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 Friday, April 3, 2015
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From the LensRentals Blog:
"Most of you know I've been very impressed with Sigma's new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
 
When I heard about the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens, I had some mixed emotions. I was excited that we might get a 24mm lens of similar quality to their 35mm. But the logical side of me thought that perhaps Sigma had bitten off a bit more than they could chew this time. Designing a wide-aperture 24mm lens is much more difficult than designing a fast 35mm lens. Even the best 24mm f/1.4 lenses (I consider the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L to be the best current offering, although that's arguable) still have distortion, aberrations, and some edge softness.
 
But when our first five copies of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 arrived, I swiped them from intake and took them over to the testing lab for a quick look and MTF testing on our optical bench. We already had results from the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L, the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 ED AF-S, and the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lenses in our database to compare them to."
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:31:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015
LensRentals Blog Announces C-4 Precision Optics
One of the most trusted names in camera and lens rentals – Roger Cicala of LensRentals – has announced a new partnership with Brian Caldwell (designer of the Metabones Speedboosters) and Aaron Closz which will be manufacturing lenses under the brand name C-4 Precision Optics.
 
C-4 Precision Optics has designed several revolutionary lenses that it aims to release:
 
  • The Beast – 66.6mm f/0.666 Lens for Micro 4/3
  • The Night Stalker – 150mm f/1.0 Lens for full-frame mirrorless
  • The Flying Saucer / Lightbender – 4.9mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for full-frame mirrorless
Check out the LensRentals Blog for more information regarding C-4 Precision Optics.
 Thursday, March 19, 2015
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From LensRentals:
 
We'll be at the 2015 NAB Show, April 11th-16th. Stop by Booth #C10418 or our table outside of Post | Production World and get our show special: $250 off any rental order of $750 or more.
 
Register using code LV8838 and attend the show for free!
 
We'll be hosting a private event for our customers during NAB week (details TBA). If you're attending please let us know and sign-up for an invitation. We'd love to spend time with you!
Post Date: 3/19/2015 2:15:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 27, 2015
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has just completed optical benchmark testing of the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM. You can read the entire article for detailed information, but the final few sentences sum up his findings quite well:
"This is a remarkable lens. Canon made the widest full-frame rectilinear lens available, and made it with superb image quality throughout the zoom range. Once again, hat's off to Canon's lens designers."
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2015 2:59:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 13, 2015
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Roger Cicala performed a teardown of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM and came away wondering, "Is this the best built lens ever?"
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
"For those two or three of you who don't like a little lens strip-tease I'll give you the quick summary: the build quality on this thing is amazing. I usually laugh when people describe a lens as 'built like a tank' because what I know is the lens they are describing has a thick, heavy outer metal shell filled with tiny delicate pieces that break and wear out with great frequency. But this lens is built like a tank inside and out.
 
...
 
I know I can't really, without showing you dozens of other lenses, do a good job of impressing you with just how robustly engineered this lens is. I will say that the insides look more like what we'd expect to see in a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lens, rather than a telezoom. It's by far the most heavily engineered zoom lens Aaron and I have ever seen; and we've seen the insides of dozens of lenses in this range.
 
Well done, Canon engineers, well done!"
The fully illustrated article can be found on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.
Post Date: 2/13/2015 6:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit
From the LensRentals Blog:
"For those who want to take my word for it and skip on to some other blog, the Canon 7D Mk II may be the best weather-sealed camera I’ve run across. It’s excellent. For those who would rather see for themselves, gory camera dissection pictures follow!!
For the complete set of teardown images, check out the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:07:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 14, 2014
HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85
From the LensRentals Blog:

"I try to start these articles by putting my preconceptions out there first. Every reviewer or blogger has them, they affect our opinions, and you have a right to know them. So I’m writing this introduction the day before our first copies arrive.
 
The lens is designed by IB/E Optics GmbH in Germany and manufactured by Kipon (aka Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment Co. Ltd). IB/E has developed a number of lenses and adapters for the Cinema world and other optics, so I figured the design would be good; probably a telecentric lens with a built-in speedbooster-type element or group. Kipon is known as a lens adapter company, although Shanghai Transvision has also manufactured and distributed video and photo accessories. They are rumored to manufacture lenses for other brand names, so they have some lens manufacturing experience. But, I have to say, my expectations for build quality weren’t great.
 
Okay, so much for what I expected. There are now five new copies sitting on my desk so let’s take a look."

Check out the rest of the article at the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/14/2014 3:27:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 1, 2014
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What to see the inside of Canon's new wide-angle lens?
 
Roger Cicala at LensRentals has posted a lengthy, well-illustrated article detailing his teardown of Canon's EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens.
 
