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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 look quite overkill. Light weight, sturdy, sets up fast, and packs down small. Nice little stabilizer for the frequent traveler. You can find the Running Man rig here: Redrock Micro nano - RunningMan


Having a few spare parts around the studio, just decided to mount the Calumet Mini Tripod / Handle to a Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods. The bearing on the shoulder support spins freely, but by adding a handle under the camera, you can keep it steady. It's also handy having the handle break out into a Tripod to rest the gear down (gotcha on that one RedRock..JK).

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Would be an interesting travel brace for a smaller camera like the GH1, GH2, Sony NEX, or A55. I don't know..all for fun...

find-price-button Calumet Mini Tripod Handle

find-price-button Manfrotto 361 Shoulder brace for Monopods


[Update] Sold.

Sorry this one doesn't qualify in the .99 cent auctions. As you know I picked up the Sony A55 as well as the GH2. Well one of them has to go, and i'm finding it easier to adapt my Canon lenses to the GH2. So the Sony A55 is on auction. Many of the stickers still on the body and camera strap hasn't even been used. Didn't get a chance to enjoy this little toy as much as I wanted, and don't think I ever will. I've also added a Buy It Now price way under retail value for anyone that doesn't want to wait. Here's the prices on B&HPhotovideo.com Sony DSLR SLT-A55VL w/ 18-55mm

She's on auction right now following the link.
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find-price-button Sony SLT-A55VL with 18-55mm Lens Kit


Once it was officially announced, this became one tough camera to find in stores or even online. Sony's new A55 has only been available for a short time but has already won several honors and awards including 'CES Innovations', DPReview's 'Gold Award', & Popular Photography's 'Camera of the Year'. When it comes down to price, quality, and quantity (of features) Sony's new Alpha A55 is laying out a tough act to follow. Coming in a few hundred dollars cheaper than the Canon 60D, this camera also offers a Flip Out LCD, Real time Video Auto Focus, and a 16MP sensor. All this tech doesn't sit in just the A55 though, you can save even more if you opt to go for the slightly stripped down SLT-A33. With all the hooplah around this camera lately, I decided to pick one up and see what it's all about.

Sony's new Alpha A55 is an interchangeable lens camera, but not like INC's from the four-thirds lineup or the Sony NEX cameras. This small camera actually has a mirror. Surprising they would come out with a mirror in a camera this small and you might consider it a DSLR. If you know Sony, they just love to make up their own stuff and considers this more of an SLT for 'Single Lens Translucent'. The Translucent term is all about using a special see through type Pellicle mirror. In short, this camera can shoot and auto focus super fast at the same time. While in video mode the camera has the fastest 'real time auto focus' system and does it all with the mirror still in it's down position. Sounds like a small deal, but this old tech brought back from the grave (Canon's old tech) is a huge leap in hybrid cameras that shoot photos and video. The battery is charging now, but from the short tests i've done it's fast....very fast. More fun reviews on Sony to follow soon.

For those questioning it's current capabilities, there's already news about a new firmware release that will enhance it's current features. Just like implementing 3D photography into it's NEX 5 cameras after it's initial release.

find-price-button Sony Alpha SLTA55VL DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology from Amazon

find-price-button Sony Alpha SLTA55VL DSLR with Translucent Mirror Technology from B&H Photo Video