By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
The comforting thing about the digital revolution, is that a great deal of cinema camera technology, like 4K, high frame rate, and camera tools like false color, have trickled down to more affordable options. So for around two thousand dollars, indy shooters can pick up a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, Sony A7III or even a Panasonic GH5s and create some remarkable cinematic images. But if you’re ready to move up to the big boys, like ARRI’s ALEXA line, the $50,000+ price tag can be a bit shocking. Well, now ARRI is offering select, certified pre-owned ALEXAs for a more affordable price.
“It’s a global initiative which adds a new tier to our products, allowing more filmmakers access to our technology,” said Stephan Schenk, managing director of Arri Cine Technik and general manager of the business unit, camera systems, in a prepared statement. “It also gives educational institutions a cost-effective way of providing high-quality equipment for their students.”
Designed to give film schools a more cost-effective way to put mainline cinema cameras into the hands of their students, ARRI’s Certified Pre-Owned program will offer refurbished ALEXA Plus and ALEXA Classic EVs, with prices varying according to the condition of the camera and its built in features. But film schools aren’t the only audience here. Moreover, anyone looking to cut their teeth on the ALEXA is welcome.
The program has an inventory of selected cameras that ARRI has put them
through refurbishment and while evaluating features including image sensor quality, recording functions, connectors, flange focal distance, audio system, and ARRI Lens Control System. The cameras will also receive an extensive firmware upgrade with ARRI’s latest Software Update Packet, and any repairs will be made to bring the cameras up to factory specs. Once the refurbishment is completed, the cameras will undergo the same final function test as a brand new ALEXA and receive an official Certificate of Approval, if passed.
All available cameras are listed on the ARRI.Com Certified website, and comes with details such as how many operating hours the camera has, what sensor recording modes are featured on the cameras, and the current SUP firmware number. There’s also the cost, in Euros, since the cameras will be shipped from Germany. Currently, the camera prices range from 9.900,00 € (excl. VAT and applicable taxes), or about $12,200 USD plus tax and VAT to 13.900,00 € (excl. VAT and applicable taxes) or just shy of $18,000 USD plus tax and VAT. Users should also keep in mind shipping from Munich.
The cameras also come with a full one year warranty, as well as a case full of accessories that can include:
- ALEXA Electronic Viewfinder EVF-1
- Center Camera Handle (CCH-1)
- Viewfinder Cable Short (0.35m/1.2ft) KC 150-S
- Viewfinder Mounting Bracket VMB-3
- Wedge Adapter (WA-1)
- Battery Adapter Back for V-lock (BAB-V)
- 2 Sony SxS 64 GB
- Quick Release HD Baseplate
- Bridge Plate Sled
- Support Rod Holder
- Case for Alexa
- BP-12 Bridge Plate
But I think the real killer add-on here is that the cameras also come with license keys for Anamorphic De-squeeze, ProRes Codec Option, QuickTime File Format Option, High Speed and DNxHD. The kind of accessories varies, depending on the camera available, so users need to look into the details to find what comes with each rig, but it shows that ARRI really wants new users to hit the ground running using ARRI cinema cameras.
For more information on what’s available, and to inquire as to purchase options, head over to ARRI’s website here.