More Canon 60D on Letus Gear

Above: Family Portrait from left to right
Canon 5D Mark II + 24-70mm F/2.8L, Canon 7D + 100mm F/2.8L Macro IS, Canon 60D + 85mm F/1.2L, Canon T2i + 24-105mm F/4L

My first video test out in the front driveway with the new Canon 60D. I was too lazy to do anything other than use a tripod, so the video is going to be quite boring. Lens was the Canon 24-70mm F/2.8 with Hoya ND4 + Fader Filter (stacked). Shot in 1080, dropped down to 720 and compressed to WMV (not the best example). I'll do something more interesting soon enough.

The Canon 60D is a new pup in the house, so she's been caged. LOL. Testing out some possible configurations with the Letus35 Letus Talon DSLR Camera Cage. I have the Hawk VF on the back which works with the cage, but I think it'll be better used with an external monitor. I have those new Power Arms mounted onto the many optional threaded holes around the cage with the Z96 LED Video light off center and a Rode Shotgun Mic (soon to be replaced). Those Power Arms Rock!! I'll do a video on those in a bit, gotta show you how they work.


The Zoom H4n is also thrown over the top. Having a DSLR cage is really handy when you have so many accessories to mount. If you start with a standard base Rod type rig, you'll still need different methods of mounting accessories. Using the cage method, you'll have more mounting spots that one would ever need. The Letus Talon DSLR Cage also has several optional accessories from Letus to further expand the cage including handles to be used like a fig rig. If you wanted to move into a Rod Rig, you can add standard Rods possibly for your follow focus, Matte box, and shoulder pad if you really wanted.


13 thoughts on “More Canon 60D on Letus Gear

  1. Emm

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    For cameras with AGC people will use a different audio recorder. I could pipe mine into a 60d and adjust the levels. Only the 60d and 5dm2 have the option for manual audio right now.

  2. So now I'm confused. I was going to plug my Rode Videomic directly into my T2i for better reference audio, but looking at your pic it seems like I should be plugging it into the H1. Is the Rode mic much better than the mics on the H1?

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  4. Emm

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    Correct, there is no AGC on the 60D. I'm not sure of the differences in the other JuicedLinks, but I know the DT454 has quality preamps that shouldn't produce any noise. I have to test it out when it arrives, but you would lower the settings on the camera, and use the pre-amps on the DT454. I'll do a demo soon with that unit.

  5. Damn, that's exactly what I need. I've been trying to get used to recording audio separate, but it's too much of another thing I have to worry about when it's just me running and gunning. I really think I'm going to sell my T2i and get this.

    So with the 60D there is no more AGC? I've been thinking about getting the JuicedLink DT454 with the AGC turn off switch, but it's like $420. With the 60D I'd be able to save some money and just get the JuicedLink CX231.

  6. Emm

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    Since the 60D has manual audio levels, you can pipe all your audio goodness directly into the camera instead of doing a post sync. (The JuicedLink also works with cameras that have AGC too using a method to disable AGC). Especially if you like shooting in 24p which can be a pain to sync, or if you shoot alot of short little clips, you don't have to sync all 100 hundred little clips! Those external XLR audio boxes are quite beefy, but a cage setup is meant to be used to mount a crap load of stuff like your external monitor. So the JuicedLink box will definitely fit nicely.

    The nice thing about the Letus Cage is that you can pull the camera from the cage, (dismounted from all accessories). Since you'll be using an external monitor, you can keep the Hawk VF on the camera and then just pull it from the cage to do a run and gun solution.

  7. By you saying that this would rock with a JuicedLink XLR box, do you mean because of the manual audio controls on the 60D would work great with the juicedlink or because of the cage setup?

  8. Emm

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    With this current config, yes it will. But if you've gone this far, you'd be using an External monitor. This would definitely be better setup with a Monitor. If you don't use a Zoom, this would rock for the JuicedLink XLR box.

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