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

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.


Fotga Fader ND Review

Click here to buy the Fotga Fader ND (and read the reviews)

I’ve been using the Fotga Fader ND for a while now, and it has turned out to be a fantastic piece of kit for sunny days, especially for the price.What the Fader ND does, is allow you to adjust the amount of light that comes into your lens by simply turning the filter.

This can come in handy on sunny days while filming, especially if you want to shoot at a wide aperture.Using this Fader ND means that you can continue shooting at the correct shutter speed, but also keeping that shallow depth of field.

The Fotga Fader ND (also goes under the name NEEWER), is one of the cheapest that you can get on the market, but as you can see in the video above, it actually works quite well. It does lose a little bit of sharpness when using a tele lens, but overall i’m very happy with it and can recommend it for someone looking to get a new fader nd.

If you want to purchase it, you can click here (amazon).

Canon 70D Autofocus performance in Low Light

I tested out the Canon 70D in low light on my holiday in Spain and I’ve got to say it performed fantastically. It really is fantastic, especially paired up with the 18-135mm STM lens which i’ve been testing out lately.

I’ve always found that the best autofocus test is while in low light and i’m happy that the 70d still worked great. I used both spot focus (where I pointed on the lcd touch screen) and also face tracking and they both worked great.

I’ll be releasing a new video in the next few days about the low light performance in general.

Click here to see the current price of the 70d

And click here to see the current price of the 18-135mm STM lens

Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lavalier Review

Click here to see the price of the Sennheiser G3 Lavalier mic set

I’ve been using these Sennheiser G3 wireless lavaliers for 3 or 4 years now and I can’t recommend them enough.

They consistently perform flawlessly, which makes recording audio so much easier. As I often am a one man band, setting up a lav mic on someone is just a lot easier, and stress free, than having a separate boom operator.

They’ve also held up well, even after years of throwing them around.

Check out the video above for a little tip I give on keeping the cables safe.

✅ Want it? Check out the current price on Amazon