Equipment Reviews

GenusTech Mini Jib Pre Review And First Impressions

GenusTech Mini Jib Pre Review And First Impressions

I finally was able to get out and set up the GenusTech Mini Jib. I have been on the mend from shoulder surgery and it has taken a little longer than I expected to get back to shooting. Big thanks for all the help I got today from Andy and the mystery shooter. LOL! As […]

March 20, 20143 Comments
Building A Zacuto Recoil Rig. My Hands On Review

Building A Zacuto Recoil Rig. My Hands On Review

I’ve been on a quest to build the perfect camera rig for some time now. In fact I wrote a blog post on just that! Using several different bits and pieces to create a well balanced shoulder mounted rig. I got so close but just never had one system that absolutely worked. I basically quit […]

February 10, 20146 Comments
Canon 70D With Dual Pixel CMOS AF. My Two Part Review

Canon 70D With Dual Pixel CMOS AF. My Two Part Review

I decided to break this up into two parts. This first part will cover my thoughts on the camera and shooting stills primarily. I have a few tests on the video side done but haven’t gone out to really shoot yet. Please come back  for the review that will cover the video side of the […]

January 21, 20146 Comments
Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter Test

Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter Test

I wanted to get one variable ND filter to fit all my lenses, so I went for this massive  Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter. It is BIG but for a reason. The wider outer optic  helps reduce vignetting at wide angles. I have several step down rings so I can use the filter with all my […]

January 1, 20146 Comments
Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor Packs A Punch In A Small Box

Blackmagic UltraStudio Mini Monitor Packs A Punch In A Small Box

I recently bought a new Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15″ with Thunderbolt 2. I needed a better laptop for editing with Premiere Pro. Since my mid 2010 did not have a CUDA enabled GPU I wasn’t getting the performance I wanted. Another reason to upgrade is for the new and really fast USB 3 and […]

November 20, 20132 Comments
LaCie eSATA Hub. The Thunderbolt Bridge For eSATA Drives

LaCie eSATA Hub. The Thunderbolt Bridge For eSATA Drives

I recently bought a mighty sweet 15″ 2013 Retina MacBook Pro. It came preloaded with Mavericks and for the most part I like it a lot! Mavericks is a little different and gave me some issues installing CUDA drivers. Apple hasn’t certified a lot of drivers yet so Mavericks didn’t want to install updates I […]

November 16, 20133 Comments
GH3 Battery Grip For Only $70 & It’s Awesome!

GH3 Battery Grip For Only $70 & It’s Awesome!

I love it when you find a great deal. I love it even more when it’s also a great product! That happened when I found this GH3 battery grip on eBay. I usually have low expectations when I find after market products and no offense but some of the Chinese stuff can be iffy, but not […]

September 24, 20133 Comments
Fhugen Honu GH3 Video Cage Hands On Review

Fhugen Honu GH3 Video Cage Hands On Review

The Photography and Cinema Fhugen Hono (pronounced as Fusion) is a custom designed GH3 cage. Yes it’s made specifically for the GH3. This is great because it fits the GH3 like a glove. You have access to all the features and all the compartments of the GH3 without any issues.   Universal cages could have issues […]

September 22, 20136 Comments
Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10. Hands On Review

Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10. Hands On Review

  Is it a backpack? Fanny pack? or a messenger bag. Well, the TurnStyle bag takes some of the features from all three,  When you need to go light and move fast the TurnStyle 10 delivers. I used it for several days and it was a joy to work with. The first time I slipped it over […]

August 28, 20131 Comment
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review. Style And Function All In One Bag.

Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Review. Style And Function All In One Bag.

I have a few Think Tank Photo bags. They are very well built and well,  just plane work great! In the past I’ve struggled with shoulder bags. They tend to be bulky and a hassle to work with, so I used backpacks mostly or rolling bags. These are great for getting you from place to […]

August 19, 20130 Comments
Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

What do say when you get a email that reads. Erik. Would you be interested in reviewing the Canon CN-E Cinema Primes? Heck yes is what I said!. That’s pretty much how it went. Terry Nixon at Texas Media Systems sent me an email just like that. I think he was on a mountain bike […]

