The Vello FreeWave Plus II is a wireless shutter release that can trigger the shutter from up to 320′ (~97m) away. The FreeWave Plus works with most cameras that have a remote port, including Canon mirrorless and DSLRs, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and Panasonic, among others. I’m using the Canon version, which ships with both a Canon 3-pin cable, as well as a 2.5mm sub-mini cable. [Read more…]
I was sad when Apple stopped producing the old standard A1234 (MB110LL/A) wired keyboard a couple of years ago. If I’m using an iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini, I prefer a wired keyboard. You can still buy some used and refurbished Apple wired keyboards; however, their days are numbered.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve gotten by with a cheap Macally keyboard in a pinch but they are very plastic and just don’t look or feel right with the modern aluminum Mac builds. There are tons of knockoffs and lookalikes but everything is a compromise, which brings me to the new Xcellon keyboard that I’m typing on right now. [Read more…]
This isn’t really much of a review . . . just a quick note on how to improve your aging headphones.
I’ve had a couple of Sony MDR-7506 industry-standard headphones for over a decade now. One pair I use more regularly than the other, and they’re starting to show some wear and tear on the earpads. I was getting black flaky vinyl crap on my ears and shoulders and they are coming apart at the seams.
To help extend the life of these headphones for a few more years, I picked up a set of Garfield Headphone Softie Earpad Covers from B&H a couple of weeks ago. For $17, they made my decade-old go-to headphones like new again.
There are loads of options for replacement earpads on these headphones. I like the price and comfort of the Garfield Softies. They may even be better than new because my face/ears don’t sweat where the earpads make contact as I did with the original vinyl earpads. Maybe I should have gotten some of these covers sooner…?
Adding the earpad covers to the Sony MDR-7506s is done by simply sliding the covers over the existing earpads. It takes a few seconds and then you’ve got nice, comfortable headphones again.
Again, these are $17 and can be found in several colors here at B&H Photo.
Video production requires so many tools for different set-ups. Many of those tools are super sexy cameras, drones, lenses, and accessories. However, there are some tools that fly under the radar but are critical to a fully functional system. One of these very boring tools is the Decimator MD-HX HDMI/SDI Cross Converter, which allows you to take virtually any HDMI or SDI signal and output it to a standard video signal that works with your system into either HDMI or SDI. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS R is a camera we’ve all been waiting to see for several years now. It’s a full frame mirrorless camera with a 30.3MP sensor, 4K video capture, and an all-new lens mount. So how does this new camera and system handle the hype and anticipation that’s been building for so long?
In short, it’s promising. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS R is a pretty great camera but it’s missing a couple of amenities. The built-in time-lapse movie mode is great if you want to have a finished 4K timelapse out of the camera as a video file. If you want to capture still images for later editing and assembly, however, you are out of luck with the in-camera options. [Read more…]
The iPhone XR is the latest in the 2018 trio of new iPhones. It’s also the most “affordable” with its base price at $749 for the 64GB model, while it takes $999 to get the base iPhone XS and $1099 for the base XS Max.
For a guy that operates a camera tech blog, you might think that I’m one who has to have the latest and greatest gadget. However, I like tech that lasts a long time and I try to milk every mile out of great tech. I still use my Canon 5D Mark II as my main camera (although I’ve been eyeing an upgrade the past couple years) and my 2011 MacBook Pro is still in service as a video editing system. In fact, I think that old MacBook Pro is a superior product in terms of design (and performance in its day) than the newer, thinner MacBook Pros, which have “clicky” keyboards with keys that stick, limited ports, no disc drive and internals that can’t be upgraded. I prefer my 2010 Mac Pro over the modern Mac Pro trash can too.
In a lot of ways, I feel the same about the iPhone XR. I’ve had the iPhone XR for a week or so and its a good phone but it doesn’t do anything special that other phones don’t do better. My best praise for it is that it is faster than the iPhone 6 from which I traded up. [Read more…]
The Luxli Timpani is a new 1×1 LED light with a ton of control available from the back LCD panel, a dedicated mobile app or DMX consoles. It is a light the purports to deliver just about anything you could dream up for a 1×1 LED. From the moment you open the box, you start to get a sense that it can. [Read more…]