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  • SWEDISH CHAMELEON: RIGS THAT DEMAND A SECOND LOOK « Wide Open Camera
    at BVE and had a chance to run the rule over the rigs in the flesh And I was highly impressed There are so many compromises to be overcome when shooting with DSLRs and these guys have spent a lot of time working around them No review I could ever write would be able to explain how right the rigs feel when you operate with them Everything is exactly where you want it there s a built in camera trigger the handles are in the right place there s a control for zooming there s a control for focus meaning you can zoom and focus simultaneously and that s very very satisfying The FlyingV is perfect for event filming and the SC2 Large solves one of the biggest problems for DSLR shoulder work weight distribution by devolving the whole task to a belt that sits around your waist and actually doesn t make you look like an idiot That leaves your hands free for operating once again you can easily operate the zoom and the focus It s all made to be easily tightened and to a very high spec There s a few different flavours of rig you can get your teeth stuck into and it s worth having a look to see what might work for you The follow focus doesn t require a gear as it uses a band to drive the rings and this may not be to everyone s liking but it actually works beautifully in practice If you have geared lenses the bands feature teeth that slot in as required They also give you a peli case with your rig which is nice Actually it s very nice I would never ever recommend anyone buy a shoulder rig until they ve actually tried it

    Original URL path: http://wideopencamera.com/cameras/swedish-chameleon-rigs-that-demand-a-second-look/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Quick Take: Manfrotto 521 PFI Remote Focus And Iris Controller. « Wide Open Camera
    can be switched and the throw of the focus wheel can be customized There are hard switches for iris and focus in either manual or auto mode The focus can either be custom or standard The Manfrotto 521 PFI remote will cost you around 300 Click here to check it out Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography He just happened to be in the right place at the right time Related Posts First Look iDC System Zero Follow Focus No Gearbox Posted on 05 January 2013 Go Pro HD Hero LCD BacPac Monitor Quick Take Video Posted on 04 February 2011 Half Inch Rails Zip Tie Lens Gears For Ten Bucks Posted on 08 February 2011 Going On Tour This May Get Your Tickets Now Posted on 14 February 2011 Marshall Electronics Announces A New Wireless Transmitter NAB 2013 Posted on 28 March 2013 Schneider Optics True Match Vari ND Fader Filter Video Review Posted

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  • 10 Reasons To Stay Away From The Film Business. « Wide Open Camera
    work Very little appreciation for a job well done Rates are always changing depending on the budget How many times have you heard This is going to be a great project for your reel We have no money but it s going to be Epic Most people are freelance and get sucked into taking every job that is offered Having to wait to hear that the footage is good until the next day when it s too late Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography He just happened to be in the right place at the right time Related Posts Black Magic Design Cinema Camera Cage From Wooden Camera Quick Take Video Posted on 23 August 2012 Filmtools Motion Picture Equipment Resource Series Posted on 28 April 2011 GoPro Hero 3 And Hero 3 Black Side By Side Comparison Posted on 04 October 2013 Sony Nex5N First Thoughts It s A Toy Posted on 01 September 2011 The 90 Minute Lunch Short Film Behind the Scenes Posted on 07 December 2010 Hot Rod Cameras 7D PL Short Test Posted on 13 December 2010 http www realfilmcareer com Brian Dzyak Excellent summary After twenty years in the industry shooting film and video I ve written an entire book that describes in detail what everyone on set goes through from getting in to how to move up Some people will read it and decide that this business is not for them thus saving them time and heartache and money Others who truly want to do this will enter

