Say Goodbye to Time Lapse Flicker!
If you’ve had a lot of experience with making Time Lapses you should look into the “Little Bramper”- a tiny yet powerful piece of equipment you always hoped existed ..
Read on- an excerpt from the maker:
A photographic intervalometer is a gadget that fires a (stills) camera periodically. To make a time-lapse you compile this image sequence into a movie (using software like Quicktime Pro, After Effects, etc.).
Little Bramper is an intervalometer with some unusual and advanced capabilities. Most significantly, by using the camera’s Bulb mode it allows you to vary the exposure smoothly during the time-lapse session. This is Little Bramper’sraison d’etre. Little Bramper also allows you to use arbitrary intervals; no longer are you limited to whole seconds. With this flexibility comes a degree of additional complexity, so I still recommend conventional intervalometers (cheap ebay ones) for basic time-lapse scenarios.
I have recently purchased one but have yet to use it. I will surely post another article with more detail when I do. The two photos are renders of the little bramper I modeled in SketchUp for a future project.
It was Friday afternoon and when I heard the forecast for the coming days I decided take an emergency trip up to San Jacinto Mountain to do some filming ( time lapse and interviews). I had just a few hours to prepare my camera, lenses, tripod, and the rest of my gear for what was suppose to be 7″ of snowfall. I went into a camera shop and to my horror they were out of any and all rain gear for DSLRs. I had to figure something out quick with no time to visit another store. After pacing around a bit I found some items and did some simple modifications and pretty effectively weatherproofed my camera. It was quite simple to rig up, and definitely will save you some money if you decide to try it my way.
I used two items at a total cost of about $30.00:
Domke Protective Wrap:
The Domke Wrap is a soft padded Nylon cloth with velcro on each corner meant to cradle your camera body in transport or storage. All I did to make it into a snow cover was turn in upside-down, and secure two ends of the velcro underneath the lens. Having it upside down exposes the Nylon-Backing to the elements which happens to be quite weatherproof.
Generic Lens Pouch:
I was mainly using a Tamron 10-24mm which is NOT weather resistant, unlike L-Series lenses. So as an extra precaution to keep my lens safe when not covered by the Domke I used the above. A generic lens pouch which I simply cut out the bottom with some scissors. The top of the pouch ( where the lens meets the body) had a drawstring type closure which was perfect for protecting the base of the lens when tightened. Also, the sunshade at the end of the lens helped immensely in keeping the lens pouch from extending too far forward creating a solid vignette ( especially on a 10mm).
Letus announced today that they are unveiling a new line of products for the DSLR market and will be available for purchase as soon as June. By the pictures alone I would guess they are going to perform impressively, and you shouldn’t expect anything less from such a solid company. Included in their arsenal is a total of six different kits that you can mix and match to some degree as well as Grips and a Cage. Looking at the design of the handles I would say they are to be the best out there. In addition to looking comfortable and moveable, the connections look as if you could fit them into just about any hole on the cage, or at any point on the rods.
Please take a look at their website for all the pictures and products. I would advise reading the descriptions, especially for the Hawk VF ( Viewfinder), they make some great analogies and comparisons to help you understand the innovation behind the LETUS viewfinders and how they’re different from the competition ( too bad the price isn’t different as well!). Products start at $385.00.
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If you’re working in this category, then you are already well aware it can be costly. And at this point, the lines between Traditional Video and DSLR Video, begin to blur. Welcome to part three of four in AmericanDSLRs quest to uncover The True Cost of Owning a DSLR.
Items carried on from Beginner and Intermediate levels:
- Camera Body
- 16 GB CF Card A
- 16 GB CF Card B
- 2 Year Accidental Damage Warranty
- Zoom H4N
- NEXTO eXtreme
- LCDVF Viewfinder
- Manfrotto Tripod Head and Legs
- Extra Battery
24-70mm f/2.8 Lens: $1,399.00
This is going to be your main lens. An L Series lens made by Canon, with a range not very impressive but one of the best you can get on a wide angle with an Aperture as low as f/2.8. If you are willing to sacrifice some light you can go with a Canon 24-105mm f/4, to get some extra range.
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