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Please be aware that from September 2015, all students will be asked to confirm their agreement with the Media Unit Loans Policy on fair use. There will be a £30 fine, paid through the University’s online catalog for any student who damages or otherwise abuses loan items.  This system has been introduced to ensure all students have access to a consistently high quality service throughout their studies.

Money from fines will be used to directly replace missing items and damaged equipment.

Equipment Loan Tips

1) Look after the items borrowed, they must be used by others. You will be asked to pay for any damage incurred beyond normal wear and tear.

2) Always bring your University Ucard when wanting to borrow equipment, your identity and course enrollment will be checked and we need to take down your details before you take equipment away.

3) All Media Unit Equipment has a maximum 3 day loan period, including over weekends.  Please contact us to arrange longer loans , we usually require an email from a course tutor.

4) Report any issues with the equipment asap, the media unit team will be able to help. Please see the Contact page for our details.

5) If you are going to be late returning equipment, contact us straight away. If you don’t return items on time you may be restricted from borrowing in future.

6) Loss of equipment due to lack of care or forgetfulness will result in you being asked to replace (or pay the cost of replacing) the lost item in full.


SSoA Drone

For specialist projects only. The Media Unit is pleased to announce the introduction of aerial photography and video in the form of an adaptable and easy to use Drone with integrated camera. This Bebop drone can be flown indoors or outside, records 1080p video and 14 megapixel stills, and can be piloted using a supplied Apple iPad Air or any other iOS or Android device.

Drone flight is an area which requires us to ensure you are trained and properly understand the risks and rules of such activity. Please contact us to discuss your project first. We do not loan the Drone out on on demand with no prior information.

To get you started on the ins and out of drone flight for architecture, please watch the CAA guidance video here.

Flexible Grips and Tripods

The perfect compliment to our DSLR Camera kits, we have a range of grips and small, flexible tripods including adapters for smartphones to help you get that perfect shot, every time. So if you want use your own phone as a video camera, can help add a professional touch with these really simple tools.


Environmental Monitoring Equipment

We have a range of equipment to help you monitor and record environmental conditions on site or in the lab. Our most popular item is the general purpose environment meter which records sound level, relative humidity, temperature and light level all in one device and is perfect for general recording of environmental conditions.

For more advanced work or specialist projects, we can loan dedicated devices for measuring light, sound and Co2 including data logging equipment. Please contact us for more details.


Manual 35mm Cameras

Many photographers, including some of our students still prefer to work with film cameras and enjoy the process of developing their own film. While we can no longer offer a dark room service for film development, we can loan SLR bodies and lenses to those students who would like to either lean the basics of photography, or prefer to use film in their projects and would like to try a different camera model.

We have a selection of Nikon SLR cameras, including F3 and F4 bodies. We do not sell 35mm film,  but we can advise on recommended suppliers and types of film to  best suit your project as well as development services for colour and larger format negatives in the Sheffield Area.

The students Union photographic society has a functioning darkroom for the development and printing (enlargement) of Black and White film. Please see here for more details.  

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Modelscope Camera/Endoscope

Available to borrow for short periods within the SSoA and for use in the Photo Studio, our endoscopic, handheld modelscope cameras allow you to take high quality interior photographs and video clips of Architectural models.

These cameras can be focused at extremely short distances and record images onto an SD card for easy of access. Please ask at the Media Unit office to borrow these devices.


Equipment Available outside the SSoA

Outside of the SSoA students from all courses have access to a central pool of University equipment, including brand new video editing and creative media facilities in the new Diamond Building and DSLR camera kits, Laptops, audio recorders and much more. If you need equipment that we don’t have, tell us first and we can advise on the best place to go. We can arrange to borrow equipment from other departments or in extreme cases purchase it if there is genuine need.

To find out a bit more about new facilities available in the Diamond building, read our blog entry here. 

Nikon DSLR Camera Kits

The Media Unit DSLR filming and stills kit features everything you need to create stunning images, both still and moving. The Nikon D5300 camera can record 24 megapixel stills in RAW format for huge latitude in Photoshop and can record 1080p video at a range of frame rates. The camera also features modes for stop frame animation and a built in timelapse function.

The kit is loaned in a sturdy camera bag and contains:

  • Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera

  • 18-55mm Nikon VRII lens.

  • Rode Video Mic (available on request)

  • 32GB Sandisk SD Card

  • Camera Charger and Battery

Alternative lenses can be borrowed on request (for example; macro adaptor for close-up work, 50mm prime lens for low light etc…)

All University of Sheffield Students have access to the training portal.  We recommend you take the beginners course on the Nikon D5300  before borrowing this kit. Take the course here. It takes approx 1 hour to complete and you will need your University login details.

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Professional Audio Equipment

We offer a range of pro audio solutions dependent on your project. From portable Dictaphones for interview recording to multi-track recorders and professional microphones for dual system video or professional narrations. If you need to record something in a professional environment, please ask us about use of the school’s anechoic chamber at North Campus (please note availability of the chamber is sporadic based on ongoing research projects). Please contact us for more information.

Full HD 3D Projectors

New for 2015/16 academic year. These Benq Projectors are bright (2700 lumens), have a high 1080p max resolution and can be adapted to project 3D images.  Perfect for a review, presentation or exhibition.  Please note that due to low quantity available, priority will be given to staff and postgraduate students.


Film/Photo Lights

As part of our ongoing investment in new technology for the photo studio, we are now able to offer a photographic light loan service within the Arts Tower for students and staff wanting to enhance their work outside of the Media Unit. It maybe you want to show a model in context or simply take advantage of this service while the photo studio is busy.

We can offer a Probeam Red Head hot lamp (fitted with a 200w tungsten bulb) and a Bowens continuous lamp with integrated flashbulb.  Please contact the media unit with details of your project and we can advise which would be best to loan.


Thermal Imaging Camera

A great tool for assessing the energy efficiency of buildings, the Flir Thermal camera kit can be borrowed once project details and rationale has been discussed and a short training session has taken place.

Please see our blog section for news on how this camera has helped our students complete projects in the past.


A3 and A4 Lightboxes

Alongside the large format lightbox on Floor 15, the Media Unit now has both A3 and A4 portable lightboxes to loan for short periods. The a3 lightboxes are for studio use, and the A4 boxes for home use.  All of our lightboxes are daylight balanced at 5600k and are constructed using LED light sources.

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