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Review: Camtrol TROL 4.2 Inch Camera Articulating Arm with Miniclamp

Overview : Camtrol allows versatility with the addition of TROL: a 4.2” camera articulating arm with miniclamp. Easylink connectors for attaching: monitors, remotes, lights, clamps and accessories.

Features :
  • Connect monitors, remotes, lights and other accessories

Kickstarter: BounceLite - The Revolutionary Flash Diffuser

We typically get pitches about new products and to help promote it. Some catch our attention and some are eh. But for those that do catch our attention, we post. One Kickstarter campaign that caught our attention is a new flash diffuser called BounceLite from Fotocapio. This looks promising and looks to combine both a flash card, gel filter kit and softbox in one.

Take a look at the video below:

Prices are in British Pounds but Early Bird offer starts at £80 which is approximately $136 USD. If you miss out on it, it jumps to £88 ($149 USD). There's a £12 ($20 USD) shipping for outside the UK unless you get in on the Early Bird which offers FREE shipping.

For more information about the BounceLite, continue reading or go to the Kickstarter campaign. We'll have a full review of the BounceLite when we get our review units in the mail.

Review: Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS POV Camera Rig

Overview : The Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS is the “go-to” POV rig for shooting action-sports, athletes, documentary film makers and video professionals alike. When you want to capture moving first-person shots, a POV rig is essential, and when it comes to POV rigs, the Sniper 1080 KS is in a class of its own.

Features :
  • Net Weight : 1lb 11oz
  • Collapsed size : 10 1/4″L x 4 3/4″ w x 2 1/4″ T
  • 19 3/4″ full extended L
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • 1080 degrees of angles
  • Universal 1/4″20 mount
  • 3.5lb weight capacity for camera, lenses, and accessories
  • Remote mounting post for lights, mics, and monitors.

Metabones Smart Adapter IV for Sony A7/A7R/A7S & Canon Lenses

Metabones has announced an updated version of the Canon to Sony Smart Adapter. It is available for preorder and will begin shipping around July 17, 2014. It retails for $399.00.

The Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Camera Lens Mount Adapter Mark IV from Metabones attaches a Canon EF lens to a Sony NEX camera. It is referred to as a "Smart Adapter" because it retains electronic communication between the camera and lens and therefore provides automatic aperture control, EXIF data, image stabilization and autofocus. The adapter is powered by the camera body, so no external power source is required. The Mark IV provides the same functions as the Mark III but provides optimized performance and an improved internal structure.

The Smart Adapter IV offers two distinct operation modes: Green and Advanced modes. Each mode supports a different set of features and is selected when you mount the lens. Green mode is the default mode and it is designed to conserve battery power by limiting aperture diaphragm movements and image stabilization. Certain other functions are not available in Green Mode including Auto-Magnify MF Assist and DOF preview.

The adapter's tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.

Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus speed is very slow and inadequate for most moving subjects. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus. This Smart Adapter is also compatible with fully manual lenses which have no electrical contacts. For a list of reported compatibility with specific lenses please see the Metabones website.

Features & Specifications
  • True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm; lets camera automatically choose aperture in Program or Shutter Priority exposure modes, or set it manually on the camera body in Aperture Priority or Manual modes. The adapter is powered by the camera body, so no external power source is required.
  • Two distinct operational modes are supported by the Smart Adapter IV: Green mode and Advanced mode. Green mode limits certain features and disables others in order to conserve the camera’s battery power.
  • Wide-Open button enables aperture to remain open for clear manual focusing.
  • Auto-Magnify/AF Assist enlarges the image in the viewfinder for easier manual focusing. This feature requires the AF/MF switch of the Canon EF mount lens to be set to the MF position and also requires a Canon EF mount lens that supports distance information. Auto-Magnify/AF Assist is disabled in Green mode.
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount full frame cameras such as the Sony A7, A7R and A7S. The Mark IV adapter supports auto “APS-C Size Capture” with EF-S lenses as well.
  • Supports distance and zoom display on VG and FS series camcorders and auto magnify on lenses that support distance information
  • Compatible with select fully manual lenses which have no electrical contacts.
  • Both camera-side and lens-side of the adapter are made of brass, precision-machined and plated with chromium.
  • Precise fit and solid connection – lens has no play, gap or wiggling when mounted on adapter and no adjustments are required to fit your lens.
  • Designed to reach infinity focus while maintaining the correct registration distance required to maintain optical quality of CRC lenses or lenses with floating elements.
  • Metabones uses matte-black treatment to keep internal reflection to a minimum in order to maintain the maximum optical quality possible with the lens.
  • Satin surface finish matches lens and camera mounts.
  • A third party zoom lens may need to be registered with the Smart Adapter first in order to detect its maximum aperture. Autofocus is disabled for most third-party lenses.
  • Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus.
  • The adapter’s tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss-style Quick-release heads.

