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Case Relay Camera Power System
Case Relay Camera Power System
Offered by Tether Tools
Price: $99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Case Relay allows you to keep recording video or ..., April 20, 2016
The Case Relay allows you to keep recording video or capturing timelapses even when your external battery dies and needs to be swapped out. It also allows you to power your camera, which typically needs around 7.2v of power, off standard and inexpensive USB 5v power packs - the same ones you may already own for recharging your smartphone. Here's how it works.

You connect the Case Relay to your camera through the camera's battery compartment (when purchasing the case relay makes to also purchase the specific 'dummy' battery for your camera model). The other end of the Case Relay connects to any USB external battery pack. How it is able to power your camera with a full 7.2v is ingenious. Tether Tools has included a pass-through battery system inside the case relay itself (1200mAh) that is actually powering your camera at the correct voltage. The role of the external battery is to provide a continuous recharge of the pass-through battery to keep everything running.

Let's say your shooting video at a wedding. The camera draws power from the pass-through battery, which at the same time is getting recharged by the external pack. If you walk up to your camera and notice that the external battery is dead or almost dead - just unplug it and connect another one. Your camera won't shut off or even stop recording because it never lost power thanks to the pass-through battery.

If you shoot timelapse or record video this is an inexpensive investment and one that you will learn not to live without.
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 19, 2016 7:21 AM PDT


KULL& 5 Feet 1.5m Hdmi Male to 3RCA Video Audio Av Cable For HDTV DVD and most LCD Projectors
KULL& 5 Feet 1.5m Hdmi Male to 3RCA Video Audio Av Cable For HDTV DVD and most LCD Projectors

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work on an Apple TV to standard television.., February 15, 2016
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Purchased the cable to connect an Apple TV to RCA inputs of an older Toshiba CRT and it did not work. Nothing, not even a flicker, showed up on the video input(s). Will be returning.


SODIAL(R) Universal Camera 58mm Screw In Aluminum Hollow Lens Hood Cover for Canon
SODIAL(R) Universal Camera 58mm Screw In Aluminum Hollow Lens Hood Cover for Canon
Offered by FAR CLOUD
Price: $2.99
2 used & new from $2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive flare reducing hood, but no lens hood or cap, November 12, 2015
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The product arrived and provides some protection from lens flare. I purchased this for a Canon 100mm F/2.0 lens. The one thing I never considered when ordering this hood was the use of the lens cap. When this hood is attached to the lens there is no way to use the lens cap. This forces you to remove the hood each time you use the lens. It's not the end of the world, it just would have been nice if the hood came with it's own cap or cover.


Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Canon EOS 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 1Ds, 7D, 6D, 5D, 5DS, Rebel T6s, T6i, T5i, T5, T4i, T3i, T3, T2i and SL1 Digital SLR Cameras
Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 HD Aspherical Fisheye Lens with Removable Hood for Canon EOS 70D, 60D, 60Da, 50D, 1Ds, 7D, 6D, 5D, 5DS, Rebel T6s, T6i, T5i, T5, T4i, T3i, T3, T2i and SL1 Digital SLR Cameras
Offered by 47th Street Photo.
Price: $414.95
3 used & new from $159.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay product, poor workmanship and company, October 11, 2015
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After a couple months of owning this lens and using it twice, screws on the inside became loose and are not rattling around inside the lens. I haven't seen any performance difference, but the company has not responded to my letters to have the lens serviced. They asked for a copy of my invoice which I sent over to them twice, and yet to hear back. Only purchase if you don't mind quality control issues and a company that doesn't seem to worry about customer service.


Laing Handheld Stabilizer P-4S 0.5-10kg Steadycam Carbon Fiber for Dslr Camera
Laing Handheld Stabilizer P-4S 0.5-10kg Steadycam Carbon Fiber for Dslr Camera
Offered by Leoking Digital Store
Price: $289.00
7 used & new from $245.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Laing P-4s is an fantastic counter-balanced steadicam, September 13, 2015
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I've been using a Steadicam Merlin for over 6 years but sold it about 6 months ago to make room for the original Ronin. Unfortunately I didn't keep the Ronin mainly because of my lack of justification to spend $2000, but also because I quickly learned that these 3-axis motorized gimbals do not dampen the walking motion (up/down) the way a Steadicam or Glidecam will. Since $2k was a lot of money and motorized gimbals are kind of a 2 steps forward, 1 step back sort of product I decided to return the Ronin - leaving me without a stabilizer.

