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P&C Swiss Rod 15mm Accessory Rail – Available
March 30, 2012


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The new P&C Swiss Rod adds simple mounting solutions for DSLR accessories onto your standard 15mm DSLR Video rigs. It is not designed to replace all of your 15mm rails, but with just one Swiss Rod clamped to your rig, you have 20 different mounting options to choose from. You can attach an accessory directly [...]

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Canon G1X Test Video – San Francisco Scenery
March 29, 2012


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This is not a review of any sorts, but just my impression on the Canon G1X point and shoot. I wanted to see what Canon had come up with in this new G series camera, so I decided to take it around the Pier 39 area in San Francisco. I attempted to give the footage [...]

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312 LED Video Light Price Drop – Dimmable Color Temp Adjustable
March 29, 2012


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(Old video review above) Looks like Polaroid got a hold of the 312 LED Video lights. That’s a good thing, because they seem to have negotiated prices much much lower. There is a more expensive v2.0 out which has an updated case and better plastic diffusion panel, but that will run you at least $60 [...]

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Pico Dolly Motorized Mod with Laser Alignment
March 28, 2012


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Thanks to YouTube member dim3m for sending in this fine example of a modified Pico Flex Dolly. [Thanks dim3m] The rear trailer contains the servo, servo controller, batteries, etc. The laser alignment shows you the cross point reference for the center of rotation. Having motorized control gives you more consistent movement across the entire rotation. [...]

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Velbon PH-368 Fluid Head – Back In Stock
March 27, 2012


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This dirt cheap fluid head for light weight cameras has been sold out for months after this video review and old article (here). It’s actually still sold out on Amazon. Don’t bother looking for this on eBay as they’ve marked these up past $60 dollars.
It’s a great little fluid head for your small sliders, [...]

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Canon Instant Rebates and Double Instant Savings
March 27, 2012


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Just a reminder before purchasing a camera body, lens, or speedlite flash. You should check to see if any of that qualifies for the promotion that ends this month for Canon Instant Rebates and Double Instant Savings over at B&H.

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DIY Video Track Dolly Pipe Wheels
March 27, 2012


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CamonWheels is offering up some new V-Groove roller wheels for under $8 bucks shipped. Images show the grooved wheels fitting on 15mm rods, 1/4″ rod, and 1″ PVC. The overall OD of the wheel (outside diameter) is at 1″. If you were to build a track dolly of sorts, the V-Groove or U-groove type wheels [...]

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Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro
March 27, 2012


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One of the latest microphones released from Rode has touched down in the studio today. This is the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro, and i’m trying to find the time to test this bad boy out.

Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro
Product Overview
The Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro builds on the success of the Rode VideoMic Pro & Stereo [...]

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15mm Rail Base Set Quick Release Tripod Mount
March 27, 2012


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Missed the 160 LED video light bundle? Apparently LinkDelight is slashing prices on a number of items including two different 15mm Rails with quick release camera mount and tripod base plate. [Thanks Viktor]
One of these sets looks like a part found from a Fotga rig. If you just need to get started with a [...]

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Aputure 160 LED Video Light + Sony NPF-970 Battery
March 27, 2012


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Here’s an interesting find from reader impoze. [Thanks impoze] It’s an Aputure 160 LED video light + Sony NPF-970 battery on sale right now for under $19 bucks. The LED light alone is usually over $30 dollars. As pointed out, it’s almost cheaper than buying a Sony battery alone. Of course, there’s no charger, but [...]

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Lexerd Anti Glare LCD Screen Protectors
March 26, 2012


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Screen protectors not only help to prevent scratches on your camera’s LCD, but some also prevent glare when viewing outdoors. It’s also something I suggest using before mounting any sticky frame LCD Viewfinders on your camera. The Lexerd brand with TrueVueâ„¢ is ultra thin, scratch proof, touch screen capable, has great reviews and is available [...]

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Gini DSLR Cages for GH1 and GH2 Cameras
March 25, 2012


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Anyone check out the Gini DSLR Cages for Panasonic GH1 and GH2 cameras? Snug fit, looks nice, but crazy expensive. [Thanks Habez] Gini’s DSLR Video cages were recently criticized about the lack of 1/4×20 threaded ports which is most common for adding accessories, and ends up using a different thread pitch. People have had to [...]

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Konova Motorized Slider Upgrade
March 24, 2012


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YouTube member JennGrover shares a look at the Konova Motorized Slider upgrade kit. [Thanks Jenn] Konova is said to be releasing at least two different motors (speed variations), and different remotes. Others have shared more information about Konova’s motorized upgrade kit in the comments of the earlier article here: http://cheesycam.com/konova-motorized-upgrade-kit-now-available/

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New Gear – P&C 15mm DSLR Rig Swiss Rods
March 19, 2012


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The great thing about building your own rig is being able to design it specifically for your own needs. Of course most of how we assemble things together are based on what products are available to us. When we’re introduced to new products, it opens up so much more possibilities. Industry standard 15mm rails are [...]

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Mounting Accessories to 15mm Rigs
March 19, 2012


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Seen above is a really basic DSLR rig. Two rods, follow focus, front handle, rear shoulder pad, and top handle. Most rigs you find on the market will have just basic rails and clamps so you can build different shapes depending on your needs. Looking at a standard rig from any manufacturer like Zacuto, Cinevate, [...]

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NEW – F&V Video Camera Slider
March 17, 2012


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Another new roller bearing video camera slider takes place on the market. This one is coming from F&V, which is the same company to release the popular Z96 LED Video light. Full roller bearings, folding legs, rubberized feet, and comes with travel bag.

Looks like a solid build, but with Konova’s recent Crank Pulley and [...]

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