The DJI Phantom 4 has finally arrived and is now available for rent! Our techs have had some time to test the drone this week. We have put together a video that will help you get started with the Phantom 4. This goes over what's included, what you'll need, how to get started, and an overview of some of the new features.
If you're ready to start flying, you can rent the DJI Phantom 4 here!
We have a number of talented and interesting customers all across the country and we think it’s time to shine a spotlight on them. Every month we will be spotlighting a customer and ask them to share their special talents and experiences in the photography and video world. This month we talk to Michael Dalton from Oviedo, FL.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
My name is Michael Dalton, I’m originally from the Carolinas but I moved to Central Florida to attend Full Sail for Film. Post graduation I decided to stay in Orlando and find the work to make that happen. These days I make videos for CrossFit around the world, and pick up the occasional freelance gig between those trips.
How did you get into photography and/or video?
My Dad always tried to have a video camera or digital camera around. Some of my earliest memories are of the VHS camcorder plugged into the VCR and him shaking the camera yelling earthquake while my brother and sister and I rolled around the couch and floor.
From there I can honestly say I was inspired by Jackass the movie - those guys made a living playing around with their friends and learning their gear along the way. So my buddies and I made a ton of dumb videos, which eventually led to really terrible music videos and then film school.
Where are you located?
I’m in Oviedo, Florida these days, about 5 minutes from The Lens Depot. I like to pretend that I don’t miss the days where I would meet Oscar and Magda at Starbucks super early on a Saturday morning, and get a free cup of coffee with my lens rental. But those were the glory days.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?
Outside of video for CrossFit, I really enjoy doing CrossFit. It’s been a great stress reliever for me through the freelance years, and a great way of keeping my work capacity up to handle the long hours of lugging around heavy gear.
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?
There was a quote on the wall in one of the Film buildings at Full Sail, I believe it was from Sissy Spacek. It said - “One of the wonderful things about being a filmmaker, is that you get to live all these different lives...” I love getting to meet new people, and try to get to the heart of what matters to them and tell their story. Whether this is an athlete struggling to be the best, or a non-profit in Africa trying to save lives - the process is the same for me. I love people, and I love getting to show a person’s heart to the world. I don’t take that process lightly.
What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?
My least favorite thing about this work is airports. I love being in new places but I hate the airport process. I don’t like checking gear (especially rental gear), so I carry everything on. But that being said, I’m thankful every day for the work I get to do. I’m living the dream, so I’ll live with the airports.
What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?
If you looked at my rental history, you would probably say, “Why hasn’t he just bought that Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS already?” Currently, I would like to be noncommittal and say my favorite thing is all of it. I’m comforted knowing that all of the gear I might need is available, and can be rented and picked up on the same day. The prices are the most competitive I’ve found in the world, and I love the staff and how helpful everyone is. Boom, endorsed.
If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?
I swear by the Panasonic GH4 and Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L with the Metabones adapter. Can you beat 4k at 24fps and then 96fps at 1080 in that small of a camera? Doubt it. And that is the most versatile lens in the world in my opinion. I’ve had mine for years, and I’m certain I could throw it hard enough to kill a small animal on the deserted island, use the lens reflection to start a small fire to cook it, and it would still work for documenting my rescue. Did I read that wrong? Is this a vacation? I don’t tourist well.
Where can people follow you or find your work online? (website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube etc.)
Last, and most importantly – what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?Can I be that guy and say I almost never eat ice cream? I crave donuts. 3-4 at a time but only on Saturday.
Thank you Michael for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. Here is some of Michael's work:
Sony has been creating quite a buzz with their mirrorless cameras like the A7S II and A7R II and video cameras like the PXW-FS5 and PXW-FS7. If you want to try these cameras but don't want to give up your Canon or Nikon glass, we have you covered! Here's a complete run-down of the Metabones adapters we rent for the Sony E-Mount.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount (Version I) - This is the original EF to E Mount adapter. It does not support auto focus but will support Image Stabilization on lenses that are compatible. Canon EF-S lenses will not mount. It is best suited for cameras with an APS-C sensor (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount (Mark IV) - This is the most current version of the Metabones adapters. It supports auto-focus and image stabilization with compatible lenses (see Metabones website for full details). It is also currently the only adapter that we rent that will work with EF-S lenses. Last, this adapter adds a matte black coating that reduces internal reflections. This is the adapter of choice for the the A7S II and A7R II, but it can be used with any E-Mount camera.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster - The Speed Booster increases the angle of view by 0.71x and the Maximum aperture of the lens by 1 f-stop. For example: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L would effectively become a 35.5mm f/0.9. It supports auto-focus and image stabilization with compatible lenses (see Metabones website for full details). Canon EF-S lenses will not mount. This adapter is best suited for the APS-C cameras (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA - This is an updated version of the above mentioned adapter. The element has been improved and this will provide improved corner sharpness, less distortion, and reduced vignetting. Other than that, it is identical to the original Speed Booster.
Some things to note about all of the Canon Adapters.
- All of the adapters (except the Version I) have a "Green" and "Advanced" Mode. The biggest difference is the "Green" mode supports Autofocus and the "Advanced" mode supports auto magnify. You can read more information about the modes here.
- While the adapters do support most lenses, there are limitations. For example, many lenses released prior to 2006 do not support auto-focus. There are also limitations to the autofocus. We recommend checking with Metabones Website to make sure your lens is compatible and to read about the AF limitations.
Metabones Nikon to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA - The Speed Booster increases the angle of view by 0.71x and the Maximum aperture of the lens by 1 f-stop. For example: the Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G effectively becomes a 35.5mm f/1.1. This adapter will work with Nikon G or Non-G lenses, including AI, AI-S, and Non-AI lenses. It will not work with newer E series lenses like the Nikon 24-70mm AF-S f/2.8E ED VR or DX-series lenses. The Nikon adapter does not make any sort of electronic connection so auto-focus, electronic aperture control, and VR are not supported.
Metabones PL to Sony E Mount Adapter - Like the Nikon adapter, this lens does not make any sort of electronic contact with the camera. It is best suited for cameras with an APS-C sensor (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.
DJI has announced an all new drone to their Phantom series - the Phantom 4. Building off the overwhelming success of the Phantom 3 Professional, the new Phantom 4 has several improvements including a redesigned shell, added sensors, longer lasting battery, improved motors that will go up to 44mph, and a new camera with integrated gimbal. There are a lot of new innovative features such as obstacle avoidance, automatic subject tracking with ActiveTrack, and TapFly - a mode that allows you to to control the drone position by tapping on the screen in the DJIGo App. Here is a video from DJI detailing the new Phantom 4.
We are planning on adding the Phantom 4 for rental as soon as it becomes available. Stay tuned for more details!