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There’s still time to cast your vote for your favourite gear of the year. Head to our voting gateway below for your chance to take part and have your say on who will come out on top in our battle of the best!

You have until 6 January 2019 to cast your vote in Pro Moviemaker’s annual Gear of the Year competition. This is your opportunity to influence who will come out on top and ensure the professionals who rely on their gear day-in, day-out to make a living have a crucial say in who walks away with the accolades.

While cameras are often the biggest film stars in the filmmaking process, they are by no means the only bits of kit that can have an impact on a professional’s working life. Our awards recognise that everything from memory cards and storage devices to monitors, stabilisers, audio accessories and editing software can all make a huge difference.

This is our second Gear of the Year awards and, once again, the editors of the magazine have pulled together a shortlist of some of the best kit around. But, of course, it’s not just our opinion that counts and we need readers of Pro Moviemaker to be part of the judging process. We’re calling on you to cast a vote in favour of the products that have made a significant difference to the way you work. Add your feedback to the mix and we’ll be reporting back in the next issue to let the world know who has come out on top in this battle of the best.

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Award categories

Cameras

The choice of cameras is growing with several exciting new models appearing in the past year, as well as established models holding their own. In the mirrorless market, there has been the Sony A7 Mark III and A9, Fujifilm X-H1, Panasonic GH5S and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, among others.

Camcorders such as the Sony Z90 and Canon XF405 have been stunning new entrants, as well as the cinema cameras Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, Kinefinity TERRA 4K and MAVO 6K, Canon C700 FF, RED Weapon Monstro, Panasonic EVA1 and Sony FS5 Mark II. Get voting for the best!

Lenses

Good lenses tend to last a lifetime and make a big difference to the look of your films. Zoom lenses, such as the cinema glass from ZEISS, Sigma and Fujifilm have their devotees, but many prefer Primes, such as the ZEISS CP.3 range or Samyang Xeens. And don’t forget the accessories that can make a big difference to the usability of your glass.

Accessories

Filmmakers’ bags are packed with all sorts of accessories that might not grab headlines, but can make your life easier. From drones to field monitors, lighting and memory to editing software, it’s all too easy to take these products for granted. It’s time to honour the bits and pieces that are essential to a pro filmmaker's arsenal.

Support

From sturdy tripods to motorised gimbals, sliders and more, it’s often what your camera is bolted to that can make the biggest difference to the look of your footage. There is plenty of innovation in these categories as companies such as Libec, Miller, Manfrotto, Benro and Camgear have delivered great products recently. The latest motorised gimbals really are the must-buy for many filmmakers, so have your say on what’s the best.

Sound

Audio is one of those crucial areas that can make or break a production. The good news is that it’s becoming easier to achieve great sound, thanks to the wide range of products being introduced by companies including Olympus, Saramonic, Sennheiser, RØDE, Audio-Technica and TASCAM.

Special awards

There are always those special products; ones that turn heads and change the way we look at things. So it’s only right in a comprehensive set of awards that they should be celebrated in their own section. We’re talking about innovations and product launches that have made a splash over the past year – and there are plenty to choose from.

So, lots of decisions to make and boxes to tick. Please feel free to have your say and to help us create an overall list of the greatest products available to filmmakers today.

How to vote

We’ve kept the voting mechanism as simple as possible – you don’t even have to register or log in. Follow the link below to vote in as few or as many categories as you like. Best of all, after voting, you will have the option to enter your name and email address. If you fill this in, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a case of wine!

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One of the most popular editing and colour grading software packages has been upgraded and can be downloaded free today. Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15.2, is a major update to its editing, colour correction, visual effects and professional audio post production software. It can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website at www.blackmagicdesign.com. It includes over 30 new features that simplify and streamline everyday tasks so editors, colourists and sound engineers can work even faster.

Legendary British lens maker Cooke is catering to the growing trend of full frame cinema cameras by expanding its acclaimed anamorphic lens family with a new Full Frame Plus range. The first lens to be released in the series has a focal length of 50mm and was unveiled at the IBC show in Amsterdam last week. There are six more lenses to be released over the next 12 months.

Sponsored promotion: While camera sensors are already in the 8K resolution range, the demand for lenses with a unique character is increasing. Many cinematographers don’t want the clinical look of today's optics, as they want a more classic look.

Nikon has released two full-frame mirrorless cameras that have lots of spec to tempt filmmakers away from Sony – the only other full-frame mirrorless manufacturer. Nikon’s new cameras are the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z7 and low-res 24.5-megapixel Z6 which use Nikon’s all-new Z lens mount. An adapter to use existing Nikon F-mount lenses will also be available at launch, along with 24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8.

RED has slimmed down its confusing range of cameras and cut prices across the board, but has dropped the cheapest camera, the Raven. Although the Raven is still available as a £15,000/ $15,000 kit through Apple stores, RED’s own line-up will have just one camera three sensor options - Monstro 8K VV, Helium 8K S35 and Gemini 5K S35.

NiSi have announced a new range of high-end optical glass filters to use on their recently released F3 cinema lenses. You can choose between the Allure Mist Black filter which reduces highlights and contrast to soften wrinkles and blemishes, or the Allure Mist White filter which reduces overall flare and contrast to create a mist effect. Both filters are available in either 4x5.65-inch or 6.6x6.6-inch sizes. They come in strengths of 1-stop, 1⁄2-stop, 1⁄4-stop or 1⁄8-stop. The Allure Mist filters cost $319 for the smaller size and $429 for the larger.

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Targeting independent commercial filmmakers and small production companies, Pro Moviemaker delivers the latest industry tech innovation and gear scoops to creatives, entrepreneurs and decision makers hell bent on staying ahead of the game. As early adopters, Pro Moviemaker readers want news, reviews and technique features focused on kit so that they know what to buy next and how it will drive the continued success of their business. Diverse in their roles and shooting genres, Pro Moviemaker readers are united by their thirst for knowledge – a thirst which is quenched not only by our hands-on production, post and business advice features, but also our inspirational interviews with leading pros.

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