If you use equipment like the Glidecam HD 2000, DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal, and the Kessler Cineslider 5ft, but are still looking for ways to create even more dynamic and creative shots, then there is definitely a few pieces of equipment you should consider. Getting great shots can be tough when you only have a limited amount of options available to help you achieve those great shots. There are many options when it comes to alternative Support Equipment, but here are a few you should definitely consider!
If you have never used a jib (camera crane) before, then you are definitely going to want to rent the Kessler KC-Lite Camera Crane! A camera crane like this is great, because you can achieve so many smooth dynamic shots. Cranes are usually known for creating great establishing shots, but can also be used to capture nice low shots and even give you slider type shots. The other great part is that it's extremely portable! This camera crane can be carried around and setup up on a tripod like the Fluid Head 504 and Tripod 546B Manfrotto!
Another great tool is the Pico Dolly! It may seem simple, but it's a powerful took to use on your next shoot! You can use this like a slider and you can even get creative and use it on a table, or wall! There are so many possibilities and it's very affordable to rent! Pair this up with a Canon 5D Mark IV Camera to get some great smooth 4k footage!
All of these items are available to rent at The Lens Depot right now! There are so many choices, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to see what will work best for your next shoot!
DJI had a big announcements this week by unveiling a brand new addition to their ever-growing Phantom lineup. The Phantom 4 Pro+ improves upon the already stellar Phantom 4 drone with some welcome additions. The biggest change to the Phantom 4 Pro+ is a brand new 1-inch image sensor, a first for DJI. This brand new sensor allows still images up to 20 megapixels and 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Video is now captured at a 100Mbps bitrate over the original Phantom 4's 60Mbps.
The body is very similar to that of the Phantom 4, with some key improvements. There are now vision sensors in both the front and rear of the craft, with new infrared sensors on the left and right sides. This also improves the ActiveTrack feature, allowing pilots to select between trace, profile, and spotlight modes. The improved battery also allows flight times of up to 30 minutes, the most of any DJI drone. Last, the remote now features a built-in 5.5" 1080p screen, reducing the need to provide your own phone or tablet and simplifying the pre-flight process. This will also help improve latency and video lag.
The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is expected before the end of 2016 and can be pre-ordered here. Stay tuned for updates on when the Phantom 4 Pro+ will be available. Below is a video preview from DJI.
In today's fast moving world, many clients want instant gratification of their images. If you're looking for a solution to print images on the spot for your next event or for a photo booth, look no further than the DNP RX-1 Photo Printer.
The DNP RX-1 is capable of printing in either 4x6" or 6x8" sized prints. The paper is not included with the rental, but it can be purchased separately through our site. The 4x6" roll yields up to 700 prints while the 6x8" roll yields up to 350 prints. Best of all, the print time is pretty quick with a single 4x6" print coming in at just 14.9 seconds and a single 6x8" at just 26.9 seconds. The printer's footprint is relatively small at just 12.6" x 13.8" x 11."
You will need a desktop or laptop to connect to the the DNP RX-1 printer. Drivers can be downloaded directly from the DNP Website. If you are using a Windows machine, you can also utilize DNP's Hot Folder Utility program, which allows you to drag and drop images directly to a "Hot Folder" and they will print the images right away. On a Mac (or on a Windows machine if you'd prefer to not use the Hot Folder Utility program), you can print directly from your photo program of choice once you have the drivers installed.
We've put together a brief overview video about the DNP RX-1 below. Give it a try on your next rental here.
Everyone has those beautiful landscapes or open areas that they come across that deserves to be captured. Capturing these scenes can be hard if you don't have the right type of lens with you. The Lens Depot carries a wide variety of Nikon Wide Angle Lenses and Canon Wide Angle Lenses. These premium lenses can be rented at affordable rates to capture those wide angle shots. Having the right equipment along will make all the difference. Lets look at a some of the options you could try out today!
