The Metabones Speedbooster Adapter has been all the buzz for the last several months, and that’s no surprise considering the lofty promises of this particular piece of equipment. Unlike a standard lens adapter, which would allow you to mount say, your canon EF lenses on a Sony NEX or Micro 4/3 camera, the Metabones Speedbooster also includes a built in focal reductor – a peice of glass that takes the incoming light from the full frame lens and re-focuses it to fit onto the sensor of the host camera.  This is purported to have the effect of making the lens [More]
If you’ve ever been shooting on the fly and wanted to quickly switch over to video mode from photo, then you know that activating (or even finding) the video button can sometimes be somewhat of a challenge. One guy who has TONS of experience shooting photos and videos is MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett, and he may have just the solution you’re looking for. Will writes… Some cameras have their video record buttons recessed a bit into the camera body to prevent you from accidentally hitting it.  That also makes it hard to find sometimes when you [More]
Have you ever wanted a quick and easy way to store and transfer files between your MAC, PC and iOS Devices?  The folks over at PhotoFast may just have the answer you’re looking for. The i-FlashDrive is a thumb drive that plays nice with both computers and iOS devices.  It can store either 8GB or 16GB and will allow you to keep any photos or other data easily accessible and in your pocket without taking up space on your phone. The i-FlashDrive is a dongle that has a 30-pin or lightning iOS connector on one side and a USB connector [More]
By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera “full-frame” while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
The amazing video above, shot by pro photographer/director Vincent Laforet and Team, is all the more amazing when you consider that it was shot entirely using one piece of equipment – the new MōVI – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal that Laforet was testing.  Vincent and his crew were so impressed with the unit that he calls it a “game changer,” going so far as to say that “it’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.” When you watch the video above, you can understand why as it’s chock full [More]
Are you looking to capture some cool aerial photos for your indie movie?  Then this might be just what you’re looking for. The instructional video above showcases the Rotor Concept Quadcopter HPQ1, which is an ideal choice to capture aerial footage with a GoPro or small mirrorless camera. About the Quadcopter… Rotor Concept’s HPQ1 Quadcopter is the perfect solution to capture aerial video with your GoPro Hero or other digital cameras.  The quadcopter can carry a maximum payload of up to 12 ounces with standard blades, or up to 1.2 pound using optional high performance blades.  It’s controlled by a [More]
Talk about a Go Anywhere Camera…  The Chobi Cam Pro 3 shoots full HD stills and video (up to 2 hours!), and even has night vision capabilities – and this little sucker is about the size of the remote on your key chain that unlocks your car doors. The Chobi Cam takes micro SD cards up to 32 gb and has an infra-red LED array on the front that enables it’s night vision recording capabilities.  It’s reportedly very easy to operate, which is good news because the instructions will no doubt be in Japanese.  Look for loads of bootleg concert [More]
In another report from the SXSW Trade Show in Austin, TX, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul stops by the Cinetics booth to talk with founder Justin Jensen. Cinetics is a Kickstarter-launched company that makes several camera dolly/support systems, many of which work hand in hand with Joby Gorilla-Pod Tripods, including CineSkates Roller Attachments, CineSquid Suction Cup Attachments, and the CineSkates Pro Tripod.
Here’s another cool device that we found kicking around on Kickstarter.  Meet the Genie Motion Control Timelapse device, which can be used for either live motion in video shooting or for perfect motion control in timelapse photography.  It’s highly versatile and it’s made to work with just about any camera that you may already have, which is probably why the Genie is proving to be so popular among Kickstarter Backers (the makers of the Genie have shattered their pledge goal of $150,000 and have racked up nearly $700k). Here’s the skinny on the Genie… “The Genie is a simple, affordable [More]
Here’s a great (and cheap) DIY project that you can easily make at home and knock out in no time.  In the video above, Photographer Tiffany Angeles demonstrates how to make a dual purpose backdrop/reflector that you can use in your own home studio, or even when you’re on location.  The materials are inexpensive and you can find them at any Home Supplies Store.  These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background. [More]
Metabones created quite a buzz in the industry a few months ago when they announced their new Speedbooster adapters, which are purported to adapt legacy lenses to your Sony NEX and (soon) micro 4/3 cameras…  and to make those lenses faster and brighter in the process.  So it’s no small wonder that photographers are licking their chops at the prospect of getting their hands on one of these little beauties. Also of little surprise is the latest rumor posted on SonyAlphaRumors that a copy may be in the works. SAR Report… “Metabones created an amazing adapter called the Speed Booster [which [More]
Jay from OpenAirLife takes a look at the Hitcase Pro for iPhone. The Hitcase Pro is a waterproof, shockproof case with it’s own built-in wide-angle conversion lens that allows your phone to capture a 170° angle of view.  It’s also equipped with a patent-pending ShockSeal design that protects the phone from the elements while also shielding it from shocks and drops. The Hitcase Pro’s Railslide system makes it easy to mount to just about anything by utilizing its auto-locking functionality and one-button trigger release – and it’s even compatible with GoPro mounts. The sample footage above looks great, just as we [More]
In the video above, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews shows you the basic concept behind the Rogue Flashbender, a great attachment that will help you add versatility to and enhance the performance of your flash units. Now ExpoImaging (the makers of the Rogue Flashbender) are upping their game by offering the all new Rogue Flashbender XL Pro Lighting Kit. What’s in the Kit? (via thePhoblographer)  This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the [More]
