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Varavon Wire Cam Demo Video
December 17, 2014


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Varavon has been teasing their Wire Cam (cablecam) product for a few years now, but they state they will officially open sales starting next week. We’ll just have to wait to see. Here’s the latest video demo using the BirdyCam2 gimbal placed below the Wire Cam.

The Wire Cam can be used with any 3 axis gimbal stabilizer, or with your camera mounted directly (though it won’t be stabilized). You can already find a parts list, more video samples, and additional information at the Wire Cam product page (click here).
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Seaport Digital MegaMast Holiday Giveaway
December 17, 2014


Your chance to win a Seaport Digital ‘MegaMast’. This Carbon Fiber Telescoping Mast is places a camera over 27 feet high! For more information about to register, check out the webpage (here).

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Register for Group Buy Deals and Exclusive Discounts
December 15, 2014


So after a bit of back and forth about how we to manage the Varavon BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Armor Cage Bundle Group Buy, here’s how it’s all going to come together. In order to make this somewhat fair to the people contributing support to this, i’ll have to ask you to register to receive the Group Buy information via email.

The email about the Varavon Bundle will be sent this Friday 12.19.2014, so Register Now.

To receive this email, you’ll need to register with the form below which will also be used to communicate future ‘Group Buy Deals’ or ‘Exclusive Discounts’ from this website (Cheesycam.com).

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After completing the form below, you should receive an email confirming your registration. This double opt-in procedure further ensures that you have properly agreed to receiving Group Buy and Exclusive Deals information through our newsletter.

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[NOTE] Don’t worry about email spam! I’ve been managing this website for over 4 years, and have never wanted to manage a newsletter – I’m just too lazy. But to be clear the registration below will allow you to receive information about very exclusive ‘Group Buy Deals’ organized by this website. The registration form below is managed by iContact which will allow you to easily subscribe and unsubscribe from the list should you choose not to receive future information.

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Basic Overview of SLRMagic Anamorphot Anamorphic Lens Adapter
December 15, 2014


Here’s a very quick and simple look at the SLR Magic 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter that can add an Anamorphic aesthetic to just about any lens you can fit it on. Compared to other Anamorphic Vintage lenses out there that can get quite heavy and require additional supports and adjustments, the SLR Magic Anamorph is pretty simple and basically screws on like a filter.

I have yet to go out and shoot as it’s been storming out here in California, but at least you get an idea of what it is and how you can attach it to any lens in your kit. It will work on anything from a Micro Four Thirds camera to a Full Frame Canon 5D Mark III. It really depends on the lens you are mounting the SLRMagic to.

The image seen by the camera are ’slightly skewed’, but to make life easier you can use an external monitor to scale the image in real time. The MustHD Monitors are an affordable line that offers this ability so that you can better frame, compose, and focus your shots. If you want to see some real world examples, you guys can take a look at the many other samples over on Vimeo (found here).

For information about the SLR Magic and optional Diopters bundle check out the product listing over at B&H
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Cheesycam Group Buy – Varavon BMPCC Armor Cage + 15mm Rod Kit + External Battery Power Bundle
December 11, 2014


If you’ve been following me, you’ll see that i’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into my BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras over the past months. I’ve been able to mock up a few different setups using several different parts, but honestly I would love to just simplify things and shrink down my battery solution.

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So in order to standardize my equipment, shrink down and clean up the rigs, I have been looking towards the Varavon BMPCC Kit. The full kit includes an armor cage with HDMI and Power cable locks, Top Handle, and 15mm Rods. They also offer one of the smallest and cleanest BMPCC Battery Solutions with a 15mm clamp.

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Once I attach my mini shoulder pad and two small front handles, i’d be one happy camper. My goal is to have both my BMPCCs in the same exact setup, but that gets to be expensive. I have already discussed with Varavon the possibility of a significant discount on this bundle if I can organize a ‘Group Buy’. So i’m reaching out to see who wants to partake in such an event.

Now the total package $319 [Armor Cage:Top Handle:Rods] + $180 [Battery Package:15mm Clamp] + Shipping = Over $500 Dollars.

If I can get 20 orders together (limit only 20 will be sold at this discount), they have offered to sell each bundle for JUST $320 + FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE. And for kicks they’ll also throw in one of their Sling Follow Focus tools too.

Once again, i’m trying to drum up at least 20 people who are interested in getting in on this bundle for $320. The have agreed to ONLY OFFER 20 bundles at this price. Start leaving some comments, and if I think we can pull it off i’ll start to organize the logistics for everyone to place their order. I have until the end of next week [12.19.2014] to put this deal through – Leave Comments!

