Studio 225 Chelsea in NYC. Rental Special.

by JamesNYCJune 5. 2013 03:00

Studio 225 Chelsea in NYC. Rental Special through the end of July.

 

Special 1:

 - Buy 2 days with all equipment included for $450/day.  Total $900
 - Savings $200 off the regular day rate of $550/day.
 - Includes 8 hours in the day rate.
 - Additional Hours are $75/hr.

PURCHASE THIS DEAL IN THE SHOP

 

Special 2:

 - Buy 3 days with all equipment included for $400/day.  Total $1200.
 - Savings $450 off the regular day rate of $550/day.
 - Includes 8 hours in the day rate.
 - Additional Hours are $75/hr.

PURCHASE THIS DEAL IN THE SHOP


Payment can be made in cash, check(credits available upon cashing), credit card, or paypal. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to purchase one of the two specials above. Anyone who would like access to the studio's calendar can send that request as well and I'll add your email to the calendar's access page.

Here is the Equipment included in your rental days
 
- Profoto 7a 2400 Kit, which Includes 3 packs + 4 heads, 1 head extension. Additional heads are $25/head/day.
 
- 24" iMac Digital Workstation with Capture One Pro 7.x and Phocus
- Redwing Boom
- 8 C-Stands with arms
- 5 regular Stands
- 4 black/white "V-flats"
- 2 silver "V-flats"
- 2 4'x8' white plexi
- 4 flags/scrims
- 10 Sandbags
- 1 Reel EFX Fan
- 12' White Roll Paper - 1 sweep per rental.  additional sweeps are $20/sweep.
- 12' Gray Roll Paper - 1 sweep per rental.  additional sweeps are $20/sweep.
- 10'x10' Gray Muslin Backdrop - looks like one of Annie L.'s backdrops.
- 10'x20' Gray Muslin Backdrop(has texture)
 
PROFOTO Modifiers included with Equipment Package:
- 1 53" Elinchrom Octobank with Profoto Mount
- 1 7' Elinchrom Octobank with Profoto Mount
- 2 Medium Softboxes
- 1 Medium Strip Softbox 
- 2 Small Softboxes
- 1 6' x 4' Chimera Softbox
- 1 33.5" Mola Euro with diffuser
- 1 Profoto 22" beauty dish with diffuser and grid
- 2 P-50(Magnum) reflectors with Grids
- 2 60" umbrellas
- 2 45" umbrellas
- 1 30" umbrellas
- 20 A-Clamps
- 6 Superclamps
 
Camera's available to rent additionally on site:
Canon 5D Mark III with f/2.8 24-70mm lens, 100mm f/4, and 50mm f/1.2:  $125/day
Hasselblad H3DII 31mp with 80mm, 120mm Macro, and 35mm Lenses: $350/day

For more information, contact James Weber at:
917-882-3724
info@studio225chelsea.com

Studio: www.studio225chelsea.com

Studio 225 on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/cy2nvdd

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CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday June 3rd.

by JamesNYCMay 29. 2013 03:43

CSI Brooklyn - Opening Monday


Live in Brooklyn and have to truck all the way to Manhattan just to rent out high-end equipment from CSI Rentals? Well, truck no more: CSI is coming to Brooklyn. On June 3, they will open their new shop at 1138 Flushing Ave. in the East Williamsburg/Bushwick area. The store will have ground level loading, parking spaces and truck drive in—all that just a block away from the L train. They will also offer delivery and pickup in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. Ease and everything a professional photographer or videographer needs.

Visit CSI online for more information: csirentals.com

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Carl Zeiss Compact Zoom 28-80 Lens

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2013 11:54

The CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 as seen at the NAB Show in Las Vegas

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, April 5, 2013
Carl Zeiss presents its new zoom lenses from the Compact Family at the NAB Show 2013 (8-11 April) in Las Vegas at its booth C9043.Versatile, flexible and yet small and manageable – these are the characteristics that describe the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.

The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses weigh just 2.5 to 2.8 kilograms (5.5 to 6.2 pounds). “For cinema zoom lenses, that is very little. The light and compact design is ideal for hand-held and steadicam shooting,” explains Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager for the Compact Family in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division. The lenses are suited for owner operators as well as episodic television series, documentary films, features and big-screen productions. Especially for shooting projects on a tight budget and time schedule, a ZEISS Compact Zoom lens is an extremely flexible solution. The zoom lens enables faster work and minimizes long set-up times.

Unlike zoom lenses for still photography, the Compact Zoom cinema lenses each have three independently moveable zoom groups. This complex design prevents undesired focus shift and ensures optimal image quality. The lenses have a continuous high aperture of T2.9 over the entire zoom range.

Filmmakers can also look forward to a new shorter super wide-angle zoom lens designed for the owner-operator when the Compact Zoom series will expand to a family of three at the end of 2014. This new zoom lens will replace the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2.

As members of the ZEISS Compact Family, the zoom lenses are the perfect complement to the fixed focal length Compact Prime CP.2 and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses. Thanks to the exact color matching within the ZEISS cinema lens family, all lenses in this series can be combined flexibly with each other, with no visible deviations.

