ShapeWLB Sumo II review

I guess that most of you guys never heard of ShapeWLB. They are a small Canadian company that builds rigs mostly for pro video camera and are now entering the HDSLR market. They rigs are stable, functional and very affordable.…

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DFocus DSLR mount = follow focus without rails!

D-Focus came up yesterday with a new innovative product: it is a camera plate with an adjustable arm to install a follow focus. Dave calls it the DFocus DSLR mount. This is a genius idea! This little gadget allows you to use a follow focus with small rigs like the Zacuto Gorilla series without upsetting too much the rig center of gravity.…

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DIY Igus Slider

This has to be the piece of gear that I talked the most about without ever showing it up. Until now!

What is a slider?

Of all the gear you can add to your video tool box, a slider is probably the one that will add the most production value to your clips.…

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D3s video mode mini review

Last night, I had the opportunity to do a few quick test with the D3s. Having played a few times with my friends’ D3, I was already comfortable with its weight/balance/ everything is the opposite of Canon features so no shock there.…

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My thoughts about the 5DMrkII firmware update

A little bit eclipsed by the announcement of the 1DMrkIV, the announcement of an upcoming firmware update for the Canon 5DMrkII that would give it 24p and 25p is, for most people much more news worthy. The first benefit of shooting in 24p is, of course, getting the elusive film look we have been talking about since almost a year.…

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CAnon 1DMrkIV announced

It was expected, it is now out. You can read the Canon official announcement here and look at its spec sheet here. Basically, it is a 7D with a 1.3 crop, 10fps, 16mpx sensor. Here is a list of the key features: New 16.1 Megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor 10 frames per second continuous shooting Up to 121 large JPEG images in a single burst New 45-point wide area AF with 39 cross-type sensors with f/2.8 sensitivity High-speed Dual “DIGIC 4” processors for superb image quality 12,800 high ISO expandable up to 102,400 Full HD movie recording at 30, 25 and 24 frames per second 3.0” Clear View II LCD with Live View mode Durable dust and water resistant body with 76 rubber seals I have to admit that the 10fps is a bit of a let down for sport shooters hoping for more.…

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Have you looked at the MagicLantern firmware recently?

Up until two days ago, I did not. Oh boy, was I in for a surprise! Trammel has been working hard and added a few cool features. Some of these will be in the next firmware update, so stay alert.

1080i output from the HDMI out of the camera

Why this is great?…

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