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  • LENS GEARS « Wide Open Camera
    so just used an elastic band to keep it in place That actually worked pretty well Which is not something I could say about the Indisystem gears These are magnetic and snap into place The only problem is that despite coming in 6 different sizes I couldn t find a single one which fit any of my lenses They do give you a pack full of sticky foam strips to bulk out the inner diameter of the gears but they re so big and clumsy I just couldn t be bothered Don t go there Redrock lens gears In the low profile category I ve tried Zacuto Zip Gears Cambo Shoot 35 Flexigears and now Half Inch Rails versions These all work on the same principle a plastic strap with teeth is fitted round the lens and locked in place with some kind of mechanism You get broadly the same result from all of them so it really boils down to price and which one delivers the lowest overall profile The Zacuto 68 and Shoot 35 systems 29 are quite pricey but the mechanisms are well made and if the gear detaches itself then they re pretty easy to get back in place The Cambo gear system is cheaper but it s very easy to attach it The Half Inch Rails system is the cheapest of the lot and attaches with zip ties not included for the absolute lowest profile lens gear of the lot They come in three sizes and you get the lot for 10 For me this represents the best solution if only because you can actually afford to put a gear on all your lenses I don t really know why I would ever want to spend 68 on just one gear Lens gears are a small but important part of your kit bag The huge range in price for the systems doesn t fairly reflect what a simple job they re doing Sam Morgan Moore at Half Inch Rails has finally given us a solution that suits the DSLR ethos Smart And cheap Half Inch Rails zip tie lens gear Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography He just happened to be in the right place at the right time Related Posts Quick Take Shot with Apple iPhone 4 Cut With iMovie App Posted on 03 July 2010 NAB 2011 Wide Open Camera Zacuto Scorpion Posted on 12 April 2011 Shooting in Senegal Part 2 Getting Acclimated Posted on 24 August 2011 Wide Open Camera Adjustable Lens Gear Posted on 18 July 2011 ZACUTO DSLR BASEPLATE Posted on 16 February 2011 The 90 Minute Lunch Short Film Behind the Scenes Posted on 07 December 2010 http YourWebsite Bill Pryor Good article

    Original URL path: http://wideopencamera.com/cameras/lens-gears/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Admiral Radley “Ghosts Of Syllables” Music Video & BTS. « Wide Open Camera
    MP3 s but of the hundreds of songs from bands far and wide only one provided the spark to inspire a short film Ghosts of Syllables by Admiral Radley While Admiral Radley was initially bemused when a complete stranger came to them from out of the blue with the idea of making a short narrative film set to their song they were ultimately won over by a concept that included a building being taken apart until it resembled a smile with a tooth missing and the project gained steam As the video s cast and crew came together it soon became clear that the song the director the band and the actors who would play the parts in the short film were all connected even before joining the team in a stroke of serendipity actor Blayne Weaver cast in the short s central role had not only guest starred on The Middleman but also just wrapped Six Month Rule which he not only wrote and directed but also co stars Natalie Morales the eponymous lead of The Middleman and features music from both Ad Rad as well as solo work from band member Jason Lytle which is unsurprising as the music supervisor for Six Month Rule is none other than Peymon Maskan Maybe it was all coincidence maybe it was meant to be or maybe the world is just a very small place but either way the result is a short film that not only showcases the music of Admiral Radley but also reunites actors writers directors and many other collaborators to tell its tale Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About two years

    Original URL path: http://wideopencamera.com/cameras/admiral-radley-ghosts-of-syllables-music-video-bts/ (2016-02-16)
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  • ZACUTO DSLR BASEPLATE « Wide Open Camera
    the battery can sit on the rails behind the camera So why do I love this so much Simple solidity and flexibility It s a really simple piece of kit but it fulfils so many needs and it has a tiny footprint Normally building your camera high off the tripod makes it much more unstable and you should be keeping your whole setup as low as possible so it s easy to operate on the tripod Even though the baseplate builds the camera up off the tripod head it feels absolutely rock solid That quick release mechanism is a joy and having the multitude of mounting options means I can effectively put everything just where I want it with minimum fuss and this really make my life a lot easier In professional everyday shooting life this small bit of kit has been a revelation I ve built little systems out of kit from Cambo Shoot35 and Redrock Micro but this is the only DSLR baseplate I ve used that really clicked It would pay for itself in two weeks if only in terms of time saved on shoots Zacuto gear is modular and you can gradually build up the parts you need over time The system is built around 15mm rods so you can hunt around for the best deal on these but the plate itself is really good But with one caveat The quick release mechanism supporting the camera is really well engineered you can lock it really tight but because the surface area holding the camera in place is so small there is a problem The weight of the camera hangs out in front and with a heavy lens like a 70 200 2 8 you are dealing with an enormous amount of leverage being applied against that mechanism The result is that the camera can nod up and down quite easily Why is this a problem Well it s a problem because the Zacuto follow focus engages to the side of the lens With undamped stills camera lenses this has a dramatic effect with the barrel of the lens moving up and down as you pull focus The longer the lens the more dramatic the effect Using a follow focus that mounts underneath such as the Cambo unit removes this problem The Zacuto follow focus was designed long before DSLRs came out so it s unreasonable to expect them to completely redesign the unit for DSLRs but if you re going to pair the two together or indeed work with any follow focus that engages from the side then this is something you re going to have to get used to Using damped modified lenses like a Zeiss ZF the effect was less pronounced So is it worth the money I can t possibly tell you that All I know is that it s the best unit of its type caveat aside that I ve ever used and it s now an ever present in my kit

