrella
    phototek-sunbuster

     

    The Phototek Sunbuster SB-84 is an 84″ umbrella designed to work as a diffusion,solid, or reflector. It sets up in seconds, and mounts easily on a C stand or can be held by hand. It’s an excellent option to replace bulky butterflies and overheads, especially when you have a minimal crew. Use the silk to soften direct sunlight, or use the black/silver for throwing shade or bouncing strobes.

    The center pole tilts to maximize the shaded area, and a boom-style tilting bracket lets you position it anywhere.

    A heavy-duty stand and multiple sandbags are required for outdoor use.

    Rental Prices

    $69 for 1 day
    $138 for up to 3 days
    $207 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    uncle-sam-umbrella

  10. Arri 4-Light Kit

    Comments Off on Arri 4-Light Kit
    arri-light-kit-4

    Our Arri Four-Light Kit comes with two 650w fresnels, a 300w fresnel, and a 1000w open-face fixture.  The classic Arri road case has wheels for easy transport.  Scrims, stands, and barn doors are included.  This tungsten (3200k) light kit is the perfect choice for interviews, film sets, and just about anywhere you need reliable, flattering lighting.

    When available, you can swap out alternate Arri fresnel fixtures, including 650w, 300w, or 150w sizes. Please be careful, these fixtures do get hot.

    Add on an optional Chimera softbox with speedring starting at $35/day. Also consider adding clamps, diffusion, and a flag kit.

    Rental Prices

    $84 for 1 day
    $168 for up to 3 days
    $252 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

Can’t Find It?

If you haven't found what you're looking for, try the search box above, or call (414) 939-3653. We have way too many clamps, cables, and widgets to list everything. And we have new stuff coming all the time, too!