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30Jul Varavon BirdyCam Gimbal BTS Footage SF Meet


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Yesterday I met up with SatoStudios to check out the new DJI Ronin Gimbal, so I decided to bring out the Varavon Birdycam as well to shoot a few BTS clips. This footage is shot with a GH4 camera and although I find this footage to be incredibly smooth, I believe that I will have [...]

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29Jul Varavon BirdyCam 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer First Look


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Here’s my first look at the new Varavon Birdycam (RTR) 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer. This stabilizer was popularized over other stabilizers in it’s price range, mainly because of it’s unique design which takes away the most tedious part about working with Gimbals – balancing your camera! So how easy was it? Well in real [...]

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29Jul Record Backup Audio Tracks with the ALZO 3.5 Female to XLR Stereo Adapter Cord


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Having come back from a recent project where I needed to place Lav microphones on three subjects, it’s always a good idea that you have some type of backup plan. Here’s an audio tip I thought i’d share using the new Alzo 3.5 mini stereo to XLR adapter.

The Alzo 3.5 Mini Phone Female to XLR [...]

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28Jul HDSLR EVF Holders and Manfrotto Base HDMI LOCK


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HDSLRnow brings us another excellent overview of an affordable EVF holder along with a clever Manfrotto QR base mounted HDMI lock(found here). I would suggest watching this video review entirely as it shares some clever new products.

For additional gear reviews consider following HDSLRnow via Twitter, and to find more information about these products and more [...]

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28Jul LIBEC ALLEX S Tripod + Video Fluid Head + Slider Kit


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Shortly after you pick up your first video camera, you’re shopping for a tripod. The next common piece of equipment for video makers looking to add dynamic camera movements would most likely be a slider. At this point, you may end up finding out the tripod you purchased doesn’t quite work well with your new [...]

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23Jul Close Look Varavon Armor Cage for Panasonic GH3 / GH4 Cameras


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To clear up any confusion, the dovetail is part of the cage and cannot be removed, but you can still mount any quick release you want. Check out the video for a closer look at the Varavon Armor Cage for the Panasonic GH3 / GH4 cameras.

There is an optional base with 15mm rails available [...]

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23Jul PDMovie Remote Air Wireless Remote Follow Focus


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If you’re looking for an affordable yet feature packed Wireless Follow Focus system then you may have seen the PDMovie Remote Air. Available in a few different packages, B&H currently has at least one of the PDMovie Wireless Follow Focus kits in stock, and here’s an overview video via iKan Corp.

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23Jul Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Solid State Deal


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If your camera (i.e BlackMagic 4K) or external video recorder (i.e. Atomos Ninja) requires a Solid State Drive for capturing, here’s a good deal. Included with your purchase is a 10 Year Warranty on this 480GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD deal today (click here).

480GB Sandisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drive
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21Jul F&V R-300 LED Video Ring Light Softbox Kit


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The R-300 light is one of my quick go-to lights used off camera on a set of stands. Battery power (or AC adapter), lightweight means I can go with lightweight stands, and compact for traveling. The R-300 can surprisingly match (if not better) the larger heavier 1×1 600 Panels (see this article). Recently F&V introduced [...]

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16Jul Name the new Konova Auto Panning Slider


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Konova has recently released a new slider that automatically pans keeping your subject in frame. The name of the new product is still yet to be determined – by YOU. If your suggestion is chosen you could win $1400 worth of Konova stuff. Here’s a short clip on how the slider works.

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16Jul 50% OFF BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera + FREE Batteries


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Big news, right now you can save 50% OFF the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera (Body). I never thought to see a price drop this low and this soon for the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera – especially following a recent firmware update. Either the new GH4 camera has affected sales on the BMPCC or could this [...]

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15Jul Unboxing CAME 7500 Ready To Run 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer


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Now that CAME-TV is offering up several different gimbal options, the popular question right now is whether to go with the 7000 or the 7500 model. The CAME-TV 7500 model is listed as a ‘Ready to Run 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer’. Price is just $200 dollars more than the DIY 7000 Kit.

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08Jul DJI Ronin 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer


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In case you felt there weren’t enough options for motorized gimbal stabilizers, the latest DJI Ronin should begin shipping in just a few weeks. Introduced earlier this year at NAB2014, the new Ronin can support anything from a small micro four thirds camera up to a 16lb payload and comes with Auto Tuning software when [...]

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08Jul FotoDiox Excell+1 Nikon or Canon FD ‘Boosted’ Adapter


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With either the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema or Micro Four Thirds cameras, you can always benefit from faster aperture lenses and wider field of views. Here’s the latest lens adapter release from FotoDiox. The new Fotodiox Excell +1 adapter is similar to other Focal Reducer (Boosted) adapters that will give you a wider field of view [...]

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08Jul Zoom H5 Portable Audio Recorder In Stock


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If you’ve always wanted to ugprade from the Zoom H4n your next choice was the $400 dollar Zoom H6. Well finally the latest and more affordable H5 portable audio recorder from Zoom is finally in stock today via B&H. Similar to the more expensive Zoom H6, the new H5 carries the same quality preamps and [...]

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01Jul Varavon BirdyCam 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer – New Folding Design


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Varavon’s ‘Ready to Run’ Birdycam 3 Axis Gimbal stabilizer was slated to start shipping today (July 1st), but has recently announced a small delay. The new estimated shipping date is set around July 4th. Now before anyone starts throwing a tantrum, I think they have good reason. The newly added folding handle feature should make [...]

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