DIY Video and Photography Projects

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


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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 [...]

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Custom Fancier 717 Fluid Head Quick Release – Teaser
January 25, 2012


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Very small production run of a quick release adapter compatible with the 717 Video Fluid Heads (seen here). We decided to make a few for ourselves, and there will be a few more available for sale at http://PhotographyandCinema.com later tonight. More info will come as soon as I get back from lunch…

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Cineroid L2C-3K Daylight Tungsten On-Camera LED Video Light
January 25, 2012


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The good folks over at EVSOnline gives you a peek at Cineroid’s L2C-3K LED Video light. Instead of providing two different LEDs which normally cuts your output in half, they decided to provide options for swapping out ALL of the LEDs. Of course this means you can’t dial in mixed temperatures. It definitely looks like [...]

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Gruv Gear V-Cart – Solo Lite Cart
January 24, 2012


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A 4 wheel wagon is nice for moving gear, but when conquering a small set of stairs, a two wheel hand truck is better. These carts look pretty cool for hauling gear transforming from a basic Hand Truck, to V Dolly, to 4 Wheel Cart. The V-Cart version holds up to 500lbs, and the Solo [...]

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Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer
January 23, 2012


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There’s a million different little stabilizers on the market, but about a month ago (maybe a bit longer), the Steady Dragon brand upgraded the Gimbal to a universal joint. This type of gimbal provides the maximum amount of range compared to the little Ball-and-Socket type like found in the Hague MMC. The Steady Dragon [...]

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Skyler MiniCam DSLR Video Stabilizer
January 21, 2012


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The Skyler MiniCam has been a work in progress floating around the Internet for a very long time, but this is the first time i’ve seen it available on eBay. A clever little stabilizer which stands on it’s own like a tripod, looks to have great build quality, and very simple fine tuning knobs. A [...]

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Varavon Slim Video Camera Slider Discount
January 21, 2012


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The Varavon Sliders come in a few variations from Slim, Mini, EX, and ENG models. The ‘Slim’ is the smallest and narrowest version of their slider weighing in at around 5lbs total. It’s the common roller bearing carrier design, so it’s very smooth, and friction can be adjusted with the bearings.

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Gini Rigs Color Splash?
January 20, 2012


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If I had to figure out who made this green DSLR cage with polished clamps, I would never have guessed it’s actually a Gini Rig. [Thanks Steve] Normally we see the Gini Rigs sporting a cliche’ and traditional Black with Red accents, but now we’re seeing a bit of color splash in a few products. [...]

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Cowboy Shoulder Support Discounted
January 20, 2012


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The inexpensive Cowboy shoulder support gets a nice little discount and falls to about $17 bucks. [Thanks Serge]. This shoulder support is often considered a chest clamp and can be a true hands-free shoulder rig without the need of counterweights. It’s possible to expand on this system by using rails sets like the updated Rig [...]

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