DIY Video and Photography Projects

30Sep DIY Angle Aluminum Dolly Track


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Vimeo member Fred Norquist used a bit of Angled Aluminum and old skateboard trucks to get this DIY dolly result. Looks like a pretty low budget DIY for those who want to add some movement to your camera shots and not spend a ton of cash. Although pretty effective, just by looking at it, there’s [...]

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30Sep Ikan shows off Gearless Follow Focus


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Here’s a video showing off Ikan’s Gearless follow focus. These types of systems should work well if you’re not pulling long focus, and also if you’re using some quality lenses with an easy focus ring. The nice feature about this Follow Focus is the ability to mount it using a 1/4 thread. The Power Arm [...]

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30Sep Whoa. New DSLR Support Rigs


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We’ve seen some competition on DSLR support rigs from Hong Kong and Korea. Now it looks like another Chinese company has been listening to the sales of DSLR’s. Just received a tweet today from @jphansen about this new line of DSLR Support rigs soon to be coming out of China. The rigs looks very well [...]

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30Sep LP-E6 Decoded Battery Prices


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The fact that the Canon 60D uses the same batteries as the 5D Mark II & Canon 7D was both a blessing and a curse. For those who already had these batteries, it’s nice not having a different set of batteries and charger to add to your gear list. A single OEM LP-E6 will run [...]

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30Sep Mail Bag Thursday


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A few boxes came in this morning, but not the one i’ve been really waiting on. According to the tracking, the one package i’m excited about should be here later this afternoon (show you later). These boxes aren’t of much interest. One is the XLR cable for my AT875 Short Shotgun Microphone for the JuicedLink [...]

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30Sep Zacuto Releases Z-Finder EVF


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Shortly after RedRock Micro announced their EVF – Electronic View Finder for DSLR’s, Zacuto now has a complete web page and video showcasing their product. Actually they’ve gone as far as a complete domain name @ ZFinderEVF.com. It’s still up in the air if RedRock Micro has an actual working version, but from the images [...]

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29Sep Canon 5D Mark II in Iron Man 2


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I’m at dinner, so I won’t write much, but caught this cool article about how the Canon 5D Mark II was used in scenes or Iron Man 2. It just came out on DVD so time to hit the kiosk and watch it again!
http://facilities.broadcastnewsroom.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=1215073

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29Sep Canon G12 Just Barely Released


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The new Nikon Coolpix P7000 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Wide Zoom-Nikkor ED Lens and 3-Inch LCD is available now, which is going head to head with Canon’s new G12. There’s an article I posted after the announcements here: http://cheesycam.com/canon-g12-vs-nikon-p7000/
I can’t find a whole lot of retailers selling the Canon Powershot G12 right now, [...]

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29Sep Tripod to Shoulder Support


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Vimeo member Stanislav submitted this tip on holding a tripod for extra stability. I know this isn’t the most advanced thing on this blog, but you’ll be surprised how many people will find this useful. Let’s not forget our budget film making roots. I’ve used this method myself a couple of times when in a [...]

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29Sep Canon 60D’s In Stock – Ready to Ship


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A few people contacted me about buying my second Canon EOS 60D, I guess they were hard to come by. Looks like a few of the Canon 60D Kits with 18-135mm IS lens are now available, and a few Canon 60D bodies as well. I’ll be tracking these links to see how fast they sell [...]

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29Sep Kodak Pulse Digital Picture Frame


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Caught this little digital picture frame over at Best Buy and had the chance to play with it a bit. It’s the perfect little digital Touch screen picture frame (and cheap), that i’ve been trying to put into my father’s house. Since everyone is shooting digital, and I don’t know anyone who still prints photos, [...]

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28Sep Canon SX30 IS hits the streets


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Slowly the new Canon SX30 IS camera with 35x Optical Zoom and Image Stabilization is hitting the streets. I’ve been waiting to upgrade my Canon SX210 IS after seeing the incredible Zoom capabilities with Image Stabilization from the video in this article: http://cheesycam.com/canon-sx30-is-review/ Still not available in many websites, but smaller camera retailers that are [...]

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28Sep Major Studio Upgrade – Red Bull Vending


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How are we to be productive without Caffeine? Big ups to AC for dropping one of his vending machines down to my studio. If you’re wondering how this blog stays updated, you figured out my secret addiction. That machine will be cleared out in a week just on my own. This machine looks awesome and [...]

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28Sep Nikon D3100 DSLR – No Manual Video Control??


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Ok, believe it or not, I get hate mail about some of my comments on this blog. (you know who you are, and I don’t know why you bother to continue reading this blog?). Mainly because this blog seems Canon biased. Ok I admit I am biased, but i’ve been really trying to give Nikon [...]

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28Sep L’AIGLE (The Eagle) Stabilizer / Shoulder Support


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Thanks to Pierre on Vimeo for sharing this bit of information. I believe the company is called L’AIGLE which if my French isn’t too rusty means “The Eagle”. Ok i’m lying, it’s translated on their website and I double checked on Google Translate. LOL. This particular DSLR stabilizer is called the ‘Titan’. The Titan [...]

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28Sep Hoods, Covers, Caps, and Pouches


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During our shoot, swapping lenses from several different cameras, things got lost in the shuffle. Hoods, DSLR Body Caps, lens Caps, Rear Caps, gear was just everywhere. Gotta always carry some spares if you want to protect that sweet glass and prevent dust in the DSLR.

Three Stage Compact Rubber Lens Hoods
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