DIY Video and Photography Projects

Ikelite Underwater Housing for Canon 5D Mark III
May 31, 2012


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Summer is around the corner, so is anyone considering taking their Canon 5D Mark III for a swim? It’s probably one of the best small cameras out there when dealing with low light (it can get a bit dark underwater), but I don’t think i’ll ever take that plunge (pun intended). I’ll stick to my [...]

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Canon 5D Mark II Anti Twist Plate
May 31, 2012


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The common problem with basic Tripod plates (quick release plates) is that you only have one main screw that attaches to the camera. So obviously with a little force, the camera seems to twist around, and sometimes come loose from the QR plate. This is especially more annoying when using a follow focus system and [...]

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Motorized Electronic Remote Follow Focus
May 31, 2012


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If you’re looking to do some remote focus pulling, the wireless systems can be a bit ‘finicky’. A Wired electronic remote follow focus system works with a long cable so the camera operator can move about, and the puller can control focus with a remote video screen. This particular one (above) uses a basic [...]

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2A USB Rechargeable Battery Pack
May 30, 2012


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This is probably going over everyone’s head, but I just saw this on the eBay deals page. A rechargeable USB battery pack that has ports for both 1A and 2.1A outputs. I don’t know how consistent the output is, but it peaked my interest because my Asus WiCast (streaming HD video) requires 5V 2A minimum [...]

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Pearstone LP-E6 Dual Battery Charger Review
May 30, 2012


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Caleb over at DSLRVideoShooter.com posts up a short review on a dual LP-E6 battery charger (actually it can charge other batteries too with optional plates). Besides being able to visually tell you the status of your batteries, there’s also a USB out to power or charge your USB devices. While a standard Canon LP-E6 charger [...]

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Super Takumar 50mm F/1.4 Lens Review
May 30, 2012


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There’s practically an adapter to mount any lens to any camera these days, and here YouTube member videotestground talks about the Pentax M42 Super Takumar 50mm F/1.4 [Thanks Vedran]. These M42 lenses are older manual lenses for Pentax film cameras that can be mounted to your Canon DSLR through a cheap adapter. A Canon 50mm [...]

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DIY Sony Battery Power for 600 900 LED Light Panels
May 29, 2012


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Each Sony NPF style camcorder battery runs at 7.4V. By running them in series, it works at 14.8V which is the minimum power required for the 600 and 900 LED light panels at full brightness. I took two basic Sony NPF battery chargers, gutted them, and then wired them in Series to provide 14.8V DC.

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DSLR Video Rig Waist Support Rod / Belt Kit
May 29, 2012


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Varizoom Stingray with Support Rod / Belt and Shape Telescoping Support Arm
There’s only a handful of companies that offer DSLR Video Rigs with a Support Rod that helps carry the front heavy load of a Video Rig. Instead of having to add heavier counterweights to the rear of the rig, the rod and belt combination [...]

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