DIY Video and Photography Projects

New – Wondlan Mini Camera Stabilizer
February 20, 2012


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Earlier this year Wondlan released a Carbon Fiber Stabilizer that doubled as a short monopod when you’re not running around. A neat idea, but so far we haven’t seen any real solid tests of perfect flight capabilities. Now Wondlan throws in a much smaller unit made from Aluminum to support cameras in the same range [...]

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Pocket Wizard Plus III
February 20, 2012


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YouTube video from Fstoppers shows some features of the latest Pocket Wizard Plus III Transceivers (same unit can transmit and receive). They are really stepping up their game, and it’s an entirely different unit compared to earlier version Pocket Wizard Plus system. The new Pocket Wizard Plus III was just recently announced, but is already [...]

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XLR Battery Power Adapter for 500 LED Light Panel
February 19, 2012


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I still get questions about affordable LED light panels, and these 500 LEDs are still a good option. The only problem is that the cheaper versions were never offered with a battery power solution, so they can be used off-the-grid on location. That’s a huge part most people consider when shopping for LED lighting. Some [...]

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Varavon Slidecam Lite – Video Review
February 17, 2012


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Here’s an update on that new Varavon slider ‘ Slidecam Lite ‘ that is currently on Sale. The video looks good, but I don’t think it’s going to be as robust as a larger Konova slider, but for those who want something extra small and light for traveling and packing, there’s nothing like it in [...]

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DIY Video Crane / Jib with Custom Brackets
February 16, 2012


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So after the prototype DIY Jib Brackets touched down in the studio, I visited my local hardware store (Representing Orchard Hardware Supply, you know WestSide! Throwin’ up the ‘W’). Anyways, that’s what my shopping cart looked like with plain super lightweight AL square tubing on the left, and perforated square tubing to the right. The [...]

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DIY Camera Jib / Crane Kit – Good Idea?
February 16, 2012


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Sometimes I have the craziest ideas, and they don’t always pan out very well. Here’s one i’m quite excited about, but i’m not sure how others would feel. For the past few months i’ve had the idea of working on a ‘DIY Crane Kit’. I went through the process of building a few Jibs myself [...]

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HOT – Varavon Camera Slider Sale
February 16, 2012


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So you want the lightest ‘roller bearing’ slider available? Varavon’s got a pretty good thing going with it’s slim version sliders, but pricing has not always been in our favor. Today that’s all changed. There’s a pretty good sale going on right now, and It appears there’s been some design changes to their slider product. [...]

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Cinevate – Trawly Dolly
February 16, 2012


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Cinevate shares a clever idea of adding wheels to their Simplis stabilizer rig allowing them to get more creative dolly / tracking shots. They’ve provided it with the name ‘Trawly’. Very clever stuff guys! What do you guys think?

Cinevate Inc Simplis Dual DSLR Stabilizer Rig

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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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Konova Full Video Shoulder Rig Matte Box Follow Focus Bundle
February 15, 2012


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(Above) That’s the Wondlan Shoulder Rig, that comes with the shoulder pad, two handles, a swing away Matte Box, Top handle, Side Brackets, etc. You know i’m not even sure if that comes with a follow focus, but you’ll find a setup like this going for about $1800+ dollars (see here).

Konova today posted up their [...]

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Canon 7D + 18-135mm Kit Lens – Deal Blast
February 14, 2012


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Canon 7D with 18-135mm Lens Deal Blast
This same kit will cost you $1599 (see here) and that’s even with the Instant rebate going on, but right now there’s a deal blast going on for a few minutes for $1299. I’m just saying…….

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Unboxing the ‘Thanks SJ’ Gini Rig
February 13, 2012


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I grabbed one of these little starter rigs to use for a prototype product i’m working on that will be an addition to existing rigs on the market (it will make more sense later). I decided to share the unboxing and assembling images for the ‘Thanks SJ’ Gini rig. If you’re curious what ‘Thanks SJ’ [...]

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Canon Cameras, Lenses, Flashes Rebates
February 13, 2012


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Do you think with all the new gear Canon is announcing, they might be trying to offload some of their existing models that have been around for some time? Who knows, but the Canon Rebates are back, and they double if you bundle them with a select camera body. More information on the dedicated Rebates [...]

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Steadicam Smoothee Modified – Baby Merlin
February 13, 2012


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It was only a couple of weeks ago I posted information on how to modify a Steadicam Smoothee, essentially making it a mini Steadicam Merlin stabilizer (a.k.a Baby Merlin). If you have a small camera, and you’re a fan of the Merlin steadicam, this mod will come in at about 1/5th the price. In the [...]

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New Lilliput 7″ 5D-II/O/P HDMI Monitor
February 13, 2012


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A few significant differences between the high end LCD monitors and cheaper versions are the lack of False Color, Peaking and or Focus assist features. There’s also resolution, pixel density, color, and exposure accuracy. Although it may not be the best, Lilliput’s new 7″ 5D-II/P monitor is throwing down some of these features normally reserved [...]

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Konova Releases 23″ Travel Friendly Sized Slider
February 11, 2012


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I don’t know exactly when it happened, but it happened. Although i’m a big fan of the Konova slider, I always wished they had a smaller version than 31″. At 31″ inches, that was just a little bit too long to pack in some of my bags when traveling. So recently they just started listing [...]

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