DIY Video and Photography Projects

Cheap Video Stabilizer Load Vest
November 12, 2012


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Guess what came in the mail recently? It’s that cheap video stabilizer load vest I posted about a few weeks ago. I’ve had a bit of time with the gear, and as with any product there’s Pros and Cons.

Pros:
The cheap vest is a combination of snap buckles and velcro, while the Steadicam Merlin vest is [...]

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DSLR Video Stabilizer with Gun Stock
July 16, 2012


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New Gun Stock shooter style Video Stabilizer rig. This stabilizer configuration uses just a few rods, clamps, single handle, camera stage, and gun stock (chest support) that are found on other popular shooters like the Zacuto Striker (seen here at B&H), or as in the Wondlan Stabilizer (seen here on eBay).

It’s not exactly like [...]

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DSLR Rigs Curved Top Handle Shoulder Brace
July 12, 2012


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More variations of DSLR Rigs are showing up. These new style DSLR Rigs not only sport the blue accents of popular RedRock Micro rigs, but you can tell they try to mimic the texture of the RedRock Micro Hand Grips (as seen here) and very close design of the RedRock Micro Body Brace (seen here). [...]

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Canon 5D Mark III + Sigma 20mm on Skyler MiniCam
April 9, 2012


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Today I decided to try and balance the Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 20mm F/1.8 lens on the Skyler MiniCam. Sorry I don’t have any interesting test footage right now, but i’ll be shooting something later on today (which is why i’m balancing it). Still very happy I was able to find one [...]

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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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Steadicam Smoothee (modified) Test
February 2, 2012


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Made some slight mods to support a heavier camera and lens. Now it’s a Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16mm on a Giottos quick release plate. I needed to pull the front heavy camera a bit backwards. Threw on some extra counterweights from a Flycam Nano, and then performed a slight test. Brings me back to [...]

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Steady Dragon Camera Stabilizer
January 23, 2012


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There’s a million different little stabilizers on the market, but about a month ago (maybe a bit longer), the Steady Dragon brand upgraded the Gimbal to a universal joint. This type of gimbal provides the maximum amount of range compared to the little Ball-and-Socket type like found in the Hague MMC. The Steady Dragon [...]

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$15 Dollar DIY Steadicam
December 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Jorge shares his $15 dollar DIY steadicam build along with some test footage. Shot on a Canon T2i, with a Bower 14mm Ultra Wide Lens. The process to build your own coming soon. [Thanks Jorge]

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Wondlan Wearable Support (thing)
September 23, 2011


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Wondlan’s showing off some type of ‘wearable support’ (shown above) that can be used to unload the weight from camera stabilizers like the Wondlan Ares (Merlin-like). Seems like the same idea Glidecam has with their Body-Pod.

Glidecam Body Pod for Hand-Held Stabilizer
But unlike Glidecam’s Body Pod, Wondlan shows how it can be used to support [...]

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Eboboo Body Mount Supporter
September 14, 2011


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Thanks to Erik for a refresher about the Eboboo Body Mount Supporter. I’ve seen this little harness a few years back, but I’m not the type to wear something like this just to hold a camera. Silly idea? Well now that Cotton Carrier has finally created an adapter to support DSLR video (here), this ‘Body [...]

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Letus Opens Up eBay Auctions
September 14, 2011


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Just caught LetusDirect on Twitter showing off an eBay seller ID just a few days old. Looks like Letus35 has finally opened up an eBay store and has some great ‘No Reserve’ auctions on many of their DSLR accessories including the popular Cage, ViewFinder, Rig, and other accessories. Let’s hope this storefront grows to offer [...]

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Fancier Mini Rig Size Comparison
September 13, 2011


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I forget who asked, but here’s the size of the latest Fancier Mini Rig next to the Express35 Event Rig. You can see why a small micro four thirds or Sony NEX-5n / NEX-7 would look more at home on the smaller stabilizer. With some accessory clamps, it’s possible to mount small accessories like a [...]

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Cotton Carrier Steady Shot Video Adapter
September 11, 2011


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Cotton Carrier handles your DSLR like a BABYBJĂ–RN Baby Carrier. Fitting as many of us consider our cameras as such. The Cotton Carrier Vest system has been around for quite some time as an option for photographers to carry their cameras ‘hands free’. At some point Cotton figured these DSLRs shoot video and created an [...]

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No Name Stabilizer
August 17, 2011


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(Above) Video was just for fun, don’t take it seriously
I’ve probably tested more stabilizers than the Brady Bunch Family has fingers and toes (combined). Not everything makes it on the blog, because it just ends up as wasted sapce. Now i’m not saying some of these stabilizers ‘won’t fly’. What I look into and weigh [...]

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90 Degree DSLR Rig Clamps and Spud
August 14, 2011


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Rigs are often compared to Lego systems, since they can be assembled according to your imagination. It’s hard to justify the cost of industry standard 15mm rigs if all you need it for is to stabilize your camera. You can already do this with a few broomsticks and duct tape.
It starts to make more [...]

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Gini Follow Focus – Almost Complete
August 14, 2011


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Well Gini is definitely all ears and listening to feedback. Here’s a look at a more complete Gini Follow Focus. All things black anodized, magnetic marking disc holders. Still lacks a pointer and packaged lens gear, but obviously something that anyone can add on. Shipping prices have also come back down from the $150+, so [...]

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