BLACK FRIDAY CAMERA AND GEAR DEALS

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RØDE Microphones Releases RØDE Racing Series

RODE MicrophonesMy friends over at RØDE Microphones have put together this very good overview and behind-the-scenes of what they did to set up the recording of the boss' new car. The tutorials and behind-the-scenes are pretty cool and informative… especially if you have to record any audio of cars for your film projects. Especially cool is the video below showing how to use the smartLav and using your smartphone to record pretty darn good audio! I like one of the comments on the first video on youtube…

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Get Ready for the DitoGear Black Friday Sale!

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DitoGear Black Friday Sale!

Get ready for Black Friday Sale at DitoGear Store! 35% discount on most of our kits and bundles! This year these great discounts on our products and bundles start on Friday, November 24th and will last through the whole weekend, until Monday, November 27th. Check our bestsellers now and prepare for best prices you can get! DitoGear DitoGear DitoGear DitoGear DitoGear DitoGear Visit the DitoGear Store for more products!


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Sekonic L-858 D Review by Barry Andersson

Sekonic L-858 D Review

Sekonic L-858 D Review

From Barry Andersson: I recently got my hands on the new Sekonic L-858 D light meter and I was excited to take it for a spin. Before I go any further let me share with you that I started using Sekonic light meters a few decades ago. I got my first light meter when I bought an Arri S 16 mm film camera when I was 19 years old. Here is the first unit I learned to how to actually use a light meter. Sekonic L-858 D Review This model didn’t have a spot metering option nor did it
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Teradek Black Friday Specials! Save BIG Starting TODAY

TeradekTeradek Black Friday is going to be a big “deal”! You can follow all of the Black Friday Deals we find on our DEALS PAGE. Teradek is giving huge discounts for their popular Bolt line of zero-delay products (500,1000 & 3000), where they're offering complete deluxe kits for the price of a bare-bone system. Additionally, when you purchase 2 x Serv Pro systems, you get a Teradek Link WiFi Router for free ($600 value).

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Teradek will be running a limited time Black Friday sale starting November 20 and ending on November 27. Deals will be available
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Timur Civan and Nigel Stanford Collaborates for “Automatica: Robots Vs. Music”

AutomaticaThis isn't a new video, but the behind-the-scenes is new :) There are lots of people that I've admired and Timur Civan is one… and it has been a joy watching him bloom and grow as time goes on. So who is Timur? Well, he is responsible for one of the most popular planet5D posts ever: What do you get when you put a 102 year old lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II? I hope you enjoy this little peek into how the video was made! In case you haven't seen it, here's the original video:

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Behind the Scenes in the Manufacturing & Production of RED Digital Cinema

RED Digital CinemaVincent Laforet shared this on his Facebook timeline the other day and I'm always fascinated by what goes on in manufacturing. Maybe it has a lot to do with being able to walk the shop floor at Boeing here in St. Louis for years watching as the amazing F-15 and F-18 fighter planes are being built here. It is amazing to see the amount of work that goes into building each camera in this video showing production in California. Do you enjoy these kinds of videos as much as I do?

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Intimate Astro Time-lapse Workshops in Arches & Canyonlands National Park Announced for 2018

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4-Night “Dark-Sky” Astro Time-lapse Workshops Announced in Moab, Utah

Intimate Astro Time-lapse Workshops in Arches & Canyonlands National Park Use “PLANET5D” Promo Code to Save $100 Off Registration Moab, Utah – November, 2017 — TimelapseWorkshops.com announces that early registration is now open for their 4-Night Dark-Sky Astro Time-lapse Workshops in Moab, Utah. Timelapse Moab is one of the only workshops in the U.S. that focuses on teaching advanced time lapse photography & motion control time lapse, providing the skills needed to create breathtaking time lapses for licensing, television, and film. Moab, Utah is home to Arches National Park and
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Does it make sense to have a Stereo & Mono Video Microphone in one unit? Here’s a review of the Azden SMX-30

Azden SMX-30This is an interesting idea to combine both a Stereo & Mono Video Microphone into one unit… I'm wondering if my friends (and sponsor) at RØDE are working on something like this. LOL I don't know. But when I ran into this review, I thought it was intriguing enough to share with our readers. Would you have a need for one? Do you carry both a stereo mic and a mono boom mic? I do sometimes. Especially when I want some room ambiance or natural sounds, I want that stereo mic. What would you do?

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Make Your Shots Even Smoother with Vibrafreek Kit

Introducing VibraFreek Kit – a new kit to make your shots even smoother!

Via DitoGear:
“We are thrilled to introduce Vibrafreek Kit with a completely new mounting system that lets you attach Vibrafreek on any car with the help of a standard 48-52mm speed rail. This is not all. Now you can also save 30% on parts and accessories of DitoGear Chase Car system. Buy Vibrafreek, ExArm, IsoWire, XY Module and many more items* in lowered prices! Discounts valid till November 16, 2017. Prices shown may vary slightly due to currency exchange rates. The offer is limited to product's
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Benro Giveaway Winners Announced!

