Gear Reviews

Video Gear reviews including DSLRs, lens reviews, cinema cameras, rigs and more.

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.

Studio Grip Gear

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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Panasonic GH4 Review

The Panasonic GH4 is an amazing camera. I haven’t been this excited about shooting since I bought my 7D. Not because its a nice toy, but because I can spend more time and energy on my projects, talent and cinematography and stop dealing with silly DSLR issues. Watch my review for the full lowdown.

I put a lot of blood and sweat into this review and if you want more videos like it, please use my Amazon and B&H links to purchase your gear. With each purchase, I get a small commission that will keep these videos coming.
Your fellow shooter - Caleb

REVIEW INDEX:
3:24 – Shooting 4K
10:20 – Camera Features
11:06 – Audio
12:04 – Lenses
19:18 – Moire Test
22:09 – Field of View
23:15 – Depth of Field
26:06 – Low Light and ISO Test
27:50 – Slow Motion
29:49 – Why I’m Leaving Canon

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GH4 Review Teaser

Update:

Having trouble with my internet and Youtube, unfortunately the video will have to be posted tomorrow. Sorry guys.

Here is a teaser for my GH4 review. Come back tomorrow to see the full review. You won’t want to miss all the information about this incredible little camera.

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Domke Protective Wraps Review

I have recently discovered and fallen in love with Domke Protective Wraps. Packing up cameras and lenses can be a pain. Sometimes you separate them, other times you need the lens on the body out of the bag. Domke protective wraps make dealing with all this easy.

Domke wraps are simply a velcro sheet that wraps around your gear so you can toss it in any bag. No need for dividers or that nasty pluck foam. Check out my video review to see more.

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Get the Most Out of Your Tripod with the 4DSLR Tripod Stud

I am a huge fan of monopods and use them all the time. But one thing that has always bothered me is the silly female threads on the sides of a lot of Manfrotto tripod/monopod heads. These threads are used for handles, but if you are like me, you don’t use them. Thankfully, Brandon has invented the 4DSLR tripod stud to convert that thread to a standard 1/4 20″ which will mount tons of accessories. Check out the video review to see how I customize my monopod with a monitor.

4DSLR Tripod Stud Review

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The Perfect Production Backpack: A Review of the Portabrace Camera Hive

I don’t usually like using backpacks because they’re just that, backpacks. I rarely hike and shoot so backpacks just sit in a closet and collect dust. But the Portabrace Camera Hive is different. It is totally usable as a production bag or case and can hold much more than the average camera backpack. Check out my video review for more information:

Portabrace Camera Hive Backpack Review

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Battery Plate that Powers Your DSLR and Accessories for Over 12 Hours

If you’re looking for a way to extend your cameras power this is the tool for you.

I recently purchased this NP-F970 Battery Adapter that is compatible with Canon DSLRs. I was a little worried about the quality from the pictures online but I thought I’d take the plunge and share my findings with you guys. After receiving the unit, I hooked it up with 2 Sony NP-F970 batteries and let if run all day with the camera recording AND powering my monitor… 8 Hours later, I called it a day and decided I like this thing. I still haven’t fully tested the unit to see how long it would power the camera and accessories but it’ll give you a full day at least.

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