DIY Video and Photography Projects

$15 Dollar DIY Steadicam
December 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Jorge shares his $15 dollar DIY steadicam build along with some test footage. Shot on a Canon T2i, with a Bower 14mm Ultra Wide Lens. The process to build your own coming soon. [Thanks Jorge]

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TrusMT Ultimate Cage Video Review
December 31, 2011


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An excellent review and closer look at the TrusMT Ultimate Cage with HDMI Locking plate from Vimeo member HDSLR GEAR. [Thanks Joel]. Other TrusMT equipment such as Shoulder Rigs, Follow Focus systems, and Matte Boxes can all be found on their online eBay store (click here).

TrusMT DSLR Cage, Shoulder Rigs, Follow Focus, Matte Box

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Jag35 D|Runner Bundle Assembly
December 31, 2011


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Rich writes in to share what the D|Runner Bundle from Jag35 is all about, parts optional parts available, and assembly. [Thanks Rich]. You can find more Jag35 DSLR rig products over at their website http://Jag35.com.

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DIY Microphone DeadCat Windscreen
December 31, 2011


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If you’re in a bind to find an inexpensive Microphone Windscreen a.k.a. DeadCat, here’s a quick tip shared by YouTube member krotoflik. Try grabbing yourself a padded furry (or wooly) seatbelt cover. There’s a short sample with and without the Seatbelt cover on the microphone, and it does a decent job of eliminating that dreaded [...]

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Swivi 5.6″ External HDMI LCD – 48 Hour Price Drop
December 30, 2011


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Derek Bruce writes in and shares a find on the Swivi LCD. Listings have been discounted for the next 48 hours as a New Years promotion. [Thanks Derek!] Not sure what a ‘Swivi’ is? Check out a review posted here: http://cheesycam.com/swivi-5-6-external-lcd-review/
I can’t remember exactly, but I want to say that MSRP price was listed around [...]

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Sony HX9V Exmor R – Refurbished Price
December 30, 2011


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I’ll be attending CES – Las Vegas in a few weeks and am seriously considering doing most of the coverage on just the Sony HX9V. I’m not the only one obsessed with the little cameras ability to get decent video out, especially for just quick informational product interviews. (audio will be recorded separately). BBC cameraman [...]

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Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II Discount
December 29, 2011


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If you’re in the market for that Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II (the latest version), there’s currently a $300 dollar discount floating around. What you might not know is that there is another link that actually shows you a different price of $400 dollars off. They’ve listed the deal to expire on Jan 7th, and [...]

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Sneak Peek Cinema Skater DSLR Dolly
December 28, 2011


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A quick look at the new Cinema Skater Video dolly that can support larger size cameras. On the dolly you’ll see the huge Manfrotto 501HDV fluid head. There is no possible way this head would mount up on the smaller Pico Flex Dolly, so if you’re looking for a dolly to support something like a [...]

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New Light Craft Workshop – Fader ND Digi Pro HD
December 27, 2011


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If you love to shoot outdoors on bright sunny days with a shallow DOF, you’ll need to get yourself an ND (neutral density) Filter. The ND filter will cut down the amount of light that comes in through the lens so that you can tame that shutter speed, and use a wide aperture without blowing [...]

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B&H Learning Library – In Depth 2011
December 27, 2011


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B&H published a few articles in their Learning Library around popular gear in 2011. Check out a few of their articles that get in-depth with Fast Glass, Voice-Over equipment, Shotgun Microphones, On camera monitors, and Portable Audio Recorders. These articles are great reading materials for a more in depth look at at tips, tricks, and [...]

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Canon 7D Deal – Back for Today
December 27, 2011


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Several people jumped on the Canon 7D deal and it sold out fast. Others weren’t so lucky. I woke up today, to see that it is once again being offered via the Daily Deal. I know a bunch of people were able to take advantage of this deal, including some of my close friends, so [...]

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DIY Roller Bearing Slider
December 26, 2011


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YouTube member Sunny01 shares a a simple DIY roller bearing slider most people can build out. A few T-shaped joining brackets on each side, some carefully spaced bearings on top and bottom allow the carrier to ride over the PVC pipes. If PVC isn’t your thing, there’s no reason you can’t redesign around some lightweight [...]

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Lanparte DSLR Rigs, Follow Focus, Shoulder Pad
December 26, 2011


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YouTube member TheJoeDigital shares a video review with a look at some of the new designs from the Lanparte DSLR rigs. The video above shows the Follow Focus with two hard stops, a new clever swing open cage design, and variable position handles with geared locks. They also make Matte Boxes and other accessories.

I picked [...]

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Another DSLR Micro Shooter Stabilizer
December 26, 2011


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At first glance, I thought ‘wow, that’s a pretty good price for a Redrock Running Man Nano Rig‘. Turns out it’s not an RR Rig, but another micro shooter style stabilizer. It’s not exactly the same design, but you can see some resemblance to the RR Nano rig (found here).
While the RR i’m sure [...]

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Meike FC100 Macro LED Ring Light Flash
December 26, 2011


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The battery powered Meike FC100 LED Ring Light can function as both a continuos light, or be switched to photography flash mode. If you’re planning to use the flash mode on the light, it would be a good idea to get the one listed for your camera make / model. These lights are a good [...]

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Konova Dual Stage Swing Away Matte Box
December 24, 2011


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Konova has added a new Matte Box to their list of products. The dual stage Matte box with full Flags comes with two fully rotatable (360 degree) filter trays to support Grads or CPL filters. The Matte box mounts on 15mm standard rails and includes the highly sought after swing away arm for fast lens [...]

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