Monthly Archives: October 2011


Prices were all over the map earlier this week on Gini's new iFocus Follow Focus, but today there's a few listed as a set BuyItNow price I managed to get my version for. Only 7 listed at this price, but hopefully this will be a permanent set price going forward. Only time will tell. The 7 FFs are listed on his auction page (click here).

Gini Follow Focus
find-price-button Gini DSLR Follow Focus iFocus


YouTube member reimaginecinema shares a look at the new 312 LED light (above) and compares it with the popular Z96 (below) [Thanks Jacob]. Obviously putting up a 312 count LED light against 96 LEDs isn't a fair fight, but it's a good comparison for those who are looking for which on camera video light to use. The 312 and Z96 are two of my favorite lights to use, and I still happen to be using the older 312 version.

The new version uses magnetic filters (like Z96) and was upgraded with a beefed up housing. Besides LED count, prices are much different, but the 312 allows you to change color temperature which I find important when you change environments (event video). If you can't afford the 312 Bi-Color changing, you could also look into the 240 Bi-Color LED light (more affordable). You'll find the new 312 LED video lights on eBay (click here)

312 LED Light Upgrade New version 2
find-price-button Latest 312 LED Video Lights


Swivi (Swi-vee), the external 5.6" swivel LCD monitor has been showing at PDN New York for the past few days (still showing) and a few blogs have already published about it. I have not seen the final version of this product, but I hear the build quality was beefed up and other software features were added. The few that were brought to the show for early birds were sold out in a few hours at a $300 dollar price tag (don't quote me on that price). Hopefully we'll have more information when it's officially released for sale online. No news if i'll get to see the final version anytime soon. Product page at


Here's a very simple mod you can do with a Fotopro Transformer tripod or sometimes called the Polaroid All Terrain tripod. Available in ugly chrome and Gunmetal Grey. When choosing, be aware that some packages don't come with all the pieces. It's probably found under several different names too, but basically it's a flexible tripod with swappable feet and uses the standard 1/4x20 thread.

Parts needed:

1) Flexible tripod with removable feet
2) (3pcs) 1.5" 1/4-20 bolts & (3pcs) 1/4-20 jam nut,
3) (3pcs) basic skate wheels and bearings. Could be Rollerblade or skateboard wheels.
4) About 30 seconds of time out of your day...

When unscrewing the feet from these tripods, they are on pretty firm. Don't worry, just wrench them off, they are indeed removable. The 1/4-20 bolt is not a perfect fit (a bit smaller), but it really doesn't matter once it's rolling. Just don't crank down the bearings too tight or the wheel won't move as freely. This particular tripod isn't built for huge cameras, but should do fine for cameras around 3lbs. For anything heavier, I still recommend at least the Pico Flex table Dolly.

Something like this is perfect for camera sizes like the Sony HX9V or GH2. Find these tripods on both eBay (click here)

find-price-button FotoPro Flexible Transformer Tripod – via eBay

and also via Amazon (click here).

find-price-button FotoPro Flexible Tripod Rubber Suction Spiked Feet - via Amazon


Could be an error, or maybe not. Right now Amazon has a Yongnuo YN-467 listed at $4.52 + 0.50 cents shipping. [Thanks Jamaal] So for just about a grand total of $5.02 cents, you could be walking away with an extra flash. These Yongnuos don't support communication with the cameras as the higher end models, but event photographers normally keep them in Manual Mode, throw a cheap wireless receiver on them and place them around a room. While it lasts... (click here)

Yongnuo 467
find-price-button Yongnuo YN-467 Flash Speedlite

And remember, if you want to fire them off camera, a cheap set of RF603s should work with these found below (click here)

find-price-button Yongnuo RF-603 C1 2.4GHz Wireless Flash Trigger/Wireless Shutter Release Tranceiver Kit

[Update] Looks like the first seller is out of stock. Amazon has shifted to another seller with a $70+ dollar price. No news on any cancelled orders (yet).


Looking to start or stop video on your camera remotely? For Canon cameras, this can only be done via compatible infrared remote. It's a nice addition to stick on the handle of your rig so that you don't get those few seconds of unusable video. There's plenty of DIY solutions to route the infrared signal to the camera if the remote needs to be positioned elsewhere. One of those popular methods is by using an Optical Audio cable (like home stereo stuff). These optical cables run the light from the remote to the front of the Canon camera. I just ordered a remote and verified that it does indeed work on both the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D. On the T2i it can fire off photos (no video mode). To initiate video, you'll need to use the S2 button. Total cost was $2.66 + 0.50 cents shipping. Found below (click here).

find-price-button Wireless Shutter Release Remote for Canon EOS


I've been asked to recommend a good small ball head that would work well with the Pico Flex Dolly or a good one for small sliders. I tested out a few, and the one that seems to fit the best is the Fancier FT6691. It's larger than the Giottos mini ball head, but still smaller than the larger Fancier Ball head I often use with the Konova Slider. For the price, it's a perfect little head for even DSLR cameras giving you extra stability with your sliders or table dollies.


All metal with strong clamp force to keep the camera in position and a quick release plate (with safety latch) so you don't have to spin your camera off. So far I haven't found anything else that offers this type of bang for the buck. If you've got suggestions for a good similar feature ball head, let me know. Floating around $24 dollars, you can find them over at eBay (click here)

find-price-button Fancier Small Positionable Locking Camera Ball Head - via eBay

Cheaper and available for Prime shipping over at Amazon below (click here)

find-price-button Fancier Small Camera Ball Head - via Amazon


I happened across a small forum over at where they were wondering how this rotating shot was done above. They seem to be going more towards large circular dolly tracks huge sets, with rotating backgrounds. All too complicated.

I'm not a registered forum guy, but hopefully someone will see this and answer their questions about how it was done. I worked on a very similar shot before using a green screen background, and that's the reason I came up with this little doo-hickey here:

The fan was placed in front of the model and also on the rotating lazy susan to keep the hair blowing away from her face as she rotates. Look closely at the catch light in her eyes (reflection) and you can see the lights don't rotate with her. She's definitely on a rotating lazy susan platform. Hope this helps guys...