Gear Tue, 16 Jan 18 16:23:25 -0700 Gear en-CA Portable raid solution Sun, 07 Jan 2018 06:53:24 -0700 tinbeo 18671@/talks/discussions I’ve been editing with 2012 MacBook Pro I7-16gb ram, using ssd external as scratch disk thru usb3 port. I was looking to speed up my work. Would a portable SSD raid be a solution ? Like this?
Any cheap but work recommend would be appreciated.

Gear Deals: Neway CT550 Monitor Sale Sun, 01 Sep 2013 07:32:04 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 1029@/talks/discussions Some of this deals are running for limited time only (weekend for weekend deals).

We have lots and lots of deals at

I frequently change contents of this post. It is good idea to follow this topic.



Available now.

Price: $260 $229 special price
Shipping: Price already includes express shipping for US/Canada/UK/Australia&NZ/Western Europe. Contact for any other regions.
I want to buy this monitor.

Can anyone tell me what this is? Sat, 11 Nov 2017 05:05:09 -0700 JackBayer 18194@/talks/discussions Hi! I see this piee of equipment on many rigs on youtube but have no clue what it does. Could anyone tell me? Thanks!

TriLens - Simple and quick lens swaps Tue, 09 May 2017 12:23:36 -0600 Sph1nxster 16886@/talks/discussions

The TriLens safely carries up to three of your favourite DSLR lenses and changing your glass has never been faster.

Eliminate the time and frustration of changing lenses. The TriLens safely carries up to three extra lenses, is rated for loads up to 100 kg and magically keeps track of your lens caps.

Compact Powerbank solution for actioncam? Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:31:59 -0700 fatpig 16568@/talks/discussions As a new owner of an EKEN H8 Plus Actioncam I am now looking to extend its 50min battery life to survive a whole concert. What I love about these cams is the compact form factor, So I would hate to have to somehow glue a powerbank to the mic-stand that I normally use to mount the actioncam behind the drummer. Any interesting, perhaps mountable external battery solutions out there that connect to the micro usb? This cam has the GoPro Form factor, but not the proprietary battery connector.

Info and ideas request: Static electricity causing Shogun to skip frames Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:42:53 -0700 JackBayer 16566@/talks/discussions Hi!

I just and finally determined the cause of my Shogun (attached to an a7s) skipping one frame and starting new clips during recording: Static electricity. It didn't always behave like that but for a while now. So I replaced all cables to no avail and when sitting on my sofa and again touching the camera it zipped me and I could see the Shoguns screen go black for an instance. I can reproduce this as often as I want.

So let this be an info for you, in case you're wondering about the same thing. And if anybody has an idea on how to be permanently earthed while walking and shooting? Much abliged. :)


Photo Printer 2017 recommendation Fri, 06 Jan 2017 14:26:23 -0700 Tommyboy 16295@/talks/discussions I would like to get some feedback on type of a photo printer people use to print high quality photos up to 19x13 prints and even bigger.

I come from an older version of Epson SureColor P600 Inkjet Printer which was the r3000 and had really good experience with it.

I've been always debating on getting laser printer to get rid off the expense of small inkjet cartridges however the paper we use for inkjet printer is not good for laser and I'm not sure if you can even get different type of paper for it (mate, satin, metallic, luster, glossy etc.)

Nevertheless what would be anyone's professional mid size pick for a photo printer in 2017?

Traveling with gear by airplane: dos and don'ts Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:21:08 -0700 flablo 8808@/talks/discussions Hi, I'd like people to share their experience in traveling by airplane with their gear. I'm going abroad for a quick shooting (Italy to UK), but it's the first time I catch a plane bringing gear and some lighting with me. Obviously I'm thinking I will bring cameras (GH2 and GH3), monitor and lenses as my cabin luggage. Hold luggage will be a couple of led panels, each with its own bag (precisely, these, then another bag with tripod and led stands ted together. Not sure if the led bags need to be put into another bigger case (?) or maybe tied together (?). Any kind of advice and warning will be appreciated! :) Thanks

Lens fine adjustment tool Sat, 15 Oct 2016 01:37:18 -0600 valdi99 15889@/talks/discussions Very nice tool for critical Sigma lens adjustment. I would love to get the same for Panasonic lenses...

Confessions of a VDSLR Shopaholic Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:49:56 -0600 stonebat 575@/talks/discussions
Buy GH1 or GH2.

Buy 20mm pancake. Buy a compact bag. Compact is beautiful.

Buy FD lens, then Ai-s, then 43 lenses, then... go full blown spending on more lenses. Buy a sling bag.

Sell some lenses. Buy more lenses.

