January 9, 2020

The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (1.09.20)

Headlining our Deals of the Week, the Panasonic GH4 mirrorless 4K camera is now under $600.

This week in filmmaking deals: Westcott Solix Apollo Orb 1-Light LED Kits are nearly half off right now, while Benro RedDog R1 handheld stabilizers are now until $300. If you're looking for a great wide lens that can also tackle low light situations, you can save $100 on the Tokina 14-20mm f/2.0 AT-X Pro DX lens right now. Finally, if you've always had your eye on a Panasonic GH4 but couldn't afford the $1000 price tag, now might be the best time to buy since these mirrorless 4K shooters are on sale for just $598.

Westcott Solix Apollo Orb 1-Light LED Kits

If you want to set yourself up with a portable, professional-grade lighting kit, you might want to start with the Westcott Solix Apollo Orb 1-Light LED Kit. This continuous 60-watt LED light features an integrated rotatable speed ring for softboxes of up to 4.5 lbs., up to 2100 lux (at 1m) of 5600K daylight-balanced light, a high color accuracy rating of 96+ CRI (97+ TLCI), and a beam angle of about 120-degrees. This kit usually retails for $500, but you can get it now for just $300.

Benro RedDog R1 Handheld Stabilizer

In the market for a good handheld stabilizer? Well, the Benro RedDog R1 features a swivel handle for compact travel and getting unique angles, three shooting modes: Universal Follow, Locked-Down, and Horizontal Follow, a long 12-hour battery life, and a handy smartphone app for calibration and control. Best of all, it's on sale right now for $280.

Tokina 14-20mm f/2.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens

The Tokina 14-20mm f/2.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens was designed to give photographers and filmmakers the ability to capture super wide shots in difficult, low-light situations. Designed for APC-C sensors, this lens has an extremely fast f/2.0 constant aperture, 3 aspherical lens elements for sharpness and contrast, 4 super-low dispersion glass elements to control chromatic aberrations, and a fast, quiet autofocus system. Save $100 on Tokina's super fast, super wide zoom and get it now for $399.

Panasonic GH4 Mirrorless Camera

Everyone and their mom wanted a Panasonic GH4 Mirrorless Camera when it first came out. Why? Because it was a mirrorless camera that offered 4K internal recording (4:2:2 10-bit if you send out the signal via 4 HD-SDI ports, but that's external) for the low, low price of $1700. That's not too shabby for 2014, but we're in 2020 and everyone wants 6K, 12-bit, mirrorless, full-frame...and the list goes on and on. However, if you don't need a 6K mega-camera, you might want to give the GH4 another look, because it's crazy cheap right now at just $598, down from $1000.     

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This is an odd comparison, but for video at least, would the GH4 + cage and accessories be worth it over a Z Cam E2C + cage and accessories?

January 10, 2020 at 7:59PM

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