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P.S. – I’m hoping to make this ‘First Cheesycam Group Buy’ a success, and i’ll be sure to organize more of these with other companies as well. #GroupBuy

[UPDATE 12.15.2014]: Register NOW For this Deal http://cheesycam.com/register-for-group-buy-deals-and-exclusive-discounts/

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AmazonBasics are More Affordable AA Rechargeable Batteries over Sanyo Eneloop
December 10, 2014


I’m a big fan of Rechargeable AA batteries but under a few conditions. They have to ’stay charged’ even when sitting around a few weeks or even a few months. They also have to perform longer than your average battery, so less swapping through the day. This is why I built up an inventory of Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries and have been using them in heavy rotation. The problem of course is these things aren’t cheap.

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Aside from all the camera accessories such as LED lights, portable audio recorders, and wireless mic packs, they have found their way into my home inside wireless mice, wireless keyboards, television remote controls, XBOX and Wii controllers. There just doesn’t seem to be enough to go around these days, and looking to buy more I turned to AmazonBasics Rechargeable AA Batteries. With almost exact performance as the Sanyo Eneloops but at maybe 33% or so cheaper.

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(5) AmazonBasics Rechargeable AA batteries in F&V Z96 LED Light

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I’m still using my Sanyo chargers to recharge these batteries, so if you’re already invested in Sanyo Eneloops these will fit seamlessly into your workflow. I’ve been very happy so far, but don’t take my word. There are tons of reviews and customers performing extensive tests against the Eneloops. It would be my suggestion that you look into these batteries before pricing steadily climbs (find them here).

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Wireless Director’s Monitor Super Bundle Sale
December 10, 2014


12.10.2014 Bundle available from Camera Motion Research

Wireless Director’s Monitor Super Bundle Sale Everything you need for a wireless director’s monitor at a fantastic price is included in the RB10 bundle. Regular price (not including bonus parts) is $1554.  Price after $200 discount is $1354.

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find-price-button Wireless Director’s Monitor Super Bundle Sale

RB10 Monitor Bundle Includes:

  • RP10 Radian Pro set
  • CL10 TX and RX Backbones
  • BA56 USB TX battery
  • BA84 USB RX battery
  • CH10 USB battery charger
  • M701H 7” IPS monitor, select F970 or LP-E6 battery plate (battery not included)
  • MY10 Monitor Yoke
  • Bonus parts:  Monitor case and monitor yoke lightstand adaptor

If you use Anton or V-mount batteries and want the convenience of using one battery to power both the M701H monitor and the Radian receiver, we have the package for you.  This package is the same as the RB10 bundle, but includes our DT10 D-tap converter, and you can select either an Anton or V-mount battery plate for the monitor.  The additional cost for your choice of Anton or V-mount battery plate plus the D-tap converter is $95.  We get about 11 hours of run time powering both the M701H and Radian receiver with a 97 WHr battery.  (Battery shown in picture is not included)

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Music Vid BTS GH4 + 640 LED Ring Light + Gimbal + Quadcopter
December 10, 2014


Rik Cordero over at RunPlayBack.com put together a nice BTS look from one of his recent projects. The new music video for rapper Joey Bada$$ was put together using fairly accessible consumer priced equipment.

A Varavon 3-Axis Birdycam Gimbal was used to help stabilize the handheld and tracking shots. A broad throw of light was offered up by the massive ePhoto R640 LED Ring Light (found here), and a GoPro HERO4 on a DJI Phantom Quadcopter with FPV setup was used for aerials. According to Rik, this massive 640 LED Ring Light was extremely versatile and used almost throughout the entire video. I’m a big fan of this light as well.

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The video was shot using the Panasonic GH4 camera (currently on sale here) with mostly old Canon FD Lenses and a Metabones FD Speedbooster.

Here’s a look at the BTS video.

And here’s a look at the final edited piece

I’m just throwing up a bit of a summary here, but you can read an entire article about the workflow and tools used on this and other projects over at Rik’s site http://RunPlayBack.com

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Stream Wireless Video from Canon DSLR to HDMI Monitor with $30 Dollar Google Chromecast
December 9, 2014


Do you have a Google Chromecast? [we probably have more than 6 ourselves]. If not, you are totally missing out on one of life’s little conveniences when it comes to sending media content from your Computer, Smart Phones, and Tablets over to the big screen in your living room. If you’re still not quite sure what it is, here’s an overview video below from the GearAddix team (below). If you know how it works, you can skip on to the rest of the article.

