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...
Time Lapsing Against the Clock: How to Shoot a Time Lapse with a Stadium Full of Warriors Fans

Time Lapsing Against the Clock: How to Shoot a Time Lapse with a Stadium Full of Warriors Fans

Matt Maniego, a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in San Francisco, was recently asked to document the promotional efforts of NBA’s Golden State Warriors. His specialty time lapse work has been featured by the San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors, as well as the Pac-12 Network, Comcast SportsNet, and the NFL Network, just to name a few. Here he takes us along for the ride and shares his tips for getting the perfect time lapse. Time Lapsing Against the Clock by Matt Maniego At this very moment, Oracale Arena, aka ‘Roaracle’, is not just audibly the loudest arena in the NBA but is also visually. A sea of bright yellow t-shirts cover each and every seat in the house and I have been asked to capture how these yellow shirts made it from the boxes, to the seats, and eventually onto 20,000 Warrior fans. BEHIND THE SCENES My team and I had 4 hours to capture the evolution of the promo shirts. With that large an area I split my team into two, with one remaining to capture the behind-the-scenes footage. Our main goal was to capture captivating time lapses. To accomplish this feat under pressure we brought with us: Canon 5D Mark III Canon 5D Mark II Canon 6D Canon 7D Canon 16-35 f2.8L II Canon 24-70 f2.8L II Rokinon 14mm f2.8 Emotimo TB3 Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero Dolly Dynamic Perceptions Stage One Dolly Induro AT413 Tripods x 5 Fancier Ballheads x 5 64GB Compact Flash x 5 Canon Remote Trigger (for backup) If you’re not familiar with time lapse lingo, the rigs you see in the above video are “Motion...
Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More

Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More

Explore the latest new Lightroom features in this guest post by journalist and adventure photographer Jay Goodrich. Be sure to check out Goodrich’s other great tutorials below: • 5 Features for Adobe Lightroom 5 • Exposure Blending Using Adobe Photoshop CS6 • Diffraction and Focus Stacking Tutorial for Photoshop CS6 Lightroom CC/6 Latest Features: Panoramas, Masking, and More by Jay Goodrich Adobe released its newest version of Lightroom; it is now known as Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6 depending on how you purchase the software. Lightroom CC is available in Adobe’s Creative Cloud and will continuously be updated from now and into the foreseeable future. If you decide the Creative Cloud isn’t for you, you can still purchase Lightroom 6 in software box form from a reseller like B and H Photo Video. The downside to this purchase method, however, is that Adobe doesn’t have plans at this point to update the non-cloud version down the road. This is pretty much the key decision you’ll need to make as to the direction you think your needs will take you regarding your photo editing software. We have had our entire office on the Creative Cloud for close to two years at this point, and have zero complaints with the ease of keeping everything up to date. At the release of Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud clients had the software available for download immediately upon Adobe’s announcement of it. In the last week I have truly put this software through its paces. An image file submission to Powder Magazine had us not only processing images, but also adding all of their required metadata to...
10 Sports Photography Gear Tips

10 Sports Photography Gear Tips

Gear never matters more than when you’re out shooting sports. It is one of the most difficult things to capture well and takes years of practice. Whether you’re aiming high or just want better after-school action candids, here are 10 home run gear tips to kick off the sunny season. These are aimed for beginners but are great reminders for seasoned pros. Get Your Best Shot of the Season with These 10 Sports Photography Gear Tips 1. Use a Low Profile Tripod for a Heroic Look 2. Beat the Sun with LCD Loops and Electronic Viewfinders 3. Use Cameras with Back Focus Buttons 4. Use Cameras Above 6 FPS with Continuous Modes 5. Don’t Sweat Over Image Stabilization 6. Set Up Remote Cameras for Better Angles 7. Experiment with Rear Curtain Sync Flash for Motion Effects 8. Push/Pull vs Two Touch Lenses: Discover What’s Right for You 9. Lighten Your Load with Smaller Aperture Telephotos or Extenders 10. Stay Out All Day with Protected Gear Bonus Tip: Ways to Show Action with Blur Use a Low Profile Tripod for a Heroic Look If your sports shots look a little flat, get down for a new perspective. While shooting from below is a general no-no for people photography, in sports it makes players look heroic. If ergonomics are a worry, support yourself with a specialized low profile/small footprint tripod, like the Induro tabletop tripod, which can carry up to 220 lbs while weighing less than 5 lbs! Beat the Sun with LCD Loops and Electronic Viewfinders Reviewing images in the bright sun can be an act of suffering. Screen covers or “loops” help you better see what you’re working with. Sometimes they...
Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Your Gear Guide for Better Wedding Photography

Find your perfect match in time for your next (or first) big wedding shoot. Many of you are probably worried about not bringing the right equipment with you. We have thousands of items for you to rent but only certain items are ideal for weddings. This list will help you narrow it down to just the essentials to fit your shooting style. Take note of these 10 tips that will help you complete your skills. Ten Gear Tips for a Better Wedding Day Photography Workflow: 1. Zoom with a View: Using Long Focal Lengths 2. Safety in Numbers: Spring for a Second Body 3. Fall in Love with Battery Grips 4. Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Mixing Artificial with Natural Lighting 5. Enjoy the Silence: Quiet Shutter Options 6. Portable Prowess 7. N+1 Yourself: Using Dual Memory Cards 8. Up Close and Personal: Macro Lenses 9. Practice Mindfulness: Gear Security 10. Going Slim to Win: Consider Mirrorless Zoom with a View: Using Long Focal Lengths Longer lenses tend to keep your subject’s facial features in proper proportion, which is more flattering. There are a couple of fast telephoto zooms we rent that allow you to shoot with a wide-open aperture for a very pleasing out-of-focus background without sacrificing the convenience of being able to shoot at a variety of lengths. Plus, having a longer lens means you have to stand further from your subject. Sometimes this allows the couple to relax a little bit and act more naturally for their portrait. We Recommend: • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II • Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G SSM II for Sony A Mount • Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO for...