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[Upgraded] CAME 6000 2 Axis Gimbal w/ Side Handles
March 8, 2014


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FYi, a few weeks back I did an overview of the CAME 6000 2 Axis Active Stabilized Gimbal. My initial impressions were that the unit worked very well with my Panasonic GH3, but was awkward with only a single top handle. I immediately ‘modded’ my own side handles to the unit.

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UPRtek MK350 vs Asensetek Lighting Passport – LED Spectrometers
February 23, 2014


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I’ve been researching various Light Meters capable of measuring LED or other artificial lights. We’re not talking about your basic exposure type light meter, we’re talking about ones that can read Spectrum, CRI, LUX, etc. In hand, they are simple tools to operate, but yet everything on the market is still quite expensive. I poked [...]

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Ready To Run 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – CAME 6000 First Run Video Samples
February 20, 2014


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The new CAME 6000 2 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer does very well to keep a camera’s horizon level. It’s dead quiet, and easy to balance small DSLR sized cameras. The brushless motors are covered, the wiring is run internally to the Carbon tubes, battery is covered, and control board is covered. Aesthetically this system looks simple, [...]

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BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera on (Unbalanced) 3 Axis Stabilizer Gimbal
February 17, 2014


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A few weeks ago, I had a comment-chat if a BMCC can fly on a CAME 5000 gimbal. So four of us guys spent over half an hour trying to stuff the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera into this CAME 5000 Gimbal, but clearly it was not meant to work. The BMCC is just too wide [...]

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Manfrotto Replacement Pan Handle Locking Knob Video Head
January 13, 2014


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Apparently this does happen, and it could happen to you. Right now, i’ve lost two of the locking knobs which fit the pan handle on the Manfrotto Video Heads 701HDV, and the one found on the 561BHDV-1 Video Monopod.

Luckily they do carry Manfrotto replacement knobs at B&H in case you happen to run into [...]

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Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Deal + 85mm F/1.8 USM
November 21, 2013


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Thanks to Rob for pointing out another one of those hidden Canon lens deals. This time it’s for the Canon 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 USM Lens. Keep in mind this is an EF-S mount for APS-C Canon cameras like the Canon 7D, 60D, T4i/T5i Rebel, etc.
It can also be used if you’re rocking the BlackMagic Cinema [...]

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Personal Tweaks to the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider
November 20, 2013


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From what i’m hearing there are many people out there using this portable video slider. In this video, i’m sharing a little tip on how i’ve personalized the Cinevate Duzi Carbon Video Slider by adding rubber o-rings.

The Cinevate Duzi slider is near silent as it cruises along the carbon rails, but as it reaches the [...]

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SHAPE Cage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
November 6, 2013


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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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CagePro – GoPro Powered Cage w/ Canon LP-E6 Battery
November 4, 2013


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To solve the issues of short battery life on the GOPRO HERO3/ HERO3+ cameras, a short time ago a GoPro Powered Cage (concept) running off of Canon LP-E6 batteries was introduced. It appeared to be well received, so the concept idea was moved quickly into manufacturing. The day it was announced, YouTube member Blunty created [...]

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New XCAM Sabre 2013 Mini Stabilizer
September 26, 2013


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If you know a thing or two about stabilizers, the new 2013 XCAM Sabre brings a few new much welcome features that are typically only found on much larger systems. The design is still based on the original compact mini XCAM with quick folding legs, but now has a vertically adjustable Gimbal along a Carbon [...]

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Review: Laing X-15 Vest Arm kit with Laing P-04 Video Stabilizer
September 11, 2013


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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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Several Great New Sponsored Product Giveaways
September 3, 2013


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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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Motion9 Compact Folding Shoulder Rig for DSLR Video
September 3, 2013


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Here’s a look at the new Motion9 folding DSLR Rig. The http://www.ihmedia.co.kr company sent this review unit over for me to take a closer look at, and so we put together a short video of how this Motion9 Folding Shoulder Rig unfolds from a form factor about the size of a large battery grip.

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Skyler MiniARM Stabilizer Forearm Brace
August 13, 2013


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The guys making the Skyler Minicam Stabilizers look like they’ve been busy in the last few months. Not only have they released another Skyler Minicam Stabilizer model with folding legs and Arca swiss quick release plate, but they’ve also added a new ForeArm Brace.
When a full Vest if too bulky, and when your arms [...]

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3 Axis DSLR Brushless Gimbal Camera Mount
August 12, 2013


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Brushless gimbals have been in use for aerial video, but with the shrinking size of quality cinema cameras, many feel this could bring a big change for handheld type shooting. In the last few months there has been an explosion of various brushless gimbal stabilizers, including some affordable DIY options over on eBay. One example [...]

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New Gear: ATP – Anti Twist Plates for Manfrotto 501PL
July 19, 2013


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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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