by Jared Abrams | 12th August 2010
*** I have been using the new iPhone 4 to shoot these quick takes. Please excuse the auto everything until we get the kinks worked out. Thanks, Jared Chrosziel makes some killer accessories for HDSLR work. Here is a Quick Take on some of the gear they make. The DSLR baseplate has a lip to prevent the camera from shifting. This is adjustable and will work with many cameras. The tie down is a huge blue knob. This makes it very easy to take the camera on and off the baseplate. Chrosziel also makes a great lens gear. It has a nice adjustment knob and can be re-sized to work with any lens. The two stage MB 456 mattebox has a carbon fiber “look”. I’m not sure why they went this direction, but so be it. The mattebox has two rotating stages and will work with either 4 x 4 or 4 x 5 filters. The mattebox also has an awesome rubber bellows that expands to fit multiple lenses. This is one of the best bellows systems I have seen yet. The follow focus was shown in another quick take and is rock solid. There is also a nifty dovetail on the bottom of the baseplate that works with their DV-Balancer hand held rig. It all looks very solid and well thought out. It’s great to see a major player like Chrosziel embracing the HDSLR movement. The gear is not cheap. Click Here for a list of pricing in Euros from the Chrosziel site. 16 x 9 INC sells it here in the US.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 10th August 2010
The crew over at JAG35 sent me the new Digi Finder Pro viewfinder for HDSLR’s. This is a great solution to the problem of shooting video in Live View with the LCD monitor on the camera. The Digi Finder is actually a pretty cool viewfinder for the money. The viewfinder utilizes a frame system attached to the LCD screen on the back of the camera. This makes it very easy to take the viewfinder on and off. The frame is pretty flimsy. I would suggest getting a few as backups. The eyepiece itself collapses down to a mere two inches when closed. This will save space in the camera bag. When opened it locks down very well. The diopter does lock down by twisting it clockwise. I discovered that after the Quick Take. I tried it with a Canon 5D Mark II and it covered the LCD quite well. JAG35 is selling them here in the US for around $60. Digifinder also sells them direct for around 50 EUR.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 7th August 2010
****UPDATE**** Due to a miscommunication with the manufacturer, any C5D viewers that purchase or have already purchased a Powerbase 70 will be eligible for a free charger. Check out the email from Vinny Duwe of Switronix. “Through Aug 31st, any Cinema 5D user who purchases a PowerBase70 from a Switronix Dealer is eligible to receive a FREE PB70C Charger. We will only ship the charger within the U.S. If it is an international shipment the customer would be responsible for freight. To redeem the free charger you must send me an email with the following: 1) Your full name and shipping address. 2) A Copy of your receipt/bill of sale. 3) The serial number from your PowerBase70. Upon receipt of this we will send you a FREE PB70C Charger. All submissions must be received by September 15th 2010. There will be no exceptions, you MUST buy the PowerBase70 by Aug 31st and I MUST receive the email by September 15th. For further information or to be directed to your nearest Switronix Dealer Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our NEW DESIGNED Website here for more product information and video product demos. www.switronix.com” Here is a Quick Take on the new Switronix Powerbase 70. This thing really kicks ass! Finally, a solution for HDSLR work that is completely self-contained. The Powerbase 70 is a 70wh 14.8v Lithium Ion Battery or the equavelant of about five Canon LP-E6 batteries. The complete system comes with the Pro-X battery, a Canon LP-E6 battery adapter and P-Tap wall charger. The battery can also be charged with any V-Lock charger and will also work as a standard V-Lock battery for use with other cameras. There are two 12v P-Tap accessory ports on the battery for monitors, transmitters, etc. It can be moutned via ¼-20 inch quick release plate or a female ¼-20 inch thread. The Powerbase 70 kit will retail for around $300 US. Additional batteries will be around $200 US. Music: Kevin MacLeod Via Incompetech. Thanks.Read more
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