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This Week’s Top 10 Deals for Filmmakers – Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Rokinon Cine Lens Kit, Zhiyun Crane v2 and more

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This Week’s Top 10 Deals for Filmmakers – Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Rokinon Cine Lens Kit, Zhiyun Crane v2 and more

Here are this week’s top 10 deals for filmmakers! Like every week we have scoured our partner’s online stores, to find the very best deals for you. This weeks top 10 deals  feature an MFT camera recording 4k, a set of Cine lenses by Rokinon, the venerable Zhiyun Crane v2 and much more.

We’ll start off with some deals from our partners at B&H available to everyone in the Americas, then we’ll continue with some offerings from our partners at CVP for all you European filmmakers. By shopping at our affiliate partners’ stores you are supporting cinema5D through our buy links, as we get a small affiliate commission when a purchase is completed.

Let’s dive right in.

B&H: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II with 12-40mm F2.8 Kit – $700 discount

Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkII Kit

With all the attention around the GH5 and the soon to be released Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K it’s easy to forget that Olympus has been offering great MFT cameras for Hybrid Shooters for a long time. With best-in-class In-Body-Stabilisation, DCI 4k, and 60fps bursts at 20.4 MP it’s hard to dismiss this capable yet light camera (1.26 lb / 574 g with battery). This Kit contains the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO Lens, an equivalent 24-80mm standard zoom lens, with 14 Elements in 9 Groups, 7 rounded blades and a helpfully short minimum focus distance of  7.87″ / 20 cm.

Buy link: Olympus OM-D E-M1 II Kit Was: $2,698.00 Now: $1,998.00 (Savings: $700.00)

B&H: Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 Gimbal – $250 discount

The Zhiyun Crane v2 might not be the newest or the shiniest among all handheld gimbals, but it is a tried and tested workhorse that shines paired with most mirrorless cameras on the market right now. Carrying a load of 0.8 to 3.9 lb / 0.36 to 1.77 kg and featuring a lens holder, it can carry most camera/lens combinations with ease. Sony shooters can even connect their camera via Micro USB and control zoom with Power Zoom supported lenses. The Crane is selfcalibrating and features three modes, a joystick, a remote and 12 hour battery life.

Buy link: Zhiyun Crane v2 Was: $649.00  Now: $399.00 (Savings: $200)

B&H: Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony E – $250 discount

Samyang 35mm F1.4 Sony E

The Samyang 35mm F1.4 for Sony E-Mount is up against some pretty tough competition. With two Sony Zeiss lenses competing in the same focal range this incredible lens still can hold its own against the competition. With 11 Elements in 9 Groups, 9 rounded blades and a close focussing distance of 11.81″ / 30 cm, as well as ultrasonic autofocus motors it comes in at 1.42 lb / 645 g, thus being much lighter than the hefty Zeiss 35mm F1.4. The aluminium alloy body should be able to handle some abuse rather well too.

Buy link: Samyang 35mm F1.4 for Sony E-Mount Was: $799.00  Now: $549.00 (Savings: $250.00)

B&H: Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine Bundle for Canon EF – $690 discount

Rokinon Cine Kit EF

This standard Cine lens kit has been a good value deal since its inception, however the current discount makes it a no-brainer for most any filmmaker. This set of fully manual standard focal lengths features 180° declicked apertures, T1.5 to 22, gears for the aperture and focus rings and the same optics as the far more expensive Xeen line of cine lenses. The EF-Mount makes the kit easy to use with most film cameras and mirrorless cameras as all of the lenses cover Full Frame sensors and can be adapted to either MFT or E-Mount, as well as used on cameras such as the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, Panasonic EVA-1 or the Canon C200.

Buy link: Rokinon 24, 35, 50, 85mm T1.5 Cine Bundle   Was: $2,346.00  Now: $1,656.00  (Savings: $690.00)

B&H: Dracast LED500 S-Series Daylight 3-Light Kit – $448.50 discount

Three-point-lighting is still a standard among lighting setups, being used in documentary work, corporate shooting and even narrative work. The next entry in our top 10 deals for filmmakers makes this setup rather easy to achieve. You get 3 daylight balance LED with a CRI rated at 95, coming in a handy bag with barndoors and lightstands. The lights have been measured to output 5500 lux at 3.0′ (0.9m) and can be powered by V-Mount or Sony NP-F style batteries.

Buy link: Dracast LED500 S-Series Daylight 3-Light Kit   Was: $985.50   Now: $537.00   (Savings: $448.50)

B&H: Redrock Micro microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle

Many a filmmaker has made the mistake of buying a cheap matte box and then hating themselves when they have to change filters or lenses. The Redrock Micro microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle will likely not cause that feeling. The universal 142mm lens opening with 15mm swing-away support arms features 360° rotatable filter stages, dual purpose filter trays and works on 15mm and 19mm rod systems.

Buy link:  Redrock Micro microMatteBox Deluxe Bundle   Was: $995.00  Now: $395.00  (Savings: $600.00)

B&H: Samsung 500GB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive – $40.00 discount

Samsung T5

The Samsung T5 is still one of the greatest portable SSDs currently available on the market. Its robustness, small form factor and high USB 3.1 transfer speeds make it a useful editing drive as well as a great accessory for the upcoming Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k. It comes with USB-C and standard USB-A type connectors and is available in up to 2TB capacities.

Buy link: Samsung 500GB T5 Portable Solid-State Drive  Was: $163.97   Now: $123.97   (Savings:$40.00)

CVP: Olympus 8mm F3.5 MFT – over €450.00 discount

Olympus 8mm Fisheye

Who doesn’t need a fisheye from time to time, for those really close, maybe a little weird shots that catch the viewers attention? The Olympus 8mm F3.5 features a field of view of 180°, minimum focussing distance of 5.3 ” / 13.4cm  and an ED glass element to minimize chromatic aberration. Of course this MFT lens will work with the GH5, the above Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II as well as the upcoming Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k.

Buy link: Olympus 8mm F3.5   Was: €737.75  Now: €278.33 (Savings:€459.42)

CVP: Anton Bauer Cine 90 GM – over €130.00 discount

Anton Bauer batteries don’t need an introduction among filmmakers. This gold mount 90Wh battery is flight safe, features 12amp continous power and a D-Tap out to power accessories. The very accurate display provides runtime information and the overall build quality is great as with most Anton Bauer products.

Buy link: Anton Bauer Cine 90 GM  Was: €378.68  Now: €248.27  (Savings:€130.41)

CVP: Sachtler 5186 Tripod Legs – over €290 discount

These Sachtler tripod legs support up to 35 kg / 77 lbs of weight fitting a 100mm head. With 3 sections and a minimum height of 10 –  20 ” / 25 – 50 cm the tripod can be extended to go as high as 65″ / 165.1 cm. Fitting most Sachtler tripod accessories, this sturdy piece of standard equipment will be able to grow with you as your filmmaking needs progress.

Buy link:  Sachtler 5186 Tripod Legs   Was: €945.80  Now: €652.27  (Savings:€293.52)

What do you think about this week’s selection? Are you excited about some of the items or would you have suggested other deals? Let us know in the comments!

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