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Review: Borrow Lenses’ More Cowbell

by Chris Gampat on 04/01/2013

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Borrow Lenses More Cowbell products (4 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 8.0

Yes, it exists. We reported on Borrow Lenses’ More Cowbell not long ago, and upon asking the grand inquisitors there about the item, they went to their cauldron of power after mixing in an eye of newt and hair from Christopher Walken to give us this! Behold! It is More Cowbell! And it exists!!!

This, my friends and trolls that lurk in forums and come here to simply troll because you have nothing better to do with your life, is the key to making all of your shoots significantly better! You know that Zeiss glass that you’ve been hankering for? This will blow it away.

Editors Note: Happy April Fool’s everyone!

Pros and Cons

Pros

- More Cowbell!

- Solid build quality!

- More Cowbell!

- Comes with a Snazzy case

- Laminated certificate that greets you when you open the case will make you feel like King Arther when he pulled the sword from the stone

Cons

- Needs more cowbell!

- You might look like an idiot ringing this

Gear Used

For this test, we used More Cowbell with the Nikon D7100 and Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 lens.

Tech Specs

Specs taken from the Borrow Lenses Product Page

If you’re looking to take your photography or videography to the next level then more cowbell is what expert Bruce Dickenson prescribes.

More cowbell is preferred by experts 10 to 1 over the less potent Marshall amplifier knob that goes to 11.

Don’t hold your creativity back as every shoot can be made better with more cowbell. Top photographers and videographers have long kept more cowbell an industry secret until now including Henri Cartier-Bresson “The moment means nothing without more cowbell”, Robert Capa “Getting closer is never enough without more cowbell”, Fritz Lang (Metropolis), Alfred Hithcock (Vertigo, The Birds, Psycho, etc.) and more.

Ergonomics

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Borrow Lenses More Cowbell products (1 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 8.0

More Cowbell ships to you in a near indestructible Pelican case. This is essential for the reason that once someone knows that you have More Cowbell, they will hunt you down in a fashion similar to Frodo being tracked by the Ring Wraiths. This case is what will protect what they or other agents might call, “My precious”.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Borrow Lenses More Cowbell products (2 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 8.0

Once you open the case, you are greeted by the instructions–because with great power comes great responsibility. The instructions are laminated so as to protect them from those who might be irresponsible–such as those who might spill PBR on it by accident or those who believe that the P mode on your camera actually stands for Professional.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Borrow Lenses More Cowbell products (3 of 4)ISO 1001-160 sec at f - 8.0

And then we get to the crown jewel. More Cowbell is there for you with a stick to beat it with it in all its glory. The only thing left now is for you to seize.

So, do you feel lucky, bub?

Build Quality

More Cowbell’s build quality has to number amongst the most solidly constructed items we’ve ever tested. We’ve taken it on the NYC Subways (nah, just kidding),  and we’ve also beat it quite hard in order to annoy our neighbors. And it just kept going. Indeed Zeiss, Leica and Hasselblad couldn’t make something this robust.

Ease of Use

More Cowbell is quite easy to use, but its true power will only really make sense to you when you need it. When a shoot is getting really boring and you’re all dry out of ideas, More Cowbell will spruce things up a bit. Here’s an example of what we mean:

Don’t judge us!!!!!

Conclusions

We really can’t say a terrible thing about More Cowbell. Not only is it built to withstand more beatings than your typical piñata  but  it can also spice things up on a photo shoot quite considerably. If you’re fresh out of ideas, we encourage you to not sit there and copy the works of Ansel Adams or Terry Richardson. No, instead just add More Cowbell.

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