A Great Compact Rig for DSLR Shooting


By Chris Collins: The Red Rock Micro Nano rig is a great way to jump into the game.  I’ve seen alot of people buy shoulder support rigs from less reputable brands to save some pennies, and I have to say that it just isn’t worth it.  The major factor to consider when purchasing a rig is stability.  The Red Rock Micro Nano Rig offers three points of stabilization while allowing your free hand to...Read More

The Difference Between T-Stop and F-Stop


By Chris Collins There has been some talk about the speed of the new Zeiss CP.2 lenses.  The ZE and ZF lenses are faster than the T2.1 CP.2 set.  Jared and I got a chance to speak with Richard Schleuning, the US sales manager of Zeiss, and he explained the reasons for the difference in speed. Zeiss limited the speed of the 50mm and the 85mm to maintain image quality across the board.  The...Read More

HDSLR Power Solution for $300


By Chris Collins Switronix sent us their new Powerbase 70 to check out.  Jared made the point of not telling me the price until we started rolling because I would freak out.  He was right!  This is a killer deal at $300 for the complete unit including the 70wh battery with quick release plate, LP-E6 adapter, and wall charger. The quick release plate easily mounts on anything with a female 1/4-20 thread, and there...Read More

Life in a Day: My Brother & Me


By Chris Collins The Life in a Day project is a great idea for bringing videos from all over the world together into one piece.  July 24 happened to be my little brother’s birthday, and he was in town with my mother and step-father.  I spent the day with the three of them, and I put this quick piece together.  It’s not easy living across the country from my little brother as he is...Read More

Zac Majors “Flying Zippy” Hang Gliding With HDSLR’s.


Zac Majors “Flying Zippy” let us mount a Canon Rebel T2i To his rig. The results are pretty stunning. Dave Aldrich asked us to shoot some footage for a film he is putting together. Chris Collins shot “B” cam. We used a Canon Rebel T2i with a Tokina 11-16mm T2.8 Zoom mounted to an arm that Dave built. Zac is one of the Top Pilots in the world. He is also one of...Read More

Run and Gun Style For The Photoletariat.


Here is a Run and Gun setup we use all the time. Any kind of Image Satbilized Lens will work. We also shoot with the Canon 70-200mm L IS all the time with this type of setup. Check out the full article at The Photoletariat.Read More

Quick Take Shot With Apple iPhone 4. Arri MMF-1 Mini Follow Focus.


Here is another quick take. This one is on the kick ass Arri MMF-1 Mini Follow Focus. The Mini is by far one of the best follow focus units for HDSLR work. There are mechanical hard stops that work very well with Canon glass. There is also a reversible gear drive that works with Nikon Glass. Arri makes some of the best professional cinema equipment in the world. The MMF-1 Follow Focus is...Read More

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