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CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – Good Read – The DSLR Cinematography Guide

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “Good Read – The DSLR Cinematography Guide”. Click here for the full read.

 

October 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, CNET, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, HDSLR, Movies | , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Alternative to Video DSLR Rig / Stabilizer – Manfrotto ModoSteady 585

 

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Okay, you probably have a Sony NEX-5 like I do, or the new lines of DSLR capable of shooting Full HD video like the Sony A33, A55, Nikon D3100 or Canon EOS 550D and you like me are probably looking for some sort of stabilization accessories so to enable you to shoot smoother video.

Of course one can go the professional way with systems like Redrock Nano (US$387.50 and up), Steadicam Merlin (US$849), Zacuto Target Shooter (US$475) and the list goes on and on, but these close to professional steady systems do cost a fortune.  One alternative I found over the weekend, is this ModoSteady585 from Manfrotto launched way back in 2007, some three years ago.

Originally designed for small video camcorders, the ModoSteady 585 can carry loads up to 750g or 1.7lb and the newer line of video DSLR fits just right in.  The ModoSteady 585 cost around HK$790 (US$100) and it sure does the job albeit mixed reviews since it was introduced.  I tried it out with my Sony NEX-5 and it just fits perfectly although the quick release plate is bit wide for the slim body of the NEX5 where the circular plate sticks out on both the front and rear sides of the camera. There are tons of video on the ModoSteady 585 on YouTube, check it out for yourself and see if this works for you.  It works for me.

Some pics of the ModoSteady 585 after the jump.

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October 18, 2010 Posted by | Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, NEX, NEX-5, Photography, SONY, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

PHOTTIX PASM One Shot Portrait Shoot Competition

Phottix and PASM Workshop announced today the PHOTTIX PASM One Shot Portrait Shoot Competition.

Welcome to the PHOTTIX PASM One Shot Portrait Shoot Competition. In order to celebrate the upcoming first anniversary of PASM Workshop (PASM), we here at PASM have come together and organized this fabulous portrait photo shoot competition with Phottix as our major sponsor. We hope you all can come participate and see how you fare in th…is competition. We believe the format is quite exciting, similar to the concept from the TV series, “The Shot”.
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October 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogroll, Event, Hong Kong, Photography | | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – My Other CNET Favourites – the Apple Byte Podcast

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “My other CNET favourites – the apple byte podcast”. Click here for the full read.

 

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Apple, Blogroll, CNET, Gadgets n Gizmos, Podcast | , , | Leave a comment

   

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