Monthly Archives: October 2014


So Canon's latest 7D Mark II has arrived (in stock now here) and they're pushing hard mainly marketing towards still photographers. It's actually quite an amazing camera for sports and action photos, but some may say it falls a bit short in the video market compared to the new offerings by Sony and Panasonic.

Yet mainly because of the image quality and color that can be achieved from Canon DSLRs, there are still many videographers who just can't let go of their Canon 5D Mark IIIs. The main gripe has been to at least upgrade to a camera that can add 1080p @60fps to their existing workflow. So much of a need that the latest Canon C100 Mark II at $5K+ was being heavily considered.

But now that the new Canon 7D Mark II offers 1080/60p at just $2149, offers excellent AF in video mode, and also allows you to attach an external HDMI Recorder to capture a higher quality ProRes, this might be a camera to fill that void for another year or two until Canon can finally release a proper 4K DSLR camera.

Canon's pretty smart about releasing just enough features to make it interesting enough for production teams running around with several Canon DSLRs, but not enough features to step into their high end Cinema market. I know a few people who already have eyes on this camera. For more information about the new 7D Mark II (click here).

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According to the website, the new Magic Carpet Camera Slider from Syrp (starts at just $299) sold out on it's first release and pre-orders and will be ready to begin shipping by approximately the end of November. What is the Magic Carpet Slider? Here's a short intro video and product description below.

Product Description:
The Magic Carpet is a simple, portable solution for obtaining buttery smooth tracking slider shots. Designed with a full roller-bearing carriage and quick-release levers the Magic Carpet ensures your time on-location is well spent creating amazing footage rather than dealing with the technical setup of your shoot.

The Magic Carpet also comes motion control ready by simply adding the Genie ( to the track you are setup to film smooth motion control time-lapse or real-time video.

Either choose from a Short Track (2.6 Feet / 800mm) or a Long Track (5.2 Feet / 1600mm). It's universal design means you can easily add another length track to your kit and use the same carriage + end caps giving you the flexibility of longer camera movements and portability in one package.

Additional information about the Syrp Magic Carpet - Camera Slider and Motion Control options can be found via the product page (found here).

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B&H has dedicated an entire full page of products currently on promotion in honor of the PhotoPlus Expo going on right now. Anything from Instant Savings to Mail in Rebate deals on popular photo / video products such as the Panasonic GH4, EVFs, LCD Monitors, Portable Audio Recorders, LED Lighting and more!

Below you'll find just a small snippet of what to expect on this deal page, and I encourage you guys to check out ALL of the products currently on promotion while the specials last over at the Show Specials Page (click here).

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If you're stuck on the Lexar brand of flash media, and you just happen to need more, there's good news for you. Here's a long list of current Lexar Flash Media Deals including bundles on the high speed professional models. Anything from Compact Flash, SDHC, SDXC, microSDXC, to that insane Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub that will help speed up the process of transferring data.

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Here's a list of some of the current deals happening now on Lexar brand Professional Flash Media and Readers via Adorama, and discounts end Nov 7, 2014.

*Lexar Professional 800x CompactFlash Cards, 2 Packs
*Lexar Class 10, 200x Platinum II Series Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Cards, 2 Packs
*Lexar 32GB Class 10, Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Memory Card for Cameras, 2 Pack
*Lexar CLASS 10, Professional 600x SDHC UHS-I Memory Cards for Cameras, 2 Packs
*Lexar 32GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Card - Pack Of Two $149.95
*Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x CompactFlash Memory Card - Pack Of Two $269.95
*Lexar 128GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card, Up to 160Mbps Read / Up to 155 Mbps Write Speed, UDMA 7, 2 Pack $489.95
*Lexar 32GB Class 10, Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Memory Card for Cameras, 2 Pack $39.95
*Lexar 32Gb HP microSDHC UHS-I Class 10 Memeory Cards (300x) - Two (2) Pack $34.95
*Lexar 32GB High-Performance microSDHC 633x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Cards with USB 3.0 Reader - Two (2) Pack $59.95
*Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual Slot Memory Card Reader, 5GHz 500MB/s, Supports: UDMA 7 CompactFlash, CF 5.0, SDXC, and SD UHS-1 (SD 2.0 and SD 3.0) $29.95
*Lexar Professional Workflow USB 3.0 Card Reader (SD Only) $20.95
*Lexar Professional Workflow USB 3.0 Card Reader (CF Only) $20.95
*Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 - Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub - No Reader included, must be purchased seperately $53.95
*Lexar Multi-Card 25-in-1 USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader $22.95
*Lexar 16GB High-Performance microSDHC 633x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card with USB 3.0 Reader $19.95
*Lexar 32GB High-Performance microSDHC 633x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card with USB 3.0 Reader $29.95
*Lexar 64GB Class 10, Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I Memory Card for Cameras $43.95
*Lexar 128GB Class 10, Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I Memory Card for Cameras $76.95
*Lexar 32GB Professional 800x CompactFlash Card $48.95
*Lexar 64GB Professional 800x CompactFlash Card $77.95
*Lexar 32GB Professional SDHC UHS-I 600x Class 10 Memory Card for Cameras, 45MB/s Max. Write Speed $28.95

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The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Digital Camera with built in 24-75mm Leica f/1.7-2.8 Lens & 4K Ultra HD Video is available now and in stock! I really want this camera and I think it would be a good replacement over my Sony RX100 which sits in my backpack pretty much everywhere I go. It's a bit pricey though coming in at $899, but I hear much of the guts are shared with the popular GH4 so the quality is definitely there.

