DIY Video and Photography Projects

iPhone LED Ring Light on Phocus Case
October 31, 2012


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Phocus (previously known as OWLE) sent over this case for me and I thought it would be a fun product to share since (especially as of late) I receive emails about various iPhone Video Rigs. The Phocus is a case for the iPhone 4/4s that allows you to add 1/4-20 accessories and a single hot [...]

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Aftermarket BG-E11 Canon 5D Mark III Battery Grip
October 30, 2012


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The real OEM BG-E11 battery grip for the Canon 5D Mark III will run about $300 dollars. You can find that on the product page (click here). I’m sure the OEM is the best of the best, but i’ve managed to purchase several aftermarket grips for my T2i, 60D, 5D Mark II, and Canon 7D. [...]

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Canon 5D Mark III (Body) Discount
October 30, 2012


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Big Box retailers are currently offering the Canon 5D Mark III Body with a $200 instant rebate bringing the price down to just under $3K. If you were already planning to pick up this camera, there’s another deal today for the Canon 5D Mark III (Body Only) available via eBay that brings the price down [...]

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Varavon Slider Balance Pulley Counterweight Kit
October 28, 2012


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Check out this interesting new pulley / counterweight kit that mounts to Varavon Sliders. The counterweight allows you to position your slider in slanted angles so that you can lift the camera with ease or to keep your camera from crashing down. A plate mounts to the slider carrier, and the counterweight is hung through [...]

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What The Foc-us? Wireless DSLR Follow Focus System
October 28, 2012


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Wondlan released a new Wireless follow focus system for DSLR Video. Here you can find more photos and specific specs about the WFF for under $1600 dollars via eBay (click here). Yeah I know that’s pretty expensive, but is it really a Wondlan Product? There’s other sellers who offer the same unit for much cheaper.

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Zolinger 18ft. Camera Boom Spider Crane
October 28, 2012


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Demo video of Zolinger’s new 18ft. Camera Boom Spider Crane. The Spider Crane lists for an almost $1800 dollar price tag (too rich for most), but there’s currently one on auction that looks to have no reserve. Even generic cranes at this length will still run over $800 dollars, so it might be worth watching [...]

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Canon 5D Mark III (Body) $400 Discount
October 24, 2012


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If you haven’t already heard the news, Canon has announced that it will release a firmware update to the Canon 5D Mark III that will allow uncompressed HDMI output (article here). Nothing to get too excited about just yet since the release date is expected to be released on April 2013.
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Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Adapter IRIS Control and Image Stabilization
October 23, 2012


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This thing took about 13 days to ship to California, but it’s finally here and i’m pretty impressed. This adapter allows you to mount Canon EF lenses to the Sony NEX camera and control all of the aperture settings natively. I haven’t tried it yet, but it should communicate with the lens and store EXIF [...]

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GH2 Follow Focus for Small Primes
October 23, 2012


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If you have a tough time getting a follow focus setup on the GH2 with small prime lenses, here’s a trick that Vimeo member Johnny Gadget Films uses [thanks John]. He uses silicone wrist bands (sometimes stacked) to increase the diameter of the focus lens.

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Cheap Camera Stabilizer Load Vest
October 22, 2012


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One essential tool for long Flying Video Stabilizer (Steadicam) type shots is a Vest system with an iso-elastic arm. The vest helps to take the weight of the camera off the arms and distributes the load over to the body. The flexible spring loaded iso-elastic arm keeps the camera level as the operator runs, jumps, [...]

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New Wieldy DV Pro Iron Triangle Stabilizer
October 22, 2012


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Wieldy’s new DV Pro Stabilizer (a.k.a Iron Triangle DV) looks like a more advanced version of a Glidecam HD series stabilizer. If you look closely to the design, it resembles the same left / right / forward / back adjustable stage as Glidecam along with a built in quick release stage for fast packing.
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Discount on Sandisk Media SDHC
October 22, 2012


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Jeremy shares a link to the discounts on Sandisk today [thanks Jeremy]. If you have a preference for the brand, the Sandisk 32GB SDHC Class 10 Media card now comes in at a few dollars cheaper than the Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC. For compact flash media, I still think Transcend has the better [...]

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Carry Speed MagFilter Threaded Adapters Available
October 21, 2012


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Here’s a video I did about a month ago to introduce the new Magfilter threaded adapters for high end compact point and shoot cameras. These filters are now available to use any brand Polarizer or ND filter on cameras like the new Sony RX100. Adapters are available to fit 52mm, 55mm, and 58mm threaded filters [...]

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Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II – Deal
October 19, 2012


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Not long ago Canon released a newer version of their popular 24-70mm F/2.8L lens, but at almost double the price of the original version and without Image Stabilization (which many hoped for). Sure, there’s some major differences in the design and in image quality, but not enough for someone like me to spend that extra [...]

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Budget Gear: Pro Compact Matte Box
October 18, 2012


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Ryan writes in and shares another Video Matte box with dual 4×4 filter trays that has become available for budget shooters [Thanks Ryan]. It’s listed as a ‘Pro Compact Matte Box’, but it should probably be re-named to ‘Very Basic Matte Box’. On higher end Matte Boxes you will at least find a quick release [...]

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Sony Firmware Update for NEX-7
October 18, 2012


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Sony has released a firmware update to improve features found in the Sony NEX-7. I’m very satisfied with the little camera, and this is just icing on the cake. Other firmware updates published on the same article include E-mount lenses to enable Hybrid AF function with the new NEX-5R and NEX-6 camera, SLT-α65V and SLT-α77V, [...]

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