LockPort USB Saves USB Ports for Canon 5D Mark III & Mark II

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LockCircle has announced its new LockPort USB, which is designed to help avoid damaging your 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II mini USB camera port.

Previously, LockCircle released the LockPort HDMI port savers, which proved successful and led to the logical development of a port saver for USB ports on HDSLRs. LockPort HDMI was eventually developed and released for Nikon D600 and D800 HDSLRs, so I would expect a LockPort USB model to be in the works for those cameras as well.

LockPort USB is available for $139 direct from LockCircle. More details here on LockCircle’s website.

Paris In Motion (Part III) Features Motion-Packed Timelapse Shots

Photography Bay reader Mayeul Akpovi just cranked out another solid timelapse video of Paris. As you may have seen in Part I and Part II, Akpovi produces an incredible sense of motion in his timelapse work.

He uses a variety of gear to accomplish these shots:

Akpovi accomplishes those surreal camera movements not with a large dolly, jib or mechanized slider, but with a simple tripod and some camera shake reduction in post processing. You can get a glimpse of this technique in an earlier behind-the-scenes video below.

You can see more of Akpovi’s work here on his Vimeo account.

Tascam DR-100mkII for $245 – Deal Alert

Tascam DR-100mkII

Tascam’s DR-100mkII is currently available for $245 (reg. around $300). This is one of the better handheld XLR recorders out there, one that I think is better than the Zoom H4n. You can read my comparison review between the Tascam DR-100mkII, Zoom H4n and Olympus LS100.

You can find the Tascam DR-100mkII deals here at B&H Photo and here at Amazon.com.

Kessler Parallax Auto-Pans Your Slider Shots

Kessler Parallax

Kessler is showing off a new auto-pan head, the Kessler Parallax, that works in conjunction with Kessler sliders to automatically pan on a subject throughout the slider movement.

The brilliance of the Kessler Parallax is that it achieves this movement without a motor to drive the head. Additionally, it can pan either inward (on a static subject) or outward (for a panoramic effect). [Read more...]

Zacuto Z-Finder for Panasonic GH3 Released

Zacuto Z-Finder GH3

Zacuto has a new Z-Finder Pro designed for the Panasonic GH3 thanks to a GH3-specific Gorilla Plate that attaches to the bottom of the camera.

The GH-3 Z-Finder Pro has a 2.5x magnification and diopter for fine-tuning focus. If you already have a Z-Finder Pro or Jr., you can just pick up a Gorilla Plate and frame for the GH3.

The Z-Finder Pro for the GH3 retails for $395. The GH3 frame and plate kit runs $129. More details on Zacuto’s website.

New Prime Circle XE Cine Lenses with Wireless Remote Aperture Control

Prime Circle XE Cinema Lenses

LockCircle has announced its new Prime Circle XE system of cinema lens at NAB 2013.

The new Prime Circle XE lenses are available in 10 different focals from 15mm to 135mm. The XE wireless controller allows remote adjustment of the aperture of system lenses from up to 300′ away.

Prime Circle XE lenses will be on display at LockCircle’s booth at NAB 2013. Additional info should be available soon on Lock Circle’s website.

More details in the complete press release below. [Read more...]

Adorama Rolls Out Flashpoint ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer

Flashpoint ZeroGrav

Adorama has released a new Steadicam-style video camera stabilizer under its Flashpoint in-house brand. The Flashpoint ZeroGrav appears to be a close reproduction of the Glidecam HD-2000, which is about the right build for HDSLR rigs.  Notably, the ZeroGrav has a bigger load range of 2.2-11lbs capacity, while the Glidecam HD-2000 is rated 2-6lbs. [Read more...]