DIY Video and Photography Projects

29Feb Metabones Canon EF to Sony Adapter


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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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29Feb New – Sony HX10V HX20V HX30V Digital Cameras


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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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28Feb Tascam DR-40 Firmware – Independent Levels


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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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28Feb Gini DSLR Cages – Non Standard Threads


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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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25Feb Varavon Slidecam Lite – Awesome


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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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25Feb Camtree 2000 LED Video Light Panels


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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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24Feb Speed Crank on Gini iFocus Follow Focus


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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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24Feb Varavon Slidecam Lite Video Demo


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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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22Feb Olympus OM-D EM-5 Image Stabilization


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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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21Feb Konova K3 vs. K5 Slider w/ Crank Pulley Upgrade Kit


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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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21Feb Konova’s Crank / Pulley Upgrade


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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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21Feb Olympus LS-100 Portable Audio Recorder


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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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21Feb Konova Upgrades and Crank Handle Video Series


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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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21Feb New – Wondlan DV Mini Slider Rail


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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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20Feb DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification


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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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20Feb Another look at a Motorized JuicedLink Slider


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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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