Monthly Archives: February 2015



And just as I was talking about my GoPro HERO4 on a gimbal, the REMOVU R1 Live View Monitor is on sale (ends in a few hours). This little Live View Remote can power your GoPro ON/OFF and stream video similar to the App.

Unfortunately it doesn't appear you can change GoPro settings from the REMOVU (framerates, resolution) and the REMOVU live view doesn't stream any faster than the GoPro App to your SmartPhone. But with it's compact size it beats trying to mount your smartphone, and it's also Water and Impact Resistant (not waterproof) which your Smartphone most likely is not.

So if you've ever looked at your GoPro LCD BacPac and wondered how you could strap it to your wrist instead (I know I have), this is the accessory for you. Now just $74.99 and Sale ENDS TODAY (click here).

Removu R1 GoPro Live View Monitor
find-price-button REMOVU R1 Live View Remote for GoPro HERO3 / HERO3+ / HERO4



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Today we're taking a look the Z1 Rider 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro HERO3/HERO4 cameras. This has to be one of the most versatile little gimbals available for the GoPro due to the fact that the power and boards are separated from the gimbal itself and can be mounted using any standard GoPro Mount.

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I chose this particular gimbal over everything else for a few reasons.

  • 1. The 3 Axis Gimbal is separate from the handle, batteries, and control board allowing the lightweight unit to mount to any standard GoPro mount (helmet, bike, chest harness, suction cup, etc). Other GoPro gimbals are attached directly to a handle, which doesn't allow it to be used as easily as the GoPro camera itself.
  • 2. The motors are strong. Strong enough to withstand high winds when driving down the road and mounted to a motorcycle helmet. Strong enough to attach GoPro accessories like the Battery Bacpac, and HDMI Cable for an external monitor, or even a USB cable to power the GoPro from an external battery.
  • 3. It's also cheaper than some of the other gimbals available (personally I feel it should be more expensive).
  • Two sets of screws (long and short ones) are provided in case you want to use the GoPro HERO3/HERO4 Naked, or if you want to attach a battery bacpac. The Z1 Rider Gimbal can easily compensate for all of the extra weight. Attaching a USB or HDMI cable to the GoPro will easily throw the balance off of any gimbal, but once the Z1 Rider is powered on, it easily manages to keep the horizon of the GoPro very level.

    3 axis z1 rider gimbal

    The Z1 Rider can be adjusted so that you have a full range of tilt motion from low shots to high shots. Different modes can be chosen for Pan + Tilt Follow, Pan Follow Only (no tilt), or No Pan + No Tilt (locked off).

    gopro z1 rider gimbal

    Two buttons on the joystick control Tilt in one mode, or Roll in another mode. Unfortunately it does not have enough buttons to manage tilt and roll at the same time. Not a big deal since most people don't want their horizons off axis anyways.

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    Motors on Z1 Rider about the size of the GoPro

    Obviously the benefits of the other GoPro Gimbals are the simplicity of having just a basic handle. I've managed to add a small L Bracket to my handle to simulate the same form factor should I want to travel extra small (albeit i'm left with a cord).

    The L Bracket + a GoPro Tripod Mount allows me to mount the Gimbal and still have room for a Smart Phone Mount to use the GoPro App for preview.

    DIY GoPro Z1 Rider Gimbal with L Bracket
    DIY L Bracket to Remote for Mounting Gimbal and Smart Phone Clip

    I do notice that my hands are much more steady with two handles, so by clamping the Z1 Rider to a 15mm PVGear Carbon Rod, i'm able to add a second handle and still have a very compact form.

    DIY two handle rig Z1 Rider Gimbal

    Remember that the main reason I wanted this particular gimbal is it's mounting versatility. So combined with a MogoPod Monopod I can get further extension for height and quickly switch to very (very very) low shots seamlessly. With my longer Carbon Fiber Boom pole. I can even simulate a Russian Arm while tracking a subject from a moving vehicle.

    Z1 Gimbal Mounted to MogoPod Monopod Boom Pole

    So while the GoPro HERO4 is a powerful compact camera with 4K recording and HDMI output, you can get even more out of it by using a good stabilizer. If you're considering a GoPro 3 Axis Gimbal, the Z1 Rider 3 Axis Gimbal is one that I highly suggest for all of it's versatility and strong performance. Find it through the link below.

