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Weekly Recap – October 17, 2011

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The FaceBook App for iPad.

The FaceBook App for iPad. Image courtesy FaceBook.com

Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 16.

  1. Facebook releases iPad app: Why should photographers care? Well, apparently, it makes your photos bigger. And bigger, as they say, is better.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/facebook-ipad-app/
  2. Thailand floods, Nikon affected: The floods in Thailand have reached Nikon’s factories there, the company says. Price hikes on Nikon products to follow, rumors say.
    http://nikonrumors.com/2011/10/10/thailand-flooding-reaches-nikons-factories.aspx/
  3. Everyone – including 500px – has an app: Just a few days ago, a third-party company released an iPhone app for 500px.com, the popular photo sharing site. Now, the company has its own app for the iPad.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/500px/id471965292?mt=8
  4. Ouch: This is why everyone needs to wear a GoPro. Yes, we know. It’s textbook schadenfreude.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/cyclists-collision-with-hartebeest-filmed-with-gopro-helmet-camera/ 
  5. New Canon and Nikon cameras soon: From the “We’ll believe it when we see it,” category.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/12/canon-and-nikon-may-both-announce-new-dslrs-by-months-end
  6. And we ask again: Fuji, will it focus? Fuji announces pricing and availability of the “Baby X100″.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1110/11100710fujifilmx10price.asp
  7. More from the “Want it!” category: One camera plate to rule them all.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/13/the-m-plate-one-camera-tripod-plate-to-rule-them-all
  8. Film is going away. Again. Really, this time: Chalk this under the “Haven’t we heard this before?” department? For the record, I still shoot some film.
    http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/film-fading-to-black 
  9. Kickstarter, part 1: Not just for cool iPhone and iPod accessories, Kickstarter can also fund some awesome photographic projects. National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig goes to Chernobyl on a crowdfunded budget.
    http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/10/success-in-crowdfunding-the-long-shadow-chernobyl/
  10. Kickstarter, part 2: They asked for $20,000. They got just under half a million. Here come the Cineskates.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jj1/cineskates-camera-sliders?ref=live 

New gear: Sony F3L

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Sony F3L body

Sony F3L body

Well, it’s here! We’ve been waiting for Sony’s newest CineAlta series product to come in for some time now and we’re pleased to have it in our inventory. The F3L sits somewhere between the RED and the EX3 in the lineup of pro video bodies we offer, and it’s a perfect addition to our growing list of video products. Take a look at the specs on it:

  • Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor
  • PL mount
  • 35mm Cine lens compatibility
  • Dual SxS card memory slots
  • 1920 x 1080 HD, Native 23.98p
  • Variable frame rates
  • Slow –mo (over-crank)/High-speed (under-crank) dial on body of camera
  • Internal ND filters
  • 5600K CC (electric color compensation) filter
  • Focus-assistance functions
  • HD/SD-SDI BNC outputs, Dual XLR inputs
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI Output
  • Genlock, Timecode
  • Optional S-Log/LUT workflow
  • Output to an external recorder in 10-bit 4:2:2 or 10-bit RGB (with upgrade option)

The F3L is targeted at professional, higher-end filmmakers and cinematographers. It matches up with the series of PL mount lenses we carry (more to come soon). If you have any questions about it, please call us at (650) 508-3370 and ask to speak with a video specialist.

Tip of the week: An adaptable camera system

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A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Today we’re going to talk about a video camera called the Panasonic AG AF100. The AF100 is from a family of products that adhere to the Micro Four-Thirds standard. So far, Olympus and Panasonic are the two manufacturers making cameras for this standard, but a number of other manufacturers have also signed on to produce add-ons for it. Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Lensbaby and Voigtlander, all venerable manufacturers, have signed on to make lenses for it. (more…)

Weekly Recap – October 10, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 9.

  1. Apple.com, in tribute to Steve Jobs

    Apple.com, in tribute to Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: The greatest visionary of our time passed away last week. You’ve already read this all over the web, seen it on TV, but no news recap would be complete without mention of the passing of this icon.
    http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

  2. Staged Photojournalism: How much of the photojournalism you look at is staged? Photographer Ruben Salvadori takes a hard, critical look at that question in this provocative and very disturbing video.
    http://iso1200.blogspot.com/2011/10/is-really-photojournalism-real-behind.html
  3. California photographers, pay up – quick! Didn’t pay your model as soon as the shoot was done? Tsk tsk. You might just get sued, thanks to an obscure labor law in California.
    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/10/05/law-firm-going-after-photographers-shooting-in-ca/
  4. Wanted  – a doctor, a lawyer, an accountant (really, anyone). For free. Photographers are used to being asked to do their jobs without pay. One Craigslister takes umbrage.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/05/photographer-looking-for-people-to-do-their-job-without-pay/
  5. Adobe announces stuff. Everyone’s happy. Everyone’s mad. Just another Monday? Adobe announced a slew of new products at the MAX 2011 conference. Some things made people happy (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Yay!).  Other things made people mad (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Boo!). Adobe’s own Terry White has a nice roundup here:
    http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/8848
  6. Google+ for photographers: A really good set of videos, courtesy of Scott Kelby. Definitely worth a view.
    http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2011/archives/22120
  7. Yes, but will it focus? The guys at Fuji are planning a competitor to the Micro 4/3 format. Because we don’t have enough competing small-factor interchangeable lens formats.
    https://twitter.com/#!/fujiguys/status/121950934426337280
  8. It’s real! No it’s not! One of the best demos we’ve ever seen of inserting 3D items into an image. Bad Photoshop jobs might be a thing of the past. PR departments at BP and in Iran rejoice.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/rendering-3d-objects-into-photographs/
  9. Is that a microscope in your pocket? More cool stuff from the “must have now even though I have no earthly use for it” department. The geeks at UC Davis have turned the iPhone’s camera into a microscope. No, you don’t need to upgrade to the 4S – unless you want Siri to tell you what horrible disease she sees in the magnified images.
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/uc-davis-iphone-tweak-turns-camera-into-disease-spotting-microscope/
  10. Cancer is cruel and unforgiving, and now it looks to take Photojojo founder Amit Gupta too. Minorities are underrepresented in bone marrow donation banks. Please help.
    http://tumblr.amitgupta.com/post/11102689089/two-weeks-ago-i-got-a-call-from-my-doctor-who-id