Kickstarter: Camvertible Video Camera Stabilizer

A new photography accessory has popped up on Kickstarter. It's called the Camvertible Video Camera Stabilizer. We liked the GlideCam for that nice fluid motion but it was bulky and required a lot of adjustment. The Camvertible is half the size, looks to be less hassle and much more affordable.

It's small enough to fit in your camera bag, it's much more affordable and you don't have to worry about trying to balance your camera gear for an hour. I also love the fact that it can be attached to a monopod or slider.

Continue reading for more information about Camvertible and how it works.

What is the Camvertible?

The Camvertible is a professional quality video camera stabilizer that not only provides silky smooth walking, running, and sweeping shots, but cleverly combines with existing equipment such as monopods to give you the full benefits of both accessories in one package.

How does it work?

Camvertible works in a similar way to current stabilizers on the market, based on the principles of inertia and center of gravity, but instead of using weights that serve no other purpose, Camvertible uses accessories like monopods for counterbalance. A fully adjustable gimbal accepts a wide range of accessories with differing sizes and weights.

Advantages & Benefits
  • Current Stabilizers are expensive. The GlideCam HD-2000 for example has a retail price of $500. Camvertible is more feature rich while being affordable to the average consumer
  • Existing Stabilizers are annoying and clumsy to switch between accessories. Camvertible allows many accessories to be attached
  • Camvertible is loaded with professional features such as fine tune adjustment knobs, ruler scale, and safety release pin. In fact, most stabilizers that are under $300 do not have a fine adjustment knob. Typically other stabilizers require up to 30minutes of adjustment before each shoot. The Camvertible is ready within minutes

Review: Camtrol Prime 22 Camera Stabilizer Platform

Overview : The Camtrol Prime 22 is a camera rig that stabilizes your camcorder or DSLR camera as you capture moving, overhead, ground-level and hand-held shots. It supports combined camera/lenses weighing up to 7 lbs (3.17 kg). It consists of an ergonomic grip, an adjustable stabilizing platform and a 5.25" (13.3 cm) vertical stabilizing bar.

Features :
  • Weighs 2 lbs 2oz
  • Collapsed size 11 1/2" L x 6 1/2" W x 2 1/2" T
  • 3 center of gravity balancing channels for quick setup
  • Quad pod legs for safely placing rig and camera on ground
  • 7.5 lbs capacity for camera, lenses, and accessories
  • 6 1/2" clearance between balancing plate and handle
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • 1080 degrees of angles
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • Protects camera and lenses from damaging bumps and scratches

Review: SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular Flash System

Review: SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular Flash System

Overview : The SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular System is a wonderful light control system for speed lights. With just a twist of the SpinLight Ring one can quickly and easily control the direction of light emanating from a speed light. The innovative Ring System allows for bounce cards and domes to be attached to the ring and with just one hand, the whole ring can be turned up to 360º to direct light to or away from your subject. No more harsh lighting or heavy side shadows! Included in the EXTREME Modular System are 2 black and 2 white bounce cards for varied uses and with the included domes, half-dome and gels, the light strength and quality can be adjusted to your needs.

Using the included Velcro strap, the SpinLight Ring secures easily to almost any standard size shoe-mount flash. And with the SpinLight Ring in place, any one or a combination of light modifiers and gels can be attached to control light as your shooting situation demands. Two circular gels are included, but any gel can be customized to work with this unique gel system.

The SpinLight Ring System is compatible with Nikon SB-600, Nikon SB-700, Nikon SB-800, Nikon SB-900, Nikon SB-910, Canon 580EX II, Canon 580EX, Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon 480EX II, Sony HVL-F58AM flashes, and all flashes of similar size.

Features :
  • Attaches Easily to Speed Light Flashes
  • Modifies the Direction of Light
  • Easily Rotates 360º
  • Includes 4 Distinct Bounce Cards
  • Includes Snoot, Light Domes and Gels
  • Unique Gel System Works with Any Gel
  • Fits Most On-Camera Mount Flash Units
  • Made in the U.S.A.

New Nikon AR11 Soft Button for $30

The new Nikon AR11 soft release button for the Df camera is priced at $27.95 at Adorama, $29.95 at B&H and Amazon. Shipping will start on July 17th.

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