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The Konova Master Pan Kit is an add-on for Konova Sliders that can automatically pan your camera as you slide from one end to the next. Once set, the same panning motion can be repeated continuously and consistently.

The most desirable use of the Konova Master Pan Kit is to automatically pan your camera keeping a subject in frame creating a parallax effect. Here's a video showing you how the Konova Master Pan Kit works and how to assemble the kit with your Konova Sliders.

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Konova Master Pan Kit AutoPanning

For even more consistency, the Konova Master Pan Kit can be combined with Konova's Motorized Motion Control Kits. This setup will allow you to repeat consistent panning and tracking along with other features such as timelapse, stop motion, and looping.

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Konova Motion Control with Master Pan Kit

For more information about Konova's Master Pan Kit, Konova Sliders, and Motion Control Systems visit the website at http://Konova.com

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There was certainly a lot of hype when AJA introduced the CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera back at NAB 2014, but I don't think it received quite the market traction they were hoping for. I'm not sure if it was the choice of PL Mount, the required AJA SSD Paks for internal recording media, lack of RAW, lack of a flat LOG Profile, or the price of just under $9K.

Whatever the reason, right now you can get OVER 40% OFF the AJA Cion if you purchase it through Adorama (found here). Is this discount enough to get more AJA Cion Camera Adopters?

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$4995.00 after $4000 Instant Rebate (Reg. 8995.00)
AJA CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera

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The brand new 4K capable DJI Phantom 3 has already been shipping but is constantly in and out of stock. I know a few people who have already received their units. Right now, there are some units available on the DJI Online Store, but only a limited number of orders will be accepted each day. So don’t miss your chance if you were looking to grab a new Phantom 3. Check out the inventory over at DJI.com (click here).

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NAB 2015 via RunPlayback.com, Benro introduces new BV4 / BV6 Fluid Heads and Twin Leg Tripod Kits, and also demos the AERO Travel Angel series Video Tripods that use a reverse folding leg design that allows these tripods to fold down as compact as 18".

Benro BV4 and BV6 Product Details
The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod. The BV6 head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements. A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

The 2-stage, 3-section twin leg aluminum tripod incorporates a 75mm bowl and offers sturdy support for the BV6 head. It features oversized quick positive leg locks for simple and fast setup, an adjustable/removable mid-level spreader, and dual spike feet with removable rubber pads. The tripod system extends to a maximum height of 65", while getting as low as 30.3". A carry case and shoulder strap are included.

The Benro BV4 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a lightweight video tripod system ideal for videographers shooting with smaller cameras weighing up to 8.8 pounds while the Benro BV6 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a complete tripod system ideal for studio applications and handling camera rigs weighing up to 13.2 pounds.

The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV4 or BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod.

The Benro BV4 Head features a 6-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

The Benro BV6 Head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

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find-price-button Benro BV4 BV6 Video Fluid Heads and Twin Leg Tripod Kits

Benro Aero S2 & S4 Travel Tripods

The Aero Video Travel Angel Tripod Kit from Benro combines a removable flat base video head and 3-stage aluminum tripod legs. The center column can be extended for additional height, and features a reverse folding leg design for a storage length as compact as 18.3". The Video head offers separate pan and tilt controls for smooth and precise camera movements. For increased versatility, one of the tripod legs is removable and can be combined with the center column to turn the system into a monopod when needed. A padded carry case and strap come included.

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find-price-button Benro AERO 2 and Aero 4 Travel Angel Video Tripods

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Here's a sneak peek at a couple of new products from Varavon set to be released soon. We're looking at a brand new Cage system for the Atomos Shogun and a new cage system for the popular Sony A7s.

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Looking at the Sony A7s cage, it may be machined from a single block of aluminum which is a more complicated process to manufacture. I wouldn't be surprised though as one of the stand out features of Varavon cage products is that most Varavon Cage products are often machined from one massive block.

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As you know, the Sony A7s can have extended capabilities when used with the Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder, so this is a great combination of products set to be released. For more information about these products when they are released, check out the Varavon website http://Varavon.com.

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CAME-TV has just posted two new gimbal stabilizers on their website. The first is a new version of the CAME-MINI which has been upgraded to incorporate a quick release plate and tool-less adjustments around the frame. They are labeling this as the CAME-MINI 2. Below is a video they posted on their YT channel about the new changes.

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find-price-button CAME-TV CAME-MINI 2 Stabilizer 3-Axis Gimbal

The next new product is a new single handed pistol grip style gimbal stabilizer that I think is really going to be appealing to the growing mirrorless market. The new CAME-TV 'SINGLE' works with a 32-bit board (as opposed to 8-bit), and the largest Brushless Motors i've seen on any pistol grip style gimbal. It also incorporates a quick release plate and tool less adjustments.

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find-price-button CAME-TV SINGLE 3-Axis Pistol Grip Style Gimbal Stabilizer

Obviously the unit seen in images and in video are still prototype and will most likely be black anodized for production. Expected to begin shipping in mid June 2015, the new CAME-TV SINGLE is already open for Pre-orders which includes an early bird discount. There are additional photos over at the product page (found here).

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find-price-button CAME-TV SINGLE 3-Axis Pistol Grip Style Gimbal Stabilizer

In other news CAME-TV has reduced pricing across many of the CAME 8000, CAME 7800 (old version), CAME 7500, and CAME 7000. Make sure to visit their website to see the new pricing.

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Bowl mount tripods are a good solution for fast leveling. You don't have to bend over and fuss with the tripod legs. This is especially helpful when you have a top heavy setup. But if you already have a favorite tripod with telescoping neck, and a favorite 3/8 flat mount Video Head, you can get those fast leveling benefits using a compact leveling head like the Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head.

The Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head fits on a standard 3/8 tripod base between the center column and fluid head of your choice. You can use it also use it under the Fluid Head when mounted on a slider for easy leveling. This Manfrotto compact leveler adds about 2" to your setup, can support up to 33 lbs, an range adjustment of 10º degrees. Check out the options below for some similar products.

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There are a few other options for a Tripod Leveling base starting from $80 dollars upwards to more than $300. The Manfrotto is a nice balance between build quality and price at about $82 dollars. Below are a few other options for a Tripod leveling base.

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NAB 2015, John from Dracast breaks down the new PLUS series of Dracast LED Panels. The Dracast PLUS panels come standard in Aluminum Chassis for durability and carry a 93-95 CRI Rating.

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A new full readout digital display upgrades the user interface, and new electronics have been added for Smoother step-less dimming. DMX Controls are now standard and can be used with Various battery power solutions (v-mount, gold mount).
Optional modifiers can be added such as Barndoors, Chimera, etc.

For more information about Dracast PLUS Series LED Video Lights, check out their website at Dracast.com (here).

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