DIY Video and Photography Projects

LP-E6 AC Power Adapter for Canon Cameras
November 29, 2010


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The LP-E6 is the battery type used in the Canon 60D, 7D, and Canon 5D Mark II. This AC power adapter will power your camera from any AC outlet. There’s usually several cameras going at one time and to compliment the stationary tripod shots in the studio, I decided these AC adapters help save me [...]

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Panasonic TM700 60p Camcorder
November 29, 2010


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Sure it’s not DSLR, but if you’re working with a camera that lacks 60p, you might want to take a look at the Panasonic TM700. For those shooting sports and loving that whole slow motion look, this cheap little video camera might help add to your work flow. Vimeo member iamkalaniprince just posted this [...]

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Canon FD Lens 200mm F/4
November 29, 2010


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I’ve received several comments and emails about how well these FD lenses actually work. For those who are chasing that DOF look, old vintage lenses can get you there on a budget. You’ll often hear that these lenses aren’t as sharp as digital EF mounts, but that’s going about it all wrong. Sure they aren’t [...]

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Gift Giving Time – Out of Ideas?
November 25, 2010


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Old video – The 24-105mm has been upgraded with Stainless Steel Inserts
If you’re out of gift ideas for what to get your camera geek buddies, you may want to check out the Coffee Mug Lens Replicas. I’m all over this one. After the initial release of the Canon 70-200mm F/4 at the Olympics, there’s been [...]

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Amazon Black Friday Deals
November 25, 2010


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Black Friday Deals at Amazon
I missed out on some good stuff that went out of stock already, but maybe you’ll find something else. Check out some of the Black Friday Deals at the
Amazon website.

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The 183 DSLR LED Video Light for Off Camera Use
November 25, 2010


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One of the most popular inexpensive DSLR Video lights would be the CN-126. It’s been featured many times on this blog and to this day is still one bargain that’s hard to beat. The CN-126 contains 126 LEDs, hence the name ‘CN-126′. If you haven’t seen it, this article is a good reference: http://cheesycam.com/calling-all-lighting-experts-126-led-lights/. This [...]

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Yongnuo 468 Flash Talk
November 24, 2010


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Canon OEM flashes are no joke when it comes to pricing, but also no joke when it comes to features. Regardless, there’s a handful of people who may never even cross those extra abilities and are just looking for a flash that works. You might have caught Aaron’s review of the Yongnuo 560 at this [...]

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DIY Streaming HD Video Ouput Wirelessly to Remote Monitor
November 23, 2010


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Since the announcement of Teradek’s Cube which streams HD Video wirelessly to pretty much any device you can think of including the iPhone and iPad, people have been trying to find their own solutions to stream video to a remote monitor. Teradek offers many modular pieces with their products along with many more features than [...]

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DIY Photography PVC Triple Flash Adapter
November 23, 2010


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Hal Robertson is at it again. Here’s a simple, cheap, but extremely effective way to get a more diffused and powerful flash while staying portable. Using mainly PVC parts to assemble this cross shaped mount, it hold three individual camera Flashes. You can find more detailed photos at the Flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47152462@N02/5201859448/in/set-72157625453539100/

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Zoom H4n Firmware Update
November 23, 2010


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The Zoom H4n is one of the most popular portable audio recorders for DSLR Film Makers. With tons of features and inputs, it’s probably under utilized most of the time. Just in case you’re looking to expand those features even more, Zoom has released new firmware for you to adjust the levels of your XLR [...]

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There’s a Jag in the House – the Jag35 Full DSLR Shoulder Rig
November 20, 2010


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Canon 60D on Jag35 Full Shoulder Rig
It’s Jag35’s DSLR Full Shoulder Rig. Jag35.com long ago, was a DIY Video website now, and has now grown into a company focusing more on actually manufacturing and reselling affordable and professional video equipment. With the trend, there’s no doubt that they have a full line of DSLR [...]

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FT-717 A.K.A WF-717 Fluid Head + Tripod Review
November 18, 2010


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There she is. She’s my Eleanor. That mystical Unicorn. The legendary beast that constantly eludes me from capturing her as my own. (Referencing ‘Gone is 60 Seconds’). Anyways, that’s the Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head. It looks good and works awesome, but the fluid head alone will run you $399. Grab a set of legs [...]

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WF718 Fluid Head + Tripod Close Look Review
November 18, 2010


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DSLRMarketPlace provides a video with an up close look on all the things the WF718 Tripod + Fluid head has to offer. I was always under the assumption the WF718 was the same as the 717AH fluid head, but there’s some differences including the quick release mounting and positionable sliding plate. Now i’m curious if [...]

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Portable Battery Powers the Cheap 500 LED Light Panel
November 17, 2010


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500 LED Video Light panel running from $99 dollar portable battery
Testing to see how much power these 500 LED lights really consume. LED light is on full, camera is only at ISO 100. If i’m correct, I believe this 500 LED panel only requires 50w of power. That’s really not much. Something like this $99 [...]

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BTS Sample with Cheap 500 LED Video Light Panels
November 16, 2010


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I talked about these lights a long time ago found in the article: http://cheesycam.com/latest-led-video-lights-for-dslr-video/
Since that first article, these lights have made their way around the world and in different projects. Yet to this day I get asked several questions about posting up a sample of power output and sample videos of them in use. I [...]

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The Lens Doctor for Manual Lenses
November 16, 2010


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Thanks to a tip from Ron, here’s a unique eBay storefront run by rock artist Eddie Houston. Many people will recognize the name Eddie Houston having played for some years in famous Rock Groups such as Thin Lizzie, Creed, some time with John Coghlan, Status Quo, and of Course Pilot. Eddie seems to share a [...]

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