This week in filmmaking deals: Benro's brand new line of X-series 3-axis gimbals are on sale, including the powerful 3XD Pro that can handle larger DSLR camera setups. Canon's popular C300 Mark II Cinema Camera just got crazy affordable at $8999, while Apple's 27" iMac sees a big $500 price drop. Plus, Joby's running a closeout sale on their Action Clamp, which means you can mount your action cams to pretty much anything for less. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Focusrite RedNet X2P Audio Interface that saves you $150.
Several years ago, the Canon C300 was one of the most popular cinema cameras used in the indie film industry due to its Super 35mm CMOS sensor, internal 4K recording, and expanded dynamic range. Now that shooters are moving toward smaller, full-frame mirrorless units that shoot at higher resolutions, these cine cams have become more affordable. Canon has dropped the price of the C300 Mark II to just $8999, down from a whopping $20,000, so if you've always had your eye on one of these babies but couldn't imagine affording one, now's your chance to get your hands on one.
For new editors who favor Apple products, the iMac Pro is often the go-to desktop machine since it's a fraction of the price of a Mac Pro and can still handle basic editing software. Right now on Amazon, you can save $500 on Apple's latest iMac Pro model, which features a 27" Retina 5K display, 10-core Xeon W processor, Radeon Pro Vega 64 graphics card, 64GB of memory, and a 1TB SSD.
Benro announced just a few days ago that they were entering the gimbal market...and boy did they. The company unveiled a brand new line of 3-axis handheld gimbals called the X-series, consisting of not one, not two, but five units that range from small, handheld pedestals for smartphones to large rigs for beefy DSLRs. The 3XD Pro is the big papa, which features a dual handle design, multiple operating configurations, and an 8.3lb load capacity. The Benro 3XD Pro gimbal is on sale now for $699.
Rule #1 of filmmaking: You can never have too many clamps. If you're in need of a mounting solution for your action cam, Joby is running a closeout sale on their Action Clamps that'll save you a few bucks. These things have a standard 1/4" -20 tripod mount and a GoPro mount, so you can use it with just about any action cam on the market. It also comes with an adjustable vice grip for quick mounting, as well as an articulating arm for easy camera positioning. You can get Action Clamps right now on Joby's website for $19.47.
Portable and powerful, the Focusrite RedNet X2P is a 2x2 Dante audio interface that has a bunch of enticing features, including two Red Evolution mic preamps, PoE, and up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling rates. It also has a network integration switch that will make daisy-chaining your devices simple, as well as a steel and aluminum chassis that will hold up as you take it from gig to gig. You can buy a Focusrite RedNet X2P now on Adorama for $749.99, saving you a cool $150.