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Black Rapid RS-7 Camera Strap

I have been using this camera strap for some time now to supplement the strap that normally comes with a DSLR camera for a number of reasons. For one, I’m not a big fan of the camera strap that attaches to the sides of most cameras. I have found that these straps, although are great for keeping the camera in a very accessible area, they do not keep the camera stable when transporting equipment over large distances. Read more

CAMTREE Hunt Camera Cage for Panasonic GH4

I’ve had the opportunity to provide video support for the 35 Denton Music Festival for a number of years now. In fact this past year was my sixth opportunity to do so. Here are some clips from the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013 festivals. When I was asked to return and film the event I knew this would be a great opportunity to film with my Panasonic GH4. Read more

VANGUARD Reno 18OR Shoulder Bag

Every videographer or photographer will at one time or another find themselves setting their camera bag down for a few minutes to run off and get a quick shot. Those few moments when you are away opens one up to theft or loss of equipment. I knew that I didn’t want to put my equipment in danger with my next camera bag purchase. I needed something that was brightly colored so that it stood out and was fashion forward. After much hunting I stumbled upon the Vanguard Reno 18OR shoulder bag and I have to admit I’m rather impressed. Read more

Transcend 64gb Memory Card

After using the Panasonic GH4 for a few months I knew that I needed to invest some time and money in finding a memory card that would work well with my camera. I knew that I needed a high capacity card and I also knew that I needed a fast card that could keep up with the high data rate that the Panasonic GH4 requires. I stumbled upon the Transcend 64GB Memory Card after reading a variety of posts about this particular card. I figured that I would break down and purchase the card and give it a whirl. After a few months using this card I can honestly say that I’ve made an exceptional choice with this card. Read more

SIRUI P-326 6 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

Aside from a camera, the monopod, to me, is one of the most useful items when shooting on location. I have for the longest time been cycling through monopods that I had purchased at Walmart and Best Buy. These monopods have gotten me from point a to b, yet they seem to fall apart easily and or I’ve left them behind when out of town. I have been on the hunt for my next monopod and I think I’ve found a keeper. This would be the SIRUI P-326 6 Section Carbon Fiber Monopod. I love this monopod for a variety of reasons, namely it’s small enough for to put in a carryon and it’s extremely lightweight. Read more

Rokinon 85mm F1.4 Lens for Nikon cameras

I first decided to purchase the Rokinon 85mm 1.4 for a number of reasons. More specifically I knew that I needed a telephoto lens that was also good in low light. I stumbled upon the Rokinon 85mm F1.4 Lens for Nikon cameras while I was surfing the internet and I was very impressed. After perusing some excellent reviews of the lens, I figured I would try it out first hand. 2 things that helped seal the deal for me was the low price and the fact that the lens is a Nikon mount. Now having used this lens for a few months I have realized a few items that I’d like to point out. Read more

Rode smartLav+ Microphone

When recording videos, audio is just as crucial as the visual aspect and capturing quality audio can be an expensive commodity for video productions. I’ve had previous experience utilizing Sennheiser & Sony lavalier microphones to capture excellent audio when used on a shoot. As an independent film maker, I have wanted to purchase one of these brands of microphones for some time, but the price has been a big deterring factor for me. When I discovered the Rode smartLav+ Microphone I was blown away at the capabilities of the device and the low cost point. Read more

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4

For some time now I have been looking to purchase a new camera. Before I knew I was going to bite the bullet and break down and get a camera I knew that it needed to field a few requirements for me as a videographer. I knew that I wanted something that was small and mobile, as I am constantly out in the field when on a shoot. I also wanted a camera that was future proof. Read more

Panasonic 12-35 mm F2.8 Lens

After I figured out what camera I was going to purchase, my next step was to figure out what lenses work best. My candidate for cameras was the Panasonic GH4, and this camera specifically takes Micro 4/3rd lenses. I knew that I wanted a good wide-angle lens to utilize with the camera that was also good in low-light conditions. I also figured that it would be best to utilize a lens that was built by the camera manufacturer, Panasonic.  I did some research online and found that the Panasonic 12-35 mm F2.8 Lens would do everything that I needed from a wide-angle lens. Read more

Olympus 9mm f8.0 Lens

When I first purchased the Panasonic GH4 I had ordered the Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 lens to use with the camera. In the days following my purchase I realized that this lens was on back order and the camera was in stock. After finding out this bad news I went about searching the internet for a cheap fun lens that I could use with my new Panasonic GH4, while I was waiting for my 12-35mm to arrive. Thats when I came across the Olympus 9mm f8.0 Lens. Read more