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Panasonic GH2 or GH1?
May 31, 2011


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While there are some Panasonic GH2 cameras available at current rip-off prices, the older GH1 is stepping back into the spotlight. Previous GH1 cameras with older firmware could be hacked into what was called the GH13 or GH1.3. The hacks provided more features than the standard GH1, which included higher video bitrates and additional [...]

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VF Prime LCD View Finder Review
May 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Just Basl Productions gives us his opinion on the VF Prime LCD view finder. This is a 3″ LCD View Finder, so it will crop a bit on a T2i, T3i, or Canon 60D if you choose to use it. It’s not the cheapest LCD Viewfinder solution, but it’s also not the most [...]

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160 LED old – 170 LED new
May 31, 2011


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The 160 LED Video Lights (larger brother of the popular 126) is now old news. You’ll find many of the pricing on the 160’s coming down fairly cheap, but that could be due to a slightly better version that is now out with 170 LEDs.

Latest version – 170 Dimmable LED Video Light
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C Mount Lens Tests on GF1
May 30, 2011


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I picked up the Panasonic GF2 camera lately because I wanted something small and really lightweight. Sure you can adapt Nikon or Canon lenses, but that took so much away from being ’small and lightweight’. An excellent solution for Sony NEX and Micro Four-Third cameras are to use CCTV or ‘C-Mount’ lenses. Here’s an excellent [...]

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Sigma SD1 46MP Camera
May 30, 2011


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This latest SD1 46MP DSLR from Sigma does not shoot video. The 46MP sensor is actually calculated from individual layers of RGB, with each layer capturing a little more than 15MP each. This camera is extremely old news for those who follow Photography cameras, but just wanted to post the latest news on pricing. For [...]

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Amazon – Top Selling DSLR Cameras
May 29, 2011


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According to Amazon’s list of Top Selling DSLR cameras, Nikon’s D5100 has been numero uno for about a month and a half. I’m pretty sure these sales aren’t for hard core DSLR video shooters, but possibly more for Photographers. Nikon is excellent when it comes to still image qualities. The #2 spot belongs to the [...]

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Duracell Compact Flash 600x Review ?
May 29, 2011


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Looks like Duracell’s found a Compact Flash manufacturer to slap their name onto. These are newly released 600x speed cards, which the real company ‘Dane Elec’ doesn’t appear to have had before Duracell. One article stated the true speeds are actually closer to 500x, not sure if that’s true, but that’s still quite a bit [...]

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Memorial Day Weekend Auctions
May 28, 2011


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What’s the best part about an extended Memorial 3 Day weekend here in the US? Everyone has travel and vacation plans. It’s time to just hang out, lounge, and enjoy the time off. Since everyone is out and about, another good thing is the lack of Internet traffic and sales. A bad thing if you’re [...]

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News for Nikon’ians Popular DSLRs Inventory
May 27, 2011


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Good news for your Nikon fans, seems like all of those popular Nikon models that were ‘out of stock’ for the last several months has a fresh inventory in at B&H. If you’ve been waiting patiently, here’s your chance. Hopefully they weren’t out of stock sooo long that they went outdated. It’s been a downfall [...]

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LED Light Panel Carry Bags
May 27, 2011


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Chris writes in and shares this find. Apparently there’s travel bags available for the 1200 LED video lights. It definitely makes it easier to get a handle on and keeps the barndoors and switches from snagging, but doesn’t look super duper padded. The size of the bag is 19″L [...]

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DIY PVC Shoulder Rig – Revisited
May 26, 2011


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Vimeo member Josh Donnelly revisits the‚Äč DIY PVC shoulder rig article. A reminder that if you’re not mounting accessories that require 15mm rails, this is a good start for DSLR Video stabilization. This has to be one of the best DIY PVC shoulder rig designs providing a wide enough area to rest over the shoulder, [...]

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HOT – 240 LED Bi-Color LED Video Lights
May 26, 2011


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Not sure how many people remember the 240 Bi-Color Dimmable LED Video light I posted about a short while back. It was a mysterious 240 LED light that showed up on eBay, and the moment I posted about it, it disappeared. Never to be heard from again. Well these 240 LED lights are back online, [...]

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SmallHD DP6 HDMI LCD
May 25, 2011


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The SmallHD DP6 is a serious monitor with some seriously cool features. The price tag may not hit home for the starting shooter, but if you’re shopping for a monitor around the 5″ mark, the SmallHD puts most others to shame. We’re not talking your average 800×480 resolution (yes check those LCD specs carefully), we’re [...]

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Steadicam Merlin – Quick Overview
May 25, 2011


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No matter how many Honda Civics are out on the road, there will always be the other guy who’d rather drive the more expensive Porsche. Sure it’s apples to oranges, but if you just need to make a trip to the grocery store, the end result is the same. My point being that a flying [...]

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‘New’ Flycam Nano DSLR Video
May 25, 2011


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Moderately impressive video on this most confusing ‘latest’ Flycam Nano DSLR Stabilizer. I say ‘moderately impressive’ because it’s not that you couldn’t already do all these tricks with any other version of stabilizer. Aside from what looks to be overall bigger (so it can carry more weight), there’s not a lot of information about what’s [...]

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GoPro LCD BacPac – Overview
May 25, 2011


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You’ve probably already seen the video above, who hasn’t? It’s a great example of the capabilities shot on the GoPro HD Camera. One accessory that was recently released is the LCD BacPac and new firmware that opens up an entirely new world of features. From little things like losing the proper time/date when the battery [...]

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