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FotoDiox wanted to share their most recent discount on the FlapJack LED Light panels, and the discount code is shared in this little video below.

If you're not too familiar with these lights, check out the two main FlapJack product videos found HERE and HERE. Remember the discount code for these products is FJOL18, and the FlapJack LED Video Light catalog page is listed (here)

FotoDiox FlapJack UltraThin Lightweight LED Video Panels

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Tascam DR-22WL 2-Channels Portable Handheld Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi, 3.5mm Mini Jack, Connector, 10kOhms Impedance, USB2.0 $149.99
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Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channels Portable Handheld Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi, 3.5mm Mini Jack, Connector, 2.2kOhms Impedance, USB2.0 $299.99
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Tascam DR-60D MKII Portable Recorder for DSLR $199.99
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Tascam DR-60D MKII Portable Recorder for DSLR - BUNDLE - with BeachTek SC35 3.5mm Stereo Output Cable, 4 Pack AA Batteries, and 16GB Class 10 Memory Card $209.99
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So eventually everyone should have wireless audio systems as part of their kit, but a decent set (on sale) can put you back $500 bucks only to capture audio from one subject. When you start placing a LAV mic on 2 subjects, then your costs immediately double up to $1,000 bucks. I recently helped on a project to record from 3 subjects having a conversation, and well let's just say that was over $2100 dollars worth of wireless audio equipment. I know most people can't afford to dive in to such expensive equipment right ways, so until you're at the point where you really need it, there are some excellent workarounds. Here are just two suggested ways to do this.

The easiest, most affordable, and straightforward way is to place a lav on your subject and run a stereo extension cord back to your camera. You can then monitor audio, adjust levels, and not have to worry about syncing audio in post.
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If you can't have your talent tied down to a cord, you can always place an audio recorder with the talent. I use this technique, and I know many others who also do this with a Zoom H1. It's under $90 dollars and the audio quality is quite good. You can also use your iPhone as a portable audio recorder with many available sound recording apps. The drawback of course is that you can't monitor the audio, adjust levels on the fly, and have to sync the audio in post. The benefits are that you can afford to have multiple recorders for multiple subjects and don't have to worry about the possibility of wireless interference and drop-outs. Some even say that audio may even sound better than some wireless systems, as the recorders can capture the full sound.

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So now that you have a few ideas on how to capture audio through a Lav Mic without a wireless audio system, the question now is what's a good lav for the job? Well in this video I run though a list of inexpensive microphones that all have 4+ Star Ratings on Amazon, and also introduce you to one of my new favorite under $50 dollars.

Here's how you can use your iPhone as a Portable Audio Recorder with the RODE REC App and an overview of the basic settings you should configure.

I like using DropBox to export my files, but you can also do this via USB and extract the file through iTunes. Here are the steps to do this.

Of course I can't forget about people who are using Android devices, so here's how you can use the popular sound recording application RECForge II from the Google Play Store.

If you're curious about what the sound quality is like when using a Samsung Galaxy S4 as a portable audio recorder, i've put this little demo together (below).

Here's a link to the various Lav Microphones mentioned for your reference. Although they have excellent ratings on Amazon, I found a few small things about each one that should be considered. If my opinion is worth anything, I would personally set my sights more towards the Rode SmartLav+ or the AspenMics Lavalier microphones.

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Azden Lav Microphone
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Sony Stereo Lav Microphone
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Olympus Lav Microphone
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Audio Technica Lav Microphone

Now keep in mind that the Rode SmartLav+ is latest version of this lav mic (don't buy the old SmartLav). Also the Rode SmartLav+ is designed as a direct TRRS Lavalier, so you'll need an optional adapter (found here) if you plan to use it with an audio recorder or if you want to connect this to your DSLR Camera. Combined with the adapter you're looking at about $95 dollars each Lav.

The Aspen HQ-S is the stereo version and will work directly with any camera or audio recorder. If you want to use the HQ-S with your iPhone, you'll need to purchase the kit that includes the TRRS adapter. The AspenMics are currently available at $45 dollars, so you can basically pick up two for the price of one Rode.

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Rode SmartLav+ iPhone La
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AspenMics HQ-S Stereo Lav



Snapped this photo earlier today. A couple of awesome new monitor products from F&V shipped over and I can't wait to start shooting with.

I saw these Metica and SpectraHD EVF Monitor products earlier at the NAB show. The all metal casing just feels incredibly high quality, but still extremely lightweight. The Metica 7" Monitor is available in a few different models starting at just $399 (found here).

Some of the software features you'll find in each monitor are Software Features Include: Histogram, Vectorscope, False Color, Zebra Pattern, Focus Peaking, Frame Guides & Safety Area, Overscan & Pixel to Pixel, DSLR Scale, H/V Image Flip, Image Freeze, Image Zoom, Audio Columns, Timecode, and more! Here's a quick video overview from the F&V Website.

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find-price-button Metica 7" High Resolution Monitors HDMI+SDI

The SpectraHD 4 is a small 4" high res monitor that can convert signals and is available with a Loupe attachment making it a true EVF solution.
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