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    find-price-button Z1 Rider Mini 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for GoPro Cameras


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    Panasonic has announced a couple of new lenses and I'm pretty darn sure I'll end up with them both. The new Panasonic Lumix G 30mm Macro F/2.8 and and new Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm F/1.7 not only have a nice wide aperture, but both with O.I.S (image stabilization) which makes shooting with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera and GH4 a whole lot easier when working handheld. In true Adorama fashion, pre-orders on these lenses now will qualify for FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING too.

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    Panasonic Lumix G Macro 30mm / F2.8 ASPH. / Mega O.I.S. Lens
    find-price-button $399.99 with Free Expedited Shipping

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    find-price-buttonPanasonic Lumix G 42.5mm / F1.7 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Lens - $397 via B&H Photo

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    Panasonic Lumix G 42.5mm / F1.7 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Lens
    find-price-button $399.99 with Free Expedited Shipping

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    find-price-buttonPanasonic Lumix G 42.5mm / F1.7 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. Lens - $397 via B&H Photo

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    Movo Magic Ball Mounting Accessories

    Here's an unusual little product designed to mount several different accessories. The Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter features sixteen 3/8" female threads, comes with 6 rods each with multiple 1/4" & 3/8" female threads, and comes with a set of 1/4-20 to 3/8 Male|Male threaded adapters.

    magic friction arm ball

    Should be a good way to mount a bunch of stuff over a light stand, tripods, or rigs. Excellent accessory to pair up with variable friction arms. It's a bit unconventional but I think the parts alone are worth more than it's retail price of just $19.99 + FREE Shipping. Find it (HERE).

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    find-price-button Movo Magic Ball Multi Adapter w/ 1/4-20 + 3/8" Threads + 6 Rods for Accessories



    Well it's been a long time coming, but it's finally available. AspenMics listed an HQ-SE Locking TRS Lav microphone on their website sometime last summer, but it was never available for purchase. The hold up apparently was wireless interference issues which required better insulation (since it's primary use is on a wireless system).

    Grabbing another inexpensive aftermarket lav mic (JK mics), I did a quick interference test holding it close to the power supply of a few electronics. Sure enough the cheaper JK microphone was extremely prone to interference.

    The JK microphone had a physically smaller capsule compared to the AspenMics HQ-SE (not sure if there's any sound difference due to the size).
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    Aspen HQ-SE vs JK Lav Mic

    The cheaper JK mic also had a thinner cable at 1.6mm possibly less shielding from interference. The AspenMics HQ-SE cabling was measured around 2.04mm barely a difference, but I guess it's enough to prevent wireless interference issues.
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    JK Sennheiser Lav vs AspenMics HQ-SE Lav

    Obviously the best thing you can do for your Evolution Wireless Kits is to purchase the OEM Sennheiser ME-2 LAV microphone. But at normal retail $139 Dollars, that's gets pretty expensive each time you have to replace one or carry a spare for backup.
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    find-price-button Sennheiser ME-2 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone

    The AspenMics HQ-SE to my ears can sound just as good especially if you want to spend a little time EQ'ing it in post and currently lists for under $45 dollars (that's like 3 for the price of 1 sennheiser). Even cheaper if you go for the 2 pack or 3 pack bundles!

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    find-price-button AspenMics HQ-SE Replacement Backup Lav Microphone for Sennheiser G2 G3 Wireless Systems



    If you want to recycle one of your old camera batteries (i.e. Sony / Canon), here's a way to take old cheap generic battery chargers as a good mounting plate. If you were to search for 'LP-E6 Battery Plate', you'd find some options may be bulky and much more expensive over one of these chargers. You can use this method to use Canon LP-E6 batteries to power your Sony A7s, or even Sony NPF L-Series batteries to power your Sony A7s.

    diy external battery sony a7s camera

    The cleaner way to do this would be to just wire the dummy battery directly to the battery plate, but I still wanted the option to use my AC Wall adapter and so I added a Male plug to my battery plate. Remember although this video shows my Canon LP-E6, you can certainly use a much larger high capacity Sony L-Series NPF-970 Battery instead for super extended run times.

