Over the last 4 or so years that I’ve been recording on Canon DSLR’s, i’ve been on the hunt for a way to increase the dismal battery life of the cameras. Using LP-E6 or LP-E8 Batteries, I can barely get 1 hour of run time while shooting video.
Next, you need a dummy battery (also called a coupler) that goes in your camera and connects to the Anker. Here’s links for dummy batteries for the 5d, 70d, 7d and also for the t4i, t3i and t2i. You may also need a cheap connection plug (5.5mm x 2.1mm) to connect the battery cable to the dummy battery, you can buy them here.
The external battery also includes a dc cable that will connect to the dummy battery, so that’s it. You now have yourself a BEAST of an external battery.
I’ve done some tests using this battery and the run time is well above 8 hours of battery life.
If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll know that I recently reviewed my favourite travel tripod (the velbon ultra maxi L) which I’m incredibly happy with. It’s lightweight, versatile and quick to set up.
I’ve now found what I believe to be the best cheap tripod that you can buy for under $50, the Dolica AX620b100. Now don’t let the word ‘cheap’ fool you, this tripod is built well!
I bought the tripod off amazon after reading the reviews (there were a lot) and I’ve found it to be a real find. It’s got some nice flip lock legs, a good metal ball head and it’s pretty light to travel with.
I’ve always been a big advocate for using lavaliere microphones. I find them convenient, easy to use and they always produce great sound. One thing I’ve never really liked is having them in shot.
Over the years I’ve tried different ways to hide them, including a cheap DIY way using velcro (see the video I made here), but it seems that I now have found my solution.
I got in a set of Rode Invisilavs (the 3 pack). They’re essentially a piece of moulded rubber, which allows for you to insert 2 lav mics and connect it to your skin under your shirt. It works great.
As you can see in the video above you can’t see the invisilav when you’ve got it on, something I love. The tape that comes with it sticks fantastically, but it absolutely sucks trying to get it on! I’d recommend getting some cheap wig tape to stick it on, works better and is much easier to get it on and off.
One more thing, the Sennheiser G3 Lav mics which I and a lot of others use does fit with the invisilav. A tight squeeze, but fantastic news!
I’ve been a big fan of monopods with feet ever since I tried one out in NY at B&H a few years ago. There are quite a few options out there for them, including a few from manfrotto which seem to be the most popular, as well as some new offerings from Benro. They all have pretty similar features: twist lock legs and 3 feet.
Unfortunately they’re all pretty expensive. In fact it seems that adding a set of feet really increases the price quite a lot.