Apply a hack. Buy more lenses.

Try different patches. Oh... 24p so sweet. But... get a real video tripod.

High bitrate. Great. Time to upgrade laptop or desktop?

Tripod... ok. But get a super cheap shoulder rig. Super. Love Made-in-China!!

Hmmmm. Stablizer is pretty cool. Get it too.

Hey. Don't forget about audio. AUDIO!!! YOU HEAR ME????

Read anamorphic patch. Awesome. Buy anamorphic adapter. 2x, 1.5x, then 1.3x.

Buy more lenses. Screw compactness. Get a bigger bag. Be a man!!!

Ah... film look. FILM LOOK!!!! Get 52mm filters. Mistake. Get 62mm filters. Dumbass mistake. Get 72mm. No. 77mm. No. 82mm!!!! Don't forget step-up rings.

I don't really need FF. But OMG... it's so freaking cheap!!! Get it!!!!

Arrrrggg. Ugly Flares!!! Hey my shoulder rig has FF rods. Matte Box would make it look ummmm... pro? Get a really big bag. OMG... get new filters.

Ok... Vitaliy is making Special Strike Team for HDMI patch. Uncompressed recorder is...

Ok. Cool. State of the Art. External HDMI recorder. Oh it has HDMI pass-through. Get HDMI 10" monitor!!! Go go go!!!

Lighting is art. No good lighting. No good shot. Period. More Made-in-China LED lights. Load'em up, sir!!! Move it move it move it!!!

Ya liked version 1? Surprise!!! Here comes MarkII.

Wake up in middle of night... when an army of Aliexpress sellers call from China. They are so pissed off, "US Dollar.. suck... you suck!!!!"

Stop paying mortgage.

File bankruptcy.

Create my own blog site. Start talking about HD & gears stuffs. Become famous. Go to Hollywood. Date Megan Fox. Start uploading my hot girlfriend video to Vimeo
Remote Trigger for a7rII and a6300 (for Wedding Photo booth) Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:02:50 -0600 olli66 15688@/talks/discussions I am thinking of doing a Photo Booth. Any recommendations for a trigger (a7rII and a6300)? Also thinking of a Display for the Wedding guests to see the pictures. A Laptop or iPad with hdmi should do, right?

Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer Sun, 04 Sep 2016 05:48:56 -0600 MikeLinn 15651@/talks/discussions

Orbiting Time Lapse Camera Rig Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:43:19 -0600 MikeLinn 15532@/talks/discussions

Gear Case Discussion- share your thoughts... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:06:31 -0700 alcomposer 1475@/talks/discussions
This is my suggestion, the Pelican 1510, which is the largest gear case that can still be 'carried on'- (making sure that all sharp objects- hex wrench etc are out)

Can be picked up for about $200USD, the velcro separators are extra, but really cool for camera equipment.

I have 'no' association with Pelican in the slightest- so please post your own ideas about what is the best Gear Case to store all the F#*(ken Catchit deals!

VirtualGimbal strange card with SteadXP like idea Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:28:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15508@/talks/discussions

Just prototype now.

Wireless extenders for cameras and camcorders Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:26:45 -0600 DrDave 15424@/talks/discussions I now have a half dozen cameras and camcorders that have some sort of wireless remote capability. Unfortunately, the range is limited. Has anyone had success with wireless extenders, and, also, is there an extender that will handle several different cameras?

Cheap remote control for cameras Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:43:39 -0600 MikeLinn 15364@/talks/discussions

For several years now, Camranger has been the only choice if you want to tether your Nikon, Sony or Canon DSLR wirelessly to your phone or tablet. While the Camranger is a worthy device that allows you access to all your camera settings remotely as well as instant viewing of your images, even in live view, the $299 pricetag, to me, seemed excessive. By the time you add extras such as the USB cable, mount, etc, you’re approaching $400 not including your tablet.

We discovered a $40 alternative. All you need is a TP-Link MR3040 Battery Powered 3G Wireless Router and a $9 app called DSLR Dashboard (Android) or QDSLR Dashboard (IOS). If you go to DSLRDASHBOARD.INFO/, you can download new firmware for the router that will turn your $30 device into a $300 Camranger, with virtually the same functionality. When I got the TP-Link router, I was surprised that it is the exact same device used for the Camranger, just rebranded.

GH2 - Wise choise for the future? Speedbooster and Canon EF lenses Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:01:50 -0600 testering 14845@/talks/discussions Hi, I hope I got the correct category for this thread. A friend and I share a GH2 with a lot of equipment like crane, tripod, follow focus, shoulder rig, slider etc. We need an advice for lenses we also could use in the future on a newer camera. GH2 is getting old, has to much noise, is not weather resistent and so on.

