Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – August Edition

Latest Gear at BorrowLenses – August Edition

Nikon has Irish twins, Sigma goes wide and fast (and so does Olympus), and Sony decides to get Macro on us. It’s that time of the month again folks: here’s the August edition of all the fresh, new gear at BorrowLenses! Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens and Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Nikon’s old 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were excellent bits of glass (though calling them “bits” is an understatement). But what’s good can always be improved and Nikon has done just that with this pair. By incorporating flourite elements into the design, they’ve made them between 20% and 25% lighter, which makes these two the lightest lenses in their focal length/aperture in the world. Nikon has also incorporated magnesium into the the barrel for more weight savings and has improved the Vibration Reduction, giving you a total of 4 stops of VR. There’s also a Sport VR mode specifically for stabilizing the lenses through tracking objects that move unpredictably and rapidly. In addition, the Autofocus performance of the lenses has also improved. This, combined with an electromagnetic diaphragm, is intended to provide superior focus and exposure stability when tracking those aforementioned fast-moving objects. Obviously, I’ll, um, need to test all these. For, say, a week. With a Nikon D4s and a gimbal head on a nice, heavy-duty tripod. BL West Coast: I’ll pick this order up next weekend, mmkay? Better make it two weeks. You know, for thoroughness. Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Micro Four Thirds shooters often have to suffer the false impression that wide-angle lenses aren’t really available on the platform...
3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7

3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7

San Francisco-based freelance filmmaker and photographer Matt Maniego recently had the opportunity to see how the new Sony FS7 would stand up to the standard of his professional shooting needs. His films have been featured by the three major Bay Area professional sports teams and his requirements are high quality RAW recording and relatively lightweight rigs for his run-and-gun shooting style. Here he breaks down why the Sony FS7 may be the camera he’s been waiting for…but is perhaps not perfect yet! Read on to see if the the Sony FS7 is the camera for you. 3 Things That Are Annoying About The Sony FS7 by Matt Maniego I’ve shot on many cameras before, including the Canon 5D Mark III, Canon C300, Sony FS700, RED Scarlet/Dragon, Black Magic Cinema/4K Production. You name it, I’ve probably shot on it. But none of them had all of the features I wanted at an appealing price point…until now. When I was hired to document the Golden State Warriors championship run I wanted a camera that was lightweight, easy to use, and shot 4K/SlowMo internally. Borrowlenses suggested I try the Sony FS7. I had read many great reviews about it and it did suit my needs well. The good outweigh the bad, so I’ll start with what I really liked about shooting with the Sony FS7. Benefit 1: SLog3 This alone is probably the best part about shooting on the Sony FS7. The ability to capture so much detail on a compressed codec is amazing! The camera captures plenty of detail in highlights and shadows that’s on par with much more expensive cameras. It’s definitely not RAW, but it’s also not a bajillion gigabytes per minute (if any...
Lightweight Hiking and Travel Alternatives

Lightweight Hiking and Travel Alternatives

Guest contributor Mark Shastany comes to us from the Borrowlenses.com VIP department to share his gear knowledge with the BL community! Shastany is a Boston-based photographer specializing in portraiture, commercial work, and landscape. He recently took a trip to the Catskills, NY and needed a lightweight solution that matched his personal standard of quality output. Mark graciously shared what he chose to bring, why, and what in hindsight he’d consider amending to make his kit more efficient and lightweight for next time! Lightweight Hiking and Travel Alternatives by Mark Shastany For Hiking and travel, you are often limited by the weight and size of the gear you choose to bring. In a scenario like this, there is often a sacrifice to be considered when attempting pro-grade images that are traditionally accomplished with large, heavy lenses and DSLR bodies. However, there are viable alternatives that work out nicely, cutting down on size and weight without compromising image quality. On a recent hike in the Catskills in New York, I performed a field test to find out what worked well for lightweight, high quality hiking alternatives – and what didn’t. Mirrorless systems provide great solutions to the age-old problem of weight vs. performance. For this test, I chose the Sony A7 series (specifically the A7R), Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS Lens, Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens, Metabones adapter, and a Lowepro Flipside 300 Backpack. For night photography or long exposures you’ll need a lightweight tripod and tripod head. The Sony A7R renders images sharply due to its removed optical low-pass filter and high resolution 36MP sensor. The battery life is significantly shorter...
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...
Behind The Scenes: Gold Suit Man Brings Luck to Golden State Warriors

Behind The Scenes: Gold Suit Man Brings Luck to Golden State Warriors

Matt Maniego, a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in San Francisco, was recently asked to document the National Championship Finals for NBA’s Golden State Warriors. His films and features have been featured by the “Big 3” Bay Area Pro Sports teams: San Francisco Giants, the 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors. Here he takes us Behind the Shot as he documented the GS Warriors win the first NBA title in 40 years: BL: How did you get in the exact position to grab this shot? MM: On assignment with the Warriors, they wanted me to follow a season ticket holder, Oliver Wald, nicknamed the “Gold Suit Man”. He became a known figure by Warrior fans after being featured on TV in last year’s playoffs. We documented his typical game day: pre-game rituals, his commute to the game, and his famous in game dance moves. It was great to capture Oliver during the game, but the best moment was after the Warriors had won. BL: Was it planned or perfect timing? MM: The moment was pretty much perfect timing. We shot a bunch during the game, but when the confetti starting raining down, I said to myself, “Please do the Scutaro.” If you don’t know what “Scutaro” means, it was a shot made famous by Marco Scutaro in the 2012 NLCS. Here is a photo of that moment: I think my psychic powers kicked in because he did the very thing I asked. He did the Scutaro! Before this show however, I instinctively switched to super slow mo on the FS7 (180fps) and made sure I was shooting pretty shallow to give more...