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19Mar SHAPE GIMBAL ISEE II : TEST 1


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I was starting to think there may just be more of the same at NAB2014 this year, but here’s an interesting new product from SHAPE. Here they are providing us with an early look at one of their latest products – A 2-Axis active stabilized shoulder rig. Video below and details from their Vimeo [...]

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12Mar FotoDiox Vizelex ND Throttle – Variable ND Lens Mount Adapter


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If you’re shooting video outdoors on a bright day with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, chances are you’re working with ND filters. ND Filters are essential to keep your shutter speeds down, while keeping your lens aperture wide open. One of the most annoying things of course is working with different lenses that each require [...]

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22Nov Tilta BMPCC Cage Rig for BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras


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Tilta BMPCC Cage Shown with optional Tilta accessories
Now more options to rig up your BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras. The new Tilta BMPCC Cage which was announced earlier this year is available. If you’re lucky you can find the cage only for around $250 US, or the complete kit which includes the Top Handle + 15mm [...]

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06Nov SHAPE Cage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera


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You’ve probably heard the news and seen the images, but here’s a closer video look at putting together the new Shape Cage for the BlackMagic Pocket Camera. The BMPC simply drops into the Shape Cage and is locked in place by a rear sliding metal cover. So even if your system is completely rigged up, [...]

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11Sep Review: Laing X-15 Vest Arm kit with Laing P-04 Video Stabilizer


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Here’s a little review on another new and affordable Stabilizer Vest System for lightweight camera setups to medium sized cameras. This is the Came / Laing X-15 Vest+Arm matched up with the Laing P-04 Hand Held Stabilizer.

The Laing products have been around for quite some time, and I hear about RED Camera operators using [...]

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03Sep Several Great New Sponsored Product Giveaways


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If you didn’t catch some of the recent announcements, here’s a quick run-down on a few great Sponsored Product Giveaways currently going on. These are officially sponsored by brand names such as Dynamic Perception, the DVEStore, Varavon, Benro, P&C, and many more.

One of the most exciting and generous contributions this week is from Dynamic Perception [...]

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29Jul New Gear: Honu GH3 Video Cage by Fhugen


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Here’s a look at the new Honu Video Cage dedicated for the Panasonic #GH3 camera by Fhugen (pronounced Fusion). It’s a 4 piece design that assembles into a very solid, yet lightweight, cage. It’s designed to be as compact as possible while still allowing access to all of the main GH3 controls.

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19Jul New Gear: ATP – Anti Twist Plates for Manfrotto 501PL


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[Disclaimer] I’ve personally helped to provide input on the design of this particular product along with PhotographyandCinema.com. I find this small item incredibly useful, but please make your decisions based solely on the product functionality and not my personal opinion.
The Common Problem
The Manfrotto 501PL Quick Release plate is compatible across several of Manfrotto’s Video [...]

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10Jul Quick Look: Adjustable Universal Top Handle BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera


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Here’s a closer look at that universal Top Handle posted a few weeks ago. The handle fits perfectly on a BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera or attached to a variety of other systems. The original article and other comments about this product can be found (here), or can be purchased online through the link below (found [...]

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01Jul Edelkrone EVF / Monitor Holder


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Procinematools.com throws up a short video review showing the Edelkrone Monitor / EVF Holder. These types of brackets are great when you need to readjust the position of your monitor or EVF through the day and they don’t tend to spin loose like traditional friction arms. The Edelkrone Monitor / EVF Holder can be found [...]

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25Jun Shape Kirk Neff Edition DSLR Cage – Giveaway


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I’m excited to be able to offer another Giveaway with the support of such great companies. This time it’s a Kirk Neff edition DSLR Cage from Shape. Shape products are made in Canada, built by CNC machined pieces, and covered by a lifetime warranty. A very high quality piece, and thanks to Shape for offering [...]

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04Jun BlackMagic Design Cinema or Production 4K Camera Cage


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Here’s a closer look at these inexpensive BlackMagic Design Cinema or Production 4K Camera cages. The unit is entirely made from metal and can be mounted fairly quickly to a BMCC camera.

The cage will allow dozens of new mounting points along the sides of the BMCC, but the top threaded plate may be [...]

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03Jun QR Top Handle for BlackMagic Cinema 4K Scarlet Epic


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Here’s an interesting new Quick Release Top Handle that uses a slotted mount to fit a variety of cameras including the BlackMagic Design Cinema, or 4K Production cameras, RED Scarlet, and EPIC. The Quick Release handle can be removed by sliding it off the sides by depressing the safety pins.
The QR Top Handle uses a [...]

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14May 2013 Monopod Madness – Monopods Attempt to Offer More


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Monopods are not normally associated with smooth dynamic camera movements like what can be achieved with a Steadicam, wheeled dolly, or crane, but 2013 looks like the year to break that mold. In this article, i”ll list a few Monopods that are trying to take stabilizing video along with creative movements to the next level. [...]

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13May GH3 Battery Grip Offset Adjustable 15mm Baseplate


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Did you know, the new GH3 battery grip relocates the tripod mount to the right side? We’re not talking millimeters here, it’s way off to the right. This new position can be highly problematic as it will throw off the optical center of your lens when you want to mount your camera to rigs, and [...]

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08May Kamerar FREE MAX-1 Matte Box Give Away


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Kamerar.com will be giving away a FREE Video MAX-1 Matte Box this Friday (5/11/13). One person will be selected randomly, contacted via email, and the chosen person will be announced at the Kamerar.com Blog.
To enter you basically like the Cheesycam & Kamerar Facebook pages by first following the directions in the form below. For [...]

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