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L is a premium wide angle lens that offers a significant reduction in chromatic aberrations while four aspherical elements help to minimize distortions throughout the zoom range. If this lens is a bit out of your rental budget, a great follow up would be the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens.
For Nikon users the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G ED Lens ultra wide-angle AF-S zoom lens is optimized for edge-to-edge sharpness on both the Nikon FX and DX format image sensors. Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations. A great budget follow-up to this lens would be the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens.
There are definitely many options to choose from, but with the options above you have a great start with getting those amazing landscape shots! The Lens Depot has premium and affordable options to choose from. Either direction you take will yield great results. Renting is a good way to try different lenses and compare results to see which lens best suits your needs.
Our first batch of the DJI Mavic Pro drones have arrived. We've put together a brief overview of what's included with our rental package along with a few tips before you fly!
Planning an event? Want to take it to the next level? Your presentation is a focal point of any event! Why not introduce some digital content to your next event, with a projector and a screen? Whether it's a wedding, corporate dinner, birthday party, or even inviting your friends over to watch a movie. You can create an immersive environment that will bring life to your next event. The Lens Depot actually offers a couple of options that could help make that happen!
Projecting an image at any event has always been a nice touch, but with the Epson 725HD Projector you can get a crisp clear HD Image to display to your audience. Grab your computer and connect it through VGA or HDMI connection and with a large projected image from your computer you can display commercials, pictures, etc. You can get an even more intense high quality image with the Optoma 3D 1080P HD141X Projector.
With a good projector on hand you may not want to project onto a wall, because it may not be fitting for your event. Why not project onto a portable solid screen like the Portable Tripod Screen 80-Inch that can setup in about a minute, with 3 different aspect ratios sizes to choose from. If you are outdoors and the 80' portable tripod screen isn't big enough, then you can just setup the Inflatable Outdoor Movie Screen and really create that immersive environment!
Now that you have the basic set up, we must not forget about sound! We have you covered with the Mackie SRM150 Compact Active PA System. It is a small, but powerful system that will give you enough power to reach your audience. All of these Items are available for rent at The Lens Depot.
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 Alex Fedotov from Orlando, FL.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I am Alex Fedotov of AD.JUST video production - a creative video production agency serving Central and South Florida.
Most of our projects are videos aiming commercial or corporate proposes: event videos, web and TV commercials, product videos, testimonials and Kickstarters. We use to work in and for marketing agencies doing projects for top accounts like PepsiCo, CraftFoods, Nestle, Nike and that is why our marketing and strategic experience helps us to deliver both creative and professional vision to all our projects here locally.
How did you get into photography and/or video?
Video and music have always been my passion and being originally from Moscow, Russia I graduated from a TV and broadcasting university majoring in documentary directing and graduated second Video school here in US. Before making it my professional occupation, I've always filmed my travel trips with friends to make a memorable video after, I think that is how that started. Later I got involved into music video making and then advertising videos.
Where are you located?
We are located in Downtown Orlando.
What are some of your favorite hobbies/interests outside of photography?
Music. I"ve been a front-man of a rock band for 15 years as well as as music composer and lyrics writer for my songs. We've been playing for 15 years and we eventually become a favorite band of Russian soccer fans (Soccer Club CSKA). They still listen to my music!
And that is the reason why we also film music videos, mostly for fun since young musicians don't have crazy budgets.
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?
My favorite thing about being a filmmaker is a process of idea creation and if the client trusts us in that and gives certain freedom the results usually exceed executions.
What is your least favorite thing about being a photographer/videographer?
The least favorite things are technical issues that happen on set because that directly effects the final product. Sometimes you don't have another chance to capture those specific frames you planned.
What is your current favorite piece of rental equipment?
I like Canon C100 Mark II for its cinematography quality and how easy it is to use.
If you were going to a deserted island and could only bring one camera & lens – what would it be?
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?
Thank you Alex for taking the time to participate in our Customer Spotlight Series! We hope you enjoyed it. We've included some of Alex's work below: