The photography/videography market is such a fast moving and exciting place to be, there are always new products coming and the Aviator Jib is one that looks like it will change the game for camera crane users. Jeff and I first came across the Aviator Jib on Kickstarter and at the time, it was one of the biggest Kickstarter projects in the website’s history. So what is it? Basically, it’s the lightest and most portable camera crane on the market. Designed by American based film maker Zeke Kamm and manufactured with the awesome help of our friends 3LeggedThing, the Aviator Jib is a seriously impressive piece of kit.
There are two models, the AJA1, made from magnesium-alloy and the AJC1 a carbon fiber version. So what makes the Aviator unique? The first thing we noticed when we unpacked our stock is how light and small it is when packed up (this was the alloy model). It comes in at just over 60 cm long and can extend out to 1.8m! It literally can fit inside your backpack, although it comes in its own awesome carry case.
Oh, and it weighs 1.7kg (mag-alloy). 1.7 kilograms!! That’s seriously close to the weight of a Canon’s 70-200 2.8! The next thing that we were impressed with was how quick it is to set up. It’s a lot like setting up a tripod; you simply twist the locks and pull. The Aviator Jib mounts to any tripod that uses a 3/8″ mounting thread (basically every tripod. Ever). Unlike other jibs the aviator can be “flown” from the camera end. So once you’ve mounted your camera, with or without a fluid head, and set up the counter balance, you can fly the camera from right down low, to above your head with ease. Adding a fluid video head allows compound movements, which add more awesomeness to your footage but is not compulsory if you are traveling super light.
We’re big fans of this product and we can’t wait to see what our brilliantly creative customers will do with it when they get hold of one.
We’re really pleased to announce that we have secured the distribution of Spider Holster in Australia. This fantastic product, invented by New York photographer Shai Eynav, will change the way you carry your camera, in fact it will change the way you take photos.
The hero of the Spider Holster range is the SpiderPro Single system. Designed specifically to help photographers support their often heavy pro DSLR/lens combos with comfort and ease, giving you a completely free upper body. The exceptionally clever design also allows the user to support their camera with a speed light fitted- something many other holster type systems struggle with. The SpiderPro single system comprises an ergonomic belt, the stainless steel (and beautifully finished) holster, the all metal plate and the metal securing pin. The SpiderPro is available in both single and dual configurations.
What really impresses us is the attention to detail that the team at Spider Holster have gone to. The allen key you use to attach the plate to your camera, and the pin to the plate, fits snugly away into the actual plate itself. So you never have to worry about losing the allen key when you’re in the field and need to make a quick change to your set-up. The way you remove the camera from the holster is really elegant too, it’s an intuitive 15 degree movement of the metal release trigger and the camera is instantly ready to go. When you put the camera back into the holster you get a reassuring metallic “click” as the pin passes the one-way release. If you enjoy good design (and even if you don’t), the Spider Holster will be a joy to use.
We’ve made noise about the benefits of non-strap camera support systems before and we have to say that the Spider Holster system is really out in front when it comes to capacity, quality and design.
That’s right folks, we were only lamenting the tracking information this morning seeing that our new 3 Legged Thing stock was STILL in transit from the 3 Legged Thing “facility”, when what do you know? Tony, Eddie, Frank and the rest of the gang stroll through the door, making us very (if you hadn’t already noticed) excited.
All of the fellas feature the great new design improvements that 3 Legged Thing have been busy working on. Namely, the super smooth and ultra strong new ball heads. Rated to 30kg, 35kg and 40kg respectively. The leg angle adjusting mechanisms are improved and there are some updates to the colouring on the furniture of the carbon fibre models.
You can still get your order in for Christmas but only if you rush. EXPRESS Orders made by 9am Friday 21st December will be delivered by Christmas Eve^
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Paper Cranes, if you’re not familiar with them, are one of Australia’s most awarded wedding video production companies. They’ve built a reputation at home and abroad as leaders in the very competitive market that is wedding videography. Santo and his massively talented team continue to define what it is to tell the story – which is why they are looked up to by so many in this industry.
For us, it’s a real thrill to know that the gear we supply Santo and his team is used so often and so effectively to produce these amazing pieces of work. So when we watched their review on the BackPacker we were stoked to see some of the touches that make a Paper Cranes production, a Paper Cranes production. There are several beautiful examples of work they’ve shot using the CobraCrane BackPacker and Santo also takes you through what he likes and loves about the product.
