Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Jan
23
2015

Aputure VS-2: Great Value in a 7” Field Monitor

In another installment of our just-made-up “80/20” series, Aputure scores a win with their VS-2. I got religion (of the larger on-camera field monitor kind) a few months ago when I tested smallHD’s AC7. I learned that a minimum 7” diagonal is the ticket: it’s…
Jan
20
2015

CAME-TV 7800 Takes On The MoVI M5: A Gimbal for the Rest of Us?

If Freefly’s MoVI M5 is the BMW of 3-axis gimbals, CAME-TV’s 7800 is the Hyundai: an ambitious, low-priced alternative inspired by the original that offers a legitimate set of trade-offs, and can definitely get you from points A to B. After many months of MoVI…
Jan
15
2015

Reader Review: Crazy-Fast RAID System from Accusys

This is ridiculous but it’s definitely NOT crazy: I actually got excited looking at the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test results for this monster 25 lb., incredibly fast and equally poorly-named Accusys ExaSAN A08S3-PS RAID system. I’ve never seen every box check-marked green.[adrotate group="6"] There’s nothing sexy…
Jan
14
2015

“I Want That One:” DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Earns PC Mag Editor’s Choice

There are so many ways to create incredible footage these days that sometimes it’s overwhelming. The folks over at PC Magazine make it a little less overwhelming with their thumbs-up review of this incarnation of the DJI Phantom 2 drone.[adrotate group="6"] Do you ever remind…
Dec
23
2014

2014: A Great Year for Gear – Is there a perfect camera yet?

What an amazing year for gear porn. The Year of Mirrorless and 4K 2014 was truly the year of mirrorless – and 4K (selling it, anyway). At one end, it was all about the Panasonic GH4 with its internal 4K recording and the first amazing…
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…