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

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

Cameras & Accessories

  1. Canon 5D mark III Event Photographer Package


    The Canon 5D mark III is built on Canon’s 22.3MP sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor.  It’s the perfect camera for event photographers, with an incredible AF system based on the flagship Canon 1Dx.  The focus improvements and low-light sensitivity make it the clear choice over the mark II for events indoors and at night.  The dual memory card slots allow for instant backup recording of images.

    This package has been very popular with Milwaukee’s event and wedding photographers, who use it both as a primary camera or as a backup.  You can pick up on Friday afternoon and drop off on Monday morning for just the one day rate.

    We include four Canon batteries, a charger, an on-camera flash, two 32 GB Compact Flash cards, one 64 GB SDXC card, a camera bag, and wireless remote.  Use your own EF-mount lenses or rent some of ours.

    Rental Prices

    $129 for 1 day
    $258 for up to 3 days
    $387 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Lenses, Alienbees, additional flashes, photo tripod


  2. Memory Cards


    We offer additional memory cards, drives, and media for every camera, audio and video recorder we rent.  Be sure to bring more than you think you’ll need!

    Memory Cards  Size and Speed  One Day Rental

    SD/SDHC/SDXC 8GB class 4 $5
    32GB class 10 $5
    64GB UHS-1 $10
    256GB UHS-3 $20
    MicroSD/MicroSDHC 32GB class 10 $5
      64GB UHS-1 $10
    Compact Flash (CF) 32GB 400x $10
    64GB 667x $15
    SxS Cards SD Adapter w/ 64GB SD $29
    XQD 64GB 1333x Lexar $29
    64GB Sony S $39
    Drives  Size  One Day Rental

    2.5″ 9.5mm SATA SSD 240GB $19
    2.5″ 9.5mm SATA SSD 500GB $39
    Ext RAID array 8TB $78

    If you have questions about what size or speed memory card your camera or recorder needs, just ask.

  3. Ikan 9″ Field Monitor VX9e

    Ikan 9" Field MonitorThe Ikan Vx9e is a 8.9″ high definition field monitor, great for use with any HD-SDI or HDMI camera, including the Canon 5D series as well as the BMCC.  The monitor features focus peaking, false color options, and 1024×600 resolution for easy focusing and exposure.  It features a loop-through HD-SDI connection to connect to video village without complicated coverters, spitters, or extenders.  You can even convert from SDI to to analog component in the monitor.

    We use this most with the Canon 5D mark III, so we rent it with the BP-E6 battery plate, but we can also convert it for use with our V-mount battery kits, or Sony or Panasonic camcorder batteries.  If you’re shooting with a DSLR, we recommend you rent a cage for easy mounting options.

    We include the monitor, hard case, four BP-E6 (Canon) batteries and a charger, short BNC cable, short HDMI to mini HDMI cable, and a mounting arm.

    If you’re looking for a more budget-minded monitor, we offer the 7″ Lilliput monitor with HDMI only.

    $69/$138/$207 for 1/3/7 day rentals.  Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Additional batteries, camera cage, BNC cables

  4. 8TB eSATA/USB 3.0 External RAID Drive


    This RAID-capable enclosure features eSATA and USB 3 connections for fast data transfers.  The two 4TB drives offer 8TB of RAID 0 or 4TB of RAID 1 storage.  Use RAID 1 (mirroring) for critical data or RAID 0 (striping) for speed.

    If you’re transferring from SSD drives, REDmags, XQD cards, or other high-capacity media, you’ll be glad to have  a large, high-speed storage solution.  We find this one is a great performer without breaking the bank.  Typical sequential write and read speeds over eSATA in RAID 0 are above 225 MB/s.

    Please note, we can help with questions when you place and order or pick it up, but we’re unable to help you with file transfer problems on set.  We suggest hiring a qualified DIT to make sure your data is safe and your filesystems are configured properly.  Milwaukee has several, and we’re more than happy to recommend one.