If you’d like to purchase the kit as used by them you can see it here
For any information the CobraCrane range please feel free to give us a call on 1300 491 531.
Pixel have recently released two firmware updates for their popular King TTL Canon triggers. One for the 5D MkIII and one specific to the flagship 1DX. The upgrades see compatibility improved for both cameras. It’s great to see a company from Hong Kong supporting their customers in this way by continually updating their existing products. Pixel truly are setting the bar for products at this price point in the market.
Download the firmware for your model here. v1030 is for the 5DIII while v1031 is specific to the 1DX.
So you would have seen us making some noise recently about a tripod that you’ve never heard of before right? The one with the weird name and odd colours on their products?
3 Legged Thing are a brand we really believe in here at PROtog. They offer something different in market place crammed with “me-toos”. These guys have taken an every day product (for an photographer anyway) and re-done it, the way THEY wanted. And what do you know? It’s struck a chord with photographers all over the world. We’ve told you they’re cool, they’re funky, they’re super functional, and they’re unique. But don’t read about it, have a look at the video we’ve shot!
Coming soon: 3 Legged Thing Tripod video on our YouTube channel
One of the most fun and rewarding parts of what we do here at PROtog is shooting the product videos for our YouTube and Vimeo channels. The rewarding part is the fact that we get so many customers telling us they love watching them. And for us the other big positive is that it gives the customer that much more information on the product and helps them make a really informed decision. We ship all over Australia and indeed across the world and it’s great to be able to offer our customers more than images and text.
We spent a full day down at ShutterClass Studios in Oakleigh last week shooting a whole heap of new videos that will be coming up on our channels over the coming weeks. It’s always great fun and gives us a chance to not only present a new product to you, but use our gear too. This gives us an in-depth understanding of our products and how they are used by people far more creative than ourselves, (that’s you).
We did videos for our new range of 3 Legged Thing tripods, our video sliders, the b-grip strap-free DSLR system and more besides! Shooting with our customer and good friend Glenn Biclar from Alba Photography is always a blast and we got the chance to use our new slider for a lot of the detail shooting on the new clips. We’re really stoked on these sliders and we’re sure they’ll prove to be popular.
So why are we carrying two different Yongnuo flash trigger systems?
Both systems will mount and work with almost all DSLR cameras with a hotshoe, and almost all speedlight and studio flashes, except for Sony/Minolta equipment. The main difference between the two systems are as follows:
Wireless frequency and Wireless range: The CTR301P works on the 433mHz frequency, making it compatible with other 433MHz systems such as the Cactus wireless flash triggers. The range of the CTR301P is around 10m, which is fine for most studio or outdoor photo shoots. The RF602 works on the 2.4GHz frequency, which provides a range of around 100m, and a stronger signal in buildings with interference issues. We have a customer who was having interference issues using his cactus remotes with his Canon 5D. Moving to a RF602C trigger and three RF602RX receivers has removed any interference issues, and he is now getting great results from his 3 flash set up for real estate photography.
Mounting System: The CTR301P receivers has a1/4″ thread mount on the base, which fits on a standard light stand, whereas the RF602 as a standard Hotshoe mount. If you want to use these wireless flash triggers with speedlite flashes, that means you need a FH02 umbrella/flash mount for RF602, and a FH07 for the CTR301P wireless triggers.
The RF-602 can also be used as a remote shutter release, so they serve a dual purpose.
Whichever solution you choose, you are bound to get great value, and increased options for your off-camera flash setup.
For those of you who are sceptical of using Rechargeable battereis in radio microphones, Mike over at Church Tech Arts has done some thorough runtime testing of various AA rechargeable batteries in Shure UHF-R UR2 microphones with SM-58 capsules. Mike also includes ProCell Alkaline batteries as a comparison for those using Alkaline AA batteries .
The Powerex 2700 AA and Sanyo 2700 AA both had the longest runtime at 14 hours, eneloop came in at 11 hours, and the alkalines ran for 9.75 hours. You can be assured that quality recargeables will pay for themselves. Mike tested a set of 4 year old rechargeable AA’s and found they were still outperforming Alkaline batteries by 4 hours.