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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!