Equipment Reviews

Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

July 20, 20172 Comments

I found these inexpensive Tether Tools StrapMoore neoprene straps for getting the power brick off the floor and on the light stand. They work great and cost only $19. I use one for my Aputure Light Storm and another on my tripod to hold a large battery to power my a7rii. It works really well […]

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Bringing New Life To My ARRI 650 With LED ReLamp From VisionSmith.

Bringing New Life To My ARRI 650 With LED ReLamp From VisionSmith.

January 21, 20171 Comment

At NAB 2016 I saw these LED relamp products by VisionSmith and was blown away! The idea of putting a daylight 5300K LED replacement bulb that simply drops into my ARRI 650 was exciting. Well today is my lucky day! I have the VisionSmith Arri 650 ReLamp in for review and while this isn’t the […]

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Panasonic Lumix GH5 180 Frames Per Second Sample PLUS Downloadable Footage To Play With

January 11, 20172 Comments

A very strange thing is happening. Panasonic is releasing a lot of samples shot by their ambassadors to share with the world with pre-production GH5 cameras. Very cool if you want to see what the GH5 is capable of in it’s current build. This brings us to the second downloadable opportunity brought to you by Neumann […]

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Aputure COB 120d Hands On Review

December 21, 20168 Comments

Here it is! My hands on review! I cover a lot in the video review but below are a few key parts of the review I wanted to share. Please watch the video review for all the details. The Aputure COB 120d is very nice light with great color and output. The Bowens mount is […]

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Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

October 27, 20161 Comment

  @rodemic NT1-A kit is loaded! #audio #videoproduction #studio #recordingstudio A photo posted by Erik Naso (@eriknaso) on Oct 27, 2016 at 8:30am PDT I just picked up this Rode NT1-A for voiceovers and podcasts. RODE NT1-A HIGHLIGHTS Cardioid Polar Pattern 1″ Diaphragm Transformerless Output Stage 48V Phantom Power It’s a very nice sounding microphone plus […]

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Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ HDMI/SDI Monitor Hands On Review

Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ HDMI/SDI Monitor Hands On Review

September 5, 201614 Comments

I’ve had the VS-5 Pro for a couple of weeks now and worked with it inside and outside with the Canon C300, Sony FS7, a6000, a6300  and Sony a7rii. All these cameras work without issues. The feature rich bargain priced 7″ VS-5 monitor delivers a lot for the price and the accessories are also impressive including a […]

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Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ Monitor Adds SDI and Some Impressive Tools. Preview First Look.

Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ Monitor Adds SDI and Some Impressive Tools. Preview First Look.

August 17, 20163 Comments

After a week long shoot at Lynda.com for my new video camera course I arrived back home to a surprise package from Aputure. The new VS-5 PRO 7″ SDI HDMI monitor. Now, I told myself I would take a few days off before I would jump back into the blog thing, but I just couldn’t resist […]

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Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

August 3, 201622 Comments

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 […]

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SmallRig Cage for Sony a6300 a6000 First Look

SmallRig Cage for Sony a6300 a6000 First Look

June 27, 20160 Comments

I’m still on the fence about keeping the Sony a6300 but I ordered a SmallRig cage for it and it arrived today. Some people think it helps prevent or prolong overheating in 4K but I don’t think it will. I did a little test this morning and it still overheated in 4K at 78 degrees […]

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Quick Look: Aputure COB 120T LED Fixture

Quick Look: Aputure COB 120T LED Fixture

June 6, 20163 Comments

When Ted at Aputure showed me the Bowen S Mount COB 120t I got pretty excited about it. It’s a different style for us video guys. It looks like a strobe! But it’s not. The COB 120t is a hybrid stills/video light. And it’s a very affordable 1.5K watt tungsten comparable output fixture that is […]

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