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4 Reasons Why I Do Not Recommend Nikon Cameras for Video

UPDATE: People seem to be confusing the purpose of this video. Please understand 3 things before watching my video below:

  1. I made this video because people ask me why I don’t shoot with Nikon cameras. I’m not here trying to preach against Nikon, just answering a question with a video.
  2. This is MY opinion to be taken as just that, an opinion, not law. These are the reasons I personally don’t use Nikon. Not anyone else’s.
  3. If you have chosen Nikon as your camera system, good for you! I don’t have anything against Nikon shooters!

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One of the top questions I get asked is why I don’t recommend Nikon cameras or do more Nikon body reviews. In today’s video I go through my 4 reasons for not recommending Nikon cameras for video:

1. Nikon F Mount

On Canon, Panasonic and Sony cameras you have vast selection of lens options thanks to a more flexible flange distant. You can use Nikon glass and tons of other brands/mounts where as on a Nikon, you can never use Canon lenses and others.

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5 Skills That Will Make You a More Valuable Filmmaker

There are tons of skills that will make you a better filmmaker, but have found these 5 skills to be invaluable. Here are 5 skills that I like to see in filmmakers I hire or 5 skills he/she is willing to develop. Watch the video above to see all 5 tips and read the conclusion below to see the payoff of mastering these skills.

1. Knowing How to Stage Gear

Staging gear is a crucial step in production. Knowing how to stage gear makes things easier to find through the shoot and also help move production along. If the video above, I talk about how I recommend you stage gear and specifically lights.

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Great V-Mount Battery for Sony A7s and GH4 Shooters

I’ve been on a hunt for the perfect power system for quite some time now. There are literally hundreds of power solutions out there, different battery types, capacities, mounts and so many other choices. After a lot of research, I’ve come up with some tools and tips that you will find in this tutorial/review for you guys using the Switronix Powerbase 70.

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Filters for Video Part I: Filter Types and Uses

Welcome to a new series on DSLR Video Shooter! In this series we will take a look at filters for video and the gear needed to use filters properly. Here is what we will cover in today’s video:

  • Why use filters?
  • Rectangle filters vs Fader ND and round filters
  • Filter sizes
  • Popular filter types and uses
  • Pro vs cheap filters

Stay tuned for the second video where we will cover all things matte boxes, filter holders and rod systems for filters.

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Libec ALLEX Kit Review

The ALLEX system by Libec is an all in one tripod, slider and fluid head system. The beauty of this system is that you can use a slider on a tripod with only one fluid head thanks to the design of the ALLEX system. Check out Alex’s (heh) review of the ALLEX Kit from Libec:

You can get ALLEX as a kit or each part individually from B&H Photo Video.

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Ended: F&V Camera Cage Giveaway!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Luke the winner! Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future.

This month I’m giving away a custom F&V Cage with a custom leather handle (who doesn’t love leather handles). You can find details on how to win below.

If you want to learn more about this killer cage, check out my F&V cage review which includes a tutorial on using this cage with a DSLR.

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Walimex Pro Universial XL DSLR Cage

I feel the need to add a disclaimer to this review, I was not paid or compensated for this review. I just REALLY like this cage and got one for myself. The Walimex Pro Cage is a high quality and cost effective alternative to Wooden Camera’s Quick Cage which I own and love. While this DSLR cage is similar, it has a few features that set it apart from other cages. Check out the full review above for all the details.

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Production Gear Packing for a Two Day Shoot

Over the last two weekends I have been out in Indiana shooting a music video and a short documentary. I thought I would show you guys what I’m brought and how I packed it. Please excuse the messy studio! I’ve been working on soundproofing and insulating so the floors are a mess.

All production went well and I hope to show you some footage soon.

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The Studio Part 2: Grip and Lighting Accessories

This is the second episode in The Studio series of videos I’m doing (watch episode one here). In this edition we are going to take a close look at several grip and lighting tools I use in the studio and on the road. This is the kind of gear that you don’t always think about, but you always end up using.

If you are overwhelmed with all the stuff you feel you need, don’t be. Start with something like the Manfrotto Nano clamp (I swear by that thing) and you can build up your kit from there.

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The Studio Part 1: Light Stands

This is the first installment of a series of studio equipment videos I’ll be posting. In this series I will be showing you gear that I’ve been using at the new studio here in Chicago. Most of the gear in this series also gets used out in the field.

In part one, we look at light stands. I’ve had a couple old trusty stands I’ve been using for years as well as some newer stands B&H has sent me that I’ve been using a ton in the last couple months. Check out the video for my review and recommendations.

Note: Excuse the color changes in the video. FCPX has been giving me quite a lot of uploading issues.

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GH3/GH4 Honu Camera Cage from Kamerar

If you’re looking for an affordable cage for your GH4 stop searching and check out the Honu cage. This thing is one of the cheapest cages out there and sports some great features like a top handle, cold shoe docks, tons of 1/4 20″ taps, an HDMI cable lock and more. For more information check out our video review:

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Essential Video Production Gear for Filmmakers

Cameras and lenses are great, but don’t forget the basics! We can easily overlook some basic production equipment that is crucial to success when on set. In this video I show you a pile of important gear I always have on my shoots. I also share some slate tips.

This is just a few items… I didn’t cover a lot of lighting tools and toys (saving that for another video). What production gear do you swear by on set?

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Brilliant Filter Bag for Shooters with Large Filter Collections

I have a handful of random filters both round and square that are always scattered in my pelican case. Not to mention a mess of random lens and filter tools and cleaners. While searching for an affordable way to pack all this, I found the MindShift Filter bag. For $55 you get a nice protected bag for all of your filters and accessories. Check out my video review for the full lowdown.

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Wooden Camera Nato Handle Kit Review

As you already know, I love Wooden Camera gear, cages and top handles. At NAB 2014 I fell in love with Wooden Camera’s new Nato Handle. They have make some impressive updates to their standard handle including a cold shoe mount, 360 rotatable handle, 15mm rod port and so much more. Check out the full video review to see and learn more about this great little handle. Read More…

Half Inch Rails Gear Review

Half Inch Rails manufatures tons of great gear for filmmakers. In today’s review, we are looking at three of their killer tools.

Zip Tie Gears

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Not the best solution for all situations, but hands down, the simplest and most affordable way to gear your lenses. You can get these Zip Ties on B&H or at Half Inch Rails.

Shoulder Pads

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I hate most shoulder pads as they are bulky and get in the way. Half Inch Rails makes these killer Shoulder Pads that can work with a multitude of rig setups while staying out of the way. You can order the Shoulder Pads through Half Inch Rails.

Bumpers

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These little guys keep the ends of your rods nice and neat while keeping all faces safe on set. Can’t have talent getting stabbed in the money maker while on set! You can order Bumpers through Half Inch Rails.

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