Video: VariCam LT Infrared Footage, I.R. Filter Removed

One of the often overlooked hidden gems of the Panasonic Varicam LT is the user-removable IR filter.

As Panasonic puts it:
“The Cinema VariCam LT has an integrated, detachable IR cut filter. This feature allows 4K image capture in extremely dark unlit nightscapes. This is ideal for capturing nocturnal wildlife and other scenes with no illumination. Also, the IR filter can be used in daylight as a creative tool for achieving a unique look.”

I recently worked with an astral photographer here in Portland who explained to me the reasons why a removable IR filter is such a killer feature for that line of work. The ability for an owner/operator to remove the IR filter themselves for a specific shoot is a great feature that sets the VariCam LT apart. Its not something that everyone will use but for a select crowd it could be a clincher.

See all of the VariCam LT pre-made packages here. Or you can contact us for custom packs with custom prices.

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Sony Updates F5 with Lower Price Bundles

Hello, This isn’t breaking new news as these packages prices have been running since about May but I thought it was worth re-posting as it seems many people to have not heard of this. There are a couple of great bundles on Sony F5 running right now.

For $12,995 you get
Sony F5 camera w/ 4K firmware all updated
Sony LCD Viewfinder
Sony VCT baseplate/shoulder pad
Sony SxS card reader
Davinci Resolve 12 full copy
OR for $13,995 you swap out the Sony LCD viewfinder for the extremely nice OLED viewfinder.
We’ve had a version of these kits running since last fall but previously it included a Sony a7SII camera body, a $3,000 value, but the price of those kits was $16K and $17K respectively. In May they removed the a7SII body from the kit and simply added $3,000 of additional savings instead, bringing the prices to the current $13K and $14K respectively.

Additionally, we’re offering 0% $0 down financing for 24 months on all Sony F5 and F55 kits. The F5 kit w/ the LCD viewfinder would come to $542 a month over 24 months. Or you can chose 36 month financing at about 6.5% interest, which is about $389 a month over 36 months.

Depending on what you are looking for in a camera and how you are intending to use it there are several possible advantages when compared to the Fs7. Now that the price difference between the Fs7 and F5 is significantly less some may consider spending the extra money to move to the F5.

Apply for Sony Financing here, shop the F5 bundles here

Sony F5 OLED Bundle

Panasonic VariCam LT Financing Options Now Available, 0% 90 Days No Payments

I’m excited to announce details on the Panasonic Financing options for the VariCam LT. This financing is through Panasonic’s own promotional financing program, ensuring that you’ll get very good rates. The financing options include:

12 months, 0% interest, 90 days payment deferred
With this program you will make 12 equal monthly payments but your first payment isn’t due for over 90 days. This is a great option to give yourself some time to put the camera to work before making that first payment.

24 months, 0% interest
24 equal monthly payments interest free.

36 months, 3.9% interest
Spread your payments out over 36 months to make that bill a little lower. 3.9% interest is still very competitive rate, even if its not as low as 0%.

Other details:
Any Panasonic brand item thats deemed an accessory to the camera can be bundled in at the same special low interest rate that the camera is on. If its Panasonic brand but not deemed an accessory, or if its another brand product you can still add it on to the financing but those items will be at the standard interest rate, averaging arpund 10% interest. This will not impact the VariCams promotional rate.

Some quick examples:
The body only, $16,500, over 24 months at 0% interest would be $687.50 per month.
The body only, $16,500, over 12 months (90 days payment free), at 0% interest would be $1,375 per month.
The body only, $16,500, over 36 months at 3.9% interest would be about $487 per month

I don’t have the Panasonic application up on my website yet but i will soon and will update this post as soon as it is. In the meantime, if you’re interested in applying, i can email you a .pdf of the application.

This is all very new and more details are coming every day. If you have any questions on VariCam packages, Panasonic Financing, or any video equipment please reach out and contact me. I’m still expecting my first batch of cameras sometime around the end of this month (March ’16) or the beginning of next (April ’16). I’m also taking $0 down pre-orders as well. Throw your name in the hat and be one of the first to receive this exciting new camera.

Panasonic VariCam

Incredible New Sony F5 Package Includes a7SII Camera, Viewfinder, and More.

