This week in filmmaking deals: Panasonic's "indie friendly" cinema camera, the VariCam LT, is now over $6K cheaper, the price of Red Giant Universe gets a big discount for new users, and Sony is offering big savings on its most popular mirrorless cameras.

Panasonic VariCam LT

Panasonic Varicam LT deal

Touted as the "indie-friendly" 4K Super 35 cinema camera, Panasonic's VariCam LT proved to be a worthy adversary to shooters like the ARRI Alexa Mini and RED Weapon, especially with features like 14+ stops of dynamic range, dual 800 and 5000 ISO, and ProRes recording. It was already one of the most inexpensive cameras in its class, but Panasonic has decided to drop the price to $9,995 USD, which is almost half of what it originally retailed for. It comes with the camera body with top handle, EF lens mount, as well as the control panel which doubles as an LCD monitor.

Red Giant Universe: 50% Off Sale

Red Giant Universe Video Transitions and Effects Plugins

Red Giant Universe is an innovative online post-production platform/community with a potentially endless library of free tools, plugins, transitions, and effects for editors. And guess can save 50% on your first year. That means a whole year of Universe for $99, or $49 if you're a student. This offer only applies to first-time Red Giant Universe Annual customers. Use the code UNIVERSE50 to save. Sale ends Friday, 5/31/19 at 10 AM PDT.

Sony Alpha a9Step Up to Sony Sales Event

Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera

If you've been itching to get your hands on one of Sony's mirrorless cameras, like the a7R III or a9, then now might be the perfect time to do it. The Step Up to Sony Sales Event is on now and you can save $1000 on the Sony a9, and up to $600 on some of Sony's most popular mirrorless shooters until June 22nd, 2019. Here's a quick breakdown of the savings: 
  • Sony a9: $3,500 ($1000 instant rebate savings)
  • Sony a7R III: $2,600 ($600 instant rebate savings)
  • Sony a7R II: $1,500 ($500 instant rebate savings)
  • Sony a7 II: Body for $900 ($500 instant rebate savings), $1000 for kit ($600 instant rebate savings)

Adorama Deal of the Week

Core SWX Battery Kit

Save $270 on the Core SWX Nano Battery Brick, which features an upright design, lightweight plastic housing, simultaneous 2A charging, as well as "Fleet Rapid Charge" technology that can take care of a 98wh pack in under 2.5 hours. The Nano usually retails for $719, but you can get it now through Adorama for $449.