I have wanted to try out a lens for awhile but couldn’t justify blowing 2500 bucks on it before at least playing with it. Testing with it in stores for a few 5-10 minutes just doesn’t cut it for any practical usage for the type of photography that you do. Plus there’s so much pressure with the salesperson standing there telling you everything you probably know already from online research.
Given a Lens Rentals Canada coupon code – redflag (good till Oct 31) – for $50 off any rental, I jumped the gun and decided to rent a lens for this weekend where I have a wedding and also a shoot for a few models.
The site itself was easy to navigate through and their FAQ answers a lot of questions. I recommend reading through it before emailing the guys at LRC. But being a lazy ass, I emailed before reading and got a very speedy reply from Craig, very very helpful.
I wanted the lens for Saturday morning (day I placed the order was Wednesday late morning) so I wanted to make sure it will arrive by Friday. Craig anticipated that it should get from Owen Sound to Toronto in two days no problem. So I placed the order booked for a 4-day period starting Saturday, and the lens will need to be shipped back by Tuesday.
Everything went through properly and I got my tracking number, which didn’t quite work… I have shipped things in the past and know that the shipping number is generated when you check an item through online via Canada Post but isn’t in the system immediately until they get their hands on it.
To my surprise, the lens arrived early yesterday (Thursday) and I picked it up from the post office after work requiring a signature. Woohoo!! Extra day with the lens!!
Being a geek, a few shots of the “unboxing”. It could be helpful to you to know what to expect when receiving a parcel from LRC.
Included when you open the box are paperwork of your invoice, instructions on how to return the lens, and also the packing slip for the return shipment.
Next you’ll find an overwhelming of cushioning material, which is very understandable as these are delicate equipment and it’s good to see that LRC takes care of their equipment.
I anticipate it to be much more useful for the wedding day and maybe less for the model shoot. I will try it out on my crop which will be similar to a 35mm and can give me a feel of that focal length for the new 35/1.4 that will come out soon. Then I will have it on a full frame body to use this lens for it’s original intent for the wedding on Saturday.
Please take some time to make sure packing is secure when sending it back so the lens can benefit someone else or even yourself the next time you rent it!
First morning up, woke up to this when I looked out the window.
The town is beautiful, the people are soooooooo nice! I don’t think I’ve said hi to a stranger in Toronto for awhile; over here, everyone takes the initiative to greet you.
Staying at a Bed and Breakfast with The Deck House, Dave and Shelia are the best people in the world, no exaggeration.
Stay tuned, much more to come…
Recently, I got my hands on a Nikon Super Wide Angle AF-S Zoom 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF, which I shot here. Not only was the lens built like a tank, but the case it came with could also withstand some major punishing.
I made the familiar drive down to Cambridge today, it may be one of the last. I am shooting the gallery located within the architecture campus for a piece that is to be written for Imprint.
The gallery on display is called “Portraits from Above” documenting Hong Kong’s rooftop communities by Rufina Wu and Stefan Canham.
I did not invent this and saw this at one of the strobist meetups I attended, taking from the idea of gel holders like this Rosco kit that you can buy, you can DIY the same thing with business card sleeves.
Simply get a pack of these and cut away. Try to match the area of the flash so that there are no extra material on the sides in case you want to use it with a dome diffuser. Stick some Velcro onto the business card holder that you’ve just cut out. You can even use a dome diffuser to hold down the gel holder, make sure the material is not that thick that you start to warp your dome diffuser and lose the tight fit. There, you have yourself a DIY gel holder that you can use again and again until it gets to destroyed and you can afford to just toss it and make another one. Get a sheet of the colors you use more often like CTO and window green and just try to score some Rosco or Lee sample packs for all the other funky colors.
Conversely, the SB-900 comes with a gel holder that’s nice and compact. You’re suppose to use it with the gels the SB-900 came with so it can do auto WB but I don’t see why you can’t just use it with regular gels that you’ve cut up. Of course, if you do not want to be ghetto like me, this Rosco kit is a nice, elegant solution.
I use these Impact umbrella adapters, they’re great for what they’re worth but the hotshoe mount really suck. I’ve had a SB800 fall from 7ft off of this adaptor, lucky landing on something soft with no damages.
I had a Photoflex XS Softbox at one point and I want to get another one when I get the chance, the adjustable mount that you need with this softbox comes with a very nice speedlight hot shoe mount. Very secure.
I looked for this online and it wasn’t a part that’s sold on it’s own. So I emailed the good people at Photoflex and got a very prompt reply from Alex:
Thank you for your email message and for your continued support.
Yes, this part exists. Here is the info:
Item# RR-QRSHOE – $11.95usd ea
Availability: out of stock, will have in stock Jan 17, 2010
To place your order when it’s in stock, please contact us at 800 486 2674 mon-fri 8am-4pm Pacific.