We took a look at the cameras and lenses used on the latest Oscar nominated films, but what would it cost if you decided to buy one of these camera bodies instead of renting them?
Well, there are two categories here. These cameras are either so expensive you can’t even buy them, or if they are available to purchase, you’re going to spend tens of thousands of dollars just getting the body, without any ability to do things like record footage. So, while your starting point in the $50K range may seem more affordable than you thought, don’t forget you easily need another $50K in accessories, then lenses on top of that.
For starters, the IMAX cameras are so expensive and rare that you can’t buy one. You can only rent these cameras for allegedly around $16,000 per week, but that’s likely for the body only. Don’t forget the entire camera package and the film itself.
How expensive are these cameras? Well, IMAX won’t tell, but Christopher Nolan and crew have damaged at least three IMAX cameras in the productions of The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Dunkirk. Each time, the camera has been insured for around $500,000.