by Fabian Chaundy | 11th April 2017
The GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable and El Grande pole will allow you to capture even more extreme perspectives, while updates to the HERO5 family will improve performance. GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable The GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable for their handheld stabiliser allows you to separate the gimbal and camera section from the control handle. This means you can mount your GoPro and gimbal combination to a helmet, chest bracket, bike handlebars or any number of other positions, while keeping the remote control handy and out of the way. This way you don’t have to reach for the camera if you want to change settings in between shots. The coiled cable offers a total length of up to 89cm, which should be sufficient for most setups. It will be available from April 9th for $99. El Grande GoPro have also announced the El Grande selfie stick — or “collapsible pole” if you want to use the official name. With a total length of 97cm, it will allow you to get wider selfie shots, just be careful not to get it in the shot! It also offers a swivel head with 360 degrees of rotation to get the angle just right. When collapsed, it packs down to 38cm for portability. The El Grande pole will be available from April 9th for $59.99. Just… you know, make sure you’re not compensating for other… shortcomings. HERO5 Firmware Updates On the software side of things, GoPro has also announced firmware updates for their HERO5 generation of action cams. Performance improvements on the HERO5 Black include the ability to extract a photo from a multi-shot series and further photo mode shutter settings in Protune. The update for the HERO5 Session, on the other hand, unlocks 4K/24p video resolution, as well as enabling all fields of view in the 1080/48p setting. Both HERO5 cameras will now also feature voice-control in Russian, Korean and Portuguese. For more information, head over the GoPro’s news page HERE. What do you think of these news from GoPro? Let us know in the comments section below.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 11th September 2016
Did you’ve ever wonder how to reduce the weight of your camera package even more? You might consider looking into the freshly announced RodRocket modular 15mm rods, manufactured by Italian company Lockcircle. The LockCircle RodRocket Just a few months ago, in May 2016, LockCircle announced a modular 15mm rod system called the RodRunner which was designed to build a rod system of the desired length according to your setup. Very neat! Now, at IBC 2016, LockCircle’s Dante Cecchin has come up with an interesting upgrade: the RodRocket. The RodRocket is made out of grade 5 titanium, which makes it very durable but very lightweight at the same time. With the help of surgical tools, the company managed to drill precision holes into the rod segments in order to keep the weight down while maintaining strength and durability. Actually, the weight of the RodRocket rods are almost on the level of carbon fiber rods. You can build your own set by purchasing the starter kit and the extension kit but you can buy individual segments or end caps, too. It’s a completely customizable system. RodRocket starter kit (left) and extension kit (right) Another thing Dante mentions is the ability to attach accessories to the rod itself as the drilled holes could act as a mounting point as well. We’ll see how manufacturers adapt to this new possibility of attaching their products to the rods without being afraid of having them rotating or come loose on the rods. Prices and availability The starter kit starts at $269 (249 €) without the end caps and $339 (319 €) with them included. The extension kit is $349 (329 €). The single parts range from $39 (36 €) for an end cap, rod joint or the 1″ piece, and up to $84 (79 €) for the 2″ inch rod and $99 (96 €) for the 3″ rod. All of this is available as of now. Make sure to visit Lockcircle’s website for all the details. What do you think about these fancy looking rods? Might this be your next thing in your toolbox? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
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