BeachTek DXA-Connect Review – Coming This Week

It just arrived today and looks every bit as good as I had expected. The hot shoe mount is also excellent (the entire DXA-Connect exudes a reassuring feel of solid construction) and despite this heft, poses no problem when mounting to the 5D Mark II or the EOS-M. I dare say the same applies to most all Canon DSLRs. Look for a complete review this week – subscribe if you wish to get an email update when the review is posted. -Kurt “Man with the 5D” One production sample of…

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Repairing the Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6, DIY style

While waiting for the replacement gear for the 18-55mm, I thought I’d post a complete teardown and rebuild of the first-generation Canon EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6: WARNING: By viewing and/or following this guide, you accept full responsibility for any malfunctions or damage that may be caused to your lens in the course of any service you may attempt to perform on it. Following this guide will void your warranty. Note that though this video covers the original v1 lens, the II and III models contain virtually identical internal designs and disassemble…

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Telephotos for DSLR Video: Old vs. New

I’m often asked by DSLR videomakers – “What’s a good older telephoto zoom for someone on a budget?” The answer is simple: None of them. It has nothing to do with zooms not being cinematic (they can be just as cinematic as any other lens, but zoom technique is another story), but more with the manner in which a given lens operates. Our latest video examines this subject in detail:   Kurt – “Man with the 5D”

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Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head – Long-Term Review with Video

Manfrotto’s MVH502A and its flat-bottom cousin, the MVH502AH, are amongst Manfrotto’s latest fluid tripod head designs. The model is no longer new, having been released earlier this year (2013), but I thought that it would be best to review them only after experiencing their reliability in the field over the past 7 months. While it is true that Manfrotto’s prosumer fluid heads are generally very much on par with their professional broadcast cousins – given their relative affordability to Sachtlers and Vintens – the MVH502A/AH are not a part of…

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