July 16, 20135 Comments
The Perfect Bag For Your C100 And C300

The Perfect Bag For Your C100 And C300

The Canon Cinema EOS cameras are fantastic but they have a strange shape that’s like no other camera. The handle on the C100 makes it a tall camera and the handle plus a LCD/audio input attachment on the C300 makes this camera even taller. Although they look funny the handles work very well. Since moving […]

July 11, 201311 Comments
Zacuto C-Shooter Hands On Review

Zacuto C-Shooter Hands On Review

The Canon Cinema EOS cameras are the most ergonomic camera I have used. So why use a rig for them? Well for a couple of reasons. If your trying to shoot ENG style then holding a camera with no rig can get fatiguing really fast. Try interviewing someone for over five minutes holding the C100 […]

June 9, 201311 Comments
Kessler Kwik Release System Review

Kessler Kwik Release System Review

Stills photographers have had the Arca-Swiss quick release systems for years. Many different companies offer their version of this proven way to mount a camera on a tripod. My favorite is Really Right Stuff. High quality and expert craftsmanship. For use video guys we pretty much were stuck with Manfrotto quick release systems. A much […]

May 28, 20139 Comments
Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

Lately I’ve been a little obsessed over finding a very affordable, and I mean practically cheap fluid video head for a slider and jib. I hate it when this happens to me but my insanity might benefit the readers of this blog. See what I do for you! My first try was the Fancier FC-270A […]

May 14, 201318 Comments

Lens Talk

Super Speedy Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Preorder’s Priced At $949

Super Speedy Sigma ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM. Preorder’s Priced At $949

  The new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM is now available for preorder and the final price is $949. There has been a lot of talk about how awesome this lens is and Sigma themselves say it’s as good as the $4K Zeiss OTUS. Thats a strong statement, so we will have to see when it gets […]

April 11, 20142 Comments
Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens. ENG Style Optics Available in EF and PL

Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.95 Zoom Lens. ENG Style Optics Available in EF and PL

What a sweet looking lens. I have wanted a lens like this for a long time and I can see renting it for special projects since the price is around $33,000. With a removable servo grip to use the lens in a cine configuration is brilliant. Canon got this one right with a swappable EF […]

April 2, 20140 Comments
The Best Little Canon Lens I’ve Bought In A Long Time

The Best Little Canon Lens I’ve Bought In A Long Time

So what lens is it? The new Canon 40mm 2.8 STM. What? That pancake lens? Oh yes. Check out this spot I shot with it. I can’t believe how good it is. Sharp as you would want and virtually no distortion. This is a 40mm full frame lens. That means it’s not considered a normal […]

March 8, 20146 Comments
Sigma Introduces The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART Lens and 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro

Sigma Introduces The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART Lens and 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro

I said a few weeks ago to a friend that I think 2014 is going to be a big year for Sigma optics and today Sigma announces a new ART lens. The 50mm 1.4 DG HSM ART. I love the new ART line and the 18-35 is one of my favorite new lenses. This fast 50mm […]

January 6, 20140 Comments
New Samyang 10mm f/2.8 Lens For APS-C/DX

New Samyang 10mm f/2.8 Lens For APS-C/DX

The new 10mm looks like a nice piece of glass and it’s fast at 2.8. The 10mm will give you a 109.5° field of view with APS-C cameras and a minimum focus around 10″. This will be a popular lens due to its speed and low distortion as well as cost. I dont know the street price […]

December 13, 20133 Comments
Sigma 18-35 Parfocal Test.

Sigma 18-35 Parfocal Test.

So far I’m really liking the Sigma 18-35 lens. I used it on a new Investigative Image promo and it worked perfectly. Wide open this lens is very sharp and the overall image is fantastic. I have no issues that it’s a APS-C lens either. I needed the range that this lens has. I look […]

November 2, 20134 Comments
New Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Lens Released. Sort Of.

New Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Lens Released. Sort Of.

The lens has been rumored then on October 15th. Sigma officially released the lens on their website for about five hours then the link went down and it’s still down. Not sure why it went down but the lens does exist and I did see it and gathered this info. I have, and like very […]

October 15, 20132 Comments
New Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens Has Finally Arrived! Unboxing & Preview

New Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens Has Finally Arrived! Unboxing & Preview

I’ve been waiting for over a month for the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Lens to arrive and yes it’s finally here! Shot a quick unboxing and preview literally in one take first thing this morning. First impressions is that it has a great build. A little heavy but not surprising for a 1.8 zoom lens. I never […]

October 1, 20132 Comments
How Well Does Your Lens Kit Match?

