External monitors and I have a love-hate relationship. I love how it makes filmmaking easier for me. However, there are a lot of things that make using one harder. The weight, the battery, the I/O, cable management, and all sorts of things like that make choosing a perfect monitor pretty tough. After a few weeks of using the PortKeys BM5 WR, I feel relieved. It boasts all the tech you could need, with all the comfort one looks for in a monitor. But most importantly, it has GREAT cross-compatibility. let’s dive into it.
IRIX is a really impressive lens manufacturer that makes great lenses at affordable prices. Although they have been quiet for a while, after reviewing this lens, I can say that it was worth the wait. Today’s review goes over the IRIX 30 mm, their brand-new addition to their Cine lineup of lenses. It is a fascinating lens, to say the least, and there have been some improvements over previous generations that make the wait well worth it.
Gimbals have become increasingly popular and it’s obvious why. Moves that required master camera operators can now be done with significantly less training. Add the fact that gimbals are becoming more powerful, more affordable, and more features rich, and you have a winning tool. That being said, gimbals still require a learning curve. This series of tips is here to help you get the most out of our gimbal on your next shoot. We got our resident gimbal expert Oleg Balzanov and a super talented dancer, Danielle Stephen to help us teach you these tips.
For this tutorial, we used three pieces of kit. A Manfrotto MVG460 gimbal, a dedicated remote, and a monopod style accessory called a Gimboom. The 460 is a great gimbal with tons of nifty features and a really good payload capacity. AS for the Gimboom, if you have seen their FAST tripod legs, it’s basically a single leg of that tripod. It’s nice to see that Manfrotto saw how monopods are used in tandem with gimbals and created a dedicated product for it.
So without further ado, here are our top 13 gimbal tricks:
Somewhere between an action light and a studio light, there is a need for a particular light. For all intent and purposes, we will call that light a mini LED panel. The studio mini panels are brighter than average action lights but they fit in your bag and operates on batteries.
We rallied two of our favorite panels – Litra Studio ($399) and Lupo Kickasspanel ($298). But which panel came out on top? Did the robust weather-sealed app-controlled Litra take it? Or did the versatile affordable and high-quality LEDs of the Lupo take the cake? This is why we had to pit these two against each other to find out.
Photographers are no strangers to the outdoors. A good number of us tend to take our cameras when we go out to nature, even if it’s not our niche. When I pack my photography bag for nature, I don’t always consider all the things I might need. This is why we made the list of all things you should take with you on your next photo hike. Amazingly, we were about to fit 32 different items into the new Lowpro Photosport 24L AW3.
Vaxis has just announced RED certification for their new Archon series Exascend CFast 2.0 lineup of cards. Vaxis has been having some really great performing products come into the market lately. They are dipping their toes into a completely new market with this card being their first Cfast 2.0 card. With that being said, the standard they set must have been very high considering the certification that comes with it. Also,
I don’t know if I’m pretty sure that there is a freaking Komodo on the card- so you know it’s legit.
Our latest edition of DIY Photography educational content is about lighting. We put together a little production to show the dos and don’ts of lighting. This fundamental guide is meant to help you get a better understanding of how to take better control of your set. Specifically, your lights. Lighting is a fundamental part of both filmmaking and photography. A basic understanding of the concepts and rules of lighting is enough to go to the next level. This course will break down the types of lights, some setups, and some tips.
Sliders and monopods, what do they have in common? Absolutely nothing. Until now… In fact, they’re kind of meant for the opposite things, but the folks over at Moza have a really clever take on this, and they joined the two together. Now, we have the Slypod Pro, a brand-new slider/monopod combo that packs a serious list of things it can do.
The Portkeys LH5P is a really interesting monitor, to say the least. It boasts a great feature set and a bright panel. But the most attractive feature is definitely the camera control function. Portkeys has been getting notoriety for its camera control abilities, and this monitor brings it to an even more affordable market. Peaking at 1700 nits, this 5.5-inch monitor can do some pretty cool stuff.
Even taking into consideration that Portkeys is a budget brand. This monitor stands out with its feature set.