Roger's Conclusions:

"Now that I’ve seen the insides I’m very optimistic that this lens will be less likely to deteriorate optically over time, and will be more easily corrected when it does. We won’t know for sure until we’ve got a year’s experience with it, of course, but from a design and assembly standpoint it looks really, really good.
 
I know I’m beginning to sound like a Fanboy, especially considering I hardly ever mount a wide-angle zoom on my camera. But I guess the corny old line from the Most Interesting Man in the World works. 'I don’t often shoot Canon wide angle zooms, but when I do, I prefer the 16-35 f/4 IS.'"

Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM (review) in stock.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/1/2014 7:26:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 11, 2014
Petzval Lens for Canon
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has put the new Petzval lens to the test using his Trioptics MTF bench and OLAF machines.
 
Check out LensRentals Blog post to see how the lens (with its 175 year-old design) performed.
Post Date: 7/11/2014 7:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Roger over at LensRentals posted a public service announcement yesterday entitled "Only You can Prevent Movi Fires."
 
In the post, Roger explains that when the battery cables are left connected to the battery, the copper tips may come into contact with one other and cause a fire.
 
How common is the issue? Well, the rental house documented three fires before figuring out a solution to the problem.
 
And their solution is as simple as it is effective. If you own a Movi (or plan to rent one in the near future), be sure to check out Roger's post.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 9:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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Roger over at LensRentals has a bit of a problem. He will soon have so much data (thanks to LensRentals' new optical bench) that he doesn't know what to do with it. Excel experts, he needs your help to present the data in a logical, concise and easy-to-understand way.
 
Here are the details:
 
Platinum Medal Prize: $500
 
To win the Platinum Prize you must write a program or macro that fulfills my wild fantasy – Aaron spends hours collecting data on dozens of lenses, then I push a computer button and beautiful, logical graphs are generated that are easy to follow, present the data and variation, and offers an easy way to compare different types of lenses. I will be a bit flexible on what constitutes pushing a button, but if it takes me hours, it’s not winning.
 
Gold Medal Prize: We will do the lens test of your choice (within limits of our mounts for the optical bench and lens availability) and a $100 rental credit
 
So if you’ve always wanted a comparison between the Canon 18-55 IS kit lens and the Olympus 16-50, or just want your ownt lenses tested, here’s your chance. To win the Gold Medal Prize you develop a fairly simple way to create logical, easy to understand graphs that demonstrate the variation of copies for each type of lens, and offers an easy way to compare different types of lenses.
 
Bronze Medal Prize: Our undying gratitude and we’ll test 2 of your lenses on our optical bench and provide you printouts.
 
To win the Bronze Medal you simply have to demonstrate a graphing method that presents the average (mean) results for multiple copies of a lens in a way that’s easy to follow and understand. If we use your graph methods, you win a Bronze Medal.
 
If you're interested in participating, head on over the the LensRentals website to learn more.
Post Date: 5/28/2014 7:49:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 21, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+
 
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.
 
Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.
 
What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
 
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.
 
What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
 
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.
 
Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.
 
Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.
 
Coverage Recap

No ProtectionLenscapLenscap+
Max Liability100%*10%*10%*
Drops 
Spills 
Bear Attacks 
Theft  
Fire  
Lightning  
Windstorm  
Earthquake  
Flood  
Fell from Aircraft  

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.
 
For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 4/21/2014 9:47:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 20, 2014
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has written two very information blog posts explaining how you can optically evaluate lenses at home. The posts should allow you to detect a "...decentered or optically maladjusted lens in 10 minutes or so."
 
Part three of the series (expected in the next few days) will provide several examples of "problem lenses."
 
Posts:

If renting from LensRentals, support this site by clicking on the appropriate product review and then clicking the "Rent" button on the item's review page.

Post Date: 2/20/2014 7:55:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 6, 2014

 
Our friends over at LensRentals put together a video to show how much they care about their lenses.
 
Instead of roses, I think I'll just buy all my lenses new microfiber clothes this year. [Sean]
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 2/6/2014 5:55:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 25, 2013
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From LensRentals:
 
t’s time for our 4th Annual Black Friday Sale. This year, we are getting the party started early, 11 AM ET on Wednesday. You can get 25% off any rental placed at Lensrentals.com during the sale.
 
To get your 25% off rentals at Lensrentals.com, simply use the promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
 
Details:

  • Discount begins at 10:00 AM CT on Wednesday, November 27th and ends at 11:59 PM CT on December 2nd.
  • Orders must be placed during the sale period to be eligible to receive the discount
  • Orders can be placed for any arrival date, as long as you actually place the order during the sale. Feel free to reserve the gear you’ll need in 2014 now, and take advantage of this deal.
  • Must use promo code BLACKFRIDAY to receive the 25% discount
  • Limit – 2 unique rentals per person

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 11/25/2013 1:44:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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