DIY Video and Photography Projects

Jieying Modified Lenses Micro Four Thirds Sony NEX Leica
March 6, 2012


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Constantly poking around for a good set of lenses for the Sony NEX-7, this eBay seller takes old vintage lenses and modifies them to fit (without adapter) to most Micro Four Thirds, Sony NEX (e-mount), and Leica cameras. That’s right, no adapters needed. He seems to always have some interesting modifications for these small sensor [...]

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Can you modify a Steadicam Smoothee?
January 30, 2012


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I want to say when these things were first released they were over $200 dollars. Ridiculous pricing if all you plan to fly is a cell phone. They have since dropped down in price, and while they are listed at about $180 dollars elsewhere, this month they’re on sale at B&H (click here). Not bad [...]

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Tekkeon to Camera AC Wall Adapter
January 8, 2012


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The Tekkeon battery packs i’m using can vary voltage from 5V-19V DC. You’ve probably seen me powering up the 600 /900 LED light panels and also the ASUS Wireless HD streaming WiCast. By using a simple coupler, I can attach it to the Canon OEM AC-E6 wall adapter dummy battery and power up the Canon [...]

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Panasonic Announces GX1 and 3D1 Cameras
November 7, 2011


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You’ve probably heard the buzz around other websites that Panasonic officially announced their GX1 camera (wasn’t a big secret) along with another small 3D camera. Their previous GF2 and GF3 cameras were pretty much released one right after the other, and failed to appeal to a mass market. I have a feeling they’re missing the [...]

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Panasonic 20mm F/1.7
June 23, 2011


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Panasonic 20mm F/1.7
The popular Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 lens is available again at B&HPhoto Video, which is about $50 dollars cheaper than the nice markup elsewhere (Amazon). The 20mm F/1.7 is as popular as the 50mm for a Canon DSLR. Nice shallow DOF and good focal distance (2x on Micro Four Thirds). Would go great [...]

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C Mount Lens Tests on GF1
May 30, 2011


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I picked up the Panasonic GF2 camera lately because I wanted something small and really lightweight. Sure you can adapt Nikon or Canon lenses, but that took so much away from being ’small and lightweight’. An excellent solution for Sony NEX and Micro Four-Third cameras are to use CCTV or ‘C-Mount’ lenses. Here’s an excellent [...]

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Panasonic GH2 Body – 1 Available
May 21, 2011


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Yes it’s an amazing camera if you can actually get a hold of one. Retailers are always out stock, and even if you can find a GH2 it’s going for a pretty nice markup. Samy’s seems to have 1 single Black (Body only) in stock for regular price. Here’s your chance to save $200-$300 dollars [...]

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DIY Suction Cup Mount – GH2
May 19, 2011


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Vimeo member Ragnar tackles the DIY suction cup camera mount for his GH2. There are much cheaper suction cup mounts, first posted here: http://cheesycam.com/diy-double-and-quad-suction-camera-car-mounts/, but Ragnar decided to go with a slightly more expensive Suction mount with articulation so that it can mount on not-so-completely flat surfaces such as hoods, windows, and other car panels. [...]

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Canon FD 85mm F/1.2L
May 14, 2011


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Someone asked about the 85mm F/1.2L FD lens on 5D Mark II? Here’s a snapshot with the aperture set to F/2.0. I’m using an FD adapter that has glass in it. I’m able to get a much wider aperture when using it on the GH2.

(Above 85mm F/1.2L FD Lens @ F/2.0)
It’s crazy soft at F/1.2. [...]

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Canon FD Lens 85mm F/1.2 on GH2
May 12, 2011


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Don’t think I ever posted any footage samples of the vintage 85mm F/1.2 on the GH2, so here it is if you’re curious. Old lenses are a great alternative to getting DOF on a budget. There’s a variety of different adapters to mount just about any lens type to any camera. For a list of [...]

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Panasonic Lumix GH2
March 15, 2011


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The Panasonic GH2 seems to have an almost cult-like following. Die hards from previous GH1 models are lovin’ the upgrades the GH2 brings to the table. The great thing about these Micro 4/3 cameras aren’t just the ability to adapt any practically any lens, but also the quality of Video they provide. Unfortunately it’s still [...]

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DIY Mini Shoulder Brace + Mini Tripod
February 16, 2011


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I love me some RedRock Micro gear, but unfortunately i’m just one of those poor souls who can’t afford even their entry level stuff. As seen in the image below, this is just one bundle in the line up of RedRock Micro’s Nano rigs called the Running Man. Pretty solid piece of gear that doesn’t [...]

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Sub $26.00 dollar 3.5″ Mini LCD Test w/ GH2
December 30, 2010


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No audio in this video, I had nothing to say. Just playing around. Testing a 3.5″ LCD to see if it will hold up as a remote viewfinder or Electronic View Finder. It displays 960×480 pixels, and adjustments can be made to contrast and brightness. I tried other small LCD’s but none of them had [...]

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Hands on with Opteka CXS-1 Shoulder Support
December 27, 2010


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The Opteka CXS-1 is a fairly inexpensive ready built video camera shoulder support rig. Besides the obvious mount for the camera, the stage has a few extra mounting points if you want to get creative and add some extra accessory brackets. The Opteka was designed for cameras up to 20lbs (so they say), but no [...]

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GH2 Rails Follow Focus View Finder Microphone
December 26, 2010


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I have to say this was a hard camera to track down. It’s pretty much sold out and on back-order everywhere you look. Luckily, a good guy over in Berkley, CA ended up with 1 too many from pre-orders and sold it to me. Quality is great for something this small and definitely the menu’s [...]

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Another Hollywood Lite VS1 Stabilizer Back Online
December 14, 2010


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Above is the only example I know of showcasing a Hollywood Lite Camera Stabilizer. When I first mentioned the stabilizer on this blog, the auction sold lighting fast from this article: http://cheesycam.com/hollywood-lite-video-camera-stabilizer/. This is a discontinued type of stabilizer that is designed to support cameras up to 4 lbs. I can’t imagine it was very [...]

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