Why I Can’t Stop Reaching for the Panasonic Lumix LX100

Why I Can’t Stop Reaching for the Panasonic Lumix LX100

I am a seasoned shooter of DSLR cameras. My shoulders are callused by camera straps weighted with pro bodies and lenses, and my forearms could take down Paul Bunyan in an arm wrestling contest. I’m conditioned to not care about how heavy my gear bag is and have a mama bear sense for its whereabouts at all times. That is, until now. I have been waiting for a camera to come out that would act as an alternative to my pro gear when being a professional isn’t the priority. Something that gives me the control I need, quality I am used to, has no digital shutter lag, and with weight and bulk I barely notice when out and about. We all know that’s a tall order and although it was attempted in many point-and-shoot camera models, it wasn’t until Panasonic released the Lumix LX100 that my checklist was met! Find out why I just can’t get enough of this best-of-both-worlds prosumer point-and-shoot. I’ve tried them all: Nikon Coolpix, Nikon 1, Canon EOS-M, and, for good measure, the ever-popular Micro Four Thirds systems. There’re features of each that I’ve really appreciated. However, because of their digital shutter lag, these cameras never let me fully appreciate their size and technological advancements. Accustomed to shooting with DLSRs that have zero digital delay, digital point-and-shoot cameras of the past haven’t allowed me to consistently capture images at the speed I am used to. This, however, is not the case with the Panasonic Lumix LX100 as its delay between depressing the shutter and when the image is captured is negligible, acheiving AF in .14...
Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – August Edition

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – August Edition

Nikon has Irish twins, Sigma goes wide and fast (and so does Olympus), and Sony decides to get Macro on us. It’s that time of the month again folks: here’s the August edition of all the fresh, new gear at BorrowLenses! Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens and Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Nikon’s old 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were excellent bits of glass (though calling them “bits” is an understatement). But what’s good can always be improved and Nikon has done just that with this pair. By incorporating flourite elements into the design, they’ve made them between 20% and 25% lighter, which makes these two the lightest lenses in their focal length/aperture in the world. Nikon has also incorporated magnesium into the the barrel for more weight savings and has improved the Vibration Reduction, giving you a total of 4 stops of VR. There’s also a Sport VR mode specifically for stabilizing the lenses through tracking objects that move unpredictably and rapidly. In addition, the Autofocus performance of the lenses has also improved. This, combined with an electromagnetic diaphragm, is intended to provide superior focus and exposure stability when tracking those aforementioned fast-moving objects. Obviously, I’ll, um, need to test all these. For, say, a week. With a Nikon D4s and a gimbal head on a nice, heavy-duty tripod. BL West Coast: I’ll pick this order up next weekend, mmkay? Better make it two weeks. You know, for thoroughness. Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds shooters often have to suffer the false impression that wide-angle lenses aren’t really available on the platform...
Drumroll for the Winners at Photoshop World

Drumroll for the Winners at Photoshop World

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Photoshop World in Las Vegas! Expo attendees got special access to some of the latest camera gear on display in booth #131. They also received a special coupon code worth 10%, 20%, or even 50% off a future rental (randomly selected) plus were entered to win the new GoPro HERO4 Session. Also, folks who jumped into our photo booth and put their images up on Instagram with #blbooth were entered to win a sweet Custom SLR strap and BL mug! Missed out? We’re doing it all again this October 22nd-24th in New York City at Photoplus Expo! Visit us in booth #1105. The winners of our Photoshop World prizes are as follows: Winner of the Instagram #blbooth strap/mug giveaway: @snowfoto Winner of the GoPro HERO Session: Thomas Candido Congrats and see you all at Photoplus Expo in New York...
Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – July Edition

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – July Edition

Canon finally has an affordable 4K camera, Tokina’s got some cool Cine zooms for you, and we have the latest addition to the Leica family. It’s that time of the month again folks: here’s the July edition of all the fresh new gear at BorrowLenses! Hive Lighting Wasp Plasma PAR Light Kit Plasma lighting is catching on big-time these days. These kits from Hive Lighting draw relatively little power and, according to Hive, output the equivalent of 400–4,000 watt HMI lamps. Best of all, they have adjustable color temperatures and intensity, giving you a range of between 4,600K to 7,000K. Depending on the accessories you mount, they can put out a blistering 5,000 foot-candles of power at 10 feet. Doing the math, that’s… let’s see… carry the one… a lot of f-stops. Really. The Wasp Par kit comes with one par light, 4 lenses to give you a variety of lighting options, a set of scrims and barn doors. SmallHD Sidewider EVF We recently got the SmallHD 502 monitor into our inventory, and this flip-out frame and loupe is the perfect compliment to that monitor. It mounts – somewhat counterintuitively at first – sideways to the frame, which actually allows you to place the monitor parallel to your camera and gives you more of a run-and-gun-style add-on, which documentary filmmakers will appreciate. Interestingly, unlike other EVF/loupes, this one moves the monitor away from in front of your face, providing you with better situational awareness of your environment. The unit rents with the EVF loupe, a diopter assembly that lets you adjust it from –2 to +4, and a carrying...
Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – June Edition

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – June Edition

We’re feeling like standing outside the door of our San Carlos or Waltham headquarters and yelling, “New gear! Get your new gear! Fresh off the FedEx truck, new gear!” Since our bosses ruled that out, we’re taking to the blog to tell you about all the cool toys we just got in. Without further ado, here’s some of the latest gear to rent at BorrowLenses. Rokinon 135mm T/2.2 Cine DS lens for Canon We love the Rokinon Cine primes. They’re a fraction of the cost of a Canon or Zeiss cine prime to rent, and while those lenses have unsurpassed optical properties and other great qualities going for them, the Cine DS line from Rokinon still has a certain soft spot that calls to the small indie startup we once were. The 135mm from Rokinon has the same great characteristics that the rest of the Cine DS line has: small size, solid optics, and a de-clicked aperture that allows for smooth transitions from wide open to stopped down all the way. Furthermore, the gears for the focus and aperture rings are in the same place for all the lenses in the Cine DS series, making it easier to swap lenses on a rig without repositioning follow focus gears, etc. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Speaking of great lenses, the “nifty fifty” from Canon hasn’t changed much for, well, ever. Until now. The new iteration of this lens has the STM, or stepping motor focus system that is slowly making its way into Canon’s autofocus lenses. The STM allows for whisper-quiet autofocus and smooth and precise movements when shooting video. Pair...