DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Motorized Dolly Pan Tilt Head
July 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Brad Justinen shares a DIY motorized roller dolly and use a Meade motorized Telescope head for some smooth pan/tilt action. You’ll see how all this comes together in the video, and more information on the parts used at the video description. Many of these parts can be found cheaper used via eBay found [...]

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Fotga Standard Rail System + QR Adapter
July 30, 2011


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Fotga has released an impressive budget follow focus, and if you’re the type who’s against ‘cross branding’, now they are starting to leak out a Standard set of rails to match. The basic rail set is needed to mount the FF, and should normally come with a camera mounting plate and a tripod plate (under [...]

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MacBook Air Discounts
July 30, 2011


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Now that Apple has announced upgrades to it’s MacBook Air lineup, the previous models have dropped in price significantly. I’m personally using the (older) top of the line model 11.6″ version, because it’s easy to travel with and mainly for just emails and internet browsing. I tried an iPad, but the limited browser and lack [...]

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Ruige 5″ TL-S500HD Monitor
July 29, 2011


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Small LCD monitors are the rage these days. Ruige’s 5″ TL-S500HD monitor has a few features that aid specifically Canon DSLRs. Most Canon cameras will change resolution when going into record mode, and you also lose your zoom focus ability. The Ruige does not drop resolution when going into record mode (you get to use [...]

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Canon Rebates, Rebates, and AE Rewards
July 29, 2011


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I’m not much of a printer guy, but here’s a couple of instant rebate deals that can knock a few Benjamins off a Canon DSLR body purchase which includes stuff like T2i, T3i, 60D, etc. You’ll find the qualifying and mail in rebate information following the links.
PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Printer — Total Savings [...]

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DIY – Color Dyeing PVC
July 29, 2011


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There’s some big fans of PVC who read this blog, and the common choice of coloring is through a rattle and shake spray can. We all know it doesn’t hold up very well over time. Many plain white extension cords are also covered with PVC, and Make: has created this short video tutorial on how [...]

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Zacuto EVF – Custom Scaling Options
July 29, 2011


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This ends up being a huge time saver for me as I was going to run through some of the Zacuto EVF menu options. Here’s a nice run through the menu on how to scale just about any video input type with the Zacuto EVF. I’ll try to run through the SmallHD DP4 menu, which [...]

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Panasonic GF3 In Stock
July 28, 2011


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Product Highlights
* 12.1Mp Live MOS Sensor
* 3.0″ Touch LCD
* Venus Engine FHD
* Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount
* 100-6400 ISO
* iA & iA+
* Creative Modes
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ND Filter Color Cast Testing
July 27, 2011


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There’s probably at least 10 different ND Filters around the studio, most of them being a type of ‘Variable ND’ or ‘Fader Filter’. They are just so handy at getting the right exposure. Some of these filters use glass that will cast a purplish color, some more than others. Besides being able to confirm through [...]

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DSLRVideoShooter.com – LED Light Panel Review
July 27, 2011


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Caleb over at DSLRVideoShooter.com, reviews one of the ePhoto 600 LED Video panels, and seems pretty happy with them. I agree that they could have done a better job with the power cords because if you have your lights fairly high, they are dangling at the barrel connector. I’m in the habit of tying my [...]

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Manfrotto Compatible Quick Release Adapter
July 26, 2011


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Serious note here. Last time I posted this article about a compatible Manfrotto Quick Release adapter on the cheap, it sold out around the world. Yes this includes Europe as well. The hype died down when prices went upwards and the item was rarely in stock. You can say that the stars are aligned once [...]

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Dual Light and Sound Hot Shoe Bracket
July 26, 2011


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If you’ve seen a post I did a while back on a double Light and Sound bracket, there’s now one available for half the price. Perfect for mounting a Shotgun to one side and an LED light on the other. Or heck, why not mount two LED lights. A simple way of mounting several accessories [...]

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First look Fotga Follow Focus
July 26, 2011


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A quick look around the budget Fotga Follow Focus. This was another one shared on this blog just a few weeks back which has a ‘riser’ design to make sure it can always hit the lens gear. Sometimes using smaller diameter lenses or tall Battery grips will render some FF’s useless. This is not a [...]

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Sneak Peek Jag35 Motion Control Slider
July 26, 2011


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Jared Abrams from WideOpenCamera gives us a sneak peek at Jag35’s new Headquarters and their new motion control slider. Jag35 has been pumping out quite a bit of gear in the last few months including their inexpensive electronic and wireless follow focus systems. Find more about their products over at Jag35.com.

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SmallHD DP4-EVF Diopter Lens Cap
July 25, 2011


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46mm Lens Caps
Good point brought up in the comment section about the SmallHD DP4 EVF ‘not’ having a lens cap to cover the glass. This could be tragic if you happen to leave it out in the sun. Since the SmallHD EVF uses standard 46mm threaded filters, the solution should be as simple as [...]

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Olympus EP3 PEN Camera in Stock
July 25, 2011


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Originally sold out on the announcement date, the Olympus E-P3 Micro Four Thirds camera are now available.

Olympus PEN E-P3 12.3 MP Micro Four Thirds Camera w/ 17mm Lens – Black

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