Just finished a review of affordable 14-volt batteries from Broadcast Camera Batteries. These units don't have some of the specialty features you find with Anton Bauer or IDX batteries, but they come in a lot of different capacities and can save appreciable money in the long run. The company also makes a fantastic, low-cost dual charger that's barely bigger than a hard drive's power brick. See the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Just finished a big review of three new pieces of gear from one of the best camera accessory makers around. Wooden Camera's new Shoulder Rig v2, Universal Mattebox UMB-1 and Magic Arm accessory arm all go the extra mile in terms of quality and value, and I'd recommend that anyone that works with a camera regularly should check them out. You can read the full review on Pro Video Coalition right here.
Just finished up a review of a great Cloud-based invoicing and overall business management service for freelancers called FreshBooks. It costs $9.95 a month, but makes invoicing a lot quicker, easier and more reliable for everyone involved in the process. It also helps freelancers track their expenses with little effort, minimizing tax preparation. It's not sexy, but it does free up more of your time for the stuff you really care about. See the full review right here.
Finally finished my write up of the superb Gratical HD, which specifically compares the Gratical to the former third-party viewfinder champion, Alphatron's EVF-035W.
The Gratical improves on the Alphatron in every respect, including a streamlined form factor, sharper screen, better battery life, better dynamic range, better shortcut buttons and more. At $3100, you pay the price for all those improvements, but if a viewfinder is a regular tool for you, it's probably justified. Plus, as I mention at the bottom of the article, Zacuto is working on another Gratical model due later this year that cuts the price substantially.
See the whole review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
This is my last follow focus review for a long while, but the MK3.1 was definitely worth taking a look at. It's unique because when you buy into a single channel system (about $4,500), you get a receiver and a controller that are ready to expand to two or three channels (focus, iris and zoom) — all you have to do is add one or two additional motors. That's makes the MK system a great option for people that want the opportunity to grow into a more powerful system over time.
Also, the MK3.1's motor and especially its receiver are very small and lightweight, so they're great for rigs where size matters.
You can read the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition....