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.
- Watching an Annie Leibovitz BTS (Behind The Scenes) video, even a 2-minute one, is an educational experience. Especially when David Hobby annotates one.
- Via National Geographic, take a gander at a dolly-mounted camera track a racing cheetah. Um, yeah. That was our reaction too.
- Speaking of jaw-dropping things, check out this time-lapse with night and day images rotoscoped into the same film. “Cool” isn’t enough to describe it.
- Last week, we brought you the city-without-people time-lapse of San Francisco by director Ross Ching. This time, Ross tackles Seattle.
- And finally, via our friends at PetaPixel, we bring you this awesome piece on the sheer joy a photographer experiences when his subject gets friendly.
And now, the BorrowLenses.com rundown:
- You’ve still got a couple of days to take advantage of this week’s special. Folks, there’s a D800 on there for 25% off. Get your orders in!
- Another three days left to enter our “Action” photography Fan Photo Challenge. Who doesn’t like prizes?
- We’re at PPE in NYC this week – see all the fun we’ve been up to on our Facebook page.
That’s it for this week’s Cool Stuff. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments below.
Congratulations to our winners from this week’s Fan Photography Challenge. Each week, a new theme will be presented to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram community where they can participate by submitting or voting on photos for a chance to win prizes. Read more on our blog post, Announcing the BorrowLenses.com Fan Photography Challenge.
The top photos from each theme will be included in our “Fan Favorite and Grand Prize Winner” Contest. Our guest judge, Rick Sammon, will select a Grand Prize winner who will walk away with a $1,000 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com while the Fan Favorite will receive a $500 gift card to use on BorrowLenses.com.
This is Part IV of a series on moving from an all-Canon setup to an all-Nikon setup for four weeks. Will I go back to Canon at the end of four weeks? I have no idea…
On this edition of “The Switch”, I took a brief sojourn back to Canonland with the 5D Mark III and a gaggle of Canon lenses.
One of the newest lighting kits we have here at BorrowLenses is the Celeb 200 DMX LED from Kino Flo. The Celeb features 100 watts of lustrous, soft white light, which can be programmed to display a range between 2700K to 5500K, without changing the light output. Perfect for videography and filming with a warm or cool lighting tone without having to make color temperature edits in post-processing. It also features a DMX lighting connection to be used with control boxes for video and stage productions.
One of our resident portrait photographer, Alex 2.0, took it for a shoot recently and let us know her impressions.
The world of fashion photography is an insular one, and newcomers to this field are often left floundering in more ways than one. From the basics of technique, to simple advice on how to break into the field, working with models, and managing and handling a business, aspiring fashion photographers often lack a decent starting point.
Natural Proportions for Architecture
The new Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE for Canon is an ultrasharp, full frame lens that controls distortion much better than its other ultrawide peers. The natural proportions of this lens, despite its angle-of-view, lends itself well to architecture photographers. The relatively close focus of 0.25m (10”) also makes this lens a great option for those shooting in tight spaces, particularly party and wedding photographers.
Finally a Filter for a 15!
In comparison to similarly wide lenses, the consensus so far is that the Zeiss 15mm outperforms the best of them in terms of sharpness and distortion control. Another advantage of the Zeiss 15mm over the Canon 15mm Fisheye, the 8-15mm, or the 14mm is that this lens comes with a front threaded filter ring that accepts a 95mm filter. This, and the built-in metal hood, provide more protection for the bulbous glass that is natural for a lens of this focal length. The large front element makes this one of the largest wide angle primes we have in inventory.
Full Frame and (almost) Full F-Stop
While this lens is designed for full frame cameras, it can still be used on crop sensor cameras–your angle-of-view being the equivalent of a 24mm on a 1.6x crop camera, such as the Canon 60D or the 7D. At f/2.8, this lens is handy in lower light situations and stops all the way down to f/22. With a 9-blade diaphragm, the Zeiss 15mm produces smooth bokeh that is very surprising on a lens this wide. read more…