We’ve partnered with Sony and unveiled one of the most aggressive and interesting packages on the F5 CineAlta camera, ever. The going price on the PMW-F5 camera body has always been $16,490…. until now! We’re excited to announced a promo called the “Production Crew” bundle.

The “Production Crew” bundle sells for $15,995, or can be financed for $0 down and 0% interest over 24 months for $667 a month. Included in this bundle is the F5 camera body with the internal 4K recording firmware. Also included is an NEW a7SII camera body, the LCD viewfinder for the F5, the shoulder pad/VCT tripod mount for the F5, an SxS card reader, and a full copy of Davinci Resolve 12.

We’re essentially providing the viewfinder, the shoulder pad, the a7SII camera, and the rest for $500 less then the camera body before. This all adds up to thousands of dollars of savings.

The price of $15,995 is surely no coincidence (hello C300mkII). If you prefer to upgrade the viewfinder to the amazing OLED viewfinder its only an additional $1000, making it $16,995.

This is truly the best time to be looking into a Sony 4K camera, specifically the F5. For more details on financing options please contact me. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Thank you very much.

Here’s a quick breakdown with a bit more detail.

The previous pricing of the individual components would have gone as follows:

PMW-F5 camera body $16,490
VCT-FSA5 ENG shoulder pad/VCT baseplate $975
DVF-L350 LCD viewfinder $3,230
CBK-Z55FX 4K recording ‘upgrade’ key $998
SBAC-US30 SxS USB reader $319
TOTAL: $22,012

NEW F5 ‘Production Crew’ package price: $15,995, ($6,017 less then above total)
Also includes an a7SII camera body and a full Davinci Resolve 12 copy worth, $2999 and $949 respectively. Combine the savings on the F5 package components, the a7SII, and Davinci and you’re looking at about $9,965 less then the same individual components would have run you prior to this package. If you add the OLED viewfinder the dollars saved actually increases as you’re only paying an extra $1,000 for the upgrade but the regular price of the OLED is $4,930, normally a $1,700 upgrade over the standard LCD.

With nearly $10,000 in total package savings the F5 is now positioned to be one of the greatest sub-$20K cinema cameras options on the market. You can finance the F5 over 24 months at 0% for only $667 or $479 over 36 months. Apply for Sony Financial Services here. Buy the F5 + a7SII combo bundle on-line now.

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Updated Breakdown of Sony CineAlta Camera Financing Options

With the announcement of the new Sony PXW-FS5 we’ve touched up our breakdown of the monthly payments and interest rates on the most popular Sony cameras via Sony Financial Solutions. All of these Sony CineAlta cameras have a 0% interest option. Our most popular financing term length is 36 months. At 36 months you can get one of the new FS5 cameras for only $171 a month. The FS7 comes in at only $245 a month. And the F5 is $491 a month.

We’ve been working with Sony Financial Solutions for over 5 years now. The low interest financing is a great solution for any one who is thinking about jumping into a new camera but is on the fence about price points. Perhaps you’d love an FS5 but you can only spring for an a7SII budget. Or you’re debating between an FS5 and an FS7? With around $70 a month difference it becomes a lot easier to justify moving up. Even if you have $10,000 in cash in the bank, why spend that all on front on a camera body when you could do the 0% financing and spread that out over 12 months.

The application process is simple. It takes about 3 minutes to Sony On-Line Credit Application. By simply filling out the application you’re not agreeing to anything, it is completely commitment free. If you chose not to keep going with the financing process the application simply is canceled after 90 days. Apply now and we’ll have your results back in less then 48 hours. And of course, let us know if you have any questions at all. That’s what we’re here for.