With mutliple weddings coming up I wanted to get myself another gimbal, but since I couldn't justify spending $1300 on the new Ronin-M that still didn't dampen the vertical motion I decided to look at less expensive options. After a full day of research I decided on the new Laing P-4s, a glidecam /steadicam style gimbal that seems to have features that go beyond the Glidecam HD2000 but at almost 1/2 the price. At just $299 this was a steal and the product is excellent. Once thing I like when using a stabilizer for walking shots is that I actually like a little roll to the footage (slight sway caused by motion) since it really gives the impression of flying. It's more fluid looking compared to today's motorized gimbals. However, I also know that you cannot beat motorized gimbals when doing motion shots from cars, helicopters, boats, etc. Once 4-axis gimbals become affordable I'm sure I'll jump at the chance to purchase one.

I also like the glidecam-style design of this counter-balanced gimbal since it allows me to use it as a tripod in a pinch.

Compared to the Glidecam the Laing P-4S offers one feature that makes balancing it and using it a better experience. The grip can be raised / lowered vertically in order to change the center of balance. This allows you to quickly make adjustments when swapping lenses without having to change the length of the center bar. I balanced my 5dMKIII with Sigma 20mm F/1.8 lens with the spar collapsed fully, allowing for a small form factor. Yet, when I wanted to use it as a make-shift tripod I quickly extended the carbon-fiber tube and placed it on the floor, something you can't do with a Movi or Ronin.

The Laing P-4s includes an easy to tweak quick release plate with markings that make it easy for you to write down where proper front/back balance is for different set ups.

Like all glidecam & steadicam rigs it can get heavy. The unit itself isn't too bad, but then you add 3-4 more lbs to the top when you add your camera/lens. While this sounds like a problem, it shouldn't be since most steadicam style shots are quick 10-20 second takes. If you were to take a job where you needed to be on set using a steadicam all day then a vest to help support & control it would be recommended.

To sum it up - for $299 this is a great stabilizer for DSLRs and Camcorders.


Mcoplus MK-A7II a72 Pro Built-in 2.4g Wireless Control Vertical Battery Grip for Sony A7 2 ii as Sony VG-C2EM
Mcoplus MK-A7II a72 Pro Built-in 2.4g Wireless Control Vertical Battery Grip for Sony A7 2 ii as Sony VG-C2EM
Offered by Mcoplus Digital
Price: $100.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great alternative to the expensive brand name, August 28, 2015
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Product arrived on time and the grip itself works as promised. I had owned a Sony branded grip for the Sony A7s and this grip for the A7R II feels every bit as solid as the Sony grip.

For those considering getting a grip for your Sony. I highly recommend it for two reasons. The obvious one is that it doubles the battery life without having to swap batteries - a big plus when shooting video or time lapse. The second reason is that if you mount the A7 series to a tripod you no longer have access to the battery compartment, forcing you to detach it from the tripod. When shooting timelapse this is a deal breaker. With a battery grip attached you'll have side access to the batteries, meaning you won't have to remove the camera from the tripod to access the batteries.

One difference with this third-party grip vs the Sony grip is that the Sony grip has a door that opens (stays attached to camera) and you slide out the dual battery tray, whereas with this grip the end slides out and is attached to the battery tray. I prefer this method over Sony's as the end piece gives you something to hold on to while swapping batteries - and actually feels less fragile compared to Sony's slide out tray.

I have not tested the remote control. It looks to have timelapse functionality along with the standard remote trigger, but I won't have a chance to test it (no AAA batteries) until tomorrow or Sunday. If it doesn't work then I'll reduce my rating to 4 stars, but I have no reason to believe that it wouldn't work.

When attaching a grip to the A7 series you need to remove the battery door of the camera. Sony makes it easy to do this - just slide a small switch on the door and pop it off. Instead of worrying about losing this little piece of plastic these battery grips (third party and Sony model) have a spot where you can attach the battery door, so that it's always with you for those times you decide to remove the grip.


Expert Shield - The Crystal Clear Screen Protector for: Sony A7 MK II / A7R II / A7S II / A7II
Expert Shield - The Crystal Clear Screen Protector for: Sony A7 MK II / A7R II / A7S II / A7II
Offered by Expert Shield Ltd.
Price: $12.95
5 used & new from $12.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Peel Off Screen Protector - Not like the Sony custom hard plastic protector, August 24, 2015
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My issue with this purchase is my fault. Sony themselves makes a screen protector that is a hard plastic "stiff" sheet - almost feels like a glass cover being put on over the screen. It sells for $12. After doing a few searches I stumbled across this item and based on the price made some "ass"umptions that this product would be of equal quality. I was wrong. What arrived was a peel off screen protector similar to those that we're used to seeing for smartphones. It's value is probably $2-$3, but instead it is priced at $13 with a lifetime guarantee. I haven't look at the guarantee, but it probably means we pay to have the replacement shipped - which you is likely priced higher than the .20 cents this probably costs to produce.