GH4, a Canon or a Blackmagic camera could be the choice in the future. As far as I figured out if we choose the path with Canon EF lenses we can use them on MFT cameras with Metabones Speedbooster EF to MFT Ultra 0.71x.

  1. Would you advise to use Canon EF mount lenses with Speedbooster instead of native MFT mount lenses? Brands like Rokinon offer mounts in different variations so my plan would be to buy Rokinon lenses as EF mounts and put them on the Speedbooster on MFT devices.
  2. What about powering the speedbooster? Do I need external power source on GH2 if I want to use electronic lenses?
  3. Could you also recommend some wide angle lenses for our GH2?
  4. What do we shoot? Nothing special just basic stuff like nature, streets, indoor, ...

Thanks in advance

Searching for gear for GH4 for shooting in Taiwan Sat, 31 Oct 2015 10:06:07 -0600 kolinko 14009@/talks/discussions Hello!

I didn't have much time to check out the gh4 so far, a lot of work hinders me, going too far into research for each little thing myself, that's why I hoped I could get a little support from you hear. Mostly I'll record video and sound on myself at the same time, not sure if I'll have an assistant from time to time. My idea until now is to record in 4k, maybe in 24fps should be alright I guess. The shooting will be for a 5 video monitor/large flat screen panels installation.

My equipment so far: GH4 with kit lens 12-35mm

  • Voigtlander Nocton 17.5mm 0.95f with UV and ND filters
  • Voigtlander Nocton 42.5mm 0.95f with UV and ND filters
  • One SD card SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB 280 MB/s (I'll have another one like that)
  • only one battery so far
  • trolley case

I'll definitely need a second battery or the battery grip, is it a good thing to have?

  • Sound Recording device
  • Microphone (one or two? maybe too much to handle!)
  • Wind jammer (boom?)

  • Any experiences with 'Rycote Zoom H5 Audio Kit' or 'Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder with Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Mic Kit'?

  • Tripod mainly to use as proper stand in any condition, not sure if I'll need a very heavy one for doing pans?

  • Rig / steady cam? I actually would prefer shooting with a rig/steady cam to make pans with a heavy tripod. Follow focus! Which one?

  • A super-portable extra light like dedo light!

  • SSD discs for backups?

  • A Mattebox?

And everything should be of proper quality, lightweight one-person-solutions, possible to get through the airports O.K..

Thanks, I appreciate your hints, ideas, experiences and comments ! kolinko

GH2 Battery Grip purchase Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:45:42 -0600 glenpinn 7840@/talks/discussions hi, 8 days ago i bought my son a grip for his GH2, and after payment i never heard from them again, so yesterday i rang paypal to get them to follow up the postage details, but now i get an email from paypal saying i was refunded my money because when they were given an option to provide paypal the tracking number for the item or issue a refund of the $119usd to my account, they chose the latter, so obviously they are not a very reliable place to buy stuff from.

the reason why i bought it from this place was because i first bought one from an ebay store because i was buying other items for my own panasonic camera, but when the grip arrived it did not fit the GH2, it was meant for the G2 so i returned it for a refund.

this is so annoying, so can someone please give me a link to a reliable seller, as my son is getting annoyed at all this messing about.


3D Printed Panoramic Back for 4x5 cameras Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:46:25 -0700 eatstoomuchjam 14159@/talks/discussions I've had an idea kicking around in my mind for a while now to 3D print a sliding back for medium/large format cameras, but my old 3D printer had major problems with multi-hour prints and would never quite get them right. Finally, I acquired a newer printer which seems to be doing a better job (so far) so I built this up in blender during my evenings in the last week.

There will probably be a few iterations of this (including trying to print the slider on HIPS to bypass ABS warping problems which are keeping it from being flat), but overall I'm pretty happy with it. I brought it out for some tests this afternoon and because of a dumb mistake I made, I only had time to shoot one series, but I'm excited to shoot some more now!

Sliding back

Sliding back on camera

Sliding back on camera

Test image

100% crop from test image

Sony RM-LVR1 or RM-LVR2 remote with cameras other than their action cam Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:44:45 -0600 eatstoomuchjam 13861@/talks/discussions I'm not finding a lot of people online who have talked about using the Sony RM-LVR1 or RM-LVR2 with cameras other than the Sony action cam, though supposedly it is also compatible with the alpha cameras (the A7s in particular is mentioned). It's inexpensive and relatively small and it seems like it could be sort of handy on a multi-camera shoot when I'm all alone (it'd save some running from tripod to tripod hitting record and stop buttons at the beginning and end of every take).