That video might be a bit outdated as there have been several software upgrades to the product, so it’s a lot more full featured. One of those new features (available on Android only) is Screen Casting. You can now cast your entire mobile device screen over to any large television. This has been handy for me as I like to take notes on my Galaxy Tablet, and by broadcasting it to the large 4K TV here at the office we now have a digital White Board in which we can save all of our note taking.

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Casting Samsung Galaxy Tablet Screen as Digital WhiteBoard

Ok, so many of you are interested in DSLR Video, so all this tech chatter probably doesn’t mean much, but here’s a very cool tip you video shooters may find handy. With the ability to screen cast from your device you can broadcast your Canon DSLR Video wirelessly over to any HDMI monitor or Big Screen. By using the DSLR Controller (android app) and a special USB OTG Cable, the app works as a preview monitor and to control the cameras settings [similar to the EOS Utility Software on a desktop]. Since the App runs on your android device, you can screen cast over to your Google Chromecast which is connected via HDMI to any monitor. Check out the demonstration video below.

Regardless if you’re going to use it for DSLR Video, the Google Chromecast actually makes a perfect affordable XMAS present. My kids stream YouTube and Netflix from their iPods all day long over to the television. At around $30 Bucks, it’s certainly worth the buy and if you don’t want to move it from TV to TV, grab one for each television in your home. (find it here).

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FotoDiox B4 Magic Lens Adapter for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras
December 9, 2014


Fotodiox today has officially announced the availability of their B4 Magic Lens Adapter for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. This adapter allows you to add a B4 Mount ENG Powered Zoom Lens to the Pocket Cinema Camera.

Keep in mind these lenses come in a variety of different types and brands, and in USED condition – so the results can greatly vary. The old B4 ENG lenses often found for about $100 dollars are originally designed for SD video, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up on trying to achieve super sharp HD Video results. A powered zoom lens is just a handy tool, but maybe just for a niche market. In any case, you can find more information about this adapter over at the website (Found Here).

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Amazon Lightning DEALS Rokinon 50mm T/2.5 Cine, 12mm F/2.0, and 7.5mm Fisheye Lens
December 7, 2014


Amazon has a good number of Lightning Deals on the Rokinon 50mm F/1.5 Cine Lens, 7.5mm Fisheye, and 12mm F/2.0 Wide Angle. These deals are only scheduled to go by very fast, so make sure to check on these products at the scheduled time.

2:50pm (PST) – Amazon Lightning Deal on Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye Lens for Sony E Mount (found here).

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3:50pm (PST) – (Nikon mounts can easily be adapted to fit Canon EOS, M43, etc.). Lightning Deal on Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 Cine Lens for Nikon Mount

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4:50pm (PST) – Great for Fuji X-Mount cameras, but this lens cannot be adapted. Lighting Deal on Rokinon 12mm F/2.0 wide Angle Fuji-X Mount.

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4:50am (PST) – Lighting Deal on Rokinon 50mm T/1.5 Cine Lens for Canon Mount (here)

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Save -$100 OFF Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod with FM18 Head Now $99
December 3, 2014


Only for the next FEW HOURS – Save -$100 OFF the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod with FM18 Head [Now just $99 bucks]. This tripod mainly receives excellent reviews from users for it’s price and performance. Of course you can always replace the head with another 75mm bowl mount Fluid Head, so that makes the legs pretty worth it too.

I myself have experience with this tripod and although it’s not the ’smoothest’ fluid head, it’s solid platform to carry Video Jibs and Video Sliders. It’s also great as a workhorse if you do mainly slow pans and static camera angles carrying Rigs up to 18lbs. Currently available on the Deal Zone for next few hours (or until sold out).

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Rokinon 8mm T/3.8 Cine Fisheye Lens for Nikon -$200 OFF
December 3, 2014


Here’s a nice -$200 OFF discount on the Rokinon 8mm Cine Fisheye Lens (for Nikon mount while supplies last). There’s a few reasons many of you may consider this lens deal. Let’s start with the fact that it’s one of Rokinon’s Cine lens with built in focus and aperture gears to use with your follow focus and a de-clicked aperture ring.

Also don’t be turned off that it’s available in a Nikon mount, that’s actually one of the best options out there if you’re trying to adapt this lens. Basically you can easily adapt a Nikon lens to a Canon DSLR but not a Canon EF to a Nikon. Some people prefer to buy the Nikon mount for MFT cameras so that they can use a Speed Booster or Focal Reducer adapter instead of buying a dedicated MFT lens (though you may not need one for this fisheye).

