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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!
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!
Hot off the success of their Phantom and Inspire1 series, DJI has announced a new addition to their drone line, the Mavic Pro. What makes the DJI Mavic Pro Drone so special? It is able to fold down for travel and transport to a mere 7.8" x 3.26" x 3.26" and weighs in at only 1.64lbs. Despite it's size, it can fly at up to 40MPH when in Sport mode, similar to that found in the DJI Phantom 4. The brand new controller is small enough to fit in your pocket and if you don't want to bother with the controller you can completely control the drone with your smartphone using virtual joysticks! Lets take a look at some of the key features this drone has to offer!
True 4K Quality
The Mavic has done away with electronic image stabilization in the camera to give you true 4K image quality! Instead, they have built the smallest 3-axis high, precision gimbal that DJI has ever made. All 3-axis's are equipped with a brushless motor to give you smooth great looking footage without being affected by the movement of the DJI Mavic Pro Drone. The camera featured on the drone is equipped with a 1/2.3 inch sensor with the ability to record DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 24fps, UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 24, 25, & 30fps, 1080 at 96fps and can take 12mp stills.
Safer & Smarter
The DJI Mavic Pro Drone is a safer and smarter drone. The drone comes equipped with dual IMU Senors which acquire the angle, speed and acceleration of Mavic and dual compasses which provides its ability to navigate. If one sensor goes out the other sensor kicks in ensuring safe and proper flight reliability. The Mavic takes full advantage of collecting data about the environment around it through FlightAutonomy which uses 5 cameras, dual-band satellite positioning (GPS and GLONASS), 2 ultrasonic rangefinders, redundant sensors, and 24 specialized computing cores. This technology examines the 3D space around it and takes photos to create a 3D map to let it know the location of everything surrounding it. Having forward and downward sensors active, the DJI Mavic Pro Drone can fly with complete stability indoors or out. The onboard ultrasonic system also gathers height information to keep the Mavic leveled while flying over changing terrain.
Dynamic Control Options
The DJI Mavic Pro Drone comes with a newly designed touch screen enabled control that is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Mavic utilizes OcuSync transmission system opposed to the commonly used WiFi transmission system. Utilizing the new system gives the Mavic the ability to stream 720p video at a maximum distance of 4.3 miles and 1080p video in short range mode. The new DJI Mavic Pro Drone also has several different flight modes including a new tap to fly mode which enables users to simply tap the screen where you would like the drone to fly without using the joysticks. Not to worry if you forget your controller at home. You can use your smart phone through wifi and still have access to all the great features and fly with on screen virtual joy stick.
The Mavic is essentially a breakthrough drone! Everyone is excited about the power behind this 4K drone. This drone can truly serve the purpose to any beginner looking to try a drone out or the professional looking to take his or her project to the next level! If you want to get a little more in depth, check out the video below. Reservations being accepted now on the new DJI Mavic Pro Drone!
Manual vs Electronic Stabilization
One of the most common questions asked when getting into video is whether you should choose manual or electronic stabilization? What's better? What are the pros and cons for each? Should I use both? Lets take a good look into both of these options and weigh out the differences to help you make the best decision on the route you'd like to take!
Manual Stabilizer Examples
- Designed for compact, low profile cameras weighing from 2 to 6 pounds. What makes Glidecams different from an electronic stabilizer is that you play a huge part in physically controlling your stabilization and how it looks. The Glidecam HD 2000 is stabilized by a three axis free floating gimbal that is attached to a handle that you control. This gives you the ability to move your handle in all different directions without affecting the movement of the gimbal. This also allows you to run and make sudden movements without creating undesirable motions. You control the post that can freely rotate 360 degrees with your opposite hand, giving you the ability to control your pan and tilt at whatever speed you desire. The Glidecam HD 2000 can also flip upside down in an inverted mode to catch those nice low angle shots. It also features a 1/4" mounting hole at the base to mount an LCD Monitor. It also features a no-tool design. The downside of the Glidecam HD 2000 is the weight strain on your arm muscle and wrist after long periods of use, but luckily there is a solution for that, by simply using the Glidecam Arm Brace. The brace distributes the weight of the entire system over your whole forearm, the system becomes an extension of your body for smooth and natural shooting.
- Shoulder Rigs are considered the king when it comes to manual stabilization. The Redrock DSLR Deluxe Cinema V2 for example is compatible with most DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark III. A shoulder rig does not give you the greatest stabilization but it's a significant improvement to handheld shooting. One of the greatest strengths of the shoulder rig is it's ability to carry optional external attachments like LitePanels MicroPro hotshoe LED Light, Field Monitor Marshall HDMI 7 inch LCD, Redrock Matte Box, Rode NTG-2 Shotgun Microphone Kit. You have so many possibilities in terms of building up your rig and making it your own. Rigs work great for event shooting since you can pack all your gear on the rig and start shooting.
Electronic Stabilizer Examples
Lets look at a few electronic stabilizer examples!
