2018 has already been a whirlwind year for new gear – from Zeiss Supreme Primes to New RGB LED lighting – there has been a lot of new gear on the market. It got us thinking, what are KitSplitters renting in 2018?
Below are the top eleven most popular items so far in 2018. If you are thinking of investing in new gear, and eager to make a healthy return renting them out, these items may be a great starting point! As in our most popular gear of 2017 post, Sony cameras, Canon cameras, canon lenses, and the DJI Ronin M continue to be favorites…with a few new items pulling in the lead in 2018.
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1. Sony Alpha 7S II
If 4K video and low light shooting are your thing, you should check out the Sony Alpha 7S II (aka the A7S II). It’s size mixed with its ability to produce video close to that of professional-level dedicated video camera made the A7S one of the most popular rentals on KitSplit so far this year. There are rumors that the A7S III may be coming out soon, so we’re excited to see what the rest of the year brings.
2. Canon Zoom Lenses
We know – this is technically more than one piece of gear – but all of Canon’s line of zoom lenses are popular on KitSplit, we just couldn’t pick one. Whether it’s the 16-35mm f/2.8L III or the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II–this versatile lens series is perfect for wide-to-zoom shots or selective focus with gorgeous soft backgrounds for photo and video alike.
3. DJI Ronin-M
Shooting professionally stabilized video has never been simpler and the DJI Ronin-M offers a way to get Steadicam quality shots for a fraction of the budget. This rig works for cameras up to 8 pounds, and sports three different modes of arranging the rig for maximum maneuverability. And for those really tough shots, there’s always the option of adding a second operator on the bluetooth controlled remote. We’re also excited the newer DJI Ronin S (our review here) and curious to see how it stacks up against the Ronin M in the coming months.
4. Canon EOS C300 Mark II
A workhorse of the industry, the Canon C300 Mark II is modular, customizable, and portable, making it the ideal tool for gorgeous video, TV and small films. The 8.85 Megapixel Canon Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS image sensor that supports up to 4K (DCI) recording with a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and a high-speed readout for reduced rolling-shutter distortion.
5. Sony PXW-FS7
Sony’s PXW-FS7 brings 4K to the native shoulder mounted cameras. For doc filmmakers and reality tv shooters, this is long overdue and very welcome. The Super 35 Sensor provides a beautiful cinematic quality and the stainless steel E mount ensures maximum compatibility with a variety of lenses via adaptors.
6. Canon EOS C100
The Canon C100 is the little brother of the versatile C300, but don’t let size fool you, it is a smart choice if you are looking to shoot 1080p on a budget. It sports the wonderful color of Canon’s Super 35 EOMS sensor, as well as the Log Gamma which allows for 12 stops of dynamic range.
7. Litepanels Astra 1×1 Bi-Color LED
Litepanels continues their domination of the LED world with this incredible advance in 1×1 tech. This light is bi-color, and with the twist of a knob can swing from tungsten to daylight without even changing a bulb! This makes it a versatile addition to any kit order.
8. Canon 5D Mark IV
The latest and greatest from Canon’s 5D series boasts an improved 30.4MP full-frame CMOS sensor paired with the DIGIC 6+ image processor. The first Canon DSLR to support 4K video, this camera’s expanded ISO of 50-102400 is truly impressive. The older versions of the Canon 5d, especially the Canon 5D III, continue to be popular as well.
9. Panasonic Lumix GH5
4K video at up to 60fps? Say hello to the newest in Panasonic’s Lumix series. The sensor on this puppy is a magnificent 20.3 MP and using the new 5 axis sensor stabilization your handheld footage will be more smooth, not to mention that the 4K video allows for terrific reframing in post if necessary. All of this and more grabbed the Panasonic GH5 a spot on our list of most popular gear.
10. Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2
This handheld gimbal stabilizer gives 360° Rotation along all three axes. Supports cameras that weight up to 3.9 lbs. Has a 1/4″-20 threaded hole for easing mounting. With the ongoing success of the newer DJI’s Ronin-S (which can hold a whopping 8lbs), we won’t be surprised if the Crane v2 finds its way off this list in a few months.
11. Arri Alexa Mini
The film and tv industry has embraced this incredible camera from Arri, and you should too. Like it’s big brother the Amira, this tiny camera will record 4K footage. The Alexa Mini is capable of recording up to 200 fps, and the light weight body makes it ideal for tracking shots via Movi or Drone operating.
There you have it, the most popular camera gear rentals on Kitsplit (so far) in 2018! Keep an eye on our newsletter and Gear Guide blog section where we’ll continue to share information on popular gear.
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