22
Apr 14

The Ultimate DSLR External Battery Solution



Want to make it for yourself?

Click here to buy the External Battery
Click here to buy the Dummy Battery (5d, 7d, 70d etc.)
Click here to buy the Dummy Battery (t2i, t3i, t4i etc.)
Click here to buy the Cheeseplate
Click here to buy the Coldshoe Adapter
Click here to buy the Adhesive Velcro



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.

That is until now! And it couldn’t be better!

What I did was purchase an XTPower 10000mah external battery on Amazon, which has both 12v and 9v outputs. Canon DSLR’s generally need around 7-8v’s power, so this works perfectly.

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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.

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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.

Stay tuned for a new blog post where I’ll give some tips on how to mount this battery on your camera or rig.

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01
Nov 14

Dolica AX620B100 Tripod Review

Click here to buy the Dolica Ax620b100 Tripod

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.

Anyway, the best way to find out more about this is to watch my full video review, or check out the other reviews on amazon :)



05
Oct 14

Hide your mic with the Rode Invisilav

Click here to buy the Rode Invisilav

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!



27
Sep 14

Cheap video monopod with feet

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.

Until now, I found a fantastic video monopod which looks like it’ll do the job just as well. As you can see in the video above, it looks pretty similar to the manfrotto and bento monopods, but comes in at less than half the price of either of them.

Throw a video fluid head on it and I think you’ve got yourself a great package.

You can find this cheap monopod on Amazon or on eBay.



26
Sep 14

My favorite Tripod (Velbon Ultra Maxi L Review)

If you’ve been watching my videos for a while, you’ll know that I tend to go on about my Velbon Ultra Maxi tripod a lot.

I love this thing!

For me it’s been a game changer. I never think anymore that I don’t want to take a tripod because it’s too heavy or too bulky. The Velbon tripod is incredibly light, small and quick to get set up.

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Have a look at the video above to see just how quickly the twist lock legs can go up and go down.

I’ve paired it up with an awesome fluid video head from Velbon (FHD 52Q) as well. It’s not super heavy duty, but works just fine for a dslr or micro four thirds camera.

Guys I can’t recommend this tripod enough, go out and buy one if you’re in the market for a lightweight tripod.

:) Chris



26
Sep 14

Cheap, good quality ball heads

If you’re looking for a good quality, budget friends ball head for your photography gear, I think I’ve found a winner.

This ball head comes under a few different names (as many photography things do). These include Manbily (i think a take on Manfrotto) and XCSource.

They’re great quality, all metal construction, and come in very cheap. If you’re lucky you can find these for under $20.

These are perfect for sliders by the way as well.