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Metabones Canon EF to Sony Adapter
February 29, 2012


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Excited about the new Canon 5D Mark III announcements? It’s been rumored all over the web that they may have an official statement by end of the week – possibly this Friday. Although I might be excited about better video quality, I have to admit there’s a part of me that already knows this new [...]

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New – Sony HX10V HX20V HX30V Digital Cameras
February 29, 2012


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Who doesn’t love the Sony HX9V? It’s a fairly small pocketable camera that provides a full 1080/60p and probably the best image stabilization you’ll find in a point and shoot. The Sony HX9V was such a great camera, that we decided to use it for our entire coverage at PMA at CES2012.

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Tascam DR-40 Firmware – Independent Levels
February 28, 2012


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Did Tascam just drop a bomb on the Zoom H4n? The more affordable Tascam DR-40 is a great little recorder, but fell short when people realized you didn’t have the same independent audio track levels like a Zoom H4n. The new firmware released today (found here), now adds that functionality to the Tascam DR-40. It [...]

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Gini DSLR Cages – Non Standard Threads
February 28, 2012


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The very early DSLR Cages from Gini supported standard 15mm rods, and basic 1/4 x 20 threads. In the last few weeks, there’s been dozens of comments regarding some major changes in his designs that no longer support Industry Standard mounts. WTF Gini? There’s no real rhyme or [...]

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Varavon Slidecam Lite – Awesome
February 25, 2012


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I shoot a lot with smaller cameras, and i’ve tried plenty of small camera sliders. The IGUS was the best thing working for me when I cut it down to about 24″, but now it’s all about Varavon’s new Slidecam Lite. This thing is very light, but solid. I’m very pleased with the overall build [...]

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Camtree 2000 LED Video Light Panels
February 25, 2012


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Mike writes in and asks if anyone has any feedback on a couple of Camtree 2000 LED video light panels. The lights can be powered optionally through a set of V-Mount batteries, are dimmable, and come with a few of colored gels. I don’t know anyone who uses any of the Camtree stuff, so I [...]

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Speed Crank on Gini iFocus Follow Focus
February 24, 2012


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The cheap Speed Crank came in the other day. It’s a perfect fit on the Gini iFocus Follow Focus which is pretty standard 12×12, so it would work well on other FFs too. It does have a retro ‘1980’s PacMan Arcade Joystick Red’ color, but can easily be coated. The Red knob actually screws off [...]

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Varavon Slidecam Lite Video Demo
February 24, 2012


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There were a few questions on whether or not the Varavon Slidecam Lite had a brake system. Although the video always shows such a robust setup, the Slidecam Lite is a completely new slider product for Varavon targeting lightweight cameras. The more affordable Slidecam Lite is offered as small as 24″ for the growing market [...]

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Olympus OM-D EM-5 Image Stabilization
February 22, 2012


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One of the great things about shooting with a Sony NEX-7 or Micro Four Thirds camera is the ability to use just about any lens on the market. Not having autofocus in a lens is one thing, but without Image Stabilization, those adapted lenses can be tricky to shoot hand held.
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Konova K3 vs. K5 Slider w/ Crank Pulley Upgrade Kit
February 21, 2012


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Just a quick look at the Konova K3 and K5 sliders. Average users won’t notice the difference, but the K5 is overall heavier, has a larger inside rail, and larger bearings inside the carrier. So the new upgraded legs with the unusual platform design was something Konova planned several months ago (way back in November). [...]

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Konova’s Crank / Pulley Upgrade
February 21, 2012


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Just received Konova’s latest Crank / Pulley Upgrade. I’ll have some additional images and video up shortly about what you need to know…

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Olympus LS-100 Portable Audio Recorder
February 21, 2012


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Whoa, this new Olympus LS-100 Portable Audio recorder looks crazy. I believe it’s a bit overkill for something like basic DSLR video work, but some people believe ‘There’s no such thing as Overkill’. Then again I don’t really record Rock Concerts, so maybe something like this could come in handy for some shooters. BHPhotoVideo.com has [...]

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Konova Upgrades and Crank Handle Video Series
February 21, 2012


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Konova released a series of videos showing off some of the update kits available for their current sliders. One video gives a sneak at how their new Crank handle will attach to existing sliders. Oh and yes it was pointed out that they incorrectly spelled Crank handle to ‘Clank Handle’. Hopefully they correct that soon. [...]

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New – Wondlan DV Mini Slider Rail
February 21, 2012


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Wondlan seems to be on a roll with releasing products, but not so much when it comes to pricing them against already successful existing products on the market. This time they are offering a new DV Mini Slider Rail (not really mini), so far in lengths of 80cm and 100cm (32 inches & 39 inches). [...]

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DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification
February 20, 2012


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I get it. Sometimes you fly a stabilizer around and need to take a pause for a long static shot. These things can get quite heavy, so being able to stand on it’s own could be beneficial for event shooters. Varizoom offers a Monopod / Stabilizer called the FlowPod (seen here), but when used as [...]

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Another look at a Motorized JuicedLink Slider
February 20, 2012


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Jason from mnwebco shares his DIY motorized mod for the Juicedlink DIY Slider kit and shares a few examples. He basically uses all the same equipment as a previous mod from Vimeo member Gary Bagelman (except for tripod head). If you want a list of all these parts, and further instructions, you can find them [...]

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