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
- Jim M. Goldstein Photography
- Alex Huff Photography
- Kenneth So Photography
- Kris Rowberry
- Miko Saldana
- Austin Hill
- Kyle Mix
- Jeffrey Cole
- Bryan Markwardt
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.
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.
Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster Adds Full Frame Versatility in the Crop Sensor Video World
Make No Bones About It: the Metabones Adapter is Kind of Amazing
The Metabones Canon EF to Sony NEX Speed Booster allows you to mount any Canon EF-mount lens onto compatible Sony NEX E-mount cameras, such as the Sony FS-700, Sony FS-100, or Sony Alpha NEX- 7. What makes this simple adapter anything but simple is its ability to increase your maximum aperture and make your lens 0.71x wider! Think of this adapter as being the opposite of a teleconverter. A teleconverter expands the image being projected onto your camera’s sensor, giving us a telephoto crop but also losing light in the process. Teleconverters are popular among nature and outdoor sports photographers who need the extra reach and don’t mind losing a little light to get it. The Metabones Speed Booster, conversely, narrows the image being projected onto the sensor. The image then fills the cropped sensor similarly to how the lens would fill a full frame sensor. The resulting image is still slightly cropped, but less so than if you were just shooting with the crop sensor alone and no adapter. read more…
Reviewing the Sigma 15mm f/2.8 and Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lenses for Night Sky Landscape Photography
David Kingham is a lanscape photographer who focuses (pun intended?) on the night sky. He field-tested some of our fisheye lenses to see which one is most suitable for this kind of work. If you’re interested in astrophotography and landscapes, check out Kingham’s findings below (reprinted here with permission):
Fisheye Lenses for Night Photography
by David Kingham
I’ve been looking to add a fisheye to my arsenal of night photography lenses, but I was never able to locate solid information on what the best lens is for my style of night photography, specifically. I knew I needed to do my own testing to know for sure. I received the Sigma 15mm 2.8 and Nikon 16mm 2.8 from BorrowLenses.com and I needed to go someplace spectacular to test them out–what better place than Canyonlands National Park?
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).
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.
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!
- There’s still time to take advantage of the Deal of the Week. A new, different one will be posted on Monday.
- If you haven’t heard, we’ve got an East Coast office near Boston now! To celebrate, we’re doing a big giveaway.
- We’re headed to Imaging USA in Atlanta next week. If you’re around, come say hello!
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.