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Cool Stuff – November 22, 2011

Cool Stuff

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.

That’s it for this week’s cool stuff. If you have something you think should be included, let us know! Email us at [email protected]

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

Gear Talk Tips & Tricks

Every Thursday, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. 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]

In Part I of this series, we talked about the standard types of PocketWizards, covering the Plus II and Multimax triggers. Now, we’ll tackle the newer, more complex types of PocketWizards, called the ControlTL series.

About the ControlTL series

ControlTL stands for “Control The Light”, and it’s PocketWizard’s way of giving photographers even greater power over their lighting setup. There are several items that make up the system, from triggers designed specifically for studio flashes like the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 lights, to small flash-specific triggers like the Nikon SB-900 and Canon 580EXII.

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Tip of the week: Using a gimbal head

Tips & Tricks

Every Thursday, we post a photography-related tip on our blog. 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]

Canon 1D MK IV on a Wimberley gimbal head

Canon 1D MK IV on a Wimberley gimbal head

One of the questions we get quite often from our customers is about photographing wildlife using long lenses. Here at BorrowLenses.com, we carry a wide variety of those lenses, like Canon’s 500mm, 600mm and 800mm lenses, as well as Nikon’s flagship 500mm and 600mm lenses.

These are large lenses and can weight in excess of 10lbs, making hand-holding them incredibly impractical. A tripod is very important to have, but so is having the right kind of tripod head. A regular ballhead would work fine if your subject was stationary for the most part, but wildlife – particularly birds – aren’t known for staying still. Ballheads also pose a threat to your delicate lens as their heavy front elements have been known to cause the entire setup (lens, tripod, ballhead) to pitch forward if the tension is released too quickly.

The best solution? Say hello to our littler friend, the gimbal head. Made by vendors such as Custom Brackets and Wimberley, these heads allow you to mount large lenses in a way that makes them almost weightless and lets you move the lens in a free and easy manner using just your fingertips.

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Weekly Recap – October 31, 2011

BL News

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 30.

  1. It’s not news, but it is newsworthy – The folks over at The Photoletariat have posted an awesome video about vendor-client relationships. Many of our customers here at BorrowLenses.com will connect with this right away.
  2. Burn, a riveting documentary about firefighters in Detroit was filmed using helmet-mounted Contour HD cameras (much like the GoPro cameras we rent). The documentary needs funding, however, so go over to the project’s Kickstarter page and help out if you can.
    BURN – Footage shot with Contour HD helmet cameras from Tom Putnam on Vimeo.
  3. Here’s your slo-mo video of the week: Waves, shot at thousands of frames per second..
  4. Adobe Photoshop 6 might just go with a Lightroom/Aperture-like theme. AppleInsider has a sneak peek into the next version of the popular image editing software.
  5. Google+, which is getting a LOT of love from photographers, is now giving some love back. Google has introduced the Creative Kit, which allows you to add filters to your uploaded images.
  6. The folks over at Phaidon press have released the third in a series of one-minute tips from National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. McCurry took one of the most iconic photographs in the world, the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, called “Afghan Girl”.
  7. File this under the “What? Why?” department. Nikon is reportedly looking at acquiring the WebOS operating system from HP.
  8. Look! Up in the sky! It’s… a ball? No, it’s the future of aerial camera systems, says Petapixel. The Japanese ministry of defense has apparently gone off and invented a spherical flying device. Amazing.
  9. APhotoEditor.com has an interesting read on shooting with your conscience. It’s not the first time that a photographer has turned down a client on principle, but it’s always interesting to hear about it anyway.
  10. And, because it’s Halloween and we can’t very well leave this recap without a costume-related piece, here it is: A working Nikon camera costume.

Weekly Recap – October 24, 2011

BL News

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 23.

  1. Petapixel is reporting that “A couple of scenes in “The Avengers” were shot with the iPhone 4. We’re pissed. We’ve been training on our RED, for heaven’s sake! Now we have to do iPhone training?
  2. From the “I want it now” department, the Canon 1Dx replaces the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III.
  3. Sony halts production of the NEX-7 and Reflex Alpha 65 due to the floods in Thailand. Looks like the D800 announcement might be called off because of that too.
  4. Got motion blur in your images? The next version of Photoshop might be able to fix that for you. Adobe releases more details on a deblurring tool demoed at Adobe Max 2011.
  5. Need more megapixels? How’s 200? Go behind the scenes of a vintage Ferrari shoot with the Hasselblad H4D-200MS.
  6. Canon makes changes to its Canon Professional Services program. It’s now easier to become a member.
  7. Getty images is getting sued for using the pine-tree-shaped car air fresheners in some of their stock images. Looks like a judge agreed with the air freshener company, because Getty just lost a round in that case.
  8. There’s a new fund to honor the memory of fallen photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya this year. Donate to the fund at Democracy in Action.
  9. A couple of weeks ago, Olympus’ CEO was fired. Now, it looks like the scandal goes deeper. Corruption! Fraud! Embezzlement! All the makings of a TV movie.
  10. New Hero! Everyone’s favorite action sports camera, the GoPro Hero, is now available in a new iteration, the HD Hero 2. Now Jeb Corliss has to do his wingsuit thing all over again with the new cameras.

Weekly Recap – October 17, 2011

BL News
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 

Tip of the week: An adaptable camera system

Tips & Tricks
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…)

Coming Soon: More Radios

Gear Talk

This is the first in a series on Lighting, where we discuss the use of the variety of lighting gear available for rent from BorrowLenses.com

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy PocketWizard.com

PowerMC2 Receiver. Photo Courtesy PocketWizard.com

Two new products are on their way to BorrowLenses.com’s offices this week that should make the lighting and off-camera flash geeks among us pretty darn happy. As you may know, we’ve carried many of PocketWizard’s products in our inventory for some time now, including their newer line of “ControlTL” products. Thus far, we’ve carried the MiniTT1 on-camera trigger and the FlexTT5 transceiver. Later this week, we’ll be adding two more ControlTL products to the list: the PowerMC2 receiver for Paul C. Buff’s Einstein monolights and the AC3 ZoneController. (more…)

Best Wide Angle for a Crop Sensor Camera

BL News

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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