    You can find these battery chargers sometimes on auction for just 0.99 Cents via eBay (Found Here).
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    find-price-button Canon LP-E6 Battery Chargers

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    And if you plan to use Sony NPFx Style Batteries, you can find those Sony NPF Battery plates on eBay too (click here).

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    find-price-button Sony L Series NPF Style Battery Chargers

    Oh and you'll need the Sony Dummy Battery which comes as part of the Sony AC-PW20 AC/DC Adapter Kit. Here's a few links below:

    Sony AC-PW20 Adapter
    find-price-button Sony AC-PW20 AC-DC Adapter Charger - via eBay

    Sony AC-PW20 Adapter
    find-price-button Sony AC-PW20 Adapter - via Amazon

    Ok and so if you're a bit weary about figuring out the Negative and Positive wires on a Barrel connector (male plug), these little adapters are PERFECT. Just run your wires directly into the properly labeled areas and tighten down the screw. No soldering required for this 5.5mm OD | 2.1mm ID Barrel Connector (find them here).

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    find-price-button 5.5mm OD | 2.1mm ID Barrel Connector


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    As recommended by the photography experts:

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    Flashpoint StreakLight 360 or 180 with Blast Power Pack
    A free Flashpoint Commander Transceiver Set for StreakLight (Reg $69.95)
    A free Flashpoint StreakLight Umbrella Refelctor Kit, normally (Reg $39.95)

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    The physical dimensions of the smaller CAMETV 7800 Gimbals mean you can't fit a Canon C100 or Blackmagic 4K camera, so the CAME-TV 8000 frame was designed from the ground up to support physically larger and heavier cameras.

    CAME-TV Heavy Camera Larger Frame 8000 Gimbal

    The new CAMETV 8000 also incorporates 100% tool-less adjustments to quickly get your camera balanced perfectly. A QR plate system lets you do quick adjustments as well as quickly mounting and dismounting your camera from the system.

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    Here's a little video showing the CAME-TV 8000 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer.

    The CAMETV 8000 Gimbal comes with a molded carrying case that adds enough protection for casual transportation, but I would not suggest using it for airline check-ins or if you plan to stack equipment onto it.

    The balance stand works very well with independent feet that can be adjusted to level the stand. Though you need tools to disassemble the stand if you plan to put it back in the travel case. The battery for the CAMETV 8000 is a standard 3S Lipo 11V (similar to the 7800 gimbal), but because it needs to hide in the top handle, you must make sure you are using one with the same (or smaller) dimensions if you plan to buy spares.

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    In terms of build quality, the motors are powerful, and the Gimbal Controller is the latest 32 Bit Basecam (Alexmos). There is almost no exposed wiring for a clean look and balancing is extremely quick. I think the threaded handles could have been designed differently, but shouldn't be a problem unless you're doing some pretty wild movements.

    Even though it is intended for larger cameras, you can still tune the system to work with smaller and lighter cameras as well. I still have to find the time to take the system out when the weather is better, but should you have any questions about the CAMETV8000, leave your comments below.

    If you haven't already seen their company demo videos, there is some additional information, photos, and more videos at the website (click here).

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    find-price-button CAMETV 8000 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer BlackMagic 4K RED EPIC

    For USA customers that are looking for a local retailer, B&H from New York will now be carrying the CAMETV Gimbals (found here).

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    find-price-button CAMETV 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer - via B&H


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    Currently available B&H's Deal Zone, this Tilta ES-T07 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Rig for the BlackMagic Cinema and BlackMagic Production 4K Cameras is on promotion for just $499 with FREE Expedited Shipping (ends soon).

    Tilta BlackMagic Cage Handles Remote

    Designed specifically for the BlackMagic Cinema & Production 4K Cameras, the Tilta ES-T07 Kit comes with 15mm Rails, Top Handle, Wooden Side Handles w/ record button, and 5" and 10" Dovetail Baseplates. The Precision-Machined Anodized Aluminum cage has a Vented Base with Quick Release System and offers multiple 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Accessory Threads with ARRI Rosettes.

    The $499 Deal Zone for this Kit ends today (Feb 10th, 2015).

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    find-price-button Tilta ES-T07 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Rig

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