Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Dec
17
2014

Atomos Ninja Star Review

planet5D reader Frank Rohmer takes a hands-on look at the Atomos Ninja Star connected to the new Canon 7D Mk II. You know we like the folks over at Atomos, and in fact reviewed the Ninja Star ourselves back in October. [adrotate group="6"] Our takeaway?…
Dec
11
2014

Canon 7D Mark II Review: Game Changer for Events & Sports?

planet5D reader Frank Rohmer gives us his demo/review of the Canon 7D Mk II on YouTube, and he likes it. Frank has been shooting with Canon gear for about five years, and he’s really chuffed about the new Canon 7D Mk II. The “deal maker”…
Dec
10
2014

Monopods rock! So how does the MogoPod Monopod compare to market leaders?

I love monopods! So how does the Mogopod Monopod fit in with my photography and video needs? Monopods are supposed to make your life as a filmmaker or a photographer much easier so that you can be portable and yet still have some very good…
Dec
5
2014

Hands On with the Syrp Magic Carpet Slider

This week’s installment of our once-in-a-while-series-I-just-made-up called The Zohan’s “Silky Smooth” is a hands-on look at New Zealand startup Syrp Magic Carpet Slider. It is indeed silky smooth. If you don’t already have a slider, you’ve probably already thought about getting one or maybe even…
Dec
2
2014

Aputure V-Mic D2: A Novel Approach to Basic DSLR Audio Limitations

How do you cost-effectively improve sound recording quality from your DSLR? The Aputure V-mic D2 answers: take the load off your camera’s preamp and on-board mic by adding a better preamp to a shoe-mounted shotgun mic -- and provide an outboard, binary LED sound meter…
Nov
19
2014

Hands on With the Sony FS7, Part 1

Moving from a DSLR to a dedicated camcorder which is "all that and a bag of potato chips" can be (in addition to thrilling) intimidating and surprising -- as we found out over a rain-drenched weekend exploring the new Sony FS7.[adrotate group="6"] The weather wasn’t…
Nov
14
2014

Hands-on Review: Aputure Amaran HR672C

The speed with which innovation and high function are trickling down to lower price points is astonishing. Case in point: the Amaran HR672.[adrotate group="6"] It was only a month ago that I was blown away by a set of LED 1x1’s, yet here I am…
Nov
12
2014

Blackmagic URSA: “It’s a Monster” – and Better than a RED Scarlet?

How many times does Corey over at Faymus Media call the Blackmagic URSA “a monster?” We dare you to watch the video and post your answers below -- and then answer this question: does it matter?[adrotate group="6"] You already know that we think Blackmagic is…
Nov
12
2014

Vincent LaForet’s Directing Motion DVD Set According to D4Darious

“F**k*** Awesome Sauce” as D4Darious says, pretty much covers it. The review of Vincent LaForet's Directing Motion class is entertaining; the DVD set worthwhile. Get thee to it if you’re past the gear thing and want to focus on the craft of storytelling -- and…
Nov
5
2014

First Look: CAME-TV 7800 3-Axis Gimbal Passes “Sophie Test”

Who doesn’t have MoVI envy? The market is filling up with worthy competitors, but CAME-TV’s 7800 is especially intriguing at an introductory price of $1,298.[adrotate group="6"] We’ve just gotten our hands on their 3-axis gimbal, and while it’s missing a couple of bells and whistles compared…