They cover full-frame format (24x36mm) and can therefore be used on HDSLR cameras, as well as professional HD video and cinema cameras. Being designed as full-frame lenses, they create a sweet spot effect and a uniformity of illumination when used on Super 35 sensors and are ‘future-proofed’ for next generation digital cinema cameras utilizing larger sensors.

Moreover, the interchangeable mount system makes it possible to use the lenses of the Compact Family on various camera models. The mounts currently available are for PL, EF, F, MFT and E. “Investing in this lens family is especially attractive for cinematographers and rental companies because the interchangeable mount also ensures the lenses’ long-term compatibility in the rapidly changing camera market. For all relevant future camera models, mounts will be available which the user can exchange very easily,” adds Lenhof.

Cinematographers can also rely on the quality features that ZEISS is known for:

The T* anti-reflective coating and the internal stray light reduction eliminate bothersome light reflections.

All Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses have the same front diameter of 95 mm and the gears of the cine-style housing are always located exactly in the same position. This makes it possible to change lenses fast – without any adjustments to the rig or other accessories. The large focus rotation angle of almost 300 degrees and the calibrated focus scales ensure comfortable handling. All lenses in the Compact Zoom Family correspond to 4K production standards and cover a resolution of 4096 x 2160 with no distortion.

Australian cinematographer Warwick Brown has already used the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 for shooting a television production. “I have just finished shooting a dramatic short film using this lens and the Compact Prime CP.2 Super Speed lenses together. They are a real winning combination. The lens is sharp and handles highlights beautifully.”

The delivery of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 began in early 2013. The Compact Zoom 28-80/T2.9 will be available starting June. Carl Zeiss authorized dealers are now accepting orders on both zoom lenses. The suggested list price of each Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens will be €14,900 or US$19,900 (excluding VAT). 

The lead time for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 is currently six to seven months. A higher demand as expected led to these lead times. Carl Zeiss will increase its production capacities in order to reduce the lead time to three to four months.

 

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Photo Assistant Basics _ Mamiya 645 120 & 220 Film loading

by JamesNYCMarch 4. 2013 03:34

Another in our series of: Photo Assistant Basics _ Mamiya 645 120 & 220 Film loading

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Photo Assistant Basics _ Contax 645 120 & 220 film loading

by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2013 02:00

Another in our series of: Photo Assistant Basics _ Contax 645 120 & 220 film loading

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Do You Have Any Stronger Sawhorses For The Chairman?!!

by JamesNYCMay 19. 2011 07:06

Re-blogged with permission from Damn Ugly Photography

I got an email from my friend Brad Trent for his latest blog post and thought it was pretty cool. Please click though to his blog too.

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A few weeks ago, Mr. DeLucca asked if I would like to take a trip up to Herald Square to shoot Terry Lundgren, the President, Chairman of the Board, Director and CEO of Macy’s. “Yeah”, I said, “but only if I don’t hafta do some lame picture of him on the retail floor!”. Thus began our journey…

I went up to Macy’s for a quick location scout and was of course shown every square inch of the million square feet of retail space in the World’s Largest Department Store…none of which really interested me. What I really wanted to see was their display department…I had a kind of cool idea that required mannequins and such, but I got shot down on that one. I was then offered a look around their ‘Executive Offices’, which is normally the kiss of death, but in this case it proved damned inspiring. The floor dates back to the 1902 origin of the building and was stunning, but what really got me going was the Executive Dining Room. The walls were covered in frescos painted in the 1940′s that show views of the building as it looked back then…

But using the P/R guy as a stand in, I saw immediately that just dropping him in front of the wall was gonna be flat-footed and boring…..

I needed to raise him up and get him into the scene, and that was gonna take a lot of gear! (And since this was a Barron’s gig, I only had one assistant) So Kaz and I showed up early…we got to Macy’s three hours before the shoot…and proceeded to turn the dining room into a photo studio for real. Besides my usual two tons of lighting gear, we hauled in apple boxes, saw horses, a sheet of plywood and a 4 x 8 piece of white plexiglass and went about rigging a platform that would raise him up to the right height…

But we still had one final hurdle to get over…the P/R guy walked in while we were setting up and had concerns about our plastic saw horses….”Do you have any stronger sawhorses for the Chairman?!!”. I had to get up on the platform and dance a jig to convince him we were safe. And it was worth it…here’s the resulting page in Barron’s…

But I wasn’t done. My favorite image was actually like that set-up shot I sat in for. The much more dramatic, pulled-back view of Lundgren is now sitting at the front of my portfolio…

 

 

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Manfrotto Genus ND fader

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 12:38
Manfrotto shows us the amazing new Genus ND fader

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Manfrotto | Gitzo tripods

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 12:06
Manfrotto present the Gitzo line of tripods.

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Manfrotto | Lite Panels

by JamesNYCFebruary 15. 2011 11:14
Manfrotto show of the new Lite Panels for DSLR video makers

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K5600 Big Eye

by JamesNYCJanuary 20. 2011 22:04
K5600 Big Eye

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

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