Have any of you given it a try?

CNC and 3D printing for DSLR/photography Sat, 26 Sep 2015 05:47:35 -0600 Arco 13841@/talks/discussions Dear guys, my name is Arek and I am GH2 owner. Since I bought my camera over 2 years ago I thought of tell You what am I doing. I am an owner of company specialized in High Resolution 3D Printing (Stereolithography) based in Poland, but a lot of time I spend helping my Dad in his company as 2nd CNC Operators Trainer/Teacher.

What does it mean to You?

It means that we have got 2 CNC machines - newest, few years used lathe and older, but launched few days ago milling machine which we can offer You! We are not typical producing company, because main area of activity is training, but why not to use our capacity. In managing area that kind of production is called MTO - Make To Order. If You have any ideas which we could work with, please let me know. From myself I can say, that we can produce for You cages, clams, rig parts etc but first of all, we need drawings. If anyone would be interested in I can also offer 3D printing but first I need to get 3D model in .stl format.

If You have any questions or quotes let me know in the post or PM!

Would be great to work with You all, because I love to work with hobbyists. I am ex modeler and Poznań University Of Technology graduate - I love to produce stuff ;)

Kind Regards, Arek

Foam Glue for Camera Cases Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:47:56 -0600 DrDave 13296@/talks/discussions I have some cases of various sizes in need of repair--many of these have the "pinch and pluck" foam squares. After a time, the foam falls apart. Has anyone attempted to repair the foam? If so, I would be interested in what type of glue you used and what the long term results were. Camera cases are usually not recyclable, so I would like to repair the cases I have rather than replace them. I imagine that my waterproof cases would probably last for a thousand years in a landfill.

Cell phone advice Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:24:25 -0600 jclmedia 13121@/talks/discussions Right now ive had my same iphone 4s for almost 5-6 years, I want something new with bigger screen because I was thinking that I can use it as a larger second monitor for my gh4, specially when I get a Gimbal. Dont know what ones would be best, I want something that can take good pics too. heres a few ive been looking at.

iphone 6+
Galaxy Note 4
Nexus 6

Cheap 4k H264 HDMI recorder Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:46:15 -0600 DrDave 13096@/talks/discussions It seems like what a lot of us need to solve the various junk-firmware issues from camera makers is a small, inexpensive device that will record HDMI externally up to 4K and compress it on the fly in H264, H265, cineform, prowhatever, to regular, cheap SDXC cards. Possibly, it could have open source firmware for the compression so users could mod it.

Such a device would for example convert a Nikon cam with no internal 4K to a mean, lean, video machine. I'm posting this to see if there is interest in such a device, and maybe we can find someone to fab it or maybe some of us can make a Kickstarter project to produce it. I realize that HDMI has its problems.

Also, if there is a cheap option out there that does on the fly compression it would be interesting to see if the manufacturer would make a special edition, if there is enough interest.

Any cheaper or DIY alternatives for Aaton style grips? Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:27:32 -0700 grierdill 12543@/talks/discussions Does anyone have any products similar to this style wooden hand grip? It seems like everything on the market now is crazy expensive, I guess because they're handmade or specialty wood or something. They look like great products but it seems like there would be a mass produced heavy duty plastic one out there by now.

I saw someone make one out of Instamorph, but it requires a lot of little parts off amazon for just an experiment.

I don't know if it'd be cheaper, but even a 3D model on Shapeways could possibly work.

Powered lens adapter just for OIS Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:31:29 -0700 MarcioK 12355@/talks/discussions Just a question in my head: electronic OIS that exists in lenses are completely autonomous? i.e. if the lens have power on their power contacts in the mount, the OIS will work?

There are a lot of "smart" adapters for different mounts, but they are expensive, since it have electronics to operate aperture and (sometimes) autofocus. All good, but at least for me, if I have a OIS lens with manual aperture control, all that I would want for filming is the OIS being active.

Is it possible to build and adaptor just with the contacts to bring the power lines from the camera mount to the lens mount? There are differences between voltage values supplied to the lens between different mounts? I think that an adapter like this would be reasonably cheap and very useful.

cage advice Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:31 -0700 jclmedia 11989@/talks/discussions I want to get the varavon cage but its a little expensive, I have also seen this camtree cage for gh4 thats similar to the varavon cage but it comes with rails and its $300+.

That cage would be fine , But I hate the handle , Is there anyway I would be able to get the similar handle as the Varavon or the Camtree Cage? or should I just get the varavon cage?


Engineering an External Recorder Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:27:20 -0700 discomandavis 11921@/talks/discussions Are there any users on here that would be interested in collaborating with engineering an external recorder?