Motion Control: A Brief History

Posted by Andrew Collings on Feb 22, 2018

Motion controlled photography has a long and storied history, originating with model photography for films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and achieving full-scale realization in Star Wars (1977). The essence of motion control in these days was repeatable motion. The filmmakers needed to be able to move […]

5 Reasons to Start Using Kessler’s kOS

Posted by Andrew Collings on September 28, 2017

I know you think you’re pretty slick, using your Kessler Second Shooter Plus to get those sweet, sweet moco (motion control) shots. Your clients love it, your production quality jumped up three notches, and you’ve got the best party trick in town.But the truth is, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. Enter kOS […]

Why Filmmakers & Rental Houses Carry Canon Lenses

Posted by Andrew Collings on September 27, 2017

Every once in a great while, we of Deck Hand Camera Rentals get a call for Nikon lenses, of which we have zero. None. We carry Sony E-mount glass, PL lenses, and even some Micro Four-Thirds stock. But the vast majority of our lens rental inventory is all Canon EF, and specifically L-series, that we […]

We Bought an Insta360 Pro to Rent Out. Why?

Posted by Andrew Collings on August 21 2017

I know, it’s a little out of the norm for us to offer virtual reality cameras for rent. I mean, VR is cool. There are some very decent 360 films making the festival circuit, and there is definitely more of that coming in the future. But this won’t be in theaters tomorrow. Not this year. […]

Film Lighting Rentals Near Los Angeles

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One of the first things filmmakers seem to cut when on a tight budget is the lighting equipment. However, lighting is one of the most important aspects in filmmaking. The type and style of lighting defines the look and feel of the finished film. But if your lighting isn’t done properly, no amount of color […]

Why You Should Rent the DJI Osmo Pro Kit

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As a filmmaker, you know that time and budget matter. That’s why we love the DJI Osmo Pro, an all-in-one camera and stabilizer that combines high image quality with portability and stability. The DJI Osmo Pro Kit gives a single camera operator access to complex shots that typically need a crew, and allows for tons […]

Insta360 Pro VR Camera for 360 Degree Video & Live Streaming

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Virtual reality (VR) video and 360° is rapidly growing in popularity. Deck Hand Camera Rentals will soon be renting out the new Insta360 Pro, a state-of-the-art 360 degree camera that uses six f/2.4 fish-eye lenses to capture impressive 8K video and stills in 2D or 3D. The Insta360 Pro is also a live-streaming camera featuring […]

Six Lesson I Learned from CineGear – What I Learned at My First Trade Show!

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This weekend I had the opportunity to attend my first film-industry trade show. I went to CineGear in Los Angeles. I walked in as a naive idiot, and walked out as a sunburnt idiot. But I did learn a few things while I was there, and so I offer these lessons to any other naive […]

Motion Control with Kessler Second Shooter Plus

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The Kessler Second Shooter Plus is one of Deck Hand’s hottest rental items. This revolutionary camera motion control system is sleek, compact, easy to set up, user-friendly, and packs in tons of great features. The Second Shooter Plus allows filmmakers to easily automate the slide, pan, and tilt of any Kessler dolly and capture smooth […]

Why You Should Rent the Canon C300 Mark II

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If you’re looking to rent a fantastic cinema camera for run and gun, reality, interviews, and high production value sports applications, consider renting the  Canon EOS C300 Mark II, representing a significant advancement over the original Canon C300, while keeping the Canon colorimetry and look. Much like its C300 predecessor, the Mark II offers great convenience, handling, […]

The Benefits of Renting Camera Equipment in Los Angeles

Posted on April 27, 2017

As a videographer or digital filmmaker, you know that professional camera equipment can be very costly. Below are six reasons why you should consider renting camera lenses instead of buying. Try the lens before you buy it:Most people wouldn’t buy a car without taking it for a test drive. The same can be said for […]