DIY Video and Photography Projects

10Dec NEW Dual Arm Stabilizer Vest vs Steadicam Merlin Vest


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I have used and abused my Steadicam Merlin Vest over the years, and although the ISO Arm has lasted me this long, the actual worn vest has slowly been degrading. I love the Steadicam Merlin Vest, and highly recommend the performance it gives, but even at $1500 dollars for the vest only (seen here) this [...]

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04Jan Life After Death – Steadicam Vest


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Preparing for a last minute shoot today, I found my Steadicam Merlin Vest had cracked on the upper chest piece. Crap. The quick fix for me today was to use the top portion of the Konova Vest and mate it with the Steadicam Merlin Arm (which is held on with the waist area). There was [...]

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18Jul Smallism Video Camera Slider Review


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It looks similar to the Konova and Varavon, but hardly up to the same standards. The bearings are adjustable. I’ve seen these Smallism sliders before, but they were always expecting way too much. Seems like they know where they stand and have finally brought prices down below Konova. Although the feet/legs aren’t anything to brag [...]

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06May 144 LED Bi-Color Video Light


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The 144 LED Video light was quite elusive. I’ve seen this light available from a few retail companies with pretty inflated prices for a few months now. Unavailable on the big auction site up until a few days ago, the 144 Bi-Color LED Video lights are now available via eBay at more than half off [...]

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30Apr Varavon Slidecam ‘Slim’


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Olivia talks to Eric from International Supplies about a few of Varavon’s products. One product is the Slidecam Slim slider that is said to hold up to 41lbs (that’s pretty hefty), comes with a Video Head, legs, and travel bag. This new all aluminum Slim Slider will weigh about 2.5kg and be available in 1m [...]

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19Feb Test Drive SpiderTrax Clone – Korean Dolly


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The original SpiderTrax Dolly is no longer available via PhotographyAndCinema.com, but the Korean company Konova copied the design pretty much dead on. This would be the better alternative aside from making one on your own. Here’s some friends working with the dolly during Valentine’s day. They let the dolly control all the camera movements with [...]

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18Jan Slider Tips and Mounting Solutions – Going Vertical


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First few hours with the new budget camera slider, and trying to figure out the best way to to use it. Here’s what I came up with. First thing you need to know, is that the slider requires a tripod head of some sort. If you’ve been following my Spider Trax dolly project, I went [...]

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18Jan Konova Roller Bearing DSLR Slider – Review


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Ok, I have to keep adding ‘Roller bearing’ to the description of this DSLR slider. Everyone keeps throwing in names like Igus and GlideTrack, but it’s not the same. Those guys don’t use actual ‘Roller bearings’. I know all about the Igus based sliders, and you can find my version on this blog. My current [...]

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16Jan Budget Slider Back Online – Next Batch


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Good News. Bad News. Good News. First Good news, the budget camera slider is back online found here: Konova video Camera DSLR Slider
Bad News (well not really bad), this is a Pre-Order listing for the next batch. According to the details, it won’t ship until the end of the month. How many will be counted [...]

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09Jan Sliding Back into Market – Camera Slider Deal


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Alright, this next post is going to break a few hearts out there. I’m talking about the hearts of companies making Video Camera Sliders. Camera sliders are a big deal as one of the most sought after DSLR Video tools. When used properly it can add a Cinematic effect that’s very hard to replicate. Unfortunately, [...]

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