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Every month we offer a free desktop wallpaper featuring a new BorrowLenses.com item!

Please see the links below for your free wallpaper.
Visit back every month to see the new item we’re featuring!

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Wallpaper

To download the wallpaper, click on the link containing your desired image size. Then, right click (or Control-click on a Mac) on an image and select the option to save that image.

 

Cool Stuff, Week of February 1, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

  • We love it when one of our own gets a nod from someone we admire. Our very own Alex Huff was mentioned in this week’s episode of Photography Tips and Tricks, by none other than R.C. Concepcion. Have a look at the end of the video below.
  • The Sony RX1 has become a favorite around these parts; check out this Russian-made turret universal optical viewfinder that seems to work perfectly with it.
  • Any time Philip Bloom does a gear review, we tend to drop everything and listen. Here, he breaks down the Canon 1DC for you. As usual, it’s a thorough, full-featured review.
  • This one’s for the retouchers among you. The guys at PhotoShelter have established a reputation not just for being a great photo hosting service, but also for bringing you some fantastic original content via their blog. In this webinar, they talk to veteran retoucher Amy Dresser about her process and technique – and it’s worth watching every second.
  • And finally, from the “If he opens his mouth to talk, you should be quiet and listen department,” the Phillipines’ 24/7 cable news network, ANC, sat down with Joe McNally for a really good interview.

 And now, for the BorrowLenses.com Roundup!

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

251 of Your Best Shots From 2012

Photographers

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BorrowLenses.com called for your personal best photo or video from 2012 to share here on our blog. Participants span a spectrum of skill levels from hobbyists to professionals and cover a wide variety of genres, including landscape, macro, nature, photojournalism, portraiture, event, wildlife, fine art photography and more! We highly recommend visiting each entry below – discover what other people are doing and make new connections!

Best Shots from BL Employees

  1. Jim M. Goldstein Photography
  2. Alex Huff Photography
  3. Kenneth So Photography
  4. Kris Rowberry
  5. Miko Saldana
  6. Austin Hill
  7. Kyle Mix
  8. Jeffrey Cole
  9. Bryan Markwardt

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Shooting On the Go With the Olympus OM-D

Gear Talk

Not too long ago, I switched to the Nikon D800E with a series of prime lenses for all of my primary photography. I love the Nikon, and it’s proved to be a fantastic system, capably handling just about everything I’ve thrown at it.

The downside is that it is, truly, a system. A big, heavy system. I quickly found myself looking for a smaller, carry-around camera for some of my more photojournalistic endeavors, and immediately turned to the family of mirrorless cameras out there for an answer.

Of these, there is no shortage. You have the awesome Sony NEX-6, which I’ve raved about in the past. There’s also the Sony RX-1, the Panasonic GF3C, the Fuji X-Pro1, and the subject of this article, the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

Olympus OM-D

Olympus OM-D

I’ve had the Olympus OM-D E-M5 for the past few weeks now, and have been using it as my primary “take everywhere” camera. It’s small size, lens selection, and great image quality combine to provide a system that’s flat-out my favorite in this category. In this article, I’ll present my experience shooting with this little thing, rather than a full-on technical review.

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Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster Adds Full Frame Versatility in the Crop Sensor Video World

BL News

Learn more about how this adapter can widen your lenses and give you an extra f-stop for a full frame effect on cropped sensors.

Reviewing the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 and Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lenses for Night Sky Landscape Photography

BL News

David Kingham is a lanscape photographer who focuses on the night sky. He field-tested some of our fisheye lenses to see which one is most suitable for this kind of work.

The Big Chips Are Coming

Gear Talk
Hasselblad H4D60

Hasselblad H4D60

This is something we’ve been considering adding to our inventory for a long time now, and I’m pleased as punch to let you all know that we’re now going to be carrying our very first Medium-Format system.

We’ve got two cameras for rent – the H5D40, a 40MP body, and the H5D60, a 60MP body. The H5D60 has a slightly larger sensor, too, and both cameras produce 16-bit RAW files that’ll weigh in between 60 to 80MB each. For comparison, the D800’s 36MP RAW files come in at about 35-40MB.

On a side note: Lightroom users, rejoice! Hasselblad has been working closely with Adobe to further integrate the images from these monster cameras into your workflow. That lowers the bar for photographers looking to dip their toes into Medium-Format.

Of course, we’re going to be carrying a nice compliment of lenses as well, ranging from a 300mm f/4.5 to a super-wide 24mm f/4.8 (which equates to about an 18mm lens on your full-frame DSLR).

Hasselblad cameras and lenses

Hasselblad cameras and lenses

The cameras are still unreleased, however, and while we anticipate getting the gear at the end of March/April, please bear in mind that it may be later. We look forward to seeing what our customers do with this outstanding system.

