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CAME-TV Sony Alpha A7s Cage with Top Handle 15mm Rod Base
June 5, 2015


Any Sony A7s owner knows there are a few things this camera needs to get the best possible quality out of it. If you want 4K footage, you simply can’t record to internal media, so you’ll be adapting a recorder like the Atomos Shogun. The battery life is also terrible, so a decent external power option might be the IndiProtools Power Pods (found here).

With these accessories, you’ll need a solid way to mount it to the Sony A7s. There’s a number of rigs i’ve shown in the past, and this is just another great option to consider for your A7s. The CAME-TV Sony A7s Cage is available in a variety of bundles if you need extra items such as a Mattebox, Shoulder Pad, Handles, etc.

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Lanparte HHG-01 Handheld Gimbal for Smartphones iPhone + GoPro Cameras Review and Sample Footage
June 3, 2015


Last month Lanparte shipped over to me the HHG-01 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer that can be used Smartphones and GoPro Cameras (optional adapter). Here’s a video review about the parts, pieces, and at the end video samples of just handheld shooting with the GoPro HERO4.

The Lanparte HHG-01 3-Axis Gimbal worked perfectly to stabilize my handheld shots as I moved the camera around and kept my horizons perfectly level. I had absolutely no issues with drifting and rolling. It’s certainly one of the best options available for those who want the option to shoot with both a GoPro or switch off to an iPhone instead of investing in a gimbal that can only be used with one.

For those who want to expand further, you can opt for the new optional clamp from Lanparte allows mounting accessories like an LED light, audio, or even the new Lightweight Lanparte 5″ monitor to be used with the GoPro. You can find the Lanparte HHG-01 Gimbal available on Amazon (click here).

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You can also find the Lanparte HHG-01 3-Axis Gimbal for Smartphones and GoPro HERO Cameras via eBay (click here).

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ACTIVEON Roll Bar Mount Clamp
June 3, 2015


Almost everyday, i’m still asked about a straight forward Monitor Mount for Gimbal Stabilizers. Well, here’s one i’ve been using that’s worked out great. This ACTIVEON Roll Bar Mount attaches to roll bars, handlebars, and tubes that are 0.7″ to 1.6″ in diameter and features a 1/4″-20 mounting thread to which you can attach a mini ball head, or your monitor directly.

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One side is notched open for easier mounting and removal

As this clamp can mount to various sized round tubes, i’ve found great uses for this attached to lightstands, tripod legs, or tripod center columns. But if you just need to mount a monitor on a stabilizer, it will work on every CAME-TV gimbal available, and because you can adjust the clamp size it will also work on both DJI Ronin and the smaller DJI Ronin-M gimbals which have different diameter tubing.

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Power-Stations Smart Charger w/ Rechargeable AA Batteries – Five Winners
June 3, 2015


Seaport Digital has added new Rechargeable Battery Kits to their website, and to promote this new product they are offering a Giveaway of Rechargeable Battery Kits to 5 different winners.

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Specifications:
The NC1000 Intelligent Battery Charger is the perfect charger for Ni-Cd and Ni-Mh AA and AAA rechargeable batteries. The charger features four different functions including Charging, Discharging, Refresh, and Test modes.
Four Function Modes:
Charging Mode – Allows you to charge batteries with either 200mA, 500mA, 700mA, or 1000mA current.
Discharging Mode – Discharges and then charges the battery to help remove any charge memory.
Refresh Mode – Renews batteries to optimum performance by cycling through a series of discharge and charge cycles.
Test Mode – Checks the battery’s capacity in mAh/Ah.
Features:
Individually charge four AA/AAA Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries
Overheat and overcharge protection
Bad battery detection
USB port for charging smartphones and other USB devices

Register for the SeaPort Digital GiveAway: http://goo.gl/8xR3ER

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125th Anniversary Promotion Discounts on Zeiss Lenses
June 3, 2015


Celebrating Zeiss’ 125th Anniversary, they are offering lens promotions across 26 different lenses. Many of these Zeiss lenses are popular among video shooters not only for their sharp imaging, but because they also offer full manual focus, manual iris, and wide apertures.

If you’re shooting with a Panasonic GH4, look for the Zeiss to Nikon Mount able take advantage of the Metabones MFT Speedbooster that will increases Maximum Aperture by 1 f/Stop (better for low light), while increasing the Angle of View by 0.71x. Check out the deals happening now (click here).

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Konova Master Pan Kit AutoPanning for Konova Sliders Review and DEMO
May 29, 2015


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The Konova Master Pan Kit is an add-on for Konova Sliders that can automatically pan your camera as you slide from one end to the next. Once set, the same panning motion can be repeated continuously and consistently.

The most desirable use of the Konova Master Pan Kit is to automatically pan your camera keeping a subject in frame creating a parallax effect. Here’s a video showing you how the Konova Master Pan Kit works and how to assemble the kit with your Konova Sliders.

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Konova Master Pan Kit AutoPanning

For even more consistency, the Konova Master Pan Kit can be combined with Konova’s Motorized Motion Control Kits. This setup will allow you to repeat consistent panning and tracking along with other features such as timelapse, stop motion, and looping.

