A Review of Fuji’s X-trans CMOS II Sensor and X-mount Lenses

A Review of Fuji’s X-trans CMOS II Sensor and X-mount Lenses

David Kingham is a landscape photographer with years of experience and a known track record of going great lengths to capture spectacular landscapes. He is constantly searching for the ideal camera and lens combo to facilitate longer travel with more energy when he arrives. Find out how Fuji’s new mirror-less line of cameras and interchangeable X-mount lenses tested for his needs. As a landscape photographer that hikes a considerable amount I am always looking for ways to lighten my load on and off the trail. After switching to full frame DSLRs years ago, I had never considered the Fuji system due to the cropped (APS-C) sensor. Despite being convinced I’d never go back to a crop sensors, I couldn’t help my curiosity after hearing so many great reviews coming from Fuji converts. Borrowlenses.com was kind enough to send me the following bodies and lenses to review: Fuji X-T1  Fuji X-E2  Fuji 14mm f/2.8 Fuji 10-24 f/4 Fuji 18-55  Fuji 55-200 Fuji 18mm f/2 Zeiss Touit f/2.8 Note: All images are jpegs straight from the camera unless otherwise noted.   X-T1           I immediately fell in love with the Fuji X-T1 camera after using it for just a few minutes. I was first taken by the ergonomics of the camera: small, light, and the grips are placed perfectly to where I never feel uncomfortable holding it. The multitude of dials allow the user quick access to adjust settings, and I was especially taken by the feature of having the ISO and shutter speed as dials. I’ve never shot with a rangefinder, but I now know why most...
10 Wicked Portraits and Halloween Shooting Tips

10 Wicked Portraits and Halloween Shooting Tips

Fall is the landscape photographer’s dream season but Halloween is when portrait photographers get all of the fun! Check out the images below, plus gain some shooting tips from working photographers. Let the shapes and shadows of the night inspire you and have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone at BorrowLenses! Niki’s Tip: Shoot multiple exposures right after sunset during blue hour to combine a moody atmosphere and a sharp subject. Use exposure blending in post processing for a great effect. Allie’s Tip: Use a 5-in-1 light modifier to create light for all tones. It will ensure that white balance is on cue while you’re developing that fall feeling surrounding the child/subject. Julia’s Tip: Plan your shoots in advance and brief your team at least a few days prior to the shoot. Often makeup artists and hairstylists are willing to purchase additional tools, products, makeup colors, or even hair extensions to get better creative results. Give them some extra time to do their shopping – the entire team will benefit from it! Renee’s Tip: Learning to see color accurately is very difficult and time consuming. Pick up books on color theory, attend a painting class, or hang out with painters who understand it well. Your art will appreciate it in the future. Alex’s Tip: Use slow shutter speeds to gather moody ambient light and then compensate for motion blur with flash. Emerald’s Tip: Have a kid who hates having their photo taken? Put them in a villain costume and take advantage of the abundant attitude. My kid actually enjoys her sessions for once when sneers, snarls, and wiggling are welcome! Jamie’s Tip:...
Simple Tricks for a Treat of a Halloween Photobooth

Simple Tricks for a Treat of a Halloween Photobooth

Every year, SmugMug cofounder Chris MacAskill hosts a Halloween photobooth in his garage. Read on to find out how he does it and gain tips on building your own bewitching booth! MacAskill put together his first Halloween photobooth in 2007 using a single light and a 40″x 60″ softbox placed directly above the camera. Over time, the booth has expanded to include side lighting slightly behind and above the subjects to provide edge definition for hair and dark costumes. MacAskill always uses a black backdrop and has everyone stand about 10′ away from it to ensure enough light falloff for a pitch black background. His cameras have changed over time as well, starting with a Canon 1D Mark III, then a 1D Mark IV, and, finally, the superb 1D X. All focus very well in low light. To get everyone excited about the shoot, MacAskill shoots tethered to a Mac so that folks can immediately see their picture on a big screen. “I wear knee pads and shoot from my knees because they are mostly children and I like to get to their level, ” MacAskill said. “Many parents drive their kids for miles to get these shots every year and they pass the word around at their schools. I wear out those knee pads.” Some parents were wary at first of the photo booth. MacAskill’s wife volunteers for sidewalk duty to explain to passersby what they are doing. Last year, they upped the ante by adding an industrial smoke machine to the booth. It created more drama and everyone went crazy for it! MacAskill uses a Canon 24-105mm lens because...
Winners of the BorrowLenses.com Camera Giveaway

