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Ever get stuck trying to figure out what lens to take on your next photoshoot or video shoot? Sometimes grabbing a fixed focal length lens won't fulfill your needs in every situation and you will find yourself switching lenses many times, especially when shooting an event. There is a solution that may help you find some comfort if you struggle with lens choices.
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II Lens or if you shoot Nikon there is the Nikon 24-70mm AF-S f/2.8G ED N Lens are easily some of Canon and Nikon's most popular lenses. Very versatile focal length gives you plenty of flexibility. You can grab a nice wide angle shot at 24mm and immediately jump into a portrait shot at 70mm. They are also great in low light with an F-stop of 2.8! If you need a longer focal length you could continue on with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM Lens or the Nikon AF-S VR II 70-200mm f/2.8G Lens, which gives you an amazing range at the same F-stop of 2.8! Both of these lenses in combination have you covered from 24mm to 200mm at f2.8.
This lens combination can cover you for almost any situation and at The Lens Depot we have you covered because all of these options and more are available to rent today! Try these lenses out and see how you like them before you buy them!
The original Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM was a hit among many different types of photographers due to its versatile wide-angle to mid-telephoto range, Image Stabilization, and a reasonably fast constant aperture. Canon recently released an upgrade to this popular lens with the new Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, which we've recently added to our inventory.
The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM is slightly longer and heavier than its predecessor, coming in at 4.65" and 1.75 lbs compared to 4.2" and 1.47 lbs. Both lenses share the same front 77mm filter diameter. The new lens features the more modern Canon look similar to that of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III, along with a lock switch that will lock the lens at 24mm when not in use.
Internally, the new lens features an all new optical layout designed to minimize vignetting and distortion while improving overall sharpness. In our initial tests on our Imatest charts, we definitely noticed an improvement in overall resolution compared to the original version of the lens. The Image Stabilization has received an upgrade as well, now allowing up to 4-stops of compensation over 3-stops in the original. Last, we also noticed a slight bump in the speed of the autofocus on the Version II. The original certainly wasn't slow when it came to focus, but this is definitely a welcome improvement.
The EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II is available to rent now!
We all want to save money in the photography/video industry, but most of the time saving money means sacrificing quality. Yes, many times, the more expensive an item is the better the quality, but there are some great combinations and options that can help you save some money and still produce great results. You can save money in most areas and here are a couple of combinations to help get you started.
If you are going to get some nice landscape photography done and the Canon 5D Mark IV Camera is out of your price range then you can definitely give the Canon 60D Camera a shot and pair it up with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. Another nice wide angle lens, that may be more budget friendly, is the Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 Lens. No matter what way you decide to mix and match these options you are going to get a satisfying result.
If you are doing some professional video work and can't afford a Cooke 25mm T2.8 miniS4/i Cine Lens then you can give the Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens a try, which is definitely a great runner up I am sure you will be satisfied with!
No matter which area of equipment you decide to dive into, The Lens Depot has you covered on all ends! So go ahead and check out the options that work best for you and your budget!
Want to stay ahead of the game and start shooting in 4k? 4k is becoming extremely popular and relevant in media and that means it is also becoming extremely popular among camera makers. What makes shooting in 4k so special? Higher resolution, the ability to crop an image without losing Full HD quality, and stabilization options. With so many options to choose from when it comes to shooting in 4k, this is now the perfect time to get shooting! Here is a list of some of the 4k options available at The Lens Depot for you to rent today!
Sony Alpha a6300 Camera writes internal 4k at 30, 25, & 24fps. This camera is extremely popular, affordable, and light weight.
Sony Alpha a7S II Camera writes internal 4k at 30,25, & 24 and also has an extended ISO range of up to 409,600!!! This is a powerhouse! Pair it up with a Metabones EF to Sony E IV Adapter and use with your favorite Canon Lenses!!
Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6k Camera EF The Ursa Mini is special because it can capture 4k in Raw Uncompressed Format at 60, 30, 24fps. This is a powerhouse that accepts Canon Lenses due to it's EF mount so you have great compatibility in that area. When you want the most out of shooting with 4k, then the Ursa mini is the way to go!
All of these 4k camera options are available to rent at The Lens Depot today! Visit our Cinema Camera Section and discover even more options!
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.
For many photographers, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is part of their "holy trinity" of lenses along with the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. The latter two were both updated by Canon in the last 5-6 years. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II is certainly no slouch, but Canon has revamped this classic range with the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III.
