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Kessler Stealth Slider Review – setup and first impressions

 

I’m a long time fan of using sliders for tracking shots, recently however I’ve had a couple of projects where a motorised slider would have made my life a lot easier so I decided to invest in Stealth Slider system from Kessler Crane who are the masters of motorised cine gear.

Kessler produce a huge range of sliders including the Pocket Dolly range, the CineSlider and the Shuttle Pod. Wanting a system that I can travel with I’d been thinking about buying one of the sliders in the Pocket Dolly range but doing some research it seemed that the drag control on the CineSlider was a really handy feature but none of the standard pocket dolly range has a drag control…

 

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Bluestar Eye Cushions – a little bit of luxury for your face!

I’ve been using Bluestar Eye Cushions on my cameras and viewfinders for a few years now, they are one of those little luxuries that once you’ve tried you just can’t live without. Using a camera without an eye cushion now feels like wearing shoes without socks!

Bluestar make a wide range of sizes for various viewfinders, they come in three materials, natural chamois, Microfibre & Fleece. The micro-fibre option comes in eight colours which is very handy if you need to quickly identify cameras. The fleece eye cushions come in four colours and are the most gentle on the skin, great if you like to snuggle in to your camera!

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Which digital audio recorder for DSLR – Tascam DR-100 mk2 vs Zoom H4n

I’ve been using the Zoom H4n audio recorder since early 2009 and for the most part I’ve been very happy with the results. Anyone that’s been shooting with DSLR’s over the last couple of years will be well aware of the audio limitations of these cameras and the need to record audio on a separate device.

 

The most common use of the H4n for me has been during interviews where a DSLR is capable of producing really nice images but cannot provide either the audio quality or monitoring ability I need.

I tend to use the H4n with either my Sony wireless lav mics or my Sennheisser MKH416 shotgun mic. The h4n has also been used a lot when I’m shooting events for Harley-Davidson as I can set it up with an XLR feed from the stage sound desk and record either the live bands or the award presentations separately from the on camera recording.

I wasn’t really in the market for another recorder but when B&H contacted me recently and asked if I’d like to review the Tascam DR-100 mkII I was keen to look at it as Tascam has a long history of making professional audio gear.

So let’s begin…

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Zacuto EVF or SmallHD DP4 – Both EVF’s reviewed

Stand alone EVF’s (Electronic View Finders) have become quite popular recently mainly because they solve a few of the niggles associated with shooting video on a DSLR. It’s very limiting trying to shoot handheld using the built in LCD on a DSLR, even if your’e using a viewfinder attachment like the Z-Finder or LCDF because you’re stuck behind the camera making it impractical to get anything where you would like to detach your head from the camera.

The SmallHD DP4 and Zacuto EVF have both become the most popular choices so I put them to the test to see how they compare.

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Pearstone Dual Battery Charger Review

I’ve just posted a review of the Pearstone Dual Battery charger. As well as being fast and very useful this little device also has a few additional tricks up it’s sleeves including the ability to also charge a USB device and being able to display battery performance data without being powered.

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