Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-100 MkII & Olympus LS-100 Compact XLR Recorders Compared

Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-100 MkII & Olympus LS-100

I’ve been using the Zoom H4n for a couple of years or so now when shooting with HDSLRs like the 5D Mark II and 7D.  Tons of other users around the world have been using it as well.

The Zoom H4n has a lot of stuff going for it – it’s compact, it’s relatively inexpensive and it provides much better sound quality than you get out of your DSLR’s internal mic.  However, the Zoom H4n isn’t the only game in town. [Read more...]

Oben Tripods Review

As a videographer I have multiple tripods. However, sometimes I just need set of sticks with a ball head for still photography. My primary use would simply be taking family photos, and the occasional time-lapse for some of my video projects.

I recently had the opportunity to check out several Oben tripods from B&H Photo. These tripods are very affordable, yet well thought out, and well crafted. [Read more...]

Vanguard GH-200 Hands-On

Vanguard GH-200

On my last day at CES 2012, I stopped by the Vanguard booth to check out some of their new products.  I’ve been a Vanguard fan since I bought the SBH-250 ball head a couple of years or so back.

One of the new items from Vanguard this year is an updated version of their pistol-grip ball head.  The GH-100 was last year’s model, which I’ve used and enjoyed quite a bit – although I have neglected to publish a review on it.  The GH-200 is the new model and it improves on the few minor complaints I had about the otherwise solid GH-100.  In essence, you can take this as a review of both units with some notes on what makes the GH-200 an improved offering. [Read more...]

Manfrotto 560B and 561B Fluid Video Monopods Review

Manfrotto 561BHDV

This is going to be a pretty short and sweet review; however, I wanted to get my thoughts out there for those of you interested in run & gun video stabilization setups.  When we went to CES earlier this month, we took the Manfrotto 561B and 560B video monopods with us for capturing video from the show floor.

In short, they rock.  [Read more...]

Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 10 V2.0 Review

The Think Tank Photo Digital Holster series is designed to handle one DSLR with a lens attached.  This makes for a lightweight setup when heading out for a casual day of activities and photography is not your primary objective.  It’s also ideal for those who are never without their DSLR.  I’ve been using the Digital Holster 10 V2.0 for a couple of months and have been pretty impressed with it so far. [Read more...]