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  1. Sony a6500 Camera

    The Sony Alpha a6500 is an NEX/APS-C format mirrorless camera, powerful for both still and video shooting. Featuring 4K internal video recording as well as 24.2 MP still photo shooting, the a6500 is great when you need a camera that does both jobs well. The small form factor hides a powerful camera that makes it easy for anyone to capture great photo and video, even in challenging situations.

    The a6500 builds on the success of the a6000 and a6300. The a6500 adds five-axis in-body stabilization. Now every lens is a stabilized lens, letting you shoot handheld photos and video with reduced motion blur and smoother camera moves. Sensitivity is unmatched among crop-factor cameras, with ISO extending to 51200. Video recording is higher quality, with resolution up to 3840×2160 at 30 frames per second.

    The camera accepts any E-mount and NEX lenses, as well as nearly any DSLR lens with the use of an adapter. Lenses designed for full frame (FE lenses) will have a 1.5x crop in field of view, when compared to a full frame camera. We would be happy to help you choose the best lenses for your rental.

    Your rental includes the Sony Alpha a6500 body, two batteries, a 64GB SD card, and a charger. You’ll need to add a lens to be ready to shoot.

    Rental Prices

    $34 for 1 day
    $68 for 3 days
    $102 up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    E Mount or NEX Lens
    Tripod
    Extra Battery

  2. Sony A7s II Mirrorless Camera

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    The Sony A7s II is a combination still and video camera, featuring 4K internal video recording as well as 12.2 MP still photo shooting. Like its predecessor, the Sony A7s, this camera is a low light monster, allowing exposures where other cameras simply can’t.  Max ISO goes all the way up to 409,600, with a native ISO of 3200. This camera is the ideal choice for low-light documentary-style work.

    The most notable improvement over the Sony A7s is the added in-camera 5-axis image stabilization. Now every lens is a stabilized lens, letting you shoot handheld photos and video with reduced motion blur and smoother camera moves.

    The camera accepts any E-mount lenses (also called NEX), as well as nearly any DSLR lens with the use of an adapter. We suggest lenses offering full-frame coverage, but crop-factor lenses will function in crop mode. We would be happy to help you choose the best lenses for your rental.

    We include the Sony Alpha A7s II body, two batteries, a 64GB SD card, and a charger. You’ll need to add a lens to be ready to shoot.

    Rental Prices

    $117 for 1 day
    $234 for 3 days
    $351 up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Tripod
    Extra Batteries
    Extra SD Cards

  3. The Future for Canon Full-Frame Video

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    I’m pretty sure the f/1.2 lens is mounted in this picture just to rub it in Nikon’s face. 

    Canon announced last month it had developed a full-frame sensor exclusively for video applications, and the blog world didn’t seem surprised.  Here at MKE, we felt like the internet passed over something that could be a much bigger deal.  Here’s why:

    1. This could be the end of moire in DSLR video.  The larger pixels have no need to subsample the image into a 1080p raster.  We were really hoping this would be a 4k sensor to replace the Canon 1Dc, but running the numbers in the press release, it’s pretty clear this is a 1920-pixel horizontal imager.

    2. This is a leap forward in low-light sensitivity.  How much of a leap?  Think “shooting video with available starlight.”  Or “I had to cover the camera LCD so bounce off my face didn’t ruin my shot.”  Canon specifies 0.03 lux, which is five stops darker than the light of the full moon!  There are literally more dollars in the US federal debt than photons used in a frame of video.  The coolest application we can see for it?  High framerate videos indoors with available lighting.

    3. The megapixel war in photography is ending.  We could see the end in sight, with Canon dropping its full-frame cameras down from 21MP to 18, and cameras like the Lytro forcing us to re-define resolution all together.  This regular old 1080p sensor is just 2MP.  Of course, Canon will still make full-frame photo cameras in the 18MP range, but Canon’s engineers are definitely not chasing after more marketing megapixels at the expense of image quality.  And 8K for video is probably as far as consumer resolution will ever go, at least in the TV/cinema experience.

    4. Processing 2MP is a lot less intensive than processing 18MP.  The upshot?  Theoretically 9x more data, or capabilities in the range of 1080p240 with the same DIGIC processors (assuming that Canon provides a memory interface that can handle that much bandwidth).  This could also help cover the limits of the rolling shutter CMOS sensor, until Canon catches up with cameras like the new Blackmagic and their global shutter feature.

    The press release from Canon seems to focus on the astrovideography and security applications, but we hope to see this prototype in the hands of some of our favorite cinematographers soon!

    Posted by Jon Kline


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