Posts Tagged ‘ Canon 7D

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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Vello DLSR Battery Grips – Full Review

Ever thought about buying a battery grip for your DSLR? If so you really need to check out these Vello DLSR Battery Grips, they are priced below $70 and are very similar to the much more expensive Canon versions.

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Christmas shootout with Philip Bloom

On a cold day earlier in December I Joined Philip Bloom, Suresh Kara, Joel Conder and Sarah Estela for Philips Christmas mini shootout .  The main aim of the shootout was to compare a bunch of large sensor cameras under typical shooting conditions.

We did a range of tests including resolution, skew, skin tones, and low light / high ISO. I was particularly interested to see how the Canon EOS-C300 held up against the other cameras on test as I’m considering purchasing one when they are released. To find out more about the C300 check out my C300 review.

We tested the following cameras and picture profiles…

Sony NEX5N- Flat PP by Abel Cine
Canon EOS C300 – C-LOG (Not Cinema mode for the res tests)
Panasonic GH2 – Driftwood Hack nostalgia and dialed down
Canon 5D mk2 – Marvels Advance
Canon 7D – Marvels Advance
Sony FS100 – G-LOG A
Sony PMW-F3 AB-RANGE
Sony PMW-F3 – S-Log
Nikon D7000 – Flat

As Philip says in the video the tests were not overly scientific, we tried where possible to maintain conditions and settings but obviously working outside on a winters day we had to deal with changeable light and a few frozen fingers. Regardless of the weather conditions though the resolution test results were very interesting and still showed each cameras strengths and weaknesses.

After braving the cold for the resolution and skew tests we then headed back for a full english breakfast and series of low light and skin tone tests so lookout for those very shortly which I’ll add to this page once Philip finishes editing them. It was great fun doing the shootout and lovely spending time with Philip, Suresh, Joel and Sarah so many thanks to those guys for making it a great day.

Glidetrack Hybrid SD

Back at the beginning of 2011 I reviewed Glidetrack’s new Hybrid HD slider which I’ve been using ever since along with my trusty Shooter SD which I take with me on overseas trips or anytime when travelling alone and I need my kit to be portable.

The Hybrid HD has improved my results so much that I started to feel quite hindered when using the non Hybrid Shooter, especially as mine has been all over Europe with me and in that time has suffered some wear and tear along the way making it less reliable.

So when Alastair from Glidetrack contacted me a few months back and asked if there’s anything more I’d like from my Glidetrack systems my single response was to have a Hybrid SD model so that I could still benefit from having a small, light and easily portable slider and also be able to achieve the silky smooth tracking shots that the Hybrid HD provides. At the time Alastair replied with a simple ;)

Today a small brown box turned up on my doorstep containing the brand new Glidetrack Hybrid SD. The SD Hybrid provides all the benefits of it’s bigger HD brother, a hybrid bearing / sleeve carriage with a locking screw, adjustable feet that can be easily attached and removed and of course those famous balls!

 

The difference between the new Hybrid SD and my old shooter is like night and day, it has the same response as the Hybrid HD in that by just tilting the rail up slightly the carriage starts to roll under it’s own weight. I’m looking forward to getting a camera mounted and trying it out.

 

If you have an existing SD system the Hybrid parts are also available as an upgrade package for £205.20 which includes the Hybrid carriage and a pair of feet. This can be used to upgrade an existing Glidetrack SD system or any Igus system that uses the 10-40 rail.

The Hybrid SD is available now from Glidetracks website. The 0.5m version that I use costs £312, with a 0.75m version at £336 and a 1m version at £358.80.

For more information visit the Glidetrack website.

 

Here’s a video put together by Glidetrack showing a few more details of the product. It’s worth noting that the Hybrid SD carriage actually has more bearings than the bigger HD model offering extra smoothness for cameras with longer lenses that produce a greater weight offset.

And a few pics of the box being opened this morning, I’ll be posting a video review in the very near future once I’ve had chance to get out and put the new Glidetrack SD Hybrid to use.

Just as a side note, I’m very impressed with the iPhone 4s camera which was used for all of these pics!