How Well Does Your Lens Kit Match?

Your Lenses are a very important part of your kit yet so many people go cheap when it’s time to buy them. I understand that not everybody can afford the best, but in order to get the best out of the camera that we just spent several thousands of dollars on we have to have […]

September 6, 20134 Comments
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM. The First And Fastest Zoom.

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM. The First And Fastest Zoom.

  To say I’m a little excited about this lens is an understatement. I’m so stocked I had to write about it in order to get my feelings out! I ave seen and read enough on the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM that yes! I had to buy one. I dont have it because the […]

August 29, 20136 Comments
New Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

New Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon has a new APS-C IS lens out today. This one has a long range at very inexpensive price $350. Overview From Canon For photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection, the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is a dream come true. Compact and lightweight […]

August 22, 20130 Comments
Schneider Optics announces a new family of lenses. Xenon FF-Prime

Schneider Optics announces a new family of lenses. Xenon FF-Prime

This year is the year of 4K and cinema lenses. I’m actually more interested in the later but that’s because I love lenses! At NAB I got a chance to see the new Xenon FF-Prime Lenses and I liked the look and feel. I haven’t had a chance to try them but did play around a […]

August 21, 20130 Comments
EF to MFT Speed Booster In The Works?

EF to MFT Speed Booster In The Works?

4/3 Rumors posted this picture of a Metabones EF to MFT Speed Booster with electronic contacts. This was talked about before and I believe Metabones canceled the idea but looks like it’s back on for a August release. This is good news for any MFT user including GH3 and AF-100 cameras. I would like to […]

July 30, 20130 Comments
Converting The Zeiss CP.2 85mm to EF Mount From PL. Or Buy The Rokinon

Converting The Zeiss CP.2 85mm to EF Mount From PL. Or Buy The Rokinon

I’m going through my gear trying to adapt to the C100 and C300 with the equipment that I already have and one big piece of kit I own is PL lenses. I need to figure out how I can get some use out of them with the C300. Unfortunately I dont see a solution for […]

July 29, 201310 Comments
Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

Canon CN-E Cinema Primes Hands On Review

What do say when you get a email that reads. Erik. Would you be interested in reviewing the Canon CN-E Cinema Primes? Heck yes is what I said!. That’s pretty much how it went. Terry Nixon at Texas Media Systems sent me an email just like that. I think he was on a mountain bike […]

July 16, 20135 Comments

Featured Posts

Datacolor SpyderHD Color Calibration Now For Video Monitors Too.

Datacolor SpyderHD Color Calibration Now For Video Monitors Too.

I’ve been looking for a product that would get my HD television, field monitors and reference monitors in my edit bay to all be calibrated. Well now it looks like it’s no longer a dream. I have the new Datacolor SpyderHD in house for a hands on review and I’m pretty excited to dive in. For the […]

April 18, 20140 Comments
AJA Enters The Camera Biz with CION 4K Camera

AJA Enters The Camera Biz with CION 4K Camera

This one just popped out! I dont know a whole lot about it yet but tomorrow it will be huge news at NAB. I will definitely check it out and update this post. Below is what I have heard and sorry it’s not much. 4K Global Shutter Looks like a swappable PL mount high frame […]

April 6, 20140 Comments
EOS C100 Continuous Recording Function Firmware Update Now Available

EOS C100 Continuous Recording Function Firmware Update Now Available

Wow! It’s been a busy week so far. Today Canon released the firmware update for the Continuous Recording Function. This new update enables you to insert metadata markers identifying crucial scenes and moments with a press of a button while recording. Check out the full description below from Canon. The firmware can be DOWNLOADED HERE. Directly compatible with […]

February 25, 20140 Comments
Atomos Introduces The Ninja Blade HDMI Version

Atomos Introduces The Ninja Blade HDMI Version

The first thing I noticed when I turned the Ninja Blade on was how much better it is than the on board LCD screen on the C100. In fact it really shows how off the LCD is. The C100′s is much coole,r and well… off! Then I saw how sharp the image is. This is […]

February 25, 20141 Comment
Canon C300 Also Gets Dual Pixel CMOS AF Upgrade. Due In May

