Just finished up a review of IDX’s CUE-D75 v-mount battery, which is the smallest, lightest brick battery I’ve come across. It also packs a 73 watt charge, which is enough to power many popular cameras like a Sony F5 or Canon C300 for hours, along with accessories. It’s also a great option for powering a wireless director’s monitor rig, where low weight is important. See the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Just finished up a review of Litepanels’ new Astra-related products for 2015. I reviewed the Astra last year, and was pretty impressed with its power and expandability. Now Litepanels has added new lights to the Astra lineup, multi-light travel kits and a wireless Bluetooth module that lets you control multiple Astras from your iPhone or iPad. See the full review on Pro Video Coalition right here.
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.