New Gear: Leica Summicron-C Lenses


Announcing our new Leica Summicron-C series lenses



Yet another addition to our light-weight, high-quality gear, our the Leica Summicron-C series, our newest set of primes, boasts the fantastic optical qualities you expect from Leica glass, along with some useful new attributes.

The Specs

3GR now offiers the 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm lenses for rental.

The Summicron-C series has a maximum aperture of T2, an 8-blade iris and a PL mount.

The optical elements in this series are exclusively spherical. For additional tech specs, see the chart at the bottom of this post.

Large Image Circle for 6K Dragon and Beyond

For us at 3GR, one of the most exciting characteristics of Leica’s Summicron-C series is their large image circle of 34mm or more, easily covering the 6K sensor of our Epic DRAGON cameras. Our forthcoming Epic WEAPON will look great with these Leicas as well.


Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON. Photo by Curt Schaller.

Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON

Lightweight, Compact and Consistent

We also love the Summicron C’s efficiency and ease of use on set. At 20% lighter and 30% shorter than Leica’s Summilux-C lenses, the Summicron-C set is ideal for handheld, documentary-style, travel as well as setup-heavy studio shoots.

The entire set shares a barrel diameter and physical size, making lens changes faster and minimizing the need for additional accessories to allow for variable barrel sizes.

The gear rings line up on each lens, so you never have to reposition follow focus or motors or readjust your mattebox position.

Whether these quick swaps let you snag that one additional shot you’d like to try, shoot more of the action in real time, or simply keep your day running smoothly, the consistent size and shape are a welcome characteristic.


Leica Summicron-C's soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke's Hexagonal Shape

Leica Summicron-C’s soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke’s Hexagonal Shape

In addition to all of these practical attributes, it goes without saying that the Summicron C’s don’t skimp on look. They can create the beautiful images, skintones, and smooth, classic bokehs we expect from Leica, but in a tight, light package with a generous image circle.


Check out this gorgeous video of the Vienna State Ballet, which served as a test for the Summicron-Cs. Because Leica is classy like that.



Along with our new Easyrig Vario 5, OConnor 2560 and 60L, our new set of Leica Summicron-C lenses are light, intuitive, high-quality equipment that can optimize your workday as well as the look of your final product.


Let us know if you’re interested in a quote or check out all of our current gear on our rate sheet.

Have you used the Leica’s Summicron-C series? Have any questions? Post a comment below!



Shot on EPIC: The Final Girls

Shot by featured filmmaker Elie Smolkin, The Final Girls takes an updated meta-look at the horror genre. Director Todd Strauss-Shulson nails a laundry list of cheesy horror flick tropes in a fun, thoughtful comedy.

A modern-day group of friends enter the world of a 70’s B horror movie – and try to get out alive. The plot largely supports the jokes, but also delivers some legitimate edge-of-your-seat thrills and a solid hero(ine) story. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) delivers a stellar performance as Max Cartwright, a shy teenager pulled into this surreal adventure that ends up a lot more personal than anyone could have imagined.

Spanning horror, comedy, period, spoof, thriller and drama, The Final Girls allowed Strauss-Shulson and Smolkin to borrow from a number of aesthetic genres. Check out the killer article on their motion-control sequence in Popular Mechanics!

The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Angela Trimbur. It was released in the US on October 9th, 2015.

Want to read more? There’s a great conversation about shooting the movie with cinematographer Elie Smolkin on Five Frames.

And Strauss-Schulson discusses his inspiration and influences for much of the aesthetic on Slash Film.

Shot on WEAPON: Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams”


Without getting too carried away… here’s another Chris Probst / Peter Khan “Film” shot on Weapon.

The drama. The giraffes. The zebra herd from above. The male love interest lip syncing to  Swift’s plaintive crooning. The colonialist-era hollywood glamour (um…?) The romantic flight above the stampede. The glitter and pain of the meta-film premiere.

But most impressively: the LION. THE LION YOU GUYS. DON’T MISS THE LION.


There are indeed some pretty stunning shots of Saharan plains, waterfalls, and sunsets – all of which the weapon captures with a dynamic range that is legit cray. I have to hand it to these guys – they made midday-ish full sun look quite pretty.


My personal favorite images include high speed footage of Tay’s dress being blown by the wind (machine), some of the light-play on and through clouds and bodies of water, and any shot that includes Swift with animals – especially this lion.

The lion is the star of the video, I’m sorry. In this shot he’s even lip syncing along too.


Ok, maybe just roaring, but there’s really no way to tell for sure, now is there.

Shot on Red: “Ferrell Takes The Field” – Premieres tonight on HBO

Tonight! Get ready to settle in with a bag of peanuts and a hot dog to watch the premiere of HBO’s “Ferrel Takes The Field,” tonight at 10/9c – that’s 7pm for us here on the west coast.

The HBO special was shot by our very own Adam Bricker on 3GR’s Red Dragon and an Alexa Amira. Have any questions or comments about his work? Leave us a note in the comments below!



Ferrell actually takes not one, but five fields in this docu/mockumentary. His quest is to play ten different baseball positions on ten Major League Baseball teams during five spring training games. The stunt is a nod to Burt “Campy” Campaneris – a legendary player who once played all positions in a single game exactly 50 years ago. Ferrell faces this “challenge” with his trademarked stone-faced dry humor – always playing the clown playing the guy doing the thing.