- The Ronin has taken the electronic stabilizing market by force. Suitable for most camera types and configurations up to 8lbs, the DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal features a 3-axis brushless gimbal computerized motor that works to stabilize the roll, tilt, and pan of the camera! What makes this different from the traditional manual stabilizer is you don't control the pan and tilt manually. You control this by the movement of your hands. This allows you to take more focus off of controlling the pan and tilt and more focus on the art of the video. The DJI Ronin-M Video Gimbal can also get a bit heavy after long continuous usage, but luckily there is a solution for that with the Easyrig Cinema Vario 5 Camera Support System, which will allow you to easily use this system for hours without having to worry about putting it down too often. There is no room for an external monitor, but you can use the DJI Ronin-M Monitor Bracket, which attaches right onto the arms and gives you the option to mount an external monitor like Small HD 502 Field Monitor. This gimbal is great for smooth moving shots and nice sweeping shots from different angles.
- This all in one electronic stabilizer is a run and gun shooters dream come true. One of the main strengths of this gimbal is that it's light weight and can be controlled all from one hand. This specific handheld gimbal already features the Zemuse X3 Camera with a 1/2.3" CMOS sensor that features full DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video recording at 24 or 25p. You can also use the same type of all in one stabilization setup with your own camera by using the ikan DS1 Beholder Gimbal & Grip Kit. This stabilizer features different modes to help you achieve different shots and also has a joystick on the handle to give you manual control over the pan and tilt axis. This DJI Osmo X3 Gimbal and Camera works alongside with your smartphone and also features a smartphone holder, so you can live view and operate the features and setting of the camera right from your smartphone. If you are worried about mounting decent external audio there is a perfect solution with the Rode VideoMicro & Osmo Quick Release.
So which is better for you? The real answer is not whether electronic or manual is better for you, but which product suits your needs the best. Each one might have its own benefits in certain situations. It's good to try out all of the products that seem to fit your needs since you might choose one or multiple. They all serve a purpose and a great way to start is to try it for yourself and find which fits your production needs the best.
This week we've added the all-new Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera (EF Mount). This camera can capture up to an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range with its Super-35mm sized 4.6K sensor.
One of the biggest appeals of the Ursa Mini is the ability to record RAW CinemaDNG files at up to 60 fps. The CinemaDNG files can be recorded uncompressed, or at 3:1 and 4:1 compression ratios if memory space is a concern. If you'd prefer ready-to-edit files, you can also record in UHD (3840 x 2160) and 1080p in a variety of ProRes formats. The dual CFast card slots allow you to swap cards while recording. When the current card is full, recording will switch to the second card so you can swap the full card - allowing you to shoot for extended periods of time.
The URSA Mini also features a variety of professional connections including 12G-SDI Out, HD-SDI monitoring out, 2 LANC inputs, dual XLR audio inputs with phantom power, & timecode in. Power is provided with the included 4-pin XLR power connector cable or optional Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries.
Our URSA Mini 4.6K kit will include the XLR power adapter, side grip with control buttons, top handle, accessory handle, shoulder mount with 15mm rod clamps, and Anton Bauer Gold Mount battery plate.
What You'll Need
The URSA Mini 4.6K utilizes CFast 2.0 memory cards, which are not included with the rental. The camera does not have a way to transfer footage directly, so if you don't already have CFast cards, you'll most likely need a CFast Reader as well. As-is, the camera must run off of AC power or a 4-pin XLR power source. If you'd like to use batteries, the URSA Mini is compatible with Anton Gold Mount batteries. Last, to open the RAW files, you will need to have software that is compatible with CinemaDNG files. If you don't have one, Blackmagic offers Davinci Resolve on their website for free, and it does a great job. You'll need to register with Blackmagic to download the software.
If you're ready to start shooting 4.6K raw, the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K EF Mount can be rented here.
The Ikan IB508 is one of our most rented continuous lighting kits. The IB508 lights can operate on AC Power or with Sony “L” series batteries, both of which are included in the kit. The included stands can go up to 6 feet high but compact down to only 19 inches when collapsed. The lights mount to the stand with the included ball mounts, allowing you to tilt and swivel the light to your desired position. This LED lighting kit is extremely portable and all of the contents fit conveniently in the included travel bag. We offer theIkan IB508 in a two light kit or three light configuration, depending on the needs for your shoot. The Ikan IB508 is also stocked at our Tampa location.
Each IB508 has a color temperature switch, allowing the light to be adjusted from 3200-5500 kelvin (tungsten or daylight). A dimming switch also allows control over the power output, giving you a lot of flexibility for your shooting needs.
The Ikan IB508 LED lights are ideal for a variety of video shooting, such as interviews, documentaries and short films. Since the lights can also be battery powered, it is ideal for outdoor shoots when power is not available. Each head is about 13 x 6.75 x 1 inch and only about 3 pounds, making it easy to mount or position just about anywhere.