Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Anyone thinking about investing in a set of Rokinon Cine Lenses could save a few bucks if purchased in one of the Rokinon Cine Lens Bundled Deals. Also a nice way to save with an organized group buy. Available bundles include variations of the Rokinon 85mm T/1.5, 35mm T/1.5, 24mm T/1.5, and 14mm T/3.1. Check out the three different offerings via eBay (click here).

Rokinon Cine Lens Bundle Deals
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Rokinon Cine Lenses - via eBay Right Now

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Lilliput 2013 LCD HDMI Monitor 663

Jonas writes in and shares the latest Lilliput 663 HDMI Monitor with IPS Screen [Thanks Jonas]. The new IPS screen sports a 1280x800 HD display (cheaper monitors only display 800x480 max), has better viewing angles, and also claims to be almost twice as bright as current competing (sub $300) lcd models. The new Lilliput HDMI Monitor sports an IPS LCD Screen which falls in line with their Flagship 9.7" HDMI Monitor design (seen here) but the 663 now comes in a more professional aluminum housing.

663 HDMI IPS LCD DSLR Video Lilliput

The 663 seems to be offered in a few different versions. A basic model is simply a high resolution display, while stepping up a few dollars offers popular features of false color, focus peaking, zebra exposure, histogram overlays, etc. Some versions offer HDMI in only and more expensive options include HDMI in/out for pass through and also HD-SDI input connections for cameras like the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera. Available in a 7" version right now (no 5"), and you can find more about the Lilliput 663 HDMI monitors via eBay (click here).

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find-price-button Lilliput 663 2013 HDMI IPS LCD Monitor

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If you're looking for a lightweight Carbon Fiber Monopod, here's a great deal. This Rokinon Carbon Fiber 5 section monopod is selling for just $39 + FREE SHIPPING (USA domestic). If you want to throw a monopod into your airline carry on bag, 21" is about the max length you should be looking for. This Rokinon is perfect since it can collapse down to just 18", yet extends to a max height of 65" inches. I've looked around for other deals, but could not find this type of minimum-maximum range in another Carbon Fiber Monopod at this price. It's worth taking a look at. Includes: carrying case for easy hands free transporting. Check it out via eBay (Click here).

Rokinon Carbon Fiber Monopod
find-price-button Rokinon 65" Carbon Fiber Monopod with Carrying Case

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Clamps are handy little pieces of gear every shooter should have available in their kit. The images may not be the exact same clamps shown in this article, but it's a good reference of how i've used clamps in the past to mount accessories such as the Zoom H4n.

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Here's a couple of different little clamps to mount your 1/4-20 accessories to a tripod leg, or maybe even a light stand. The first clamp (below) is a recent product which opens to 4cm, is of metal construction, and offers a 1/4-20 male threaded mount which can be used to mount your accessories directly. Starts under $8 dollars/each via eBay (Found Here).

Mini Nano Clamp RodGoPro Camera Rail Clamp
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This next clamp has been around for a while, one of my favorites, and it's something that I use in combination of a short Friction Arm. The clamp offers a 1/4-20 thread and 3/8" thread. Since you'll need to add an additional friction arm, this is the more expensive solution to clamping your accessories. Starts around $9 dollars/each via eBay (Click Here)

Adjustable Mini Camera ClampMini Rail Rod ClampMini Super Camera Clamp Tripod LightStand
find-price-button Super Mini Clamp with 1/4-20 & 3/8" Thread Clamp

Here's another Mini C Clamp that works equally well with round rods (a.k.a tripod leg/light stand) as well as with flat surfaces like a table. It offers a 5/8" lightstand mount and a 1/4-20 threaded tip. With a bit of modding, you can remove the lightstand adapter and drill a new hole to mount a ball head for more flexibility. This C Clamp runs about $7.50 US/each via eBay (Click Here)

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find-price-button Mini 1/4-20 Threaded 5/8 Light Stand C Clamp

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Just caught this listing for a few Panasonic GH3 camera bodies while I was searching for a second GH3 camera (NAB 2013 coverage). The listing does not show a photo, but the description has everything about the GH3 camera for sale. The eBay seller appears to be from the super store Buy.com, and has 99.7% positive ratings with about 2.5 million Feedback ratings (crazy!).

I just checked the Buy.com website and they show a few kits in stock with lens bundles. This looks very much legit and the best part is they are only selling it for $1211 while others who are still out of stock list the retail for $1299. If you've been trying to hunt one down, this seems like a legit buy. Check out the listing (click here).

Panasonic GH3 Camera
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Don't forget about the Sigma Lens Deal for Micro Four Thirds cameras that is still available, which gives you two fast F/2.8 prime lenses for the price of one (here)

Sigma 19mm 30mm M43 mount GH3
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I haven't found anything on this list that I really need at the moment, but perhaps some of you who may be ready to invest in new lenses could find something useful. The final days are coming to a close for Canon Instant Rebates on Speedlight Flashes and Lenses (including some of their newest releases) over at B&H. You can check out all of the deals at the Canon Rebate Page (click here).

Canon Deals
Canon Instant Rebate Savings Speedlight Flashes and Lenses

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Wondlan has introduced a new motorized video camera slider, but instead of the typical pulley belt system, they are using a direct gear drive method. The geared motor is built inside of the trolley and meshes directly to a rail that runs along side of the slider.

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Wondlan Geared Slider Motorized

Doesn't quite mention if it can be used as a basic manual slider in case noise may be an issue. Minimun speed: about 0.555 cm/s and Maximum Speed: about 15 cm/s. It's probably directed more for simple video movements as this product does not include an advanced motion controller that can trigger your camera's shutter or to offer shoot-move-shoot (Interleave) for Time-lapse photography. Check out the product via eBay (click here)

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find-price-button Wondlan Geared Motorized DSLR Video Slider

If you're looking for a more advanced Time-lapse slider, not just simple motion control, there is the Konova Smart Controller (here) and also the Dynamic Perception Stage One (here).

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I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not fond of Hotel Room Service when i'm away and the room is full of loose camera equipment. You can easily place a lock on a roller bag, but what do you do if you're just traveling with a backpack?

In any situation you may have to leave your camera bag or backpack behind, Chris writes in and shares with us this Anti-Theft product from PacSafe. The netting slips over your bag or backpack and is weaved tight enough so that a small lens can't easily be slipped through. Once placed over your bag, a cable can be locked down to a stationary fixture (much like a bike lock). It's not a perfect solution, but it provides a little 'peace of mind'. You can find these products via Amazon (click here)

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find-price-button PacSafe Anti-Theft Bag Lock and BackPack Protector

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If you're looking for a DIY Project to tackle, check out the RotoRig by YouTube member KrotoFlik. This DIY telescoping jib is based on a couple of very inexpensive Targus MP6710 Monopods held in place with ground clamps found at your local hardware store. Details are in the video and a parts list available in the video description (here).

Targus MP6710 Monopod
find-price-button Targus MP6710 Monopods

It's a pretty cool design to use two monopods, but be weary about how much weight you should attempt to operate with these monopods. They aren't exactly designed to be operated sideways. If you're looking for a lightweight portable telescoping mini jib /crane, don't forget the new versions that have been released recently (found here)

Mini Crane M1 Carbon Fiber Jib
find-price-button Carbon Fiber Telescoping MIni Crane/Jib