But in this instance, the very real rock-hard baseballs often whiz by him at an impressive and potentially dangerous clip. The suggestion of possible danger brings some suspense to the show – between musings on the road and dugout temper tantrums.

All proceeds from “Ferrell Takes The Field” will go to Cancer for College, a charity founded by Ferrel’s USC frat bro Craig Pollard, that awards scholarships to cancer survivors. At the time of shooting, the production had already raised a million dollars for the organization. If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can donate directly here, and be entered to win all sorts of Ferrell Takes the Field swag. There’s even an opportunity to win a branded cowbell for the dedicated donor…

Watch “Ferrell Takes the Field” tonight at 7pm on the west coast, 9pm central, and 10pm out east.

For a sneak preview – Watch Ferrell get fitted for a cup!

New Gear: OConnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head


We’re excited to announce that we’ve added an OConnor 2560 to our rental inventory. The newest fluid head from Oconnor, the 2560 weighs in at only 16.2 pounds, almost 7 pounds lighter than the 2065, while maintaining a similar payload. It’s well suited, safe and stable to a “maxed-out” Red Dragon or Scarlet in studio configuration.


A great mid-level head, the 2560 includes all the trademark OConnor features we know and love, with the benefit of the most advanced technology in lightweight materials and compact engineering available. Just like its larger counterpart, the 2575, the 2560 boasts sinusoidal counterbalance, fluid drag, and the ergonomic design for ease of use that all feel familiar and intuitive.

OConnor 60L Tripod: Light weight – Heavy Capacity

When the 2560 is paired with our oconnor_c1255_0011_60l_carbon_fiber_tripod_925472new OConnor 60L carbon fiber tripod, your complete support weighs about 25 pounds total. The 60L, at about 9 pounds, is ideal for quick adjustments and re-positioning. The double extension design provides a maximum height of about 60 inches while still safely supporting a payload of up to 209 pounds.

A quick clamping system, mid-level spreader and 150mm bowl allow for quick and stable leveling and operation. Its rubber feet are removable, revealing spikes for secure use on any terrain.vitec-c1260-0001 The tripod packs down to about 30 inches for easy travel as well.

Our 2560 is available with a 150mm ball head, compatible with our 60L, or can be fitted with a Mitchell base if necessary to suit your needs.

New Gear at 3GR: Rent the Oconnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head and Oconnor 60L carbon fiber tripod from our shop.


Shot on WEAPON: Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”

  Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” took home the award for “Video of the Year” at the VMAs last night. The video also won for “Best Collaboration,” a nod to the unlikely and entertaining pairing of Swift and Kendrick Lamar. The two are joined by a long list of lady celebs who wield some impressive weaponry […]


In Production: Storaro to shoot Woody Allen’s Next Film

Vittorio Storaro is the latest addition to an impressive list of prestigious DPs Woody Allen has teamed up with throughout his career. Shooting begins this month in Los Angeles and New York on the 1930’s period piece, set to premiere in 2016. Gordon Willis, Sven Nykvist, Harry Savides, Vilmos Zsigmond and Darius Khondji have each […]


Update: 3GR Rate Sheet

Updated Rate Sheet available for download here.  


Shot on EPIC: Diary of a Teenage Girl

The celebrated Sundance darling, Diary of a Teenage Girl hits theaters this weekend – directed by Marielle Heller and shot by Brandon Trost on RED EPIC paired with the gorgeous PANAVISION C-SERIES & G-SERIES ANAMORPHICS. Trost took home the US Drama – Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance this year. Set in 1970’s San […]

Easyrig Vario 5

New Gear: Easyrig Vario 5

3GR + Bear & Co. recently added an Easyrig Vario 5 to our rental inventory. The Easyrig Vario 5 has an adjustable weight range from 11-38 lbs. The user can fine-tune the tension and strength of the line by turning an adjustment screw on the back of the rig. 

the martian

Shot on DRAGON: The Martian

New trailer for The Martian. Directed by Ridley Scott. Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON + Angenieux Optimo Zoom Lenses by cinematographer Dariusz Wolski. The film, which is slated to be released on November 25th in 3D, stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, and Sean Bean.


Shot on DRAGON: “A Little Self Help”

Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON + Kowa Anamorphic. Directed and shot by 3GR featured filmmaker Raúl B Fernández for Lipton Ice Tea. Additional photography by 3GR featured filmmaker DP Lance Kuhns. Camera assisted by 1st AC’s Cate Smierciak and Ryan Guzdzial.  


Shot on DRAGON: Apple Watch + Wally Pfister

Gorgeous commercial spots for Apple Watch shot by cinematographer Wally Pfister on RED EPIC DRAGON.  


Shot on DRAGON: Netflix “Chef’s Table”

Chef’s Table, a Netflix original six-part docu-series, premiered this weekend on Netflix in 4K. Created by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) and directed by Gelb, Clay Jeter, Brian McGinn, and Andrew Fried. Shot on 3GR’s RED EPIC DRAGON w/ Cooke S4s and Angenieux Optimos by DP Will Basanta (Dan Barber / Blue Hill Restaurant […]


Shot on DRAGON: “POWER/RANGERS” Fan Film by Joseph Kahn

Check out this short “POWER/RANGERS” fan film from director Joseph Kahn. Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON by cinematographer, and Kahn’s longtime collaborator Christopher Probst. For more, here’s on an interview w/ Kahn via HitFix.