    Original URL path: http://wideopencamera.com/cameras/zacuto-dslr-baseplate/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Going On Tour This May. Get Your Tickets Now. « Wide Open Camera
    Off The Ticket Price Click Here To Register Location Date Denver CO May 10 2011 Minneapolis MN May 11 2011 Chicago IL May 12 2011 Columbus OH May 13 2011 Philadelphia PA May 15 2011 Baltimore MD May 16 2011 Atlanta GA May 18 2011 Houston TX May 19 2011 Dallas TX May 20 2011 Phoenix AZ May 22 2011 Los Angeles CA May 23 2011 San Francisco CA May 24 2011 Sacramento CA May 26 2011 Seattle WA May 27 2011 Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography He just happened to be in the right place at the right time Related Posts Simple Green Spot Shot With a Canon 7D and Zeiss ZE Glass Posted on 17 May 2010 RED Scarlet Test Video With Three Hot Models In Lingerie Posted on 04 February 2012 TBOE Update 1 Roll Call Thanks For All The Support Posted on 30 September 2011 TS3Cine Cease And Desist Teaser Video NAB 2012 Posted on 10 April 2012 Canon Cinema EOS C300 Footage From Camera On Showroom Floor Posted on 04 November 2011 Rode Announces Wireless Filmmaker Kit For Under 400 US Posted on 21 January 2015 http www depuhl com pascal depuhl I see the closest your coming to Miami is Atlanta Bummer Would have liked to hear what you have to say Let me know when you re in South Florida I d love to meet you Pascal moviesbydepuhl http YourWebsite Kelly Yea Atlanta is as close as your getting to me and im in Raleigh NC There

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  • STEADICAM MERLIN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW « Wide Open Camera
    enough foot to simply put it on the ground and you can grab it as and when you need without having to rebalance Glidecam foot Now I have had some good results with the Merlin but I finally had to concede last night that it s simply not very good for DSLRs and I would advise against buying one for that purpose I will add that I tried a Canon XHA1 which features a locking pin to keep the camera set on the stage and it worked beautifully really well For DSLR stabiliser uses I have to say the Glidecam is the one to get I went with the Steadicam name and the ease of managing the weight but you don t care about how heavy it is you can always do some weights once you see the shots in post production I actually wrote an article comparing the two a while back and I plumped for the Merlin in the end because I felt it was more agile and repaid practice with more refined results but you know what I just can t live with its faults anymore Gesornen Platz Now let s say like me you do have a Merlin and you can t get the damn thing to balance How do you do it I spent ages trying to come up with the ideal recipe And here it is I m not going to go into the fine details of how you achieve perfect balance with the length of the spar arc as that s best served with a video but this is a great starting point for pretty much any DSLR lens DOVE PLATE hole O MIDDLE 2 Mid weights BOTTOM 4 Mid weights Z SCREW this is the adjustment you can make to the distance of the gimble from the stage Rotate it all the way in clockwise then unscrew 8 turns anti clockwise DOVE PLATE STAGE SETTING A nudge in front of 1 you can adjust this easily to taste Getting the balance right depends on getting the drop time down to just under a second with big adjustments to the spar arc and countering adjustments to the trim on the stage Keep going with that gradually reducing the size of the adjustments till you have that golden 1 second drop time You can easily get the rig balanced between the forward aft and left right axes but the key to a really good stabilised rig is getting the drop time just right The only way to explain this is in a video but I m working on that right now For now start with the settings as above and you should be in good shape Or sell the Merlin and get a Glidecam 2000 it s half the price too Jared Abrams Visit My Website View My Other Posts Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood California After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography About

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