NEX-FS700r Body Only $123/month at 6.2% 36mo
NEX-FS700rh 18-200 Lens Kit $141/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS5 Body Only $171/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS5K 18-105 Lens Kit $187/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS7 Body Only $245/month at 6.2% 36mo
PXW-FS7K 28-135 Lens Kit $321/month at 6.2% 36mo
PMW-F5 Body Only $491/month at 6.2% 36mo
PMW-F55 Body Only $864/month at 6.2% 36mo

NEX-FS700r Body Only $334/month at 0.0% 12mo
NEX-FS700rh 18-200 Lens Kit $384/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS5 Body Only $467/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS5K 18-105 Lens Kit $509/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS7 Body Only $667/month at 0.0% 12mo
PXW-FS7K 28-135 Lens Kit $875/month at 0.0% 12mo
PMW-F5 Body Only $688/month at 0.0% 24mo
PMW-F55 Body Only $1,208/month at 0.0% 24mo


Full Break Down of Canon Cinema EOS Financing Options

We’ve partnered with Canon to offer great rates on their cinema cameras and lenses including the C100mkII and C300 with its hot new price. It’s a great time to take advantage of $0 down and 0% financing for 24 months as well as special 1.9% 36 month financing on all Cinema EOS products. These excellent rates are available only for a limited time so don’t wait until they’re gone!

Fill out the financing application on-line right here.

EOS C100 Body Only $86/36 months or $125/24 months
EOS C100-DAF Body Only $101/36 months or $146/24 months
EOS C100mkII Body Only $158/36 months or $230/24 months
EOS C100mkII 18-135 Lens Kit $164/36 months or $238/24 months
EOS C100mkII 24-105 Lens Kit $172/36 months or $250/24 months
EOS C100mkII Atomos Ninja Kit $167/36 months or $242/24 months
EOS C100mkII Triple Lens Kit $287/36 months or $417/24 months
EOS C300-DAF Body Only $201/36 months or $292/24 months
EOS C300 PL Body Only $201/36 months or $292/24 months
EOS C300 24-70 Lens Kit $238/36 months or $346/24 months
EOS C300 Zacuto Recoil Kit $230/36 months or $334/24 months
EOS C500 EF or PL Body Only $459/36 months or $667/24 months
EOS C500 EF or PL Odyssey 7Q Kit $516/36 months or $751/24 months
EOS 1DC Body Only $230/36 months or $334/24 months

14mm Cinema Prime Lens $136/36 months or $197/24 months
24mm Cinema Prime Lens $136/36 months or $197/24 months
35mm Cinema Prime Lens $128/36 months or $186/24 months
50mm Cinema Prime Lens $128/36 months or $186/24 months
85mm Cinema Prime Lens $128/36 months or $186/24 months
135mm Cinema Prime Lens $128/36 months or $186/24 months

3-Lens Cinema Prime Kit $365/36 months or $531/24 months
4-Lens Cinema Prime Kit $480/36 months or $698/24 months
5-Lens Cinema Prime Kit $582/36 months or $846/24 months
6-Lens Cinema Prime Kit $695/36 months or $1011/24 months

15.5-47mm Cinema Zoom Lens $553/36 months or $804/24 months
30-105mm Cinema Zoom Lens $553/36 months or $804/24 months
14.5-60mm Cinema Zoom Lens $1,082/36 months or $1574/24 months
30-300mm Cinema Zoom Lens $1,136/36 months or $1653/24 months

The Ultimate C500 Kit: The Best Discount

This is truly the craziest deal I’ve ever offered on a Cinema EOS product. Right now when you buy a C500, 4K recorder, and zoom lens I’ll give you $10,000 off the package price. It’s that easy. Here’s how it works

Canon EOS C500 Camera $19,999

Canon 30-105mm Lens T2.8 $23,275

Odyssey 7Q Recorder $1,795

Total = $45,069

LESS $10,000 Instant Discount

Grand Total = $35,069 OR $1,008 a month over 36 months

So, for about $1,000 a month you’ll have the ultimate 4K C500 set up with a super versatile cinema zoom lens, a killer 7” OLED monitor, and a top rated field recorder. Call me to arrange your C500 demonstration. Contact me for more details at 503-598-9142 or Post by Eric C. Petrie


Canon C500 right

Canon 30-105mm Cine Zoom

More Details on Cinema EOS Lens Savings

I’m running some amazing promotions right now for Canon Cinema EOS lenses. Some of these promotions can get a little confusing so I’ll try to break it down for you.

