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Introducing the MōVI Stabilizer

MōVI M10
Vincent Laforet began hyping this product this week, and here it is.

Says Vincent about the MōVI
“….the beauty of this device is how quickly you can also make more simple shots.   A push or slide is done in seconds and near perfectly.   You can add a tilt or pan to that too to make it even fancier if you’d like with little effort.  And the speed at which you can work is hard for many producers (including a friend and long time producer I worked with on a commercial this week… until he sees the results and how quickly you can get them.)  Then you run down stairs, walk across a busy intersection, or ride in a vehicle and your head will certainly spin…”

About the MōVI M10 (From Freefly Systems)
A handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by our engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute our vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals. In creating this camera gimbal, we aim to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography. Freefly MōVI – “The New Moving Picture.”

MōVI in Action
Below Vincent Laforet and Freefly systems talk about the advantages of the new stabilizer. In practice it looks extremely cool and the results seem to speak for themselves. The entry level M5 is $7,500 and the mid level M10 is $15,000.

Freefly Systems | Vincent Laforet Blog

More coverage can be found at Planet5D. Check it out here.

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What does Vincent Laforet Think is a Game Changer?

A teaser from Laforet
Apparently Vincent Laforet is going to share a product shortly that he calls a “game changer” for the video shooter. He swears it’s not a camera.

In case you didn’t know, Vincent Laforet did the “Reverie” video that changed the DSLR world when the 5D Mark II launched.

Says Vincent…
“I’m predicting that this device will follow a very similar path and will stir things up (in a positive way) in our industry.  I know it has already changed the way I shoot.  And while it will be more expensive than the Canon 5D MKII was, its price will pale in comparison to the current tools that it will come to compliment or perhaps even replace.”

I guess we’re going to know shortly.

Read the teaser on Vincent’s blog

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Frankenstein’d EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses

Wow!?
Robert Benson wanted to use a Noctilux 50 f/1.0 on a digital camera, and couldn’t afford a Leica M9 at the time. He decided to figure out a way to make an EOS 5D Mark II take M lenses, which requires a lot of modification to the 5D Mark II.

This is a pretty astonishing accomplishment, and I love when people follow through on an “impossible” idea.

The Other Canon EOS “M” – Click for Larger

Robert also offers a HDMI wireless video monitor kit for your DSLR.

Read More about the 5D Mark II “M” Camera

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EdMika Launches the FDn to EOS Adaptor

EdMika Launches the FDn to EOS Adaptor

From EdMika
This new EdMika adapter fits many more lenses than previous kits we have made. This conversion kit includes 1x EdMika FDn-EOS-A brass adapter body, 1x EdLink, 1x EdShield and 1x rear EOS cap. You only need to have your own good quality small phillips screwdriver to do the conversion. The main brass adapter body will fit most FDn mount lenses but will not fit any of the older FD lenses that are the silver ring/breech lock mounts. So far I have full kits for the lenses listed in the chart below. These kits allow you to replace the original mount with an EOS mount that will give infinity focus AND will allow you to control the aperture as well. This give you much better image quality compared to the usual FD-EOS adapters available for sale. Those cheap standard adapters use corrective lenses to give infinity focus and with that you lose so much detail as well as a stop of light that it is just not worth using.

Buy the EdMika FDn to EOS Adaptor | View Other EdMika Adaptors

Read more about compatibility and learn how to install these fine adaptors after the break.

If you have Canon FDn mount lenses that are not on this list you will still be able to mount the brass adapter and get infinity focusing on most of them but you would not have aperture control, you would have to shoot wide open only. The FDn 7.5mm Fisheye has a different bolt pattern so I will be making a different adapter for it. I am still working on many more lens kits and plan on having the FDn 50mm 1.2L and FDn 85mm 1.2L kits soon after I develop an EdTraveller to hold the rear aspherical lens element in those lenses. I will also be coming out with kits for the 20-35L and 50-300L zooms and many more as I develop the EdLinks needed to control the aperture. There will not be a kit for the FDn 20mm 2.8 or the FDn 85mm 1.8 since they are missing the holes and screws I normally attach my EdLink to. There is a way to make the 85mm 1.8 work but you would have to get the EdMika kit for the 100mm f/2, grind down the height of the EdLink by about 4mm and find a cheap/broken donor FDn lens and use the grey ring from it instead of the original no hole one in the 85mm 1.8.