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Konova Motion Control with Master Pan Kit

For more information about Konova’s Master Pan Kit, Konova Sliders, and Motion Control Systems visit the website at http://Konova.com

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Over 40% OFF AJA CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera
May 27, 2015


There was certainly a lot of hype when AJA introduced the CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera back at NAB 2014, but I don’t think it received quite the market traction they were hoping for. I’m not sure if it was the choice of PL Mount, the required AJA SSD Paks for internal recording media, lack of RAW, lack of a flat LOG Profile, or the price of just under $9K.

Whatever the reason, right now you can get OVER 40% OFF the AJA Cion if you purchase it through Adorama (found here). Is this discount enough to get more AJA Cion Camera Adopters?

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DJI Phantom 3 Now in Stock Limited Availability
May 27, 2015


The brand new 4K capable DJI Phantom 3 has already been shipping but is constantly in and out of stock. I know a few people who have already received their units. Right now, there are some units available on the DJI Online Store, but only a limited number of orders will be accepted each day. So don’t miss your chance if you were looking to grab a new Phantom 3. Check out the inventory over at DJI.com (click here).

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Benro Aero S2 & S4 Travel Tripods and New BV4 and BV6 Video Tripods
May 26, 2015


NAB 2015 via RunPlayback.com, Benro introduces new BV4 / BV6 Fluid Heads and Twin Leg Tripod Kits, and also demos the AERO Travel Angel series Video Tripods that use a reverse folding leg design that allows these tripods to fold down as compact as 18″.

Benro BV4 and BV6 Product Details
The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod. The BV6 head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements. A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

The 2-stage, 3-section twin leg aluminum tripod incorporates a 75mm bowl and offers sturdy support for the BV6 head. It features oversized quick positive leg locks for simple and fast setup, an adjustable/removable mid-level spreader, and dual spike feet with removable rubber pads. The tripod system extends to a maximum height of 65″, while getting as low as 30.3″. A carry case and shoulder strap are included.

The Benro BV4 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a lightweight video tripod system ideal for videographers shooting with smaller cameras weighing up to 8.8 pounds while the Benro BV6 Twin Leg Aluminum Tripod Kit is a complete tripod system ideal for studio applications and handling camera rigs weighing up to 13.2 pounds.

The kit pairs the 75mm-ball BV4 or BV6 video head with a twin leg aluminum tripod.

The Benro BV4 Head features a 6-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

The Benro BV6 Head features a 8-step counterbalance system to dial in the correct amount for your set-up, and independent 4-step pan and tilt drag settings for precise control over camera movements.

A Manfrotto 501/504PL compatible sliding quick-release plate is provided. All of the main controls, other than counterbalance, are located on the left side of the head making it easy to make adjustments with a single hand while operating the camera. For added versatility, the 75mm-ball tiedown stud is removable to convert the head to a flat base for use on a slider or other support device.

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Benro Aero S2 & S4 Travel Tripods

The Aero Video Travel Angel Tripod Kit from Benro combines a removable flat base video head and 3-stage aluminum tripod legs. The center column can be extended for additional height, and features a reverse folding leg design for a storage length as compact as 18.3″. The Video head offers separate pan and tilt controls for smooth and precise camera movements. For increased versatility, one of the tripod legs is removable and can be combined with the center column to turn the system into a monopod when needed. A padded carry case and strap come included.

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Varavon Sneak Peek New Atomos Shogun Cage and Sony A7s Cage
May 23, 2015


Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of new products from Varavon set to be released soon. We’re looking at a brand new Cage system for the Atomos Shogun and a new cage system for the popular Sony A7s.

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Looking at the Sony A7s cage, it may be machined from a single block of aluminum which is a more complicated process to manufacture. I wouldn’t be surprised though as one of the stand out features of Varavon cage products is that most Varavon Cage products are often machined from one massive block.

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As you know, the Sony A7s can have extended capabilities when used with the Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder, so this is a great combination of products set to be released. For more information about these products when they are released, check out the Varavon website http://Varavon.com.

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NEW CAME-TV SINGLE Pistol Grip Gimbal Stabilizer and CAME-MINI Version 2 Tool-Less Gimbal
May 21, 2015


CAME-TV has just posted two new gimbal stabilizers on their website. The first is a new version of the CAME-MINI which has been upgraded to incorporate a quick release plate and tool-less adjustments around the frame. They are labeling this as the CAME-MINI 2. Below is a video they posted on their YT channel about the new changes.

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The next new product is a new single handed pistol grip style gimbal stabilizer that I think is really going to be appealing to the growing mirrorless market. The new CAME-TV ‘SINGLE’ works with a 32-bit board (as opposed to 8-bit), and the largest Brushless Motors i’ve seen on any pistol grip style gimbal. It also incorporates a quick release plate and tool less adjustments.