Benro giveawayOur Benro giveaway ended on October 31 and we can finally announce the winners. Natalie from Kansas said,
“A big thank you to Plant5D! I am excited to try Benro MoveOver8B Carbon Giber with Slider & HH100AV HiHat with 100mm Bowl. I own a small business and take many pictures for my website. I think this product will allow me to take my photography to the next level.”
Germaine from New Mexico said,
“Thank You so Much planet5D!! For years now photography and film making has been my passion. I'm super excited for winning these high quality items. This
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Monsoon IV 4K – A 4K Storm Time-lapse Film by Mike Olbinski

Approaching thunderstorms have always been exciting to me, it started as a young boy living in Florida where summer storms are almost a daily occurrence. So frankly, I'm fascinated when I see these smashing good time lapses from people like Mike Olbinski because it takes me back to my childhood. Tho I don't ever remember being able to see scenes like these in Florida… even tho Florida is flat, they just didn't seem this dramatic. Maybe it was because I wasn't often out in the open like Mike was. The other thing that Mike does really well with his final videos
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ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

Our friends at Zeiss continue to put out awesome lenses and this new Milvus 25mm f/1.4 looks awesome!

ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

Via ZEISS Press:
With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, which are perfect for videographers too. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex cameras. The lens, which was developed for the DSLR systems from
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Don’t Miss This B&H Deal Zone! IK Multimedia iKlip A/V Smartphone Grip with Integrated Mic Preamp

This is something I'd never seen before but it was shared on CanonRumors this morning and I was intrigued. So if you look at the review I found (video below) there's plenty to like about this so you might want to pick one up Sale is ONLY for a short time (last I looked only 38 hours remained). One other thing (and I know many of you hate this idea…) but one other negative is there's no way to mount it vertically. So if you do FB Live streams, you'd have to have a tripod I guess that let's you mount the
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Vincent Laforet Directs Content for Incredible iPad Pro Promo

Y'all know I'm a big fan of Vincent Laforet right? The other day on Facebook, Vincent posted about being able to talk about an old commercial he shot for Apple – something for the iPad Pro launch – but they wouldn't let him (or anyone) talk about it or the production. Until now. So I asked if it was OK to share here. It is cool to be able to see much of what goes into an Apple promo piece. And when you think about the amount of work that Vincent and his team put in just for the background
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New Computational Photography Software Brings Still Photographs to Life!

Can computational photography bring still photographs spring to life? This BBC Video shows it being done and it is freaky cool. Or is it just freaky? This is pretty amazing technology and something that could possibly change the future (or am I getting a bit carried away?). Imagine photos of your great-great grand parents suddenly moving. Another very cool example of computational photography coming to fruition and a cool way to bring life to older images. Just have a look at the video and see what they did with Abraham Lincoln! Filling in things like wrinkles and mouth interiors from
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Should I Buy a New Camera? The Answer is Often NO

Should I Buy a New CameraI know, you're shocked… I'm telling you that the answer to “Should I buy a new camera?” is no. I can hear you now… “but planetMitch, you're writing a gear blog!” But really, we're not JUST about gear (tho I have had a lot of people tell me that's all they think we write about). The gear is part of the method to the madness. And as you probably know, I follow the escapades of Simon Cade and not long ago I saw this video about how he's holding on to his older camera and still making great content. Continue reading "Should I Buy a New Camera? The Answer is Often NO"

Free Limited Edition Flight-Case with Your Robot Skin GH5 Purchase

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Get a Free Flight-Case Purchasing a Robot Skin GH5

Via LockCircle Press:
With every Robot Skin GH5 Professional X Bundle for Lumix GH5 purchased until December 30, LockCircle will ship you a FREE “Custom HPRC GH5 Filmmaker” Limited Edition Professional flight-case! The custom HPRC flight-case comes with custom designed foam for the Lumix GH5 with the Robot Skin GH5 cage and MicroMega-Mini 15mm baseplate, plus specific four lenses slots (with special adjustable ring foams). Quite a lot of additional accessories like: batteries, chargers, monitors and rods, can be stored for safety shipments to locations. The saving value of this special
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Wiral LITE – Easy and Cheap Wire Cam System for Your Camera

This was sent in by one of our readers and I don't have any connection with this kickstarter, but I knew some of you would be interested in it. Of course, the usual “kickstarter” warnings should be attached – you may never see your money again etc LOL. One question for you experts… how did they eliminate the cable from showing in the shots were the camera was moving in the same direction as the cable is strung? Also, am I the only one bothered by the statements like “it only took 3 minutes to set up”? Come on, it will
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Novoflex Giveaway Winners Announced!

giveawayHere are the winners of the Novoflex NEX adapter giveaway we hosted back in September (yes, I know i'm behind!). Here's the comments from the winners (note they're different than the video because frankly all of the selected winners either didn't want the prize or never responded sadly). Kendra from Pilot Butte, CA won the NEX/EOS – Adapt Canon EF Lenses to Sony E-Mount Camera bodies and said,
“Can't wait to re-purpose some of my late grandfather's lenses! Thanks planet5D!
Long from Toronto, CA won the NEX/NIK – Adapt Nikkor Lenses to Sony E-Mount Camera bodies and said,
“Thank you to
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