DIY Video and Photography Projects

30Apr Varavon Slidecam ‘Slim’


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Olivia talks to Eric from International Supplies about a few of Varavon’s products. One product is the Slidecam Slim slider that is said to hold up to 41lbs (that’s pretty hefty), comes with a Video Head, legs, and travel bag. This new all aluminum Slim Slider will weigh about 2.5kg and be available in 1m [...]

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29Apr DIY 3D Rig – Or HDR Video?


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Vimeo member Jesse Blanchard seems to have an obsession with 3D, and is doing a good job capturing it. If you’re interested in getting into Stereoscopic imagery, he seems to have a good set of knowledge behind the tech. What i’m more interested in is looking at his 3D beam splitter rig that captures pretty [...]

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28Apr Edelkrone Offs NAB Demos


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Edelkrone joins eBay to sell of a few of the demo rigs that were being shown at NAB2011 before these items are available online. There seems to be a few of the double shoulder mount rigs available, and also that little traveling ‘Pocket Rig’. The Pocket Rig folds to about the size of a DSLR [...]

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28Apr Nikon D5100 Pre-Orders Open


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The latest Nikon DSLR should be hitting the market in the next few weeks (or sooner). I’m not sure how many of you are Nikon fanatics, but here’s a video from YouTube member gconphotolab showing that the new D5100 will still not have Full Manual Exposure Settings. [Thanks Garnet]
Not sure what to say about this, [...]

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28Apr 5 CFL Bulb Video Light Head vs. 800w RedHead Lighting


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Just a day ago, I posted about the 800w RedHead kits that were back in stock. The search results also showed a few CFL (Fluorescent) lighting kits too. New questions came about these 5 bulb CFL light heads compared to the 800w halogen RedHeads, but I really couldn’t speak on it. I’ve never had [...]

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27Apr EVF – Electronic Viewfinders


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Left to Right – Cineroid EVF, Zacuto EVF, Redrock Micro EVF
Cineroid, Redrock, and Zacuto have all announced EVF (electronic view finder) solutions in the last year to change the very poor unbalanced ergonomics of DSLR video cameras. (Well RedRock doesn’t really exist -yet..). The pitch is that you spend a good amount of money on [...]

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27Apr DIY Lolo Inspired Slider w/ Chrome Upgrade


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If you don’t already know ‘Lolo’ is a filipino word for ‘GrandFather’. Here’s another DIY slider stemmed from the inspirations of Vimeo member LoloTwo’s DIY Conduit slider shown on this blog earlier. This version from YouTube member browncowvideo uses chrome hang bars for some smoother sliding action instead of polishing up conduit piping. Might be [...]

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27Apr 3pc Lighting Kit with Softboxes – Back In


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Cheap 3pc Lighting Kit on set with Linda Le
These kits can be found in a bunch of different places, but the ones that come with the soft boxes and carrying case disappeared pretty quickly. They’re finally back online and available on both eBay or Amazon. If you’re not too familiar with these kits, these [...]

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25Apr Canon FD Manual Focus 85mm F/1.2L


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Just listed out my Canon 85mm F/1.2L in the classifieds http://bit.ly/e608Tp. There she is seen on the Panasonic GH2 (above). Sad to see her go, I thought of her as a nice collectors piece, but she hasn’t seen much use lately. If you’re working on MFT (micro four thirds) like Panasonic AF100 or Sony cameras [...]

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25Apr Sony DSC-HX100v


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Sony’s new HX100v is throwing down some wicked specs. Besides basic built in Flash and an HDMI out, the new point and shoot will include a crazy 30x Optical Zoom (27-810mm Equiv), 10fps Burst Photography, 3″ Swivel LCD, and even 1080@60p Full HD Video. Obviously the new camera will include all of Sony’s popular features [...]

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24Apr 360 LED Video Ring Light


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A new LED Ring light becomes available. This one looks like the same build as the 352 LED Ring light that I’ve been using, except the count on this comes to 360 LEDs. I’ve heard rumors about a new improved version that was being developed, but I can’t say if this one is it. It [...]

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24Apr Jag35 D-Matte DSLR Matte Box


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Olivia gets a a run through with the newest D-Focus Follow Focus Version 3 and a sneak peek on the newly announced D-Matte DSLR Matte box that will be available from Jag35. Standard 4×4 filters will be accepted on this two stage system. One holder can rotate for Circular Polarizer use.
The D-Focus V3 is [...]

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24Apr DIY DSLR Cage / Fig Rig


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Another video with a few different additions to the DIY DSLR Cage project. This time, YouTube member browncowvideo uses a Miter Track channel for the top rail. This allows the mounted accessories to be adjusted left and right. Another added addition is the swing out feet that allows you to rest the Cage on a [...]

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24Apr 277 Bi-Color Dimmable LED Light Review


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I posted an article about some new 277 LED Video lights not long ago, but there was only two available for sale online with no real information on performance and quality. These new Socanland LED lights come in a few different flavors in a few different sizes, most popular right now are the 277 and [...]

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22Apr Tilta DSLR Follow Focus, Matte Box, Full Rig


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Tilta DSLR Shoulder Rig, Matte Box, Half Cage, Follow Focus
What’s up with Tilta? I’ve seen a few of their small DSLR rig parts before, but it looks like they are slowly expanding on gear. Bruce pointed out today about their Follow Focus kit which includes two different gears, a set of base rails to [...]

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21Apr 900 LED Light Panel Sample


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Here’s a simple frame grab using only 900 LED Video Light panels. 1/50th, F/4, ISO 100 on Canon 7D.

900 LED Dimmable Photography Video Light Panel
No worries about heat or power draw that will blow out house breakers. The 600 and 900 LED versions come with Sony V Mounts, so you can also invest in [...]

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