CAMERA ACCESSORIES

Tascam DR-100 mkII vs Zoom H4n Review

Tascam DR-100 mkII vs Zoom H4n Review

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 […]

Senal SMH-1000 Headphones Review

When B&H Photo got in touch with me recently and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the Senal SMH-1000 headphones I was intrigued, at first glance they appear to be almost identical to the Sony- MDR-7506 which are often regarded as an industry standard in the film and recording industries. I used a pair […]

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

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 […]

Atomos Ninja 2 review with Canon C100

Atomos Ninja 2 review with Canon C100

Since using the Canon C100 with it’s internal AVCHD I’ve been wanting to try out an external recorder like the Atomos Ninja 2 just to see how much difference the cameras compression really makes to the recorded footage. I’ve found that it’s easy to see tell the difference between the footage from the C100 compared […]

Shoot35 CINEfocus r3 review

Shoot35 CINEfocus r3 review

The Shoot35 CINEfocus r3 is the latest incarnation of Shoot35’s follow focus offerings. 

I reviewed the original (r1) CINEfocus back in 2009 and although that version has worked really well over it’s lifetime the latest incarnation is a totally new design with a host of features that promise to make it more precise, more flexible […]

Zacuto EVF vs SmallHD DP4 – which EVF?

Zacuto EVF vs SmallHD DP4 – which EVF?

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 Zacuto Z-Finder or LCDVF […]

HDMI Monitors: Marshall V-LCD651STX, Marshall V-LCD50 & SmallHD DP6

HDMI Monitors: Marshall V-LCD651STX, Marshall V-LCD50 & SmallHD DP6

I was contacted recently by Cache Media the company that distributes Marshall monitors in the UK asking if I’d like to take a look at some of their newest models. I gratefully accepted the offer as I thought it would be very interesting to compare Marshall’s latest HDMI monitors to the two that I own […]

Shoot35 CINEbox review

Shoot35 CINEbox review

When Shoot35 got in touch asking if I’d like to have a look at their new matte box I knew I was going to be in for a treat. Just like the CINEfocus I reviewed a couple of years back the new CINEbox looked very interesting and Shoot35 always put in a lot of effort […]

Vello DSLR battery grip review

Vello DSLR battery grip review

Battery grips as their name suggests allow you to install two batteries instead of one and extend the grip area of your DSLR. I’m old enough to remember film based SLR’s using this additional grip space to house a motor drive to wind on the film but these days we don’t have to worry about […]

Delkin Dual Universal Battery Chargers

Delkin Dual Universal Battery Chargers

Update: I now prefer the Pearstone Dual Charger, read my full review of it here. When you start doing any kind of serious shooting with Canon DSLR’s you have to invest a decent supply of batteries, on an average 7hr day shooting with two DSLR’s I usually go through around 4 – 6 batteries. Quite […]

Pearstone dual battery charger review

Pearstone dual battery charger review

I’ve been using a pair of Delkin dual chargers to keep my stock of Canon LP-E6′s charged up and although they have proved to be practical they are nowhere near as fast as the standard Canon charger. The Delkins have also proved to be a little unreliable when it comes to reporting the amount of […]

Choosing an HDMI monitor – Marshall vs SmallHD

Choosing an HDMI monitor – Marshall vs SmallHD

I get a lot of questions about HDMI monitors so thought it was about time I posted something on the subject. Around a year ago I was on the hunt for a monitor in the 7 – 10″ range that I could use with my EX1. After some research I’d narrowed it down to three […]

LCDVF

LCDVF

After reviewing the Zacuto Z-Finder V2 I enquired about getting hold of an LCDVF to do a comparison review with. Alastair Brown is now selling the LCDVF on his Glidetrack website and arranged for a review sample to be sent to me from the manufacturer in Estonia. The LCDVF arrived earlier this week and when […]

Zacuto Zip Gear

Zacuto Zip Gear

I decided to invest in a set of ‘Zip Gears’ from Zacuto because they offer a low profile solution that are easy to fit and remove. A lot of lens gears involve fitting giant plastic wheels to your lenses which can be impractical for storage and for removal of the gears when using the lenses […]

Zacuto Z-Finder V2

I’ve been trying pick one of these up for a few months, they are selling like hot cakes and have been back ordered at most dealers for ages. They are quite pricey, If your lucky enough to find one in the UK you’ll be spending around £285, B&H Photo Video sells them in the US […]

Zacuto Mini Baseplate

Zacuto Mini Baseplate

Although I really like my Cinevate Proteus rails for using a 35mm adapter, they are a little bit cumbersome when I just want to add a matte-box and follow focus to my EX1 or 5D. I was hoping that the Genus advanced adapter plate that I purchased with my matte-box would do this job but […]

Shoot35 CINEfocus

Shoot35 CINEfocus

Okay, so yesterday I decided to order the new CINEfocus from Shoot35, at £349 it’s one of the more reasonably priced follow focus units on the market with competitive products form the likes of Cinevate, Zacuto and Arri costing way more than the CINEfocus. The CINEfocus seems to be priced to be competitive with the […]

Genus Matte Box & Advanced Adapter Bars

I got this setup from Genus for use with both my Canon 5D & Sony EX1. The complete kit including the matte box, the adapter bars and the french flag cost $1,394 from B&H Photo Video. The matte box is a very low profile design, unlike similar products by other manufacturers it only has the […]

Cinevate Proteus rails

Cinevate Proteus rails

When you attach a 35mm adapter to the front of your camera you ‘re adding a lot more weight than the threads on the lens were ever designed to hold. To help support this extra weight and allow you to attach other devices you use a set of support rails. Most of the 35mm adapter […]

Cinevate Brevis, cfXL & EX1

Firstly, let me begin by saying that this is not a full review of the Cinevate Brevis 35mm adapter, there are loads of good descriptions of the unit and how it works on the web so you should easily be able to find one of those. This report focuses on using the brevis with a […]

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