by Olaf von Voss | 1st August 2016
If you’re into the fast-paced business of vlogging or just don’t want to be let down by unreliable gear, this new tripod called Bendy might be the one you’ve been looking for. Jehu Garcia, who you probably know already as he’s one of the guys behind JAG35.com, has just launched his first Kickstarter project, which has proved thus far to be quite successful. Meet Bendy Put simply, Bendy is a tiny tripod. You might wonder what the big deal is behind that. Well, since Jehu is probably one of the most talented DIY guys out there, as well as being a vlogger himself for half a year now, he probably has a pretty good idea of what is needed in terms of camera support. But let’s hear his motivation of building Bendy from the man himself: After watching this video, I’m pretty convinced that the tripod Jehu has created is able to outperform common octopus-style tripods (also known as Gorilla Pods) in almost every aspect. It’s much more durable, it’s expandable, its build quality seems to be rugged and you’re able to source spare parts and repair it yourself. Best thing is: you can easily tighten the parts if they come loose over time, which was the major disadvantage of these octopus-style things. Another cool feature of Bendy is that you can expand its length to suit your needs. Just order some additional segments and attach them onto your existing Bendy. Make sure to watch the video Jehu mentioned in his kickstarter campaign. It’s about the custom build prototype of his Bendy tripod which he is about to send over to his vlogging collegue Casey Neistat: The Kickstarter Campaign Since Jehu is not new to the business, it’s more than likely that once the goal of $60.000 is reached it won’t take long to get the necessary parts, assemble them and send out loads of Bendys to his backers. He assumes it will take about a month for the whole process, because he already has the manufacturers in place just waiting for the call. The campaign lasts until August 26th, and to this day almost half of the funding goal has already been reached. Conclusion I think this is really quite a good deal, and you can still preorder an early bird Bendy for just $99. Maybe this tripod will even make the perfect companion for the Parrot 2 teleprompter I wrote about a couple of days ago. By the way, that one is already funded by almost 200%. What do you think? Do you find your camera just won’t stop tipping over? Is this something you’ve been waiting for as well? Links: Kickstarter campaignRead more
by Sebastian Wöber | 16th September 2015
In response to high demand in the film production market, a log video recording mode called V-Log L has been implemented for the Panasonic GH4. The release of the new gamma mode is imminent. Leading up to the release of the $99 paid upgrade that can only be purchased through a reseller, the new firmware update 2.3 intended to introduce the upgrade functionality apparently has a bug that allows users to unlock V-Log L upfront and for free. (I won’t include a link to that workaround as I believe it is not right to acquire it that way). B&H give you a $100 discount on the Panasonic GH4 for another 3 days, so the upgrade won’t cost you anything during that time. Note that trying the V-Log L workaround will also lead to zebras & highlights working incorrectly. Concerning the use of V-Log, Panasonic ambassador and filmmaker Nick Driftwood did some testing. He shot this beautiful boat video below and told us: “V Log is very good when exposed correctly. Ive pushed ‘over exposure’ upto 1.5 stops and I know James Miller has had great results at +2″ Nick Driftwood says the V-Log L upgrade is a “must-buy”. And looking at our own experience with the Panasonic GH4 we can certainly only agree. The V-Log profile will give you a more organic image, better highlight rolloff and any standardised Log Gamma will make your color grading process easier as there are LUTs that convert your image into accurate colors and skin tones. James Miller’s DELUTS are already available for the new V-Log L Gamma HERE. The new new Panasonic GH4 V-Log L is now on pre-order for $99 and starts shipping on October 7th 2015.Read more
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