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Obviously the unit seen in images and in video are still prototype and will most likely be black anodized for production. Expected to begin shipping in mid June 2015, the new CAME-TV SINGLE is already open for Pre-orders which includes an early bird discount. There are additional photos over at the product page (found here).

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In other news CAME-TV has reduced pricing across many of the CAME 8000, CAME 7800 (old version), CAME 7500, and CAME 7000. Make sure to visit their website to see the new pricing.

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Manfrotto 438 Ball Leveler for Fast Fluid Video Head Leveling
May 21, 2015


Bowl mount tripods are a good solution for fast leveling. You don’t have to bend over and fuss with the tripod legs. This is especially helpful when you have a top heavy setup. But if you already have a favorite tripod with telescoping neck, and a favorite 3/8 flat mount Video Head, you can get those fast leveling benefits using a compact leveling head like the Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head.

The Manfrotto 438 Compact Leveling Head fits on a standard 3/8 tripod base between the center column and fluid head of your choice. You can use it also use it under the Fluid Head when mounted on a slider for easy leveling. This Manfrotto compact leveler adds about 2″ to your setup, can support up to 33 lbs, an range adjustment of 10º degrees. Check out the options below for some similar products.

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There are a few other options for a Tripod Leveling base starting from $80 dollars upwards to more than $300. The Manfrotto is a nice balance between build quality and price at about $82 dollars. Below are a few other options for a Tripod leveling base.

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NAB 2015 Dracast PLUS Series LED Light Panels
May 21, 2015


NAB 2015, John from Dracast breaks down the new PLUS series of Dracast LED Panels. The Dracast PLUS panels come standard in Aluminum Chassis for durability and carry a 93-95 CRI Rating.

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A new full readout digital display upgrades the user interface, and new electronics have been added for Smoother step-less dimming. DMX Controls are now standard and can be used with Various battery power solutions (v-mount, gold mount).
Optional modifiers can be added such as Barndoors, Chimera, etc.

For more information about Dracast PLUS Series LED Video Lights, check out their website at Dracast.com (here).

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NAB 2015 Lensse Dual Follow Focus S5
May 21, 2015


Lensse recently released a new Dual Follow Focus called the S5. At NAB 2015, I finally had a chance to test the unit out in person. The black anodized metal body S5 uses a quick 15mm clamp for mounting, incorporates A/B hard stops, 360 degree rotating marking indicator, front or rear mounted gear design, Left or Right handed operation, and adjustable focus drag.

For a very very limited time, if you opt to use COUPON CODE: cheesycam50, you’ll receive $50 USD off the retail price. For more information about the Lensse Dual Follow Focus S5, visit their website at Lensse.com (here).

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SteadyGim3 EVO 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for GoPro HERO3 HERO4
May 19, 2015


The guys over at XPROHELI (makers of the Silk 3-Axis Gimbal) reached out to share a tutorial video about the new SteadyGim3 EVO GoPro Gimbal. I personally can’t speak about the performance of this gimbal (yet), but they mentioned they would send me a unit to test out. I have the perfect opportunity this week to get some great footage, so i’ll do my own follow up review after my trip. I’m not sure what more I can add, as their video (below) seems to really cover everything you need to know.

Features:
Sleek elegant design – no wires!
Supplement your GoPro’s Battery with the included charging cable
7-12 hours of battery life provides long field use without having to change batteries.
Compatible with the Lumenier Layer Lens and Blurfix Air Lenses for GoPro Hero 3, Hero 4
Plug and Play, Ready to Use out of the box – no software configuration necessary
Comes with four rechargeable batteries and one battery charger. Each battery type is 18650, and rated 3.7 volts @2000mAh.
Supports Remote Control Operation through remote accessory (offered in options above)
Compatible with GoPro LCD BacPac or battery bacpac
High torque motors provide better stabilization for different camera configurations and for high speed applications.
No judder or jerking in 360-degree rotation.

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The SteadyGim3 will work with a naked GoPro (no case), or with the GoPro LCD BacPac attached. Two sets of screws are included depending on the setup you choose. The SteadyGim3 is also strong enough to keep the GoPro balanced even while using Lens Adapters such as the slide on Polar Pro ND Filter, which is awesome to use outdoors. The team even managed to use Garmin’s latest action camera and you can see that great video example and a full write-up over at the SteadyGim3 EVO product page (found here).

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New Alzo Telescoping Rod Support Brace For Sliders
May 19, 2015


The new Alzo Support Brace is a telescoping rod that can extend from 20 in to 55 in. and attaches to the end of a slider with a 1/4 x 20 screw thread. Designed to be used with the new Alzo Radius (curved or straight combo video slider) that will be released later this year.

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The Support Brace offers more stable support and allows you to use one tripod (as opposed to two) under long video sliders. This brace will prevent the slider from ’sagging’ as your camera reaches opposite ends.

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Both ends of the Telescoping Support Brace are connected to a ball mount for easy positioning. Though the Radius Slider is not yet available, the new Alzo Support Brace can be purchased now. The Alzo Support Brace is sold with or without the super clamp (saving you money if you already own a Super Clamp), and starts for around $46 dollars.

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