Google’s Glass Project is another example of how quickly technology is advancing. Glass is a wearable optical device that’s part Virtual Assistant, part Hybrid Camera, part Heads Up Display, and using one is surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live. Directions pop up right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Instantly get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask. While Glass is still in development, it’s easy to [More]
Ever want one of those cool Thermal Imaging Devices like the guys from Finding Bigfoot use when they’re out Squatchin’?  Well, you’re in luck… It looks like the gang from Mu Optics are developing an affordable solution that’ll hook right up to your smart device.  What keeps those thermal units out of the hands of every day folk is that they’re super expensive, but the Mu Crew figured that, if you got rid of the most costly components of a typical thermal device – i.e. the onboard processor, user interface, the screen and the complicated optics – and instead used [More]
Pro Photo Guru Chase Jarvis got his hands on an innovative new piece of equipment that’s in development called the Lil-Mule and wrote up an article detailing his initial impressions >>Here<<.  The Lil Mule is touted as “An intuitive, affordable, heavy duty camera platform for creating arced or linear camera moves when shooting time lapse and video”, and it’s basically a robotic dolly that will drive your camera around, allowing you to capture cool slider shots and time-lapse videos without a track. For a little more info, check out the Lil Mule KickStarter Video below: Here’s Chase’s Preliminary Conclusions on [More]
Star light, star bright.  How can I get good shots of the stars I see at night?… A company called Vixen may just have the solution you’re looking for. Shooting Stars with the Polarie… The Vixen Polarie is a specialized photographic accessory that allows you to take pin-sharp photos of stars and constellations. It is designed to follow the apparent motion of the stars caused by the earth’s rotation, thereby eliminating star trails. If you watch the video above, using the Polarie to shoot stars and constellations, as well the Milky Way Galaxy looks surprisingly straightforward.  Simply mount the Polarie [More]
Here’s another great idea from Scott Eggleston (aka The Frugal Filmmaker).  This time, it’s for a low cost alternative to an OWLE camera stabilizer.  By using a Nintendo Wii Steering Wheel and a mini ballhead, Scott creates a mini version of the “FigRig” stabilizer that’s used by many pro and indie videographers.  Of course, this option is a bit cheaper. Fig Rig = $309.99 USD OWLE = over $100 USD Wii Steering Wheel + Mini Ballhead = Somewhere between $5.00 and $35.00 USD The Frugal Filmmaker found the Wii Steering Wheel for under $1.00 at the Dollar Store, so you [More]
A couple weeks ago, we posted an article called “How To Build a RotoRig DIY JIb Crane/Shoulder Rig” that’s been getting a great response.  The RotoRig is one of the (if not THE) best DIY Jib Cranes I’ve ever seen, and it would seem that a lot of people agree, because many are now building and using their own RotoRig devices. Two of the latest are my708class (video above) and Thomas Emmerich (video below), who are shown testing their RotoRigs. We take our hat’s off to people like Chad Bredahl (aka KrotoFlik – subscribe to his YT Channel Here) who [More]
While at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan – Diginfo.TV reports that Ricoh have unveiled an omnidirectional camera that can take a full 360° panoramic image in one shot. About the Omnidirectional Camera from Ricoh… “It has two fish-eye lenses, each of which covers 180 degrees. The camera combines the two pictures, and sends them via Wi-Fi to a tablet or smartphone for viewing. The idea is, the pictures you take arrive automatically.” “When viewing it like a regular panoramic image, you can also see up and down. When you pull out from the image, it finally becomes a circle, and you [More]
Hybrid Photography Ninja and Photo/Video Innovator “Coach” Will Crockett ( is back, this time showcasing a great new hand grip camera mount that he’s been using from Camtrol. For guys like Will (who has a bum leg) and me (with sporadic back issues), having an easy way to get a low angle shot can be a lifesaver.  And the Camtrol Hand Grip, which is small, lightweight, portable, and has shutter release button built right into the handle, is one of the best solutions that I’ve see. Will writes… If you need to shoot high or low angle shots, but you [More]
PetaPixel posted an article highlighting the new Flip Cap – a lens cap that screws on to the front end of your lens that you can flip open to take pictures and then flip it closed when you’re done; thus preventing the “where did I put my lens cap?” syndrome, for which I am famous. 😉 Petapixel reports At the CP+ trade show in Japan, Kenko International is showing off a new product called the Flip Cap, a lens cap that screws on permanently, but flips out of the way when you’re using your camera. As the video above by [More]
New from RØDE, the smartLav – a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch.  Can the smartLav provide professional quality audio recordings from an iOS device? Here are the Details from RØDE The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications, from the boardroom to the pulpit, the car to the classroom. The RØDE smartLav uses a standard TRRS connection, which plugs directly into your Apple iOS device’s headset input. By employing an omni-directional capsule that picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, the smartLav can [More]
Blunty’s back!  This time, he’s reporting for DigiDIRECT TV, showcasing the Tamrac Zipshot Tripod. A tripod is definitely a piece of equipment that no photographer should be without, but they’re not always easy to carry around with you when you’re out and about.  But Tamrac seem to have solved that problem with the ZipShot, which is basically made up of collapsible tent poles that fold up nice and small (and light), so it’s easy to carry.  I guess that’s why Blunty calls the ZipShot his “Secret Weapon” Tripod. Here’s the Skinny on the Tamrac ZipShot The Tamrac Zipshot is an [More]