So I’ve had a chance to take a look at these new products now and there’s some impressively useful stuff. The snake arm could be the new magic arm for a lot of people. It collapses a lot smaller and the has a ton of adjust ability. It’s also a lot lighter than the magic arm. The Dado connection joint is a interesting and at approx. $60 won’t break the bank but not as useful as the snake arm is.
The LED Panels were also looking good and I’m hearing that they will likely be approx. $100 for the mid size which is a great price point. I’m un-convinced as to the usefulness of the smallest one though, it really doesn’t do too much but these are all light weight solutions that I can see being very handy to have in the bag. They should be available roughly June time.
I also took a look at the Photo-Movie head , and in fact Manfrotto are going to be so kind as to let me use one for a while so expect a full review in about a month. It’s a lot bigger than I was expecting it to be but the result is a very stable package in video mode.