I gave the product 4 stars because despite it being a peel off plastic sheet, it did go on without any air bubbles and will do the job of protecting the screen from abrasions and scratches in the camera bag and while walking around with the camera. I reduced my rating by a star because of what the product is priced at given the fact that they include one tiny plastic sheet. At this price why not include two or three? I would recommend looking at the "Sony PCKLM15" or similar for the same price as it offers hard shell protection which may help to protect the screen for harder / sharper objects.


Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B)
Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B)
Offered by Focus Camera
Price: $3,198.00
18 used & new from $1,759.00

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I so wanted to love this camera - But for night-sky timelapse photography it didn't cut it, August 19, 2015
The Sony A7R II is a combination of excellence and disappointment. Feature wise the camera is a big leap forward for the majority of photographers and indie filmmakers, but for night sky timelapse photography the camera disappoints due to an incredible amount of hot pixels as well as white pixels. Adding to the problem is the fact that Adobe software, which is based around Adobe Camera RAW, drops the ball when it comes to noise reduction of Sony files. Capture One (express is included with the camera) does a much better job at cancelling out hot pixels and even most of the white pixels, but timelapse processing with the Capture One is very limited.

For night photography (not timelapes) you can always turn on long exposure noise reduction, however this typically doubles the exposure time making it less practical for serious low-light shooting. If you set up a 2 minute exposure it will be 4 minutes before you can review your shot. A 10 minute exposure would of course tie up the camera for 20 minutes.

On the plus side is the auto focus system, 5-axis stabilization system, resolution of the eye-level viewfinder, resolution, and compatibility with third party lenses (with use of adapters).

I had purchased the Sony A7s for it's low-light capabilities, but recently sold it because of the amount of white pixels, so I was quite disappointed when the new A7R II suffered the same issue. The Nikon D800, which also uses a Sony sensor, had a problem with white pixels and wasn't resolved until the next model (D810) arrived, which also uses a Sony Sensor.
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Catastrophe Season 1
Catastrophe Season 1
DVD
Price: $11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off good. Then the series gets a bit boring and ..., July 21, 2015
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Starts off good. Then the series gets a bit boring and harsh. Near the end of the season it gets more interesting again.


iPhone 6 PLUS Case, iPhone 6 PLUS with 5.5" Screen Flip Case/Cover - SLIDE SERIES - By Cush Cases - [Features transparent window to view alerts and PATENTED "Finger Slide" Design] (White / Black)
iPhone 6 PLUS Case, iPhone 6 PLUS with 5.5" Screen Flip Case/Cover - SLIDE SERIES - By Cush Cases - [Features transparent window to view alerts and PATENTED "Finger Slide" Design] (White / Black)
Offered by Derma Pad
Price: $4.95

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very thin case with built-in horizontal stand., October 4, 2014
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12/4/2014 - Updated to 1 star (from 4) because of scratches on the screen caused by the "finger swipe" area of the case - DO NOT PURCHASE! Read my update below my original review.

My original review (after just receiving it)

Since I just received the case today, this is not a review of how the case will hold up over time. The case feels great in the hand and I also like how the case turns into a stand for horizontal viewing - another big plus, especially for a case this thin.

The top see-through windows allows you to see who's calling while still protecting your screen with it's rigid plastic window. You can also see the current date & time through this window if you press the side power button on the phone.

The "swipe to unlock" strip located about 1/3 from the bottom of the front flap allows you to swipe to answer a phone call without having to open the flap - another really great feature.

The only real problem with a flip style case like this is that the top flap, when folded back, does not lay completely flat. This will ultimately be less comfortable in the hand while talking and will likely put stress on the 'leather' material, which could cause the case to fall apart fairly quickly. Again, I have only had the case for about an hour and do not know whether the case will actually fall apart in short time, but with cases I have owned in the past, even $30-$50 ones, thin bendable material tends to fall apart first.

Overall I'm very happy with the case.The design is a bit blan, but the functionality of the case combined with the low price makes this a great case for people that want to protect the screen, but hate screen protectors.

UPDATE! on December 4th, 2014

While I liked the design of the case and was very happy with it - that all ended when I looked at my screen last week and noticed that I have scuffs and scratches on the screen all along the bottom 1/3rd of the screen directly under where the cover has openings to "finger swipe" to pick up a call. On the underside of the flip cover, directly below this finger swipe area are five flat plastic strips that have continuously been wearing away at the screen. I'm not sure why it took me this long to notice them, but wow, now I can't miss them. I've written to the retailer to see about a resolve, and have not received a response back. It's been almost a week. I am asking for a screen replacement or phone replacement, since the scratches are clearly from these plastic strips.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 14, 2015 9:28 PM PDT


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