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Today’s Big News – A Letter From BorrowLenses Founders

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Over 6 years ago we started out on a wild adventure to start renting camera gear online. Over the course of the years we’ve made every effort to put customers first and we’re incredibly grateful to you for your trust, support and loyalty. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds now offering thousands of products for rent, enabling everyone to get the most out of their photo and video shoots. It’s a far cry from our humble beginnings renting gear from our condo. (more…)

BorrowLenses.com iPhone 5 Upgrade Alternative

Cool Stuff Gear Talk

Here at BorrowLenses.com we understand not everyone is impressed enough with the new iPhone 5 to upgrade. For those looking for an alternate upgrade path for their iPhone we’d like to introduce you to our iPhone 5 Upgrade Alternative:

Who needs an iPhone 5 upgrade when you can slap a top of the line CP.2 cinema lens on your iPhone 4. This handy dandy solution knocks out two birds with one stone:
1. No need for a vintage filter app. Enjoy a warm hue, vignetted frame and ample dust spots on a lens adapter magnification screen.
2. Enjoy the optical advantage only the Zeiss CP.2 Super Speed Lens can provide.

Everyone who sees you filming with this bad boy on your iPhone will instantly know you’re a DP on the rise. See some example footage below:

Rent yours today:
Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T 1.5 Super Speed EF Mount
iPhone 4 and iPhone EF mount adapter not included.

More images after the jump…
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Sharpness You Can See: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II

Gear Talk

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II at BorrowLenses.com

The much anticipated release of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II has been the source of much discussion and debate. While the lens has some notable differences than the original Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (we’ll cover those at the end) the #1 attribute of note is its sharpness. (more…)

Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

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Today we’re kicking off our inaugural BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge on our Facebook page.  Every week from today through the end of October we’ll be running weekly photography contests. By entering you could win as much as $1600 in prizes!

Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge

How It Works
Every Monday, starting today and ending at the end of October, we’ll be announcing a new photography contest theme. You’ll have 1 week to submit your best photo via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For Twitter and Instagram submissions just mention @borrowlenses and include the hashtag #FanChallenge to be automatically entered.  Voting is open during the submission period plus 1 week following. Share your photo with your friends, family and fans and vote once a day to increase your chances of winning. At the conclusion of each themed contest votes will be tallied and a weekly winner will be crowned. Each weekly winner will win a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate and will have their image and web site featured on our Facebook page and blog. Select your best and submit up to one photo per day. In our final week of the fan photography challenge we’ll pull together the top 10 highest vote getters from each theme and include them in our finalists gallery. We’ll reopen voting, with everyone starting at 0 votes, and the highest vote getter will be awarded a $500 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate as the Fan Favorite award. From this same finalists gallery we’ll have a distinguished guest judge select the grand prize winner who will receive a $1000 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.

Prizes
Weekly theme winners will receive a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate and bragging rights.
The Fan Favorite Prize winner will receive a $500 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1000 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate.
Grand Prize and Fan Favorite Prize winners will be selected on or shortly after November 12th, 2012.

Weekly Photography Contest Themes
Contest themes will include Landscape, Architecture, Portrait, Pets, Street, Travel, and Action.

This Weeks Theme & Schedule
Theme: Landscape Photography
Submission Dates: Monday 9/10 to Sunday 9/16 (Midnight PST)
Voting Dates: Monday 9/10 to Sunday 9/23 (Midnight PST)

How To Enter
Step 1: Like BorrowLenses.com on Facebook
Visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/borrowlenses and click on the “Fan Photo Challenge” tab under our profile photo. If you’re not yet a fan you’ll need to “Like” BorrowLenses fan page to access the contest.

Alternatively submit a photo via Instagram and Twitter. For Twitter and Instagram submissions just mention @borrowlenses and include the hashtag #FanChallenge to be automatically entered.

Step 2: Submit a Photo
Each Monday a new photo contest theme will be opened for submissions. Submit your best photos through Saturday by midnight. To enter you’ll be asked to submit your name and email. Optionally you can subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Step 3: Vote Daily
Voting is open for a two week period starting the Monday each photo contest theme is opened to submissions.  Votes are limited to once a day per Facebook account. If you’re fortunate enough that more than one of your photos makes it into the top 10 vote count per theme, only your highest-voted photo will be counted.