Announced alongside the EOS 5D Mark IV, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III has a completely new optical design with updated coatings. The new optical design improves the edge and corner sharpness while also improving the light fall-off in the corners at wider apertures. This should be a welcome addition and allow the camera to keep up with higher resolution sensors like the Canon 5DS & 5DSR and even beyond. The new coatings also help minimize flare and ghosting in very contrasty lighting conditions.
Physically, the lens is slightly larger than its predecessor. Both utilize the same 82mm front diameter, but the overall diameter of the barrel is slightly thicker and longer on the new lens (5 inches vs 4.4 inches). The new lens is also slightly heavier at 1.74 lbs vs 1.41 lbs from the version II.
Want to give the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III a try on your next shoot? It is available for rent now!
The wait is finally over! The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has arrived! We did a quick unboxing video when the cameras arrived, you can check it out below.
The Canon 5D Mark IV is available to rent starting today! You can rent it here.
Almost four years after the release of the hugely successful EOS 5D Mark III, Canon has finally announced the EOS 5D Mark IV. The camera features an all-new 30.4 megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor. It is also the first Canon Full Frame camera to feature Canon's Dual Pixel AF system, which will be a big addition for both video and still photographers.
Video can be captured at up to 30p in DCI 4K, up to 60p at 1080, and up to 120p at 720. For stills, the frame rate has been upped to seven frames per second. The auto-focus system features a similar 61-point layout of the 5D Mark III, but it has been expanded to cover more of the viewfinder. The new 30.4 megapixel sensor also benefits from an expanded ISO range of 100 to to 32,000.
The EOS 5D Mark IV will be available to rent starting in September. It is available for rental pre-order here.
This week we have added Canon's latest flagship EOS Cinema Camera, the EOS C300 Mark II. Almost four years have passed since the original EOS C300 was released and Canon has made some pretty significant changes.
The biggest change is the brand new Super 35mm sensor with up to 15 stops of dynamic range. The new sensor is capable of capturing DCI 4K (4096 x 2160), Ultra HD (3840 x 2160), and Full HD (1920 x 1080) internally in a variety of different bit-rates and color spaces. It also offers slow and fast-motion recording of up to 120fps in 2K/Full-HD Mode. Here is a breakdown of the capable recording formats. All of these are recorded as a Canon XF AVC Coded (H.264 format in an MXF wrapper).
In additional to the various internal recording options, the camera can also output 4K RAW through its 3G-SDI port. The capture of the RAW 4K signal requires a recorder that is capable of handling the Canon RAW codec, like our Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ with RAW Upgrade.
The other big change is the upgraded Dual Pixel AF system. The Dual Pixel AF system found in the EOS C300 (Dual Pixel Version) and EOS C100 Mark II only cover a very small portion of the very center of the original frame (roughly 20% vertically and 25% horizontally). The EOS C300 Mark II's expanded system now covers 80% of the frame both horizontally and vertically. The camera's direction key can move the AF point throughout the area of coverage.
If you are familiar with the original C300, the control layout is very similar so you should feel right at home. There have been a few nice upgrades/additions. An exhaust fan has been added to the back like the EOS C500 to keep the sensor cool. The EVF has been upgraded to an OLED with a slightly higher color range. The top handle has also seen some welcome changes, including a more secure mounting plate and the addition of two more cold shoe mounts and a variety of 1/4-20" and 3/8" mounting points, making it easier to mount a variety of accessories. The monitor is about the same, but the audio and video cables are now completely removable if necessary.
Some things to keep in mind when renting the EOS C300 Mark II is the camera now utilizes dual CFast Cards in order to keep up with the internal 4K and 10-bit 2K/HD Recording options. If you don't already have them, we rent both CFast Cards and CFast Memory Card Readers. There is an SD Card slot, but it is only for recording 2K/HD proxy files. The battery is different from the original EOS C300, and now uses the new Canon BP-A30 (the camera rental will include one and a dual battery charger. For support, we would recommend a heavier duty tripod like the Manfrotto 504HD head/546B legs or Manfrotto 509HD head/545 legs. To capture RAW Video, you will need an external recorder like the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ with RAW Upgrade.Last, the camera does not have any sort of internal mic, so you will need to rent an external microphone unless you are planning on shooting a silent film.