Pros you should know: Syl Arena

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“Pros you should know” is an ongoing Q&A series with photographers that the folks here at BorrowLenses.com admire and follow.

Syl Arena at Rayko Photo in San Francisco, at a recent workshop.

Syl Arena at Rayko Photo in San Francisco, at a recent workshop.

Welcome to the first in a series of articles talking about some of the professionals in our field that the folks here at BorrowLenses.com think you should know. Today, we’d like to introduce you to Syl Arena. (more…)

Tip of the week: Making sense of PocketWizards, Part I

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Welcome to a recurring feature on The Blog @ BorrowLenses.com. Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Making sense of PocketWizards, Part I.

A few of the PocketWizard products on our site

A few of the PocketWizard products on our site

The increasing interest in off-camera flash has led to a number of our customers requesting PocketWizards to trigger off-camera flashes. The problem is, there isn’t just one single PocketWizard available to rent – there are no less than a half-dozen transmitters you have to chose from and just as many receivers. (more…)

Meet the staff: Alexandria “2.0” Huff

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This is the first of a series of posts introducing the staff at BorrowLenses.com to you, our customers. 

Alexandria "2.0" Huff

Alexandria "2.0" Huff

BorrowLenses has always had a tradition of hiring people who genuinely love photography to fill our ranks. There’s a pretty wide range represented here, from enthusiasts to working professionals, from videographers to still shooters, from landscape artists to sports photographers. This series will introduce you to each one of those people in turn.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to Alexandria “2.0” Huff. (more…)

Tip of the week: Choosing a photo bag

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Our Bag Choices

Our Bag Choices

Welcome to a recurring feature on The Blog @ BorrowLenses.com. Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

This week’s tip (or, more accurately, collection of tips): Choosing a bag to lug your gear around in. (more…)

Our top 5 learning resources for photographers

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Top 5 Learning Resources for Photographers

Top 5 Learning Resources for Photographers

Here’s what we’ve come to realize after more than four years in the business: our customers don’t fit any one particular mold. We have rank amateurs, passionate about photography and picking up a DSLR for the first time. We have photographers about to go into business for themselves after years of shooting for pleasure. We also have high-end customers for whom a ten-camera shoot is just another Tuesday.

Whether you’re that rank amateur or that budding professional or that seasoned veteran of the industry, the one thing you can never stop doing is learning. Constant education is a requirement in this industry and those who don’t evolve are doomed to extinction. With that in mind, we put together a small list of educational resources that we go to constantly, be it for a quick lookup on a specific technique, or for inspiration when we’re in a rut. There’s a little something here for everyone regardless of your skill level. (more…)

The Epic begins

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Red Logo

Red Logo

We’ve been waiting for this moment for some time now.Ever since BorrowLenses.com stepped into the video arena, adding cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100, the Sony EX3, NEX-VG10, and, of course, the wide range of Canon HDSLRs, people have been asking, “Where’s the RED?”

(more…)

A Guide to Canon and Nikon Lens Gobbledygook

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Every Canon and Nikon lens has a model name infused with a string of semi-confusing acronyms that describe the features and technology found in the lens itself. Knowing what these acronyms stand for will make deciphering a lens’s name much easier, helping you to choose the lens with the specific features are you looking for. Let’s get started!

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Best Wide Angle for a Crop Sensor Camera

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At BorrowLenses.com we get a lot of phone calls from potential customers with questions regarding which gear to use for certain types of photography. Of those calls, one of the most prominent is “What is the best wide angle lens to rent for landscapes?” The answer is there are plenty of great lenses to choose from, but which lens is best depends heavily on which camera body you are using. When we ask people what camera they have, the majority respond that they are shooting with a crop-sensor body, and this affects lens selection in a significant way. Crop sensor bodies from Canon include the 10-60D, Rebel series and 7D. On the Nikon side there are the D4/5/6/7/8/90, D7000 and D300 series.

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A Letter to Canon and Nikon

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Hey Canon and Nikon – BorrowLenses.com here.

You might remember us from several large orders over the years.  And there have been quite a few repairs too (looks at the person reading this). Anyway, we’re writing today to let you know we are ready for whatever big announcements you have under wraps to be unwrapped. Go ahead; unwrap them.

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First post dedicated to you…our AWESOME customers.

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We’ve been pondering what our first post should be regarding for some time now. There are so many topics to cover; photo techniques, lens rental recommendations, how-to videos, and lots more. But then one day we were in our kitchen staring at the wall of amazing customer letters and it hit us – none of this is possible without you, our AWESOME customers. From the very first order four years ago first order of a Sigma 15mm Fisheye, to our 90,000th order of, ironically, a Sigma 15mm Fisheye, you all have helped make Borrowlenses.com what it is today.

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