 

Cool Stuff, Week of January 19, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

  • We begin this week’s Cool Stuff with photographer and teacher Zack Arias’ guest entry on Scott Kelby’s blog. Four years ago, Zack made a similarly awesome and inspiring video for Scott; this one is, I think, even better. Check out the video below, then head over to the article for some solid advice.
  • This one’s for the video geeks out there. Dale Grahn has been a color timer on a variety of different films, including Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan and The Lion King. Now he has an iPad app out that helps teaches color grading to aspiring video pros.
  • Speaking of one for the video geeks out there, this one’s also for you – and for the time-lapse fans as well. Omni-Tracker is a San Jose-based company that recently started a Kickstarter campaign for their new product, called the L’il Mule. Check it out here (the campaign already has 200% funding), and watch the video below, which features footage from BorrowLenses.com alumni Seventh Movement.
  • From our friends over at the Profoto blog comes an outstanding behind-the-scenes look at Gregory Heisler’s portrait of Michael Phelps. Check out the video below, then head over to Profoto’s Master Series page for more videos from the master of portraiture.
  • Here’s something a bit more philosophical for image makers of all ilk. Daniel Milnor, whose blog Smogranch is one of our favorites, lays out some first-rate inspiration in a recent post called, “Blurb tip: Learn from Bruce Lee.” Though on the surface it’s about the company he works for, there’s a fantastic message there about following your heart.

 And now, for the BorrowLenses.com Roundup!

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Our Take and Test Footage on the Canon 1D C DSLR with 4K Video

Gear Talk

Canon has added yet another camera to their cinema line, the 1D C. This addition gives professional and novice filmmakers alike a formidable number of shooting choices, not to mention access to a wide variety of cine-lenses. Get our take on it!

Quick Tip on Blending Two Photos in Time Bracketing

Tips & Tricks

Take a picture of the same scene at two different times of day and blend in post for a unique look that still stays true to the environment you are capturing. Learn more in this quick how-to!

Powerful Portrait Inspiration With Steve McCurry’s iPad App

Photographers

Steve McCurry is one of the most prolific photographers alive today. His photograph for National Geographic’s June 1985 cover of Sharbat Gula (also know as the “Afghan Girl”) is one of the most recognizable portraits in history, and his imagery has graced NatGeo’s pages many, many times since.

McCurry has repeatedly proven himself an absolute master of the portrait. His street portraiture, especially, carries tremendous impact. He has an uncanny ability to capture his subjects’ essence, distilling it in a split-second into an image that can range from haunting to exciting and everything in-between.

Steve McCurry iPad App

Steve McCurry iPad App

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The Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Puts the Microscopic Within Reach

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

The Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens is more than a lens–it is like a portable microscope with the ability to fill an entire 35mm frame with the texture of something as small as a grain of rice. Learn more about one of BorrowLenses.com’s most unique lenses!

Mirrorless Magic: Spending Time With the Olympus OM-D

Gear Talk

When we recently received the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (there’s a mouthful for you) in our warehouse, I wasted absolutely no time in snagging one of the bodies and taking it for a whirl. My “whirls” usually last a few weeks so that I can put the camera to use in a variety of different ways, and given the feedback I’d heard from other photographers about this diminutive body, I was eager to put it through its paces.

Two weeks later, I have my conclusion: Olympus has an absolute winner on its hands.

The gear

The Micro-Four-Thirds platform isn’t a closed-loop system. Olympus and Panasonic both make bodies for it, and there’s even an MFT-based version of the enormously popular Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the way. Panasonic, particularly, has two lenses that I decided were going to be my go-to lenses for this test: the 12–35mm f/2.8 and the 35–100mm f/2.8 lenses.

The Gear - OM-D, Panasonic 12–35mm and 35–100mm

The Gear – OM-D, Panasonic 12–35mm and 35–100mm

Together, these cover the equivalent of the 24–70 and 70–200mm lenses in 35mm terms, giving me the focal lengths used by most photographers. Because the OM-D features a 5-axis, in-body stabilization, that entire focal length is stabilized as well. (more…)

Cool Stuff – Week of January 6, 2013

Cool Stuff

Welcome to Cool Stuff, a weekly feature where we post our favorite links from the past week, including our favorite articles and how-tos, videos, images and more.

That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.

Quick Tip: Optimize Canon 5D Mark III Write Speeds – Avoid Using SD Cards

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

Photographer Jeff Cable discovered something interesting about the 5D Mark III when he was doing some high-speed shooting–it’s slow, but only under certain circumstances. Click here to read more about when and when you should not use the SD slot in the 5D Mark III.