As always each EdMika adapter comes with the latest Generation 4 Dandelion chip that will come to you preprogrammed with your lens focal length and reporting the maximum aperture. These chips are mostly useful for proper light metering and EXIF data reporting but they are also focus confirmation chips. I recommend using 10x live view for most accurate focus or getting a good focus screen. You can program the chip through your camera and calibrate the focus spot but I find accuracy is so so.

360 Brass was chosen over stainless steel or aluminum because brass is softer than camera and lens flanges ensuring no surface damage yet it is still strong enough to hold on through even heavy abuse. It also allowed us to skip coatings so we could maintain higher tolerances because of the variability of a coating process and because glue holding af-confirm chips bonds well to bare metal but poorly to coatings.

Some of these converted lenses come in contact with the thick mirror of the 5D2 and less thick mirror of the 5D3 and a couple contact the 1D4. This does no damage to the lens or mirror (I have hit thousands of times now) and can be overcome by focusing closer, going to live view and then focusing up to infinity. All crop sensor bodies are safe with no mirror hits on any lens at any focus distance. The below chart gives an idea of distances before mirror contact on which lenses and bodies. Some full frame shooters shave the mirror slightly to overcome the contact issue if they don’t want to use the live view workaround.

Compatibility Chart | Click for Larger

When you purchase this adapter kit you must include a PayPal note with the type of lens from the above list that you want to convert so I can send you the proper EdLink and proper EdShield. If there is no note included I will attempt to contact you through your paypal email address to ask this question again and if I do not get an answer within a day I will Include the EdShield and EdLink that will only work for the FDn 50mm 1.4 lens. If you include more than one lens in the note for a single adapter purchase I will send the parts for only the first one you mention. For now we are not selling extra EdLinks or EdShields separately from adapter bodies.

Buy the EdMika FDn to EOS adaptor on eBay

 

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Gura Gear Announces The Bataflae 32L & 26L Camera Backpacks

GURA GEAR ANNOUNCES THE BATAFLAE RANGE OF CAMERA BACKPACKS FOR TRAVELERS
Introducing the camera bag with an innovative patent pending multi-access system designed for traveling visual artists. OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae represents the next evolution of creative design and refinement for photographers and videographers featuring a patent pending butterfly multi-access system and stowaway harness. Bataflae is aimed at traveling photographers needing to navigate through the world’s airports with carry-on compatibility and a lightweight durable design.

Bataflae’s unique patent pending butterfly multi-access system features a smarter way of carrying and accessing camera gear. The unique configuration maximizes the interior space making it possible to work out of the bag with multiple bodies attached to lenses in the field. Available in 32L and 26L variants, the Bataflae swallows professional size DSLRs, medium format systems, and long lenses. The butterfly flaps provide access to just the gear needed, useful in tight environments like tour vehicles and stadiums, or in rough conditions where exposing the entire kit is less desirable. There are times, however, when opening the bag completely is helpful, like loading and unloading or in studio environments. With the quick pinch of a buckle, the butterfly flaps release to a full traditional opening.

Gura Gear Bataflae 32L & 26L Camera Backpacks

Available in black, grey, and tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.

Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hook side straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.

Bataflae is Bislama (Vanuatu) for ‘butterfly’.

Bataflae 32L and 26L are available for pre-order at www.guragear.com or by calling +1 (801) 823-2809.

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Gura Gear Announces the Et Cetera and Tembo Range of Accessory Cases

GURA GEAR ANNOUNCES THE ET CETERA AND TEMBO RANGES OF POUCHES, CASES, AND MEMORY WALLETS
Introducing the solution for keeping your cables, chargers, batteries and ‘everything else’ organized.

OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Gura Gear, an innovator in carrying solutions for passionate visual thinkers and travelers, introduces a range of solutions for organizing the chaos that follows any digital imaging user. Et Cetera cases and pouches are finely made bags in a range of sizes from 0.5L to 3L for cables, adapters, power blocks, chargers, batteries, pocket wizards, flash units, and the rest of the “extra stuff” that needs a place to call home.

Et Cetera Range of Accessory Cases

The Et Cetera range features top-quality YKK zippers, Velocity Nylon exteriors, luxurious linings, and PVC-free TPU micro mesh windows for viewing contents. The Et Cetera cases all feature interior elastic battery keepers and a convenient external slot for business cards and ID tags. In practice, the Et Cetera bags allow for easy sorting and organization of kits for GPS units, adapters, or charging sets so photographers can simply grab and go, rather than sorting through a nest of cables and electronic components. Et Cetera is available in three pouch sizes from 0.5L to 1.0L and three case sizes from 1L to 3L.

