were shot with the same lenses and cameras
Unless you have hundreds or thousands of dollars in your bank account, you won’t be able to rent these pro cameras.
We looked at the cameras used in the Oscar nominated films ,. But what would it cost to purchase one of these cameras bodies instead of renting?
There are two types of . You can either not afford these cameras or you will spend thousands just to get them. So, while your starting point in the $50K range may seem more affordable than you thought, don’t forget you easily need another $50K in accessories, then lenses on top of that.
The Cameras Are So Expensive You Can Only Rent Them
Only the most famous movies work with these cameras.
For starters, the IMAX cameras are so expensive and rare that you can’t buy one. You can only rent these cameras for allegedly around $16,000 per week, but that’s likely for the body only. The entire package, including the film, must be included.
How expensive are these cameras. Well, IMAX won’t tell, but Christopher Nolan and crew have damaged at least three IMAX cameras in the productions of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Dunkirk. Each time, the camera has been insured for around $500,000.
ARRI ALEXA 65
Again, so rare and exclusive that you can’t buy one. IMAX partnered up with many camera manufacturers to develop a new “Filmed In IMAX” line. The ARRI ALEXA 65 is the company’s flagship camera with the industry-leading capture technology.
The camera body can’t be sold individually, as it requires the entire ALEXA 65 system and workflow to work, meaning the camera body alone is easily around $150,000. For a camera package rental, you’re looking at around $10,000 per day.
Panavision Millennium DXL2
Panavision does not sell any of its cameras. They are only available through their rental program. Panavision’s latest flagship camera, the Panavision Millennium DXL2, was created in collaboration with RED’s Monstro sensor. This is Panavision’s response to the ALEXA 65, and also earns the “Filmed in IMAX” moniker.
It’s said the camera body rental rate starts around $1,000 per day, with insurance rates of $300,000 in equipment and $1M in liability.
Expensive Cameras Available to Purchase (If You Have the Cash)
What if you could own the camera and rent it? These are the best Hollywood cameras that you can buy.
ARRI ALEXA LF and ALEXA Mini LF
ARRI’s newest and wildly popular ALEXA Mini LF (large format) and ALEXA LF are the current top consumer-level offerings from the German camera manufacturer. If you have the money, these cameras are actually available for purchase.
The ARRI ALEXA LF body only starts at $98,200 USD, going up as soon as you want to start adding things like capture drives and memory cards. For the more compact ALEXA Mini LF, prices start at $58,760 USD.
The two cameras are frequently used together on sets, with the ALEXA LF acting as the A-cam and the Mini LF serving the B-cam. They are also used in tight fight scenes or on stabilizers. The cameras captured the Oscar-nominated films Judas and the Black Messiah, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and News of the World.
RED RANGER MONSTRO 8K VV
The RED MONSTRO 8K (Vista Vision sensor) is RED’s flagship product. It’s so technologically advanced that it’s a critical part of Panavision’s Millennium DXL2. If you wanted to own that tech for yourself, the current top-of-the-line body from the manufacturer is the RED RANGER with a MONSTRO 8K VV, starting at $59,950. If you wanted to save a few thousand, you can go with the MONSTRO on the DSMC2 body for $54,500. That’s the body.
The DSMC2 MONSTRO was paired with the Millennium DXL2 on Extraction, and is featured in the viral behind-the-scenes shots of director Sam Hargrave‘s vehicle stunts.
The Sony VENICE is the flagship camera body of Sony’s CineAlta line. While developed for film and television, the camera has become much more of a television go-to camera, capturing limited series and select seasons of shows like Ozark, The Crown, The Boys, and Bridgerton. The camera body alone starts at $49,000.
Take a look at these cameras in this year’s Oscar nominated films. Check out the . article for more information.
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