Monday, August 23, 2010

Review: 504HD fluid head from Manfrotto

504 HD Fluid Head

< JB's review:  For its price point, this Manfrotto 504HD fluid head ($490) and 535 carbon fiber tripod ($490) are a big upgrade to the entry level market.  The pan and tilt are extremely smooth, and quite a big jump up from the 501HDV head.

They claim it's all ball bearings these days, and I have to agree.  The movement on my DSLR is smooth like butta.  It balanced and mounted within 60 seconds of first use.

For under $1k, you get a great DSLR head, with some nice carbon fiber legs.  You can't go wrong with this upgrade, especially if you're struggling with the friction on the 501HDV.  I recommend this system if you are looking for something fast and professional in any setting.  The ENG crowd will love it.

< Unique bridging technology can support up to 16.3 lbs, and sits atop the 75mm half ball.  Leveling is easy with the back-lit bubble level.

3/8" f for Magic Arm

< The 504HD has two 3/8" f threads for adding a magic arm (for monitor or light).  One on each side of the top plate, this is a big change from the 501HDV.

< Using the 3/8" f thread to add a magic arm and focus monitor.

< Low angle mode on the 535 tripod that allows shots under 2 feet in height.

< The making of: Leica D-Lux 3, Bogen Magic Arm, Lite Panel Micro shooting the Canon 5D Mark II on a Manfrotto 504HD fluid head & Manfrotto 535 carbon Fiber legs.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Filmmaker Bob Ray comes to LA for his DIY tour.

Moviemaker Bob Ray set out to break through the Hollywood barrier in mid-July with his “Down and Dirty Austin Film Tour.” Sick of waiting around for the system to change, he decided to take his latest feature documentary, Total Badass, along with a few of his other titles, and hit the road, DIY-style. Ray is booking his own screenings complete with Q&A sessions and partnerships with local roller derby groups across the Western coast (his 2007 documentary Hell on Wheels explores the sport’s revival). Using his own Website, Facebook and logging his experiences on an online journal, Ray is also tackling self-promotion. MovieMaker caught up with Ray mid-adventure.  Read the rest of the Moviemaker Magazine article here

Aug 9 Los Angeles, CA @ USC School for Cinematic Arts
7:00 Total Badass with CrashToons
*with filmmaker Bob Ray and Chad Holt

Aug 12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Park Film Center
7:00 Total Badass with CrashToons
*with filmmaker Bob Ray and Chad Holt

Aug 13 Los Angeles, CA @ American Cinematheque
9:00 Total Badass with CrashToons

*with filmmaker Bob Ray and Chad Holt

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

iTimelapse: Sunset over LA - Aug. 3rd, 2010

Shot with iPhone 4 + EnCinema lens adapter + Owle Bubo + Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens

Caution: UFO around 17 seconds