This week we've added an the DJI Inspire 1 Pro with X5 camera. This is something we've been getting a lot of requests to add, and we're very excited to start renting it!
Although the body looks similar, the upgraded Inspire 1 Pro body features motors that are 30% faster than the existing Inspire 1 with X3 camera to accommodate the larger X5 camera and gimbal. The new Inspire 1 Pro body also features upgraded carbon fiber rods, a new quick-release locking mechanism for the blades, and slightly longer landing gears.
The biggest change however is the X5 camera, which offers a Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with a 15mm f/1.7 lens. The X5 camera gives you full control over manual exposure settings including the aperture, shutter, and ISO. You can also capture 4K video at 30 frames per second in MOV or MP4 and 16 megapixel photos in JPEG or Adobe DNG RAW.
What's Included and What You'll Need
Our DJI Inspire 1 Pro X5 comes with 2 controllers, allowing one person to operate the drone while another operates the camera. The kit also includes a battery charger, extra set of props, 2 TB47 batteries, a filter set with UV, CPL, ND16, and ND2-400 filter, and a Go Professional hard case.
You will need a Smart Phone or Tablet with its corresponding USB cable and the latest version of the DJI GO app. A Micro SDHC card up to 64GB is also required to store video or still images. Flight time per battery is approximately 12-15 minutes, so if you need more time we also recommend renting an Extra TB-47 battery.
This week we've added the all-new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount). This camera can capture up to an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range with its Super-35mm sized 4.6K sensor.
One of the biggest appeals of the Ursa Mini is the ability to record RAW CinemaDNG files at up to 60 fps. The CinemaDNG files can be recorded uncompressed, or at 3:1 and 4:1 compression ratios if memory space is a concern. If you'd prefer ready-to-edit files, you can also record in UHD (3840 x 2160) and 1080p in a variety of ProRes formats. The dual CFast card slots allow you to swap cards while recording. When the current card is full, recording will switch to the second card so you can swap the full card - allowing you to shoot for extended periods of time.
The URSA Mini also features a variety of professional connections including 12G-SDI Out, HD-SDI monitoring out, 2 LANC inputs, dual XLR audio inputs with phantom power, & timecode in. Power is provided with the included 4-pin XLR power connector cable or optional Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries.
Our URSA Mini 4.6K kit will include the XLR power adapter, side grip with control buttons, top handle, accessory handle, shoulder mount with 15mm rod clamps, and Anton Bauer Gold Mount battery plate.
What You'll Need
The URSA Mini 4.6K utilizes CFast 2.0 memory cards, which are not included with the rental. The camera does not have a way to transfer footage directly, so if you don't already have CFast cards, you'll most likely need a CFast Reader as well. As-is, the camera must run off of AC power or a 4-pin XLR power source. If you'd like to use batteries, the URSA Mini is compatible with Anton Gold Mount batteries. Last, to open the RAW files, you will need to have software that is compatible with CinemaDNG files. If you don't have one, Blackmagic offers Davinci Resolve on their website for free, and it does a great job. You'll need to register with Blackmagic to download the software.
If you're ready to start shooting 4.6K raw, the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF Mount can be rented here.
Sony shooters rejoice! This week we have finally received the new Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM. This is the first in Sony's G Master series of lenses, designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness. This popular focal length and aperture range is ideal for a wide variety of applications in both video and photography. The lens is designed to be compatible with E-Mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, but it will also work on APS-C cameras.
We were very surprised at the size, it's nearly the same size as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. Our initial testing shows it's a VERY strong contender when paired with the Sony A7R II. The resolution is among the highest we've ever seen of any camera & lens combination.
Nikon has updated their flagship SB-910 Speedlight with the all new SB-5000 Speedlight. While the power output remains about the same, the new flash is smaller, recycles faster, and has an improved cooling system.
When it was introduced, Nikon's Creative Lighting System completely changed the way most people use off-camera flash. Nikon has taken this a step further with the introduction of Radio Control Wireless lighting. The SB-5000 can be controlled via radio with a compatible DSLR using the WR-A10 Remote Adapter & WR-R10 Wireless Remote Controller. At the time of this article, the only cameras that will support this function are the new D5 & D500. The SB-5000 is also fully compatible with Nikon's optical triggering Creative Lighting System as a remote flash. You will need a camera with a compatible built-in optical trigger or a compatible master flash like the SB-910 or SB-700. You can even mix and match optical and radio flashes together.
The SB-5000 is also the first Speedlight with a built-in cooling system. This allows the flash to fire up to 100 consecutive full power flashes without problem. It also has an improved recycle time of 1.8-2.6 seconds compared to the SB-910's recycle time of 2.3-4.5 seconds.
We'll be excited to see this new radio integration in future flashes. In the mean time, you can rent the SB-5000 here.