Step 4: Share & Win
Share your submitted photo(s) with friends, family and fans to vote for your submissions. The photo receiving the highest vote count per photo contest theme will win a $100 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate. The entries receiving the 10 highest vote counts per theme will be eligible to win the $500 Fan Favorite and $1000 Grand Prize awards (both BorrowLenses.com gift certificates)

[learn_more caption="Terms & Conditions"] Contest Rules
No Purchase Or Payment Necessary To Win 

Eligibility
To enter, you must be at least 18 years of age. BorrowLenses.com company employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children. BorrowLenses.com will not verify receipt of entries. Incomplete entries are void. BorrowLenses.com is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable or delayed. Participants may submit one photo per day.

Multiple Votes per Person
Each person may vote once per day. Fraudulent or abusive voting will be monitored and omitted.

Prizes & Winner Selection
Grand prize BorrowLenses.com gift certificate is valued at $1000.00,  Fan Favorite prize BorrowLenses.com gift certificate is valued at $500, weekly gift certificate prizes valued at $100. Weekly winners will be selected from the most voted photos of that weeks theme (Fan Favorite) & a curated selection (Staff Favorite). Weekly winners are ineligible from winning other weekly contest. Grand Prize winners will be selected from the 10 images receiving the most votes from each theme by a guest judge. The Fan Favorite winner will be chosen by our Facebook community from the 10 images receiving the most votes from each theme. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other BorrowLenses.com contests, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. Winners outside of the U.S.A. accept that we cannot ship rentals outside of the U.S.A as we are a U.S. based company. Non-U.S. winners may use their gift certificates when in the U.S.A. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable.

Inappropriate Content
Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.

Copyrights
Entrants retain copyright to their work and upon submission grant BorrowLenses.com use of their image in relation to the promotion of our photo contest(s), current or future, on our blog, social media web sites and other web properties without any fee or other form of compensation. All photos used to promote this contest are copyrighted by the original photographers.

Rights
By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name displayed on our website and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.[/learn_more]

 

5 Things I Learned at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference

Tips & Tricks

Last week we had a great time at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference. As an event partner and sponsor we had a chance to meet a lot of great photographers in attendance. The conference had a great energy to it. With photographers being so active and social on Google+ it was rather effortless to pick up conversations in person with photographers of all stripes and experience levels. It was for this reason alone that attending was an amazing experience. Beyond meeting with great photographers there was a lot of great information shared amongst attendees and speakers alike. The 5 takeaways that I came back with that all photographers on Google+ could stand to benefit from included:

1. Focus on Community
The community on Google+ feels like the Flickr photography community of old. There is a constant flow of photos with many photographers you’ll find familiar and many more that will likely be new to you. It’s a great time to explore and network with photographers of all backgrounds, experience levels and expertises. In fact there are numerous sub-communities on Google+ focusing on various photography niches. Google+ makes it super easy and fast to find information in alignment with your photographic and non-photographic interests.

What made the Google+ Photographer’s Conference so special is the fact that this virtual community became tangible. If you follow someone on Google+ it was all the reason you needed to introduce yourself. It was great to be able to pick up conversations previously confined to posts and comments. Getting out to talk and photograph with your compatriots from abroad made for an extremely special time.

2. Engage
Google+ is a great place to connect with a community, but it’s only as good as you make it. Find great photographers and interact with them. You never know when someone is active online so don’t let it phase you if your comments go unnoticed at first. Keep commenting and interacting and before you know it you’ll be conversing with photographers you thought you’d never talk to.

3. Hangout: Join One, Start One
What sets Google+ apart from other social media web sites is their ability to support group video chats. It is by far one of the most novel features added to a social media site that I’ve yet to see. Conveying text updates in real-time is great, sharing photos is also great, but being able to talk and see each other in real conversations is extremely cool. It has its moments of getting bogged down if your connection isn’t the fastest, but its still a great experience. Over time it will no doubt improve, but in the meantime there is nothing that should stop you from giving it a try.

Guy Kawasaki Presenting at the Google+ Photographer's Conference Highlighting is BorrowLenses.com HQ Tour

Guy Kawasaki Presenting at the Google+ Photographer's Conference Highlighting is BorrowLenses.com HQ Tour

Guy Kawasaki Presenting at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference Highlighting is BorrowLenses.com HQ Tour

4. Chrome Plugins
Above and beyond my previously recommended chrome plugins (see 5 Highly Recommended Google+ Chrome Extensions) Guy Kawasaki shared his 3 favorite plugins at the conference. They may not all be of use to you, but I bet at least one is. Take note that “Replies and More” will help you with Lesson #2 (see above) as tagging someone in your reply will send an email to that person. It’s a great way to reach out to someone above and beyond the average comment.

