Month: April 2011

F-Stop Launches New Pack – The Guru

F-Stop is now shipping the first batch of their new day pack the Guru.  This new back is a great do anything bag.  Carry it around town with you , take it snowboarding or hop on your bike.  The rear opening of the pack is smaller than that on the Loka and Tilopa BC and is designed around the size of the medium ICU (you can find extensive photo comparisons of the ICU sizes on this page).  As with all the new F-Stop bags though you have a choice over which ICU you purchase with the bag, or you can buy them all to give you the best flexibility with how much gear you carry.  The Guru is the first pack from F-Stop to feature their new Gatekeepers , which will appear on several new packs in the future.  The Gatekeepers are removable, adjustable straps.  There’s more of a dedicated “organizer” pocket than on the very mountain specific bags, again adding to the versatility of this one.  You could easily use this to carry some books to university or college by day and camera by night.  The internal sleeve will fit most 15″ laptops , though offers no padding so so you might want to slide it into a sleeve as well.  The Guru starts at $215 , more details below. Guru – 28 liter all purpose mountain pack...

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ARRI Launches New Matte Box For Small Cameras

Arri are better known for their cinema lenses and big production cameras like the Alexa but they also make acessories for filmmakers and with the rise in popularity of smaller cameras like the Panasonic AF-100 and the Sony F3 they now have smaller items to suit those cameras.  New for NAB 2011 was the MMB-2 Matte Box.  The premise of the MMB-2 is a modular design so you can add as much or as little to it is you require.  You can buy a complete kit, or all the parts individually.  Interesting add-ons include foam covered handles which mount right to the edge of the box, providing good stability for shoulder rigs.  This was my favorite Matte Box  for DSLR and small camera/large sensor type shooting at NAB this year.  It brought with it all the quality you would expect from a company such as Arri but in an affordable package.  With an optional skirt added to the back it will be compatible with photo lenses such as the Canon 24-70 which have extending front elements during...

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Redrock Micro Remote & Wired Follow Focus at NAB

Redrock Micro gave us a glimpse of this product last year but at NAB 2011 they finally announced a release date of June 15th for one of the most talked about DSLR film making accessories.  The system consists of several different parts so you can build up a solution that suits your needs.  Those people  running a shoulder mounted run and gun rig will want the wired option and others using steadycam rigs or tripod mounted systems might want to use the remote system with the aid of the microTape. To understand the system have a quick look at this video from Redrock Micro: Redrock microRemote preview from Redrock Micro on Vimeo. The thing that impressed me most about this system was the responsiveness of the finger control for focusing.  There was no visible latency in the system at all, even the smallest movement of your finger resulted in an immediate adjustment of focus on the lens.  It was really very impressive and for a run and gun rig it would keep you so much more stable as you are able to grip the rig with two hands instead of having one hand on a handle and one on a follow focus.  The little focus knob is easily useable with a single finger.  Brian Valente from Redrock Micro told me that all new parts will be available for shipping...

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Small HD Announces DP4 LCD / EVF Combo for NAB

The guys from Small HD have produced some great looking LCD screens over the last few years and at NAB 2011 they bought an interesting addition to their lineup, the DP4.  The DP4 is a 4.3″ LCD screen that can be used with the additional eye piece to create an EVF similar in function the Zacuto EVF that I previously posted about.  It features all the necessary functions such as peaking, zebra stripes and full screen scaling to ensure that DSLR output signals are filling the screen entirely. From the Small HD website: Each DP4 Field Monitor Ships With: LP-E6 Battery Plate Ball MountSun Hood Screen Protector US Power Supply DSLR Scale Larger Image: Scales DSLR Image up to provide a larger 16:9 image than current 5-inch monitors will provide. Sharper Image: Uses full resolution of monitor for image from DSLRs, no black pillarbox Accurate Guides: Full Screen Scale means Frame Guides that actually work when shooting with DSLRs Adapts to Change: Compensates for Resolution Switching found on the Canon 5D, 60D, and T2i. Superior Compatibility Inputs include HDMI, Component (YPbPr) and Composite (CVBS) Capable of displaying 1080p signals: Ideal for RED,Sony NEX FS 100, KiPro, NanoFlash, etc. HDMI Pass-Through Run a second monitor via the DP4’s HDMI passthough output Superior Power Options Variety of Dual DV battery plates provide extended run-time Professional Locking-Connector Power Plate Headphone Output Monitor...

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