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Quick Take: Manfrotto 521 PFI Remote Focus And Iris Controller.

Quick Takes

Here is the Manfrotto 521 PFI remote focus and iris controller. It works seamlessly with the new Panasonic AF100 via the cam remote focus/iris port. It works with most of the Panasonic Lumix lenses and some other off brand lenses like the new Olympus zooms. Bot the iris and focus control are quite sturdy and will make adjustments easy and precise. There is a slight delay with the Lumix lenses we tested. However, I...Read More

10 Reasons To Stay Away From The Film Business.

Cameras

I did not write this to sound bitter. In fact I am one of the lucky few that actually make a living as a Cinematographer. I just wanted to share some of the hard truths about this business. Here are just a few reasons to stay away from this industry. (if you can) 10 Reasons to stay away from the film industry. From a camera perspective. The hours are incredibly long, a typical working...Read More

LENS GEARS

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Lens gears. The vital link between your camera and your follow focus. Assuming you even shoot with a follow focus, which you really should. A quick word on that. If DSLRs featured a locking pin on the base so they were held at two points by the plate they’re mounted onto then it wouldn’t matter so much. However, with that single mounting point DSLRs are very prone to swivelling left and right. Pulling focus...Read More

Admiral Radley “Ghosts Of Syllables” Music Video & BTS.

Cameras

Admiral Radley “Ghosts of Syllables” The Video. Admiral Radley On Set BTS Video. Here is the music video I shot with Director Javier Grillo-Marxuach for Admiral Radley’s song “Ghosts of Syllables”. We shot it using a Canon 5D Mark II, A Canon 7D and a Canon 1D Mark IV with Zeiss ZE primes and Tokina zooms. We shot a little BTS on the day and then followed up with a short interview at the...Read More

ZACUTO DSLR BASEPLATE

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I’ve been hyper critical of Zacuto on my own blog over the last 12 months and the main reason for this has been what I perceived to be a lack of understanding of the real value proposition of DSLRs. Zacuto’s gear is high-end and it’s expensive and yet they’ve been one of the biggest names championing the technology with their ‘Shootout’ series going on to win awards and their high profile relationship with Philip...Read More

Going On Tour This May. Get Your Tickets Now.

Cameras

I am hitting the road this May with Sandy Puc’. Here is a little info on the Tour. I will give you the inside scoop on everything I have learned using HDSLR’s to shoot video. We are also using my profits to bring clean drinking water to people that need it most via Charity Water. Get your tickets now, they are going fast. Here are some of the Dates and Locations of the show....Read More

STEADICAM MERLIN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cameras

The name Steadicam is the premium marque of stabilising equipment, designed by inventor and all-round legend Garrett Brown. The Steadicam range is pretty vast these days, catering for all sizes of cameras from monster iMax behemoths (as on Dark Knight) to a tiny video camcorder. The lightweight size of DSLRs ought to be ideally suited to the baby of the range, the Merlin, which can handle cameras up to 7 pounds. But I’m sorry...Read More

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