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.
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.
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