Let’s not forget that instead of buying an MFT lens, adapting this Nikon fisheye will let you use adapters like the FotoDiox ND Throttle with a built in Variable ND Filter that sits ‘behind’ the lens. As you know with a Fisheye lens you can’t easily throw a filter on the front which helps to control the shutter speed of your video.

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And yes it’s a Fisheye lens, but on a BMPCC or GH4 camera at 4K it’s no too much of a fisheye look and can be corrected back down to 1080p for that wide angle view (article here). While supplies last (find it here).

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find-price-button Rokinon 8mm t/3.8 Fisheye Cine VDSLR Lens for Nikon $199.00 (Regular $399) Free Shipping. Good while supplies last!

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Sandisk Extreme SDXC 64GB Media just $39 RAW on BMPCC
December 1, 2014


So I ended up ordering some additional SDXC cards during the #BlackFridayDeals. Originally I just wanted some spare cards to use with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera to shoot ProRes HQ. To my surprise, the SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC – UHS-I Memory Card -80MBS/sec, U3 Card is totally capable of RAW on the BMPCC! Granted I have only been able to shoot around for a few minutes, but so far everything looks perfect with absolutely no dropped frames.

Now I was able to grab this card for $39 Dollars on Amazon (now back to $79 seen here), but unfortunately that price is no longer available. Even at B&H this particular card still retails for $75 dollars (seen here).

But lucky for you, Adorama still have this exact card for sale at $39 Dollars. Keep in mind this is the 80MB/s card NOT the 60MB/s card. I’m not sure if they are just a little late to update their prices back, but now is a good time as any if you’re looking for a fast Sandisk SDXC card that you can shoot RAW with on your new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. (Find it Here).

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I hate to break it to you guys who just bought the Pocket Cinema Camera, but a 64GB Card with RAW will only get you 13 minutes of video, so you’ll really need to stock up on cards for RAW. This is a great deal to do so. For everyone else shooting with a GH4, Sony A7s, or even Canon 5D Mark III that are worried about speed in an SDXC card this is an awesome deal! Grab before the price changes back. I just ordered a few more for myself…

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Adorama has brought the price back up, but thanks to some comments, you can still grab this deal from BestBuy via eBay. Normally I wouldn’t suggest buying SD cards on eBay as there can be counterfeit items, but Best Buy is a legit retail chain store. Grab the Deal while you can on these Sandisk Cards for just $39 bucks (click here).

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Cyber Monday Discount FCPEFFECTS FCPX Plugins
December 1, 2014


If you follow this blog, you’ll know how obsessed I am with using my Rokinon Fisheye lens as an Ultra Wide Angle on the GH4 (or BMPCC). I’m not a big fan of the warped spherical distortion of a fisheye, so I like to correct the distortion by using a Plugin by FCPEffects. This video below was shot with a GH4 + Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye Lens, but you’ll notice how the distortion had been removed and it looks like an Ultra Wide Angle Lens.

Right now you can get this same plugin (and many many others) on a #CyberMonday Deal using the following promo codes.

50% off any purchase with code: BF50
60% off purchases over $49: BF60
65% off purchases over $99: BF65
70% off purchases over $249: BF70
75% off purchases over $449: BF75
80% off purchases over $649: BF80

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TIPS: Correcting the fisheye distortion works better on the GH4 as I tend to shoot in 4K and export to 1080p. This allows me to make changes to the image while still maintaining a very high resolution. Now that the new GoPro HERO4 is also offering up 4K video, i’m using this plugin twice as much.

If you want to remove a lot of distortion, instead of increasing the value, try stacking the plugin more than once. You’ll get straighter lines over a single instance with higher values.

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Cyber Monday Deal on Panasonic FZ200 25-600mm F/2.8 Camera
December 1, 2014


Love Zoom? Well hopefully you read the title about this amazing camera sporting a 25-600mm F/2.8! The FZ200 is one of Panasonic’s point and shoot cameras with a fixed lens that really set a new bar with their optics. This single fixed lens can go from 25mm to 600mm while maintaining an F/2.8 aperture throughout and offers image stabilization. Here’s a nice example video shot by Panasonic showcasing these abilities.

Seems like a really a fun Photo/Video camera for anyone looking to travel with a compact system with massive zoom quality for Nature or Sports. TODAY ONLY for your CYBER MONDAY DEAL they are knocking off an additional -$300 OFF leaving this amazing camera at just under $298 (here)

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