OBSBOT managed to fit a lot into their new streaming camera, the OBSBOT Tail Air ($499). 4k streaming/recording, AI tracking, large sensor pixels, gesture controls, and so much more. All while being the size of a soda can. After we met them at IBC, we are giving the Tail Air the full run-through. Yes, it’s also a PTZ cam.
Good news! SIRUI just expanded their anamorphic Saturn lineup – In addition to the already existing Saturn 35mm, they have just introduced two new anamorphic lenses: the Saturn 50mm and the Saturn 75mm. Each is a T/2.9 full-frame anamorphic lens that is smaller than a phone, light enough to mount on a drone, and best of all? They are all budget-friendly at under $1,000. We took the entire set for a spin!
SIRUI just announced their first autofocus lens ever – the SIRUI Sniper. The Sniper is a set of three lenses for APS-C sensors. We took the set for a ride, and they are a great pick for the price. Once you read the review, there is a good chance you’d wanna grab them. They are now pre-selling on Indiegogo for $299 a lens.
For a super deep drill down on the set, hit the jump.
The new tiny smoke machine, the PMI Smoke Ninja (249$), is only 142mm tall. 5mm shorter than an iPhone 15. It’s the size of a phone but a fully-fledged smoke machine. Well, a light smoke machine. Let me explain.
The PMI Smoke Ninja was funded on Kickstarter with over $640,000 of funding dollars. It is a hyped entry-level alternative to the PMI Smoke Genie. It is about 30% smaller and much simpler to use. But don’t discount it just yet. The Smoke Ninja can provide all professional needs on set, with only one real exception.
About two months ago, rode released their $400 Rode Wireless Pro, a set of wireless microphones that catches up with the wireless lavalier industry and then some. We took the set for a test drive, and unsurprisingly, this is the best wireless lav that RODE released to date.
As the name implies, this set is an upgrade to the $300 RODE wireless GO II, which, in itself, is an upgrade to the (now discontinued) RODE Wireless GO, which was the first microphone in this Dual Wireless Lav category. Obviously, we were very curious to see how this kit performs. Click on to find out.
If you are on the lookout for a budget anamorphic lens, you should definitely check out the SIRUI Venus 150mm T2.9 1.6x. Ok, ok, this is an incredibly long name; how about we call it the SIRUI 150mm x1.6 anamorphic from now on?
As the name suggests, this is an x1.6 anamorphic lens that SIRUI has recently started selling, and after playing with this lens for a bit, I am pretty impressed with what it can do, especially for the low price tag.
Sirui just announced a new set of crop cine lenses on Indiegogo called SIRUI Nightwalker. The lenses start at $309 a lens, and for that price, I think that this is the best set you can find in the market right now. I have been testing this set of three lenses for a few weeks now, and I have to say, I’m impressed that SIRUI managed to cram a complete set of T1.2 for less than $1,000. If you are just starting out, this would be a fantastic set for you.
You’ve been there. You are shooting a long-form video or running a full night timelapse, and boom! Your battery dies. It’s one of those sad things that comes with digital photography. The need for power. If you are shooting something where you cannot move your camera, swapping batteries can be a real project killer. This is where the ONsite Relay C (link) comes in. It provides an uninterrupted power supply to your camera via the battery chamber. (And that battery port thing matters. I’ll get to that later).
The ONsite Relay C is a battery coupler with some smarts to connect more than one battery to your camera. More than one battery means that even if one battery runs out, the other battery will keep pushing power to your camera, so the camera never feels the swap. From the camera’s perspective, it just has one huge power reservoir to drink from.
A while back SmallRig entered the tripods market with a heavy-duty aluminum tripod. It was an entry-level video tripod at about $150. Now, there is a second, more professional version of the SmallRig Heavy-Duty Tripod in Carbon Fiber ($399.00), and it is packed with features.
I guess that Smallrig took the time between the design and manufacturing of those tripods to listen to customer feedback, because a lot of the things that were missing from the first-generation tripod are now solved. Let’s jump right in.