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Testing the Canon EF-S 17-55mm F/2.8 IS lens on the BlackMagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K EF. It's not a full frame sensor, so this lens with constant F/2.8 aperture and Image Stabilization pairs well for a run-gun style lens. Certainly not as sharp as some prime lenses, but great when you want to run around with just one lens. Also had a new set of 256GB Transcend CFAST Cards I wanted to test out. They held up great shooting mostly 1080p 48fps ProRes HQ.

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NAB 2016, Konova introduces the Sun Jib available in three different lengths (S400, S700, and S900). The design is slightly different than most jibs as the self leveling mechanism is completely enclosed into a single bar.

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The SunJib is not only simple and fast to setup, but also designed specifically to be 'Vibration and Flex Free' (no wiggle) allowing for smoother camera motion. They claim that you can stand a coin up on it's side and boom the SunJib without the coin falling over. This precision and smooth operation is helpful for longer focal length lenses, or close up Macro work where any movement would be highly exaggerated.

More information about the Konova Sun Jib is available at http://KonovaPhoto.com (found here)

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Ok, everyone knows that these days it's all about '3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizers', but this
new folding 2-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer for iPhones at just under $50 dollars is a bit hard to ignore. Of course that depends if it works well at all.

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The missing 3rd axis here is the YAW (panning) which mainly plays a role when walking or running. But if you're in a fairly static stance and just sweeping your arms up, down, left, and right the 2 Motors included in this stabilizer (Pitch and Roll) are all you'll really need. So while many gimbals out there for smartphones are going hundreds of dollars, this new iPhone 2-Axis Gimbal is up for under $50 bucks (found here)

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For international buyers, you can find this 2-Axis iPhone Stabilizer for Under $60 dollars + Free Shipping via eBay (found here)
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For those of you who fly the DJI Inspire1 Quadcopter, take a look at this camera. It looks very similar to the original X3, but in fact this is DJI's latest camera - the Zenmuse Z3 with built in Optical Zoom.

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The Zenmuse Z3 Camera uses the same Sony-built 1/2.3-inch camera sensor found in the original DJI's Inspire1 X3 and Phantom 4 able to shoot 4K at up to 30 frames per second, 12-megapixel still images, but now it has the added feature of a 7x Zoom (3.5x optical + 2x digital zoom) which they say is roughly 22-77mm equivalent.

Normally the only way to get closer is to physically fly the drone closer. so the Z3 should really help many of us with better framing. Zoom control is performed through swiping on the DJI App. The Zenmuse Z3 will directly mount up with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100, and the new Matrice 600 drones.

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Available to purchase now via DJI Zenmuse Z3 Product Page (here).

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Here's a look at the new Epiphan Video AV.iO 4K HDMI to USB Adapter that takes the Video Output from your cameras and allows you to input them to your Laptop or Computer. They also offer many other to capture video feeds from SD-SDI, HD-SDI, DVI, VGA, and more! These new adapters can input up to 4K Resolutions for which you can Capture, Record, or Stream.

Once you have your camera's Video Feed on your system you can choose to Record or Stream from your camera's video and audio directly to services such as Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and many other online services. This is a great way to use professional cameras and zoom lenses instead of using cheap webcams for your Live Stream. I use adapters like these to stream from my Multi Camera Live Switch Setup (seen here).

You can also take the feed from your cameras and use software like ScopeBox turning your Mac Laptop or iMac into professional a large screen Directors Monitor complete with Waveforms, Vectorscopes, RGB Parade, Histograms, Focus Peaking, Zebras, and more!

The Epiphan 4K Video AV.iO Adapters work over USB so no Thunderbolt ports needed (unlike some BlackMagic Design adapters), no drivers to install, and no software required for the adapter to be seen by many popular applications. There is also no configurations needed to set the proper resolution or framerate, most software such as just sees the device. Very Simple. Remember that this can take up to 4K resolutions (not just 1080).

You can find a complete line of Epiphan 4K to USB Adapters on their website (found here).
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The 4K HDMI to USB adapter is also available on Amazon (click here).

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Yesterday I received an early production model of the OSMO Extender Adapter from Kamerar. It's a pretty straight forward accessory that simply adds 30" inches of extension between your DJI OSMO handle and Camera Gimbal dji osmo camera gimbal.
But just in case you need to know more, here's a short video overview and just a few samples.

Having received this early production model, this means that the Kamerar OSMO Extender Adapter will start shipping in the next few days for those who have already pre-ordered. It also means final call if you're looking to take advantage of the 15% OFF discount pre-order pricing (found here).

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Ever since I picked up the Fujifilm X100T, i've been a huge fan of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras for still photography. There's just something about the image quality and color that I favor over my Canon, Sony, and Panasonic Cameras. Now FujiFilm has introduced the X-T2 which is a serious Stills Camera but now has the added option for 4K Video recording.

Video recording on the Fujifilm X-T2 can be set to true 24p with an HDMI out at 4:2:2 with an F-LOG flat profile. Combined with the battery grip you'll have everything from a Microphone input to Headphone output. I don't think it will be a major video competitor to Sony or Panasonic but I can see this as an excellent camera for those who Primarily shoot stills and dabble in video every now and then.

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Cruising the NAB Show floor this year, the CAME-TV Accordion Jib with it's odd looking design got a fair share of attention. Having sold some of these units, CAME-TV has asked me to walk through my setup process with this system in hopes that it could help some of the other Accordion users out there. It's also a good reference video for those curious about this system.

So this video walks you through my assembly of the CAME-TV Accordion Jib which is actually quite simple. The process to set it up is much faster than the length of this video (as I was trying to narrate the bits and pieces). - Note: There are no sample videos from this jib. That would be in the next video.

At first attempt, the Accordion Jib might seem a bit overwhelming with the crazy design, but there are only a few Major parts to this system with about a dozen clamp knobs or so. The tripod is made up of 3 pieces + Caster wheels, the Jib needs the motor and Front Head attached, and finally the Rear bar for the counterweights and joystick.

It's certainly not a system that would replace your lightweight carbon fiber travel jib, but could be a clever system for anyone looking to purchase a 15 foot jib. One thing is for sure, it's definitely a head-turner and conversation starter. There are additional Photos, Videos, and more information about the CAME-TV Accordion Jib at the product page (HERE).

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When adding a Shoulder Pad to your Camera Rig, you'll often want this to be placed the best possible balanced position. But if you're also trying to add a QR plate to your rig so you can quickly throw it onto a Tripod, this also needs to be in the same placement as your shoulder pad. To solve this dilemma, Cool-Lux has designed a folding Shoulder Rig base called the Shift Baseplate.

At $975, it's a pretty expensive piece of kit, but if you're serious about getting good balance with your Rig both on the shoulder and while on a set of sticks, there's not a whole lot of other similar equipment options. The Cool-Lux Shift Baseplate is available now, check it out over at the Shift Baseplate product page (here).

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