The Tembo Memory Card Wallets

The Tembo range of memory card wallets take a fresh look at a classic design correcting some key annoyances with wallet-style memory card holders by eliminating noisy Velcro and opening like a book; no more unrolling. Available in three versions holding various combinations of compact flash (CF) and smart disc (SD) memory cards.

All Et Cetera and Tembo products are finely crafted of the highest quality materials to exacting specifications.

Et Cetera is Latin for ‘other things; odds and ends’. Tembo is Swahili (East Africa) for ‘elephant’.

The Et Cetera and Tembo ranges of pouches, cases, and memory wallets are available for pre-order at www.guragear.com or by calling +1 (801) 823-2809.

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Aquatech Underwater Housing for 5D Mark III Available.

Aquatech Underwater Housing for 5D Mark III Available.

Introducing the new AquaTech DC5-V3 Sport Housing
AquaTech is happy to announce the release of the new DC5-V3 to suit the new Canon 5D MKIII. This housing is now available through all your normal outlets and features the same dependable controls that are conveniently placed at your fingertips to ensure smooth and reliable control over your camera.

The DC5-V3 features the following controls.

  • Shutter release
  • AF-ON
  • Quick menu
  • Play back
  • Main rear dial
  • Set
  • Multi control toggle
  • Video / Stills switcher
  • Record
  • Live view
  • $1895 USD
  • Available Now

From: http://www.aquatech.net/

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Canon EF to Sony NEX Adaptor with Electronic Aperture Control

Canon EF to Sony NEX Adaptor with Electronic Aperture Control

From Conurus
This is the world’s first adapter that would give Canon lens owners electronic contact with Nex cameras (such as changing aperture using the camera itself).

Estimated availability: January 21, 2012

Visit Conurus

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CES 2012 Cool Stuff – Jobu Design Gimbal Heads

Jobu Design
I had met the folks at Jobu Design nearly two years ago at a show in Toronto. At the time I had just bought Wimberley gimbal heads for my lens rentals business and then became aware of Jobu Design.

What is relatively unique about Jobu Design is their range of different gimbal head sizes. The same head isn’t required for a Canon 600 f/4 and a 100-400L, so why pay for a really large head?

The Jobu Design Booth

From Jobu Design

Our unique BWG line of tripod heads suit both pro and amateur photographers alike. With three basic sizes and modular design components it is easy to configure a product to your own exact specifications and price-point.

Made proudly in Canada by Devonshire Manufacturing Group, Inc. We ship our products to happy customers the world over, from Tasmania to Iceland and all points in between.

I hope to do a full review of some Jobu products in the future. I’ll probably take one to Ecuador with me next month.

View the Jobu Design line at B&H | Visit Jobu Design.com

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CES 2012 Cool Stuff – BETA Shell Cases

BETA Shell Cases
The first product I hadn’t seen before are the BETA Shell Cases for lenses. They have no distribution in Canada, so I’ve never had the opportunity to run into them in stores.

For those that don’t know, they’re basically indestructible cases for individual lenses. They’re priced extremely well and are easy to use. They’d be fantastic for people that take their lenses into areas you don’t want to drop a lenses. They’d probably also make the shipping of lenses safer for rental businesses and the like. I also think this would be a better solution for me over a Pelican style case with a foam insert, as I don’t carry the same lenses with me on each trip. You can also fit these into your camera bag and have exceptional protection. Each case can also fit multiple lenses in your collection.

Each and every case is made in the United States, as they’re based in Portland, Oregon. The price value of these things are almost shocking. They don’t have a single lens case over $90. They’re also looking into products for the supertelephotos in the future.

The BETA Shell Booth @ CES 2012

From betashell.com

Rigid, water-proof, and shock resistant – our patent pending BETA Shell™ protective cases are constructed unlike any other case.Our cases are designed to provide a lifetime of unsurpassed protection to your expensive photo & video gear. Now you can travel in the harshest conditions and the most extreme environments with complete confidence! Travel with us, travel protected!

They have cases that will fit lenses up to the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS without the tripod ring attached.

See the full line of Beta Shell cases at B&H

Visit BETA Shell at www.betashell.com

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