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New Gear Arrivals Plus Sample Hasselblad X1D Shots

Here are 5 new things we’re super excited about that are now available to rent, including the Hasselblad X1D. Also, check out some sample imagery from the X1D!

Here are a few of the latest things to hit our rental shelves. We’re also expecting the highly-anticipated Panasonic GH5 and Fuji MK18-55mm T2.9 E Mount Lens very soon!

If you want to just skip directly to the Hasselblad example images, click here.

Digital Sputnik DS3 Modular LED Kit

Digital Sputnik new gear releases in lighting

This kit provides you with a powerful trio of high quality LED lights, along with barndoors and diffusers. Aside from being completely modular (if you get enough of them, you can stack and shape these into very large light banks), one the most notable features of these video lights is the broad temperature adjustment range from 1500-10,000K with +/- green tint control and primary color rendering.

Digital Sputnik’s modular lighting in action on the set of Star Wars: Rogue One, via their Instagram account.

Digital Sputnik lights have been used in Star Wars: Rogue One and the forthcoming live action version of Ghost in the Shell. While designed for video, they are perfectly suitable for photography as well and would be a fun creative tool for product shots.

Rent the Digital Sputnik 3-module kit for 3 days or longer starting at $485.

Ikan EC1 Beholder 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

New gear arrival announcement of new Ikan gimbal

The Ikan Beholder is a great stabilizer for beginners. I mean, it must be, because I am a complete novice with them and was able to get it balanced and running with an a6500 and Loxia lens in about 10 minutes (I got some help from this video, where he has his on a special mount – I screwed mine into a light stand). My favorite feature is the “position-and-hold” system where you take the camera with one hand and hold it in a desired position for 2 seconds. The system will automatically save the desired angle and it will stay that way until you reset it. There is a 3/8″-16 mount point on the grip base and 1/4″-20 mount point on grip shaft to add support accessories. Be sure to grab the spare battery kit with this!

Rent the Ikan Beholder stabilizer for 3 days or longer starting at $55.

Sony PXW-FS7 II XDCAM Super 35 Camera System

The long-awaited successor to the original FS7 is largely unchanged but does feature upgrades in a few key areas:

• Ergonomic refinements (doesn’t sound like much but can matter a great deal if you’re having to wear this camera all day).
• A locking mount mechanism to better protect long lenses and make swapping lenses easier with matte boxes.
• Internal 4K shooting to on-board XQD cards (the slots for which have been reconfigured) without an additional firmware update.
• Extra configurable buttons and a redesigned LCD hood.
• The addition of an electronic Vari ND filter.

Pick up the FS7 II along with its rental-separately “kit” lens, the Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS Lens, for 3 days or longer starting at $439 and $134, respectively.

FREEFLY MōVI Pro Handheld Bundle

Everything you’ll need in a support system will come in this bundle: hot-swappable intelligent batteries (which provide power for the Mōvi as well as 4 accessory ports), a Pro Ring with increased diameter and decreased weight, the long-range MIMIC controller, and the Mōvi itself, which sports internal wiring and better connection enclosing to shield against weather – all with twice the torque of the first generation Mōvi!

Mōvi’s “Toad in the Hole” quick release system.

This bundle features improved integration with RED cameras and the Pro Ring has its own built-in stand (little feet that allow you to just set your rig on the ground – but they perform best when the unit is balanced with your camera so don’t set it down haphazardly). It all comes in a convenient carrying case.

Rent the entire Mōvi Pro bundle for 3 days or longer starting at $405.

Hasselblad X1D-50c Medium Format Mirrorless Digital Camera

This camera created quite the buzz around the office. Even some of our video guys took interest (it does shoot full HD video but it’s still positioned more as a “photography gear” arrival). For many of us, it’s a novelty – mirrorless digital medium format has never been done before and it’s slick looking. For others, it promises to be a tool for high-end commercial shoots thanks to its beautiful, big-sensor depth of field, extreme sharpness, and wide exposure latitude. But did it live up to the hype?

Well, my first time with it resulted in me getting quite familiar with this screen…

So if you heard about this crashing error and it kept you from wanting to try it, know that this was fixed with a firmware update, which we added to all our units.

A portrait I took with Hasselblad X1D (edited – this is NOT straight out of camera). © Alexandria Huff, 2017. All our images here are optimized for web viewing and mobile so they aren’t the cleanest examples of quality. Photographer Chris Golson is happy to send you some of his raw files for personal testing – just reach out to him via his X1D review.

This camera is slow (1.7-2.3 frames per second shooting speed), louder than what you’re maybe used to, prone to overheating, and produces very large files that might grind your poor computer wheels to a halt. None of this will come as a surprise to experienced digital medium format shooters. Well, except for maybe the overheating part, which is called out in their user manual and a known issue: “If you take several captures within a short period of time, the processor in the camera will produce more heat. This, particularly in combination with high ambient temperature, can result in noise in the image files. To prevent this, the camera displays a warning icon when the temperature rises. At approximately 140°F a warning dialogue appears notifying that the camera is temporarily shutting down to allow it to cool.”

In short, this camera is for the methodical photographer – not the spray-and-pray style shooter.

Here are some examples of what this camera can do:

Here is an intentionally-underexposed raw.

Here are my quick corrections for the underexposed file.

Here is a detail from the corrected scene at 100%.

An unedited portrait by Kymberly Cortigiano.

Portrait at 100%. Again, it is hard to divine too much qualitative info from these blog images.

Rent the Hasselblad X1D for 3 days or longer starting at $185. Don’t forget the lenses – this is a new mount system for Hasselblad: XCD 30mm f/3.5 LensXCD 90mm f/3.2 Lens, and XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens.

We also have the new Fuji GFX Medium Format Camera! They are too in demand and couldn’t be spared even for this quick writeup, so you’ll just have to check it out for yourself. Rental starts at $200 for the body.

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