$300 discount on all Cine Prime lenses

35mm T1.5 $4,650 OR $133 a month

85mm T1.3 $4,650 OR $133 a month

135mm T2.2 $4,650 OR $133 a month

50mm T1.3 $4,650 OR $133 a month

14mm T3.1 $4,920 OR $141 a month

24mm T1.5 $4,920 OR $141 a month

Additional package discount on multi-lens kits

3-lens, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm kit, $1,800 total discount, $13,320 OR $381 a month

4-lens, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 14mm kit, $2,800 total discount, $17,540 OR $502 a month

5-lens, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 14mm, 135mm kit, $4,000 total discount, $21,290 OR $610 a month

6-lens, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm, 14mm, 135mm, 35mm kit, $4,800 total discount, $25,440 OR $729 a month

BUILD YOUR OWN PRIME KIT. These kits aren’t locked in stone. If you have your own mix and match combo set you’re interested in let us know. We’ll break down your discount.

$1,000 discount on light weight Cine Zoom lenses

30-105mm T2.8 $22,275 OR $638 a month

15.5-47mm T2.8 $22,275 OR $638 a month

$2,000 discount on large Cine Zoom lenses

14.5-60mm T2.6 $40,750 OR $1,167 a month

30-300mm T2.95-3.7 $42,650 OR $1,222 a moth

Post by Eric C. Petrie


New Canon EOS C300 Options

Canon has continued to expand the different options for buying the EOS C300 digital cinema camera. Professional Video, Zacuto, and Canon have recently partnered together to create the C300 Recoil Package. The kit includes the full Z-Finder package the grip relocator, the C300/500 helmet, and more. In all the package adds up to over $2,500 worth of Zacuto accessories that transform the C300 into an ideal shoulder-mount run-and-gun camera, perfect for documentaries, ENG, or reality TV style productions. This kit includes the C300 body with the Dual-Pixel upgrade. The camera buy itself is valued at $14,499, the accessories valued at about $2500. This whole package is yours right now for $13,499 or $387 a month over 36 months.

Contact us for more details. 503-598-9142 or

Here are all your options for buying the Canon EOS C300.

C300 Packages

C300 (non-dual pixel) body only, normally $13,999, NOW $11,999

C300-DAF body only, normally $14,499, NOW $12,499

C300-DAF body Zacuto Recoil kit, normally $15,499, NOW $13,499

C300-DAF 24-70 f/2.8 L-series lens kit, normally $15,799, NOW $13,799

Financing Options

C300 (non-dual pixel) body only $344 a month

C300-DAF body only $358 a month

C300-DAF body Zacuto Recoil kit $387 a month

C300-DAF 24-70 f/2.8 L-series lens kit $395 a month

C300 Recoil back C300 Recoil side

Updates to Canon Cinema EOS Financing

All prices are current as of October 1st, 2014. All payments are indicated as per-month totals based on 36 month financing. Prices subject to change.


EOS C100-DAF body only $143/month

EOS C100-DAF w/ 24-105 f/4 lens $158/month

EOS C100-DAF w/ 24-105 f/4 lens & Atomos Ninja ProRes recorder, & 240GB SSD $166/month

EOS C100-DAF 3-Lens kit $272/month

EOS C300 body only $344/month

EOS C300-DAF body only $358/month

EOS C300-DAF w/ Zacuto Full Recoil System $387/month

EOS C300-DAF w/ 24-70 f/2.8 lens $395/month

EOS C500 body only $573/month

EOS C500, 30-105 cine-zoom, Odyssey 7Q kit $1,008/month

EOS 1DC $286/month

Cine Prime Lenses

135mm $133/month

35mm $133/month

50mm $133/month

85mm $133/month

14mm $141/month

24mm $141/month

24mm+50mm+85mm 3 Lens Kit $381/month

14mm+24mm+50mm+85mm 4 Lens Kit $502/month

14mm+24mm+50mm+85mm+135mm 5 Lens Kit $610/month

14mm+24mm+35mm+50mm+85mm+135mm 6 Lens Kit $729/month

Cine Zoom Lenses

15.5-47mm $638/month

30-105mm $638/month

14.5-60mm $1,167/month

30-300mm $1,222/month

You can download the Canon credit application here.

Credit Application

Please email it to when it is complete. If you have any questions call 503-598-9142.

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