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What’s All This RAW Hack Business?

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You’ve more than likely heard about the Canon 5D Mk III RAW Hack. We too have been keeping a close eye on the Magic Lantern (ML) team as of late. In the last 4 months they’ve enjoyed their greatest triumphs since initially cracking the 5D Mark II’s code almost 4 years ago. It’s been a wild ride, and even though it’s far from over, we’re ready to join in. The LensRentals crew [...]

Gear Up for Vacation!

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One of the things that is often great (but sometimes terrible) about working at Lensrentals is that you get to talk to lots of photographers all across the country. This time of year, we get tons of phone calls asking for gear recommendations for the big summer vacation. Sadly, we also get a few post-vacation [...]

Live Event Videography for Beginners

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As some of you may know, we absolutely love Shade Tree Films. Whenever they are putting on one of their Cine-Skool events (a really amazing 3 day workshop for videographers of all skill levels), we help them out by providing demo equipment. In return, they’ve created some amazing videos for us in the past, including [...]

Photo Lenses for Video: There is no Free Lunch.

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SLR video cameras and the newer large sensor video camcorders, are often used with photography lenses — which provide outstanding optics at amazing cost savings compared to lenses specifically designed for film/video. A superb photography lens may cost $2,000; about 1/10 of what a good cinema lens or servo zoom ENG style lens costs. However, [...]

Powering Up With Gold Mount Batteries

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This is intended as a guide for configuring a variety of devices so they can all be powered by professional gold mount batteries. All of the items mentioned in this guide are hyperlinked to their corresponding LensRentals product page. Once you’ve decided the configuration you want, I suggest opening this page as a separate window [...]

Photo Lenses for Video

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Videographers and cinematographers are all incredibly excited about the great effects, narrow depth-of-field, and cost savings that they can achieve by using SLR sensors to shoot video. They’ve rushed into the technology with all the excitement and enthusiasm of a third grader who just tried his first cup of coffee and chased it down with [...]

ND Filters for Video

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This article applies mostly to people shooting video on DSLR cameras, with lens adapters, or on higher-end interchangeable lens camcorders. Most ENG style camcorders come equipped with a built-in ND filter dial, which is about as much filtration as ENG style shooters have time for. For ND filter basics check out the ND filter section [...]

Audio for Video

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Video is just photos strung together, right? You can just use the on-camera microphone and fix it in post-production, right? NO! Audio is the most forgotten thing during a shoot. When shooting video, even professional TV shows and films capture crappy audio. It’s something that a lot of people consider inevitable. In a big production, [...]

Video Compression Explained

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Note: This is a rather in-depth article about video compression. If you are new to video, you’ll want to read I’ve Shot Video, Now What? first. When we started carrying the nanoFlash, Roger, our video challenged owner bought it because he was told it was great. When he read about it he became completely overwhelmed [...]

I’ve Shot Video… Now What?

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This article is really for Roger, but it works very nicely for anyone who is just trying video (yes, you photographers know who you are). You’ve been using a dSLR with video capabilities, and you decided on your last shoot to take a little video for fun. Now what do you do with it?