Like the versatility of a magic arm but hate the inevitability of the threads slipping lose and damaging your accessories? The Walimex Pro Anti-Twist is designed as a safeguard device that works in conjunction with your magic arm to provide a solid mate on both the camera and accessory side. Frankly, I’m not a fan of the traditional magic arm. Whilst their form factor is useful in placing accessories in spaces exactly where you want them, their function is fundamentally flawed by the requirement of two hands for adjustment and the nigh-inevitable occurrence of either end of your arm slipping lose. I have yet to use one that does not suffer from the latter. Unfortunately the physics of having threaded mounts on the same axis of adjustments means it will happen at some point—no matter how hard you tighten both ends. A Solution to Magic Arm Woes? The Walimex Pro Anti-Twist offers a solution that makes the traditional arm a more exciting prospect. The device is split into two parts, each connecting between the magic arm and camera/accessory. On the camera side, the Walimex Pro Anti-Twist offers two points of connection to camera cage and/or cheeseplate. It then receives the magic arm thread, adding a further locking Allen key pin to ensure a solid connection. The dual connection points are right angle to each and offer a degree of adjustment to ensure a more universal fit with a variety of cages/plates. On the accessory side, the same locking Allen key pin is used on the magic arm, plus a rubber gripped base to accompany the single 1/4″ male thread ensuring the mount remains universal but offers a much more solid mate. With a strong connection to both camera and accessory, the magic arm can now be used much more freely without risk of the inevitable slip. Personally, I prefer to use friction based mounts for monitoring accessories as these require only one hand for adjustment. However, other accessories that need to stay put (sound recorders, microphones, wireless transmitters, etc) could all benefit from a system like this.Read more
I know, it looks like a bulky version of that elegant Jedi weapon—the lightsabre—but it is a quite genius piece of gear. Everybody who works as a one man band knows the unpleasant situation of having to change a lens while holding another one and the camera body, too. That’s where the CaptureLens comes into its own! Peak Design, a well-known manufacturer of camera accessories—some of them successfully funded via kickstarter—has just released a very useful piece of equipment: the CaptureLens. Announced in summer 2015, it’s now ready for delivery. The idea is to have a lens mount which is capable of having two lenses attached to it at the same time handy—one on the top, one on the bottom. If you want to change lenses, use both of your hands to detach the lens from your camera body, as per usual. Then, attach the lens to one side of the Capture Lens Clip and rotate the whole thing. The now top faced lens is ready to detach with easy one hand operation, and you can attach it to your camera body. Job done! The set consists of two pieces, the CaptureLens and the Lens Kit, which is available for various lens mounts, such as Canon EF, Nikon F or Sony E/EF mount. The CaptureLens device is compatible with the existing clip system by Peak Design, so you can switch back and forth between a broad range of mounting options. The clip part can be attached to any strap up to 3’’ (7 cm), and it is compatible with other Peak Design clips such as the Capture Camera Clip system. Another neat feature is the rotating 4-way locking swivel which ensures a freely rotating device as well as four lock positions for securing your unused lens. Check out the video below. It becomes very simple to understand how it works when watching it in action. Also, make sure to check their product page for more info. I think it’s an ingenious piece of gear—though it might look a little weird on your belt. What is your opinion of such a device?Read more
First off my apologies for the bad audio quality – a setting in the lav mic wireless kit was wrong and we only discovered afterwards. I keep preaching that audio is just as important as video but we messed it up in this one!! In this Minute Review, I tested the Pad Prompter from OneTakeOnly (in Europe available via AF Marcotec). It’s a mirror box contraption that allows you to use your iPad as an efficient teleprompter. In many instances, teleprompters are very helpful – for clients that need to address the audience directly, but often are unable to memorize lines quickly, this is the way to go. Or for minute reviews like this one, which needs to be perfectly timed (and therefore scripted) to fit into exactly one minute. There are many, many applications for a teleprompter and it’s one of these devices that you quickly get used to once you actually start using it. I think it’s better than all the other iPad prompters that I have seen so far. Unlike many others, it doesn’t put the entire weight of the prompter and iPad onto the lens. It connects to an included rod system and distributes the weight to where it should be, the tripod head. You need to add a teleprompter app for the iPad, and there are a lot of them out there to choose from. I recommend Teleprompt+ (click here to buy in iTunes), which in my opinion is the most advanced iPad teleprompter app that I know. It can also be controlled via the iPhone (iTunes link), so an assistant can adjust the speed of the text during the recording. The Pad Prompter (European order link here) also packs up into next to nothing, and it actually looks like a MacBook in a sleeve when it’s all put together. I would definitely recommend to get the rod version (there is also a slightly cheaper one that only works on a light stand) as it’s much more versatile during a shoot.Read more
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