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Simple Backdrop

18 days ago 91 Views

The new year has started and that means it's time to give your business or a clients business a fresh start! One of the best ways is to go with a simple back drop and some great lighting! You can do a quick bio, interview, or overview of the company, maybe even take some nice corporate head shots. There are many options when it comes to creating some great content with a decent backdrop shot and here at The Lens Depot we have a couple of options that should suit your needs!

The Westcott X-Drop White Background Kit 5'x7' is a great backdrop option because it takes a couple minutes to set up and stretches large enough to properly frame your subject. If you are looking for something a little larger, you could always grab the Photoflex BackDrop Support Kit which is a 12'x12' extension! You could grab your own backdrop or check out our selection in the Backgrounds and Support section.

Using some great triangle lighting or a nice strobe light will help kill some of those unwanted shadows. If you are taking photos, renting the Elinchrom D-Lite-4 IT 400W Light Kit is a great option, because it comes with two 400W strobe lights that you can trigger wirelessly and move around to get the right angles. On the video side, the Ikan IB508 LED 3 Light Kit provides great continuous lighting and controls that allow you to adjust the intensity and the color temperature of the lights. All of these options and more are available to rent at The Lens Depot!

Portable Lighting

3 months ago 297 Views

We all know lighting is a key element to getting the best results when you are doing photography or video. What do you do when you go to a location where you don't have any available power sources to fuel your light? This is where portable lighting options and tricks come in. Having a great light setup for your next shoot is not as complicated as you think. Below are a couple of lighting options for you to check out!

Ikan IB508 LED Light Kit V2(Portable) are a must have option for easy, portable, professional, lighting. LED Lights have boomed into the photography and film industry and a go to choice when it comes to lighting your set. Sometimes hotshoe camera lighting like the Litepanels MicroPro hotshoe LED Light may or may not be enough and when that happens, these lights are the perfect solution! If you have a partner on set and you have a moving shot then you can keep your subject lit, just by having your partner walk with it along side of you. The possibilities are endless!

Lastolite Panelite Reflector 4x6' is a 4x6' reflector that has a high silver reflective panel for intense, crisp light projection. It also has a soft white side for beautiful, soft diffused light projection. This reflector is best known for it's performance in the sun, but you can also achieve a great deal with it in low light situations by reflecting another light source nearby. It is a very simple design with a lot of power.

Having great lighting is essential to any film or photography set. There are many locations that we may encounter that limit our ability to get the best result due to poor lighting conditions. Knowing that there are simple solutions available, can enhance your creativity! Why not enhance your creativity today? All of these simple lighting solutions are available to rent now at The Lens Depot!

ikan DS1 Beholder Overview

4 months ago 529 Views

We've recently added a brand new video gimbal, the ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal. It's a 3-Axis gyro stabilizer able to support large DSLR cameras in the range of 1.5-3.7lbs, such as the Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 7D Mark II, Panasonic GH4, & the Sony A7s II. This gimbal is powered by 3 x 2600mAh rechargeable batteries, for a total run-time of 2-3 hours of continuous usage. It also features a 5-way joystick on the handle of the gimbal that offers complete control over the Tilt/Pan axis making it one of the most versatile gimbals to hit the market.

3/8"-16 Thread Mount

The thread mount is located at the bottom of the gimbal as seen in the picture above and is great for mounting the gimbal onto equipment like a Video Monopod and Fluid Head 500 to achieve beautiful jib like shots! You can also use it with Kessler Cineslider 5ft and get a perfect pan/tilt using the 5-way joystick featured on the gimbal handle, or you could use the Handle extension that comes with the gimbal when you rent it from The Lens Depot.

USB Power Options

Having USB power built right into your gimbal adds more variety to the options you have when operating the gimbal. A great way to utilize the USB power option located on the gimbal handle would be to grab a Panasonic GH4 Camera, then using the Panasonic Image App on your smart phone your phone can be used as a live view monitor (with various control options) without worrying about draining your phones battery.

Operating Modes

Follow Mode: follows hand movements, joystick can control up and down, and panning movements.

Lock Made: lock camera onto subject, joystick can control up and down, and panning movements.

Inverted Mode: The gimbal can be operated upside down to achieve low to the ground shots.

Briefcase Mode: Briefcase mode allows you to hold and operate the gimbal at a horizontal angle.

The Ikan DS1 Beholder is a great tool for any videographer that will give you a ton of different options going into your next shoot. For any shooter that is looking for something a little different, lighter, and isn't looking to run a heavy camera and lens setup the Ikan DS1 Beholder will definitely give you a new way to maneuver through your next shoot. The Ikan DS1 Beholder is available to rent now!

Images provided courtesy of ikan Corporation.

New Item - Ikan IFB576 Bi-Color LED Light Kit with Softboxes

11 months ago 1830 Views

A few weeks ago we talked about one of our most popular lights - the Ikan IB508s. For those of you that like the Ikan's but need a little more power than the IB508s, we've just added the new IFB576 Bi-Color LED Lights with Softboxes.

The IFB576 lights measure about 14 x 8.5 x 2.27" with built-in barn doors and a removable front diffusion panel. They also come on a yoke for more secure mounting and easy positioning of the lights. The lights are bi-color adjustable from 3200K to 5600K and dimmable from 10% to 100% power. The power and color temperature can be adjusted three different ways: control knobs, the back touch screen panel, or wirelessly with the included RF remotes.

Although the Ikan IFB576 lights aren't quite as portable as the IB508s, they do pack more punch. At 3 feet with the color balance set to daylight, the output of the IFB576s is 3730 lux compared to the IB508s 2193 lux.

The kit includes 3x heavy duty stands, 3x RF remotes, 3x AC Adapters, 3x softboxes, and 2x carrying cases. The softboxes are Chimeras with three different level of front diffusers included. Out of the box, the kit can only be used on AC power, but you can also power it via Anton Bauer or Sony V-Mount batteries. If you plan on using one of these batteries, just let us know which one in the special instructions so we can include the correct battery plate.

You can see the IFB576 lights in action with this demonstration video from Ikan: