DIY Video and Photography Projects

GH2 on Baby Merlin (modded Smoothee)
January 31, 2012






So the goal was to modify this Steadicam Smoothee for lightweight cameras, but it was surprising to see it fly my Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm F/1.4 Lens. Getting back to the real reason for the mod, I tested out a smaller setup with the GH2 + 20mm Lens (total 1.2lbs). It took about […]






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DIY Steadicam Smoothee Mod – Cheesycam Baby Merlin
January 30, 2012






Yup, within the first few minutes the Steadicam Smoothee walked through the door it was laying helplessly in pieces on my workbench. As I suspected, it’s quite easy to modify this little stabilizer. With a quick release adapter, a top stage that can be fine tuned Left/Right & Forward/Back for easy balance, and one of […]






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Can you modify a Steadicam Smoothee?
January 30, 2012






I want to say when these things were first released they were over $200 dollars. Ridiculous pricing if all you plan to fly is a cell phone. They have since dropped down in price, and while they are listed at about $180 dollars elsewhere, this month they’re on sale at B&H (click here). Not bad […]






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Peel Stick NeoPrene Sheets
January 30, 2012






When it comes to mounting accessories, it gets quite annoying when things start rotating around. Normally I use a rubber / neoprene washer under my hotshoe mounts, but for larger areas you can use something like Cork. I don’t really like the look of cork, so I went searching for another option. Here I ran […]






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Collapsible Aluminum Gear Cart Foam Filled Tires
January 30, 2012






I once had an idea about hard mounting a Bike seat in a wagon to tow a Steadicam camera operator around using a bike (slow speed of course), but I never could find the right platform to pull it off. Today Jerry shares a find on some Marine Grade aluminum folding carts that could be […]






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DIY ETTL Flash Cable Extension
January 29, 2012






So you want to move your flash off camera? Sure you can use inexpensive wireless triggers, but the biggest drawback to moving a flash off camera, is losing ETTL communication and High Speed Sync. Unless of course you’re shelling out some serious cash for a wireless remote system like Radio Poppers to supports this. YouTube […]






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Sony NEX-7 Auctions
January 29, 2012






The Sony NEX5n has proved to be a decent little camera especially in low light situations. I tried out the NEX5n briefly but the changing very basic settings through the software menu was a bit annoying. I prefer to shoot with cameras that have quick dials and buttons to change ISO, Aperture, and shutter. So […]






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30% OFF All Cinevate Sliders
January 27, 2012






In case you didn’t catch the announcement, Cinevate is offering 30% off all Slider Models until February 8th. Find all the models and pricing options through the banner below. Just be sure to the coupon code ‘SLDSALE’ when checking out.






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