Canon C300 Also Gets Dual Pixel CMOS AF Upgrade. Due In May

  Available soon from Canon will be an accredited Canon service center installed feature upgrade for the EOS C300 Digital Video Camera that will offer an autofocus mode to help ensure sharp focus and smooth focus transitions. The upgrade provides a new Continuous AF (Autofocus) Function for all Canon EF autofocus Lenses, using Dual Pixel CMOS AF […]

February 24, 20147 Comments
The Making Of An Olympic Image Promo. C300, Sigma 18-35 & A Couple of Arrisun’s

The Making Of An Olympic Image Promo. C300, Sigma 18-35 & A Couple of Arrisun’s

It’s promo time again! With the Olympics on schedule we had to come out with a few new news image spots. Lots of eyes on the Olympics and San Diego viewers like the games a lot. It’s a great opportunity to introduce a lot of new faces and of course our talented main players to […]

February 24, 20146 Comments
The Canon C100 Gets An Eyecup With Kickstarter Campaign

The Canon C100 Gets An Eyecup With Kickstarter Campaign

One big issue we all seem to have with the Canon C100 is the viewfinder. Clearly an oversight. Light gets in the viewfinder when shooting outdoors and the hard rubber feels terrible on your forehead. The good news is a new Kickstarter campaign has started to manufacture an eyecup that slips right over the viewfinder […]

February 21, 20141 Comment
Fresh From Canada My Cinevate DUZI Slider Arrived. Pre-Review

Fresh From Canada My Cinevate DUZI Slider Arrived. Pre-Review

I was thrilled! The Fed Ex guy showed up and dropped of my Cinevate DUZI today! Only one problem. I had shoulder surgery and can’t play with it for several weeks. Booo! Well it’s amazing you can do with one arm so here are my first impressions of the DUZI by Cinevate and will follow […]

February 20, 20141 Comment
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Shipping with a New Low Price

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Shipping with a New Low Price

If you don’t like Mondays and you have a pre-order in for the new The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K camera I think this news will make you pretty happy today. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping! And at a new low price of US$2,995. Thats $1000 less than originally announced. This new low […]

February 10, 20142 Comments
Panasonic GH4 4K. What Cant It Do?

Panasonic GH4 4K. What Cant It Do?

UPDATE March 10th 2014. The GH4 is now available for pre order.  For full specifications click HERE Panasonic has shown the world a new amazing product. The GH4. This camera is the first mirrorless stills hybrid that seems to be able to do it all. This one is amazing camera! 4K 10bit 4:2:2 out of the […]

February 6, 20146 Comments
Why Use A C100 If You Have A C300?

Why Use A C100 If You Have A C300?

I try to practice what I preach. Use the right tool for the job. It’s saves me the headache of trying to get the camera to work for me. When I’m shooting I just want the camera to get out of the way so I can focus only on shooting and capturing audio. When our […]

January 15, 20148 Comments
Canon C100 Price Drop. $4999. Best In Class At That Price

Canon C100 Price Drop. $4999. Best In Class At That Price

Canon announced some rebates and price drops this week. The C500 has a rebate bringing it to$16,999 from $20K. This rebate ends January 4th. Most of you are probably more interested in the C100. It’s now $4999. The Sony’s FS700 sells for $7699. That makes it $2700 less! The FS100 is $3999. but lack of […]

January 2, 20140 Comments
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update

  The man himself CEO Grant Petty today gave the world an update on the new Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. It’s almost ready. Thanks for reading my blog. Kidding. It’s done! It’s ready! but it isn’t shipping yet. Grant explains this in a post from Blackmagic’s forums but here is some good news. You can download […]

December 18, 20134 Comments
Create New Media Card With Selected Clips Using Adobe Prelude

Create New Media Card With Selected Clips Using Adobe Prelude

If you ever shot several projects on a single media card or just want to split up the clips into diffrent cards this is a fast and easy thing to do with Adobe Prelude. The picture above pretty much shows you the steps and it’s super easy. I do this all the time to better […]

December 6, 20130 Comments
A Simple Idea, But Not So Simple To Pull Off.

A Simple Idea, But Not So Simple To Pull Off.

This spot looks simple but was far from it. It was a real challenge. We spent three full days driving all over San Diego county to locations we didn’t even know for sure would work. Most did some not as well, others really well. It was pretty much flying of the seat of our pants […]

November 7, 20134 Comments

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