New, New, & New Stuff to Review

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Monday's mail bag contains my two Sima L Brackets referencing this article I posted not long ago http://cheesycam.com/double-l-bracket-configuration-alzo-t-pod/. I went with the Sima as it was cheaper than the Alzo L Bracket. It feels real solid and has the dual shoe mount. I'll have more information on what I plan on doing with these when I get my aluminum flat bar cut out.

Here's an image of the Canon T2i with Sima L Bracket next to my Zoom H1 Portable Audio recorder.
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Sima Video Bracket with Handle + 2 Accessory Mounts

Next up, received the package from bhphotovideo.com . No it's not my Zoom H1 Portable Digital Audio Recorder, that's coming in the mail tomorrow. This box contains some very special lenses. I recently shot at the Craigslist Foundation Boot camp, and was requested to shoot the conference event speeches with DSLR's. Normally I would have opted for a Sony EX1, or Panasonic HVX for longer running video clips, but we were able to shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II using multiple camera angles and overlapped recording. The only problem we ran into was the range of the lenses. Shooting off to the side and wanting the closest possible headshot, my Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 on the full frame just didn't cut it. With the Canon 2x Teleconverter on, we got closer, but the aperture minimum now up F/5.6 (the converter does this) plus the dim lit theater combination had us up to ISO 1600 at the least.

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So after every shoot I think about what lenses could make this so much easier and provide better quality, still keeping in mind it has to be at an affordable price. Having a telephoto lens is important for this type of coverage, so prime lenses would be out of the question. I needed to zoom in and zoom out for wider shots as they traveled the stage. For low light, I needed something that had at least a comparable aperture of F/5.6. So I narrowed down cost + functionality to two lenses. The Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L with IS & the new Sigma 50-500mm F/4.5-6.3 with optical stabilization. Yes the Sigma stops down to 6.3 at the longest 500mm, but as a comparison i'll see if I can get 5.6 at 400mm with the Sigma. Both priced roughly around $1600 US Dollars i'll have the lens vs. lens comparison up this week......
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Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS (Image Stabilizer) USM Autofocus Lens

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Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO Autofocus Lens





8 thoughts on “New, New, & New Stuff to Review

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  3. all good stuff!!!

    do the Sima Video Brackets have the screw hole on the bottom of the screw so you can double them up with other accessories like the Alzos do?

  4. Julius Cardines

    Two of those *Adorama L Brackets, and the single bar coupler (twin cold shoe holder with tripod screw in the center of the bar) would be an almost instant fig-rig. Four cold shoes total allow you to mount almost anything, maybe even a laser-pointer an aimdot sight. Cant wait to see your setup – and prepare to be blown away by the H1 – as the built in XY mics sound like nothing I’ve experienced with before - its effing amazing for the price.

  5. Emm

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    Sounds like a good setup. I'll see what mine looks like when the Zoom H1 comes in today.

  6. Jason

    My idea is to mount a rodemic to the top hotshoe of the L breacket and somehow DIY mount the h1 to the handle facing at me so I can thumb click record and monitor times..I've been imagining this in my head since I saw your article about these L grips..I know it will work!

    I think it'd be a pretty stealth and rad setup...Thoughts? (dooo it)

  7. Jason

    I want pics of the L handle with t2i and battery grip! plzplz

    Btw, you're a beast..You find a hole in your repertoire and then you just go out and buy whatever fills that hole. So pimp. That sigma looks nice

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