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Review: The Picosteady Video Camera Stabilizer

A couple of months ago we mentioned some info about the Picosteady. It was a project that came to life with the help of a very successful kickstarter. What you are looking at here is a camera stabilizer system that is priced well under that of much more higher end units. In my time with this unit I ran into some frustrating moments with this unit. More on that below....
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Quick Informal High ISO Image Comparison: Panasonic DMC-GH3 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5

Just as of this week, Panasonic has come out with it’s hotly awaited Panasonic GH-3. A camera with a cult following in video making. We decided to pit it against a highly respected competitor in the micro 4/3s category, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Which camera had the cleaner image? Please let me know us know in the comments....
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Review: Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Duo

I know what some of you might be saying. That hard drive looks awfully familiar. I assure you this may look it, but hiding beneath the facade of a jet black container lies quite a different beast. Drawing off the success of the My Thunderbook Duo line of drives comes the VelociRaptor Duo–I’m sure context clues were an obvious help. This drive is sporting WD’s high RPM line of HD’s inside. More below....
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First Impressions: The Aviator Travel Jib

I’ve been following the Aviator travel jib for a while now. This really light and compact travel jib lets you get those kind of shots that would require to use a much more expensive, and not to mention heavier unit. ...
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First Impressions: Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CB Tripod With BBH-200 Ballhead

I took a quick stop to see what our friends at Vanguard had this year and long and behind they come out with a new carbon fiber tripod with with ballhead. Vanguard makes some really cool backpacks, bags as well as monopods and tripods I’ve never had the chance to see what their tripods look and feel like until now. ...
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First Impressions: CRU DataPort ToughTech Duo 3SR

We all know have crucial our work is to us. Especially in the digital world we live in today. Having reliable backups and storage is something you have to invest into as much as any lens, or body. It should not be overlooked. I had a few moments to visit CRU DataPort a company that has been in the business for a while and known famously for their tough military spec. products....
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First Impressions: Domke’s Bag Refresh at Photo Plus 2012

For most of us who know about Domke bags. Little has changed in 30 years for its designs. They were created because a man had a problem to solve and in solving that very problem he get’s into the camera bag business. That’s how Jim Domke came to be. His bags served a purpose as a standard for photo journalists. But, with time these bags needed a certain something to be in today’s market. That something was a little style. Thanks to the sharp eye of Tiffen’s Creative Director, Patty Nast Canton–this is the result....
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First Impressions: Lowel GL-1 Power LED

It’s no surprise there has been a surge in portable lighting options well. The GL-1 is a portable light that can be used for many different scenarios. Let’s take a quick look....
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First Impressions: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

This next couple of days the east coast staff and I are over at Photo Plus 2012 to take a look at some of the new goodies that comes to the photo world. A camera right now that is on everyone’s movie making list is Panasonic’s GH3. We all know it’s predecessor the GH2 turned out to be an amazing camera for the price–not to mention after hacking it, it coughed out some impressive numbers. Proving it’s worth with cameras twice the price....
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Review: Switronix TorchLED TL-50 LED Light

Just not too long ago I had the pleasure of trying out Switronix’s bigger brother, The TorchLED. It’s a really nice on camera light that packs a wallop. The TL-50 is it’s kid-sister. Let’s dive on in and take a look....
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Switronix Brings New Power Distribution Accessories for Select Red Cameras and BMCC

So, do you own a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony F3 or Red Epic or Scarlet? Switronix has just come out with a new power distribution option for you....
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Review: Rokinon Cine 35mm T1.5 Lens

In this blog post, we review the Rokinon 35mm t1.5 cinema lens for Canon EF cameras. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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JVC Announces New GY-HM650 Camcorder Targeted Towards Journalists

In this blog post, JVC announces their GY-HM650 camcorder. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Switronix Unveils Yet Another Power Option For the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

In this blog post, Switronix announces a new battery option for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Panasonic GH3 Finally Declared to be Real

In this blog post, Panasonic announces their GH3 Micro Four Thirds Camera. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Samyang’s New Prototype 10mm Lens May Have the BMCC In Mind

In this blog post, Samyang announces 10mm f2.8 lens. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6 TB

In this blog post, we review the Western Digital 6 TB My Book Thunderbolt Duo hard drive. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Switronix TorchLED Bolt On-Camera LED Light

In this blog post, we review the Switronix TorchLED Bolt LED light. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Steadicam Smoothee for the Apple iPhone

Anyone who loves making films knows what a Steadicam is. It gives you those beautiful shots that look like the camera is effortlessly floating around the scene like it’s on a cloud. Some of Hollywood’s best movies featured a scene with the Steadicam like Raging Bull, The Shinning and Children of Men. And it’s all...
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First Impressions: Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 6 TB

In this blog post, we give our first impressions on the Western Digital MyBook Thunderbolt HDD. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Picosteady Camera Stabilizer Surpasses Goal on Kickstarter

In this blog post, we announce that the Picosteady camera stabilizer reached it KickStarter goal. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Details of Switronix’s Power Solution for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Emerge

In this blog post, Switronix announces their new powerbase battery for the Black Magic Cinema Camera. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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First Impressions: HoldFast Gear Luggage Tag Wallet

In this blog post, we demonstrate the Holdfast Gear Luggage Tag wallet. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Tenba Roadie II Large Rolling Photo/Laptop Case

The Tenba Roadie II is a large beast. It was designed to hold lots of gear for both photographers and videographers. Additionally, it comes with lots of bells and whistles built in that one wouldn’t normally think about. And for the videographer that is supposed to carry loads of gear, this may actually be quite...
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Nice Industries Launches KickStarter for The Aviator Travel Jib

In this blog post, Nice Industries announces their Travel Jib. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Questions With Terry Frechette: Director of Marketing Americas at Blackmagic Design

In this blog post, we interview Black Magic about their latest cinema camera’s developments. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Rokinon 8mm T3.8 Cinema Lens (Canon EF Mount)

In this blog post, we review the Rokinon 8mm t3.8 cinema lens for Canon EF cameras. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Review: Billingham F-Stop f1.4 Camera Bag

In this blog post, we review the Billingham f1.4 camera bag. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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Vision Research Unveils The Phantom v642: The Third Generation of High Speed Cameras

In this blog post, we release the news of the new Phantom HD video camcorder. Read more at The Phoblographer....
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