    Rental Prices

    $78 for 1 day
    $156 for up to 3 days
    $234 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.
    Suggested accessories:
    Power strip, Mac or PC

  5. Blackmagic Cinema Camera with EF mount

    bmcc-blackmagic-cameraThe Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) offers the easiest entry ever into RAW recording.  Get incredible, film-like results with the 2.5K micro 4/3 sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, and full compatibility with all of our EF mount lenses.  It also supports recording to ProRes or DNxHD, for faster post-production workflow.  We include a 240GB SSD drive for easy high-speed recording, two external V-mount batteries with charger, a detachable sun shield, and cinema camera handles.

    We don’t include lenses, you’ll need to rent some of ours or bring your own.  The camera has a 2.4 crop factor (relative to full-frame cameras like the 5D mark III), so remember to go wide.

    If you’re using zooms, we suggest checking them on our camera body before making your reservation.  Some zooms have problems holding focus on the BMCC.  We can’t give refunds on the camera due to focus issues, since each lens performs differently.

    $149/$298/$447 for 1/3/7 day rental.  Additional 240 GB drives are $19 and 500GB drives are $39.  Call or email for availability, or to build a package to suit your needs.

    Suggested accessories:

    Mattebox, followfocus, rails, lens kit, filter kit, shoulder mount, tripod

  6. Radian Time Lapse Motorized Pan/Tilt Head


    Use the free app on any iPhone or Android device

    Create killer timelapses with your DSLR or other camera and the Radian by Alpine Labs.  You program the Radian with your iPhone or Android device.  It makes precise motorized adjustments and automatically triggers your camera’s shutter for each exposure.  When you’re done, you have a beautiful timelapse sequence with even panning or tilting motion.

    The Radian supports speed ramping and bulb ramping, giving you smooth starts and stops, and exposures through lighting changes like sunrise and sunset.  You can program a whole playlist of actions, allowing you unlimited creative control, without requiring you or your phone to be there.  It’s a motorized head and intervalometer in one. We include the shutter release cable for the Canon fullframe cameras like the 5D mark III, but you can use a different cable to trigger your 7D or Nikon camera as well.  Usually, we use the intervalometer function of Magic Lantern to give us supreme control.

    Just load the free Radian app onto your smartphone, create your timelapse program, connect your phone to the Radian and upload your settings.  Then you can disconnect your phone and Radian does the rest!

    Runs all night on a single charge.  Uses a micro-USB charging port.

    Rental Prices

    $24 for 1 day
    $48 for up to 3 days
    $72 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    DSLR, tripod

    Sample video we created with the Radian:

  7. Kessler Pocket Dolly v2.0

    The Kessler Pocket Dolly v2.0 is an easy way to get smooth dolly moves without heavy equipment.  It supports up to 15 pounds (perfect for DSLRs) and includes a crank handle for ultra-precise motion.  It’s just under 40″, giving you 31″ of travel and near zero noise.You can set this slider dolly up in minutes.
    We usually use a heavy-duty tripod or two c-stands, but you can also use a lighter duty tripod and a light stand, or use it as a tabletop dolly.  A medium-duty fluid head is also available for $19/day.

    Rental Prices

    $49 for 1 day
    $98 for up to 3 days
    $147 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    • Heavy-duty tripod
    • C-Stands

  8. Dry Erase Camera Slate


    Production slate, clapboard, camera slate, clapperboard, sticks, or whatever you call it, it’s two pieces of wood and a place to put notes that can make postproduction a whole lot easier.  It’s also great to convince your mom you’re finally a “real filmmaker.”  This one is 9″x11″, so you can easily carry it around with your clipboard, director’s viewfinder, and tall skinny mocha Frappuccino.

    If you’re renting a camera and sound recorder, just ask and we’ll include one for free!

    Rental Prices

    $9 for 1 day
    $18 for up to 3 days
    $27 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Dry erase markers


  9. Blackmagic HDMI to HD-SDI Converter


    The Blackmagic Design HDMI to HD-SDI converter will take your HDMI output from a camera, Bluray player, or other device, and convert it to dual auto-switching SDI or HD-SDI outputs, including audio.  Uses an AC power adapter, included.

    Make your signal line more reliable by converting from HDMI to HD-SDI as early as possible.  We see this box a lot on DSLR and mirrorless camera sets.  The output is a high-quality 4:2:2 signal that matches whatever HDMI settings your camera can output.

    Rental Prices

    $24 for 1 day
    $48 for up to 3 days
    $72 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    BNC Cables, HDMI Cables

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