Birns & Sawyer Rental to Auction Surplus Inventory

With the retirement of owner and CEO William Meurer, the venerable cinema rental company Birns & Sawyer is set to have an inventory auction of surplus rental and sales inventory.

“After many storied years, we are pleased to see the Birns & Sawyer legacy continue as we assist the company in its transition plan and the move to its new location,” said Tiger Group Executive Managing Director Jeff Tanenbaum in a prepared statement. “The auction will feature rental equipment from ARRI, Panasonic, lens sets from Cooke, Ultra Prime, and Zeiss, plus many more top-notch gear makers at competitive prices.”

From its 8,000 square foot warehouse in North Hollywood, the company will auction off surplus rental inventory in order to downscale to a 4,500 square foot location in Burbank. Muerer bought the company back in 1988, and he’s ready to retire, with the plan to pass the torch to his longtime employee Jeff Jackson, and Michael Shugrue.

The auction will feature :


(2) Canon C300 EF Mk1, (2) Sony F65RS Digital Cameras, Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body, Panasonic Varicam LT & EVA-1, Sony FS7


18mm/25mm/32mm/50mm/75mm Cooke S4 Primes, 18mm/25mm50mm/85mm T1.3 Zeiss Superspeeds


35mm T2.4 SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphot Cine, 50mm T2.8 SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphot Cine, 70mm T4 SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphot Cine


18mm T2.6 Century Swing/ Shift Lens, 24mm T3.5 Century Swing/ Shift Lens. 35mm T2.8 Century Swing/ Shift Lens, 55mm T2.8 Century Swing/ Shift Lens, 105mm T2.4 Century Swing/ Shift Lens, 150mm T3.5 Century Swing/ Shift Lens, 24mm T4.0 Century Tilt Focus Lens, 45mm T2.8 Century Tilt Focus Lens, 90mm T2.8 Century Tilt Focus Lens, 200mm Nikkor T2, 300mm & 400mm Nikkor T2, 600mm Nikkor T4, T2.1 Zeiss 10mm& 14mm, T1.9 Arri Ultra Prime 16mm/24mm/50mm/85mm/100mm


24-290mm Angenieux Zoom, (4) Optimo 17-80mm T2.2 Angenieux Zooms, (2) T3.5 Angenieux HR Zoom, 150-600mm Century T6.7 Zoom, 4.7-52mm T2.1, Canon HD Zoom


4.5mm Sigma EOS Lens F2.8 Fisheye, 18mm Zeiss EOS Lens 3.6, 21mm Zeiss EOS Lens F2.8, 35mm Zeiss EOS Lens F2, 8-15mm Canon EOS Zoom F4 Fisheye


Sachtler Studio 7+7, O’Connor 25/75B Fluid Head – Mitchell


Kessler and Cinepad Sliders


Arri, Chroziel & Red Rock Follow Focuses


ARRI Matte Boxes: (2) MMB-1 4×5.65, MB-19 4×5.65, MB-20 4×5.65


TV Logic 5.5″ HD LCD Monitor, Panasonic 17″ HD LCD Monitor, Panasonic 21″ & 25.5” HD LCD Monitors w/cases


(6) Teradek Bolt Pro TX Transmitter/Receivers


HMI Fixtures: 4/2.5K Filmgear HMI PAR complete w/ globe, (2)1.2k PAR w/lenses

FRESNELS: Mole Baby 5K Senior, Baby 2k Junior w/doors & diffusion, Baby 2K Junior, (4) 650watt Filmgear Fresnel w/doors & diffusion, (2) 300watt Fresnel

LED: Kino Flo, Litepanel & Cineroid LED’s, plus Quasar T8 DIMMABLE 5600K/4FT LED Tubes


(4) Cineroid RVW viewfinders


Large Quantity Lens Filters, Camera Accessories, Brand New Production Inventory, Signal Generators, Memory Cards, Battery Systems Dollies, Stands, Flags, Hardware, Memorabilia and Office Furniture

Bidding on surplus rental inventory will take place online at from 1:30pm ET on December 6th, and will run though 10:30am on December 13th.  All items will be available for preview over at Birns & Sawyer’s warehouse at  5275 Craner Ave., North Hollywood, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on December 12.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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