Winners of the BorrowLenses.com Camera Giveaway

We’ve been torturing you with posts goading you to “like” and “share” our big camera giveaway of 2014 and 15 of you have been rewarded with one of the many runner up prizes we’ve received from our partners and 1 enviable soul has won their choice of a brand new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a Panasonic GH4 4K Mirrorless Camera, or a Canon 6D Digital SLR. How We Chose the Winners  We used Random.org to choose our winners. The winners’ names are listed below and, additionally, we’ll be reaching out to them directly via the contact information they supplied for us in the contest entry form. Special Thanks to our Partners Give these folks some social media love: Cinevate Zacuto Fro Knows Photo Think Tank Photo SmugMug Peak Design Nik Software MyPublisher Fiilex LED Peter Hurley Moose Peterson Lexar Custom SLR SnapKnot Videopixie Many of these brands we carry in our rental inventory, including Cinevate, Think Tank, and Zacuto. The Winners You probably skipped all the stuff above and scrolled straight to the bottom, huh? Without further ado, the winners are… • Cinevate: Trawly Compact Dolly – WINNER: Paul Sachse of Lake Worth, Florida • Zacuto: Z-Finder Jr – WINNER: Anthony Sutera of Bogota, New Jersey • Fro Knows Photo: Flash Guide DVD – WINNER: Ramona Gonzalez of Kennewick, Washington • Think Tank Photo: Airport Essentials Backpack – WINNER: Steven Richard of  Lynnfield, Massachusetts • SmugMug: 1 Year Business Account – WINNER: McKenna Christensen of Monroe, Wisconsin • Peak Design: Professional’s Pack – WINNER: Rachael Simon of Post Falls, Idaho • Nik Software: Editing Suite – WINNER: Emilee Self, Ashland , Louisiana • MyPublisher: $200 Gift Certificate – WINNER: Lisa Flader of Phoenix, Arizona • Fiilex LED: V70 Task Lamp – WINNER: Valerie Towles of Spencerville, Ohio • Peter Hurley: Illuminating the Face DVD...
10 Essential Tips To Get Great Blue Angels Photos

10 Essential Tips To Get Great Blue Angels Photos

This weekend is Fleet Week here in San Francisco and given numerous emails I’ve received about photographing the event I thought I would consolidate my tips to photographing the Blue Angels. Following these 10 Blue Angels photography tips as originally found on my blog  should put you on the fast track to walking away with some great photos. Logistics – Be Prepared In San Francisco that means get to the show very early. Parking is always a challenge and will test your patience. Don’t let the search for parking ruin your day. If you want to avoid that aggravation then take public transportation and/or park far away. Bring a lunch or a snack. Get the nutrients and fluids you need in your system ahead of time so you can keep your eye on the show and not your bag of chips. Finding an unobstructed view can be a challenge. Arriving early will not only enable you to find the best location possible but will give you the time to scout out various spots to set up. Know Where Center-Point Is Center-point is the physical location that all Blue Angels maneuvers are centered around. This is the mark they aim to criss cross over and navigate around. For Fleet Week here in San Francisco that point is in front of Aquatic Park. Knowing this location is critical if you plan to capture the Blue Angels Criss-Cross maneuver. Location, Location, Location! As with realestate location is everything. In San Francisco for Fleet Week there really isn’t a bad spot. I have taken photos of the Blue Angels from a variety of locations...