  1. Do Share allows you to schedule posts.
  2. Replies and More simplifies responding to authors and commenters.
  3. Nuke Comments streamlines reporting, blocking, and deleting comments in a single click.

5. Hashtags to Explore
Hashtags are a great way to see running threads of conversation across broad pools of people that you may or may not yet be following. Some hashtags are used to note photo themes and others to note discussion topics. In either case if you see a hashtag (ex. #gpluspc) click on it and you’ll find posts relating to that topic in less than a second. With a little deeper searching you’re sure to find new people to connect with.
A great photography hashtag list to start with is from Eric LeslieDaily Photography Themes on Google+  You’re bound to find something of interest here and its a great catalyst to start interacting with some great photographers.

Now that you know, we hope to see you on Google+ and be sure to visit us on our G+ BorrowLenses.com page.

5 Year Anniversary: 5D Mark III or D800 Giveaway on Facebook

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Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from BorrowLenses.com - 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

Win a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 from BorrowLenses.com – 5 Year Anniversary Giveaway

We are excited to be celebrating our 5 year anniversary! To celebrate we’re giving away a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800 dSLR to one lucky fan. In addition we’re giving away nearly a dozen bonus prizes from our friends at  Adobe, GuraGear, Nik Software, SmugMug, OnOne Software, ThinkTank, Dreamcore Pictures, Collagewall.com and 500px.com. We’re running our giveaway over on our Facebook page through July 16,  2012. Sign up for your first entry, and then gain additional entries by sharing with others.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

STEP 1: Like BorrowLenses.com on Facebook
Visit facebook.com/borrowlenses and click on the “Giveaway” page under our profile photo.
If you are not yet a fan you’ll need to “Like” BorrowLenses.com to access the contest

STEP 2: Enter the drawing
To enter fill out the contest entry form with your name, email address, city, and state. Gain additional entries in the drawing by subscribing to our newsletter, gear sale alerts and/or becoming an affilaite.

STEP 3: Share for extra entries to better your odds
After you enter the drawing you will be able to share this giveaway with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email with a custom link. You will automatically receive an extra entry in the giveaway for each friend that you refer.  You can return to our contest page at any time to check on how many referrals you’ve received.

STEP 4: Bonus prizes
Once you’ve referred 10 of your friends to enter the giveaway, return to our contest page and you will be able to “UNLOCK” our bond prize drawings for 1 of nearly 2 dozen great bonus prizes.

Bonus Prizes - BorrowLenses.com 5 Year Celebration Giveaway

STEP 5: Win
On July 17th we will select our winners by random drawing. After selecting our winners we will contact our grand prize winner to choose his/her choice of a Canon 5D Mark III or Nikon D800.  We will also announce the winners on our Facebook wall, so be sure to check our page and your email inbox to see if you’ve won.

⇒ Visit Facebook.com/BorrowLenses To Enter

RULES
Contest ends July 16, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase a contestant’s chance of winning. BorrowLenses.com is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, incomprehensible, illegible, damaged, undeliverable or delayed. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that the original promised prize becomes unavailable. Canon 5D Mark III is valued at $3499.00, Nikon D800 is valued at $2999.99 and the bonus prize packages range from $50-$400. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. Unless otherwise noted, all contests and giveaway prizes are awarded via random drawing. Winners automatically grant the use of their name and likeness in the promotion of this and other BorrowLenses.com contests. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Canon or Nikon. Shipping is free for USA residents; winners outside of USA are responsible for shipping fees and your country taxes. All winners have 14 days to accept and coordinate shipping. If winner doesn’t respond within 14 days, prize is forfeited and replacement winner will be randomly selected from qualified contestants.

Join Us At The Google+ Photographer’s Conference

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We’re excited to be a sponsoring partner at the first ever Google+ Photographer’s Conference in San Francisco on May 22-23, 2012. If you’ll be in attendance let us know by commenting on this post below, we’d love to meet you. If you’re not attending we’ll be relaying news and updates from the conference here on our blog, FacebookTwitter, and Google+ page.

If you haven’t yet circled or +1′d us at Google+ please do so and catch you on Google+