Category Archives: Review

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Review: Azden FMX-42u Audio Mixer

One of the unsung heroes of a video shoot is the audio mixer. Chances are, unless there are only two mics being used (the normal number of audio inputs on a pro camera), you have an audio mixer to combine the multiple … more »

Canon EOS C300 Mark II

Review: Canon EOS C300 Mark II

The Canon C300 was announced way back in 2011—the first in the company's Cinema EOS line-up—and its primary goal was to convince DSLR filmmakers to step up to a true digital motion picture camera. The compact Full HD camera targeted … more »


Review: OWC Envoy Pro Mini USB 3.0 SSD

This is no ordinary run-of-the-mill thumb drive. Sure, it may look a bit like one of the multitudes of cheap USB flash types handed out freely at trade shows by paper product manufacturers and lawn sprinkler companies. But after a quick introduction to … more »


Quieter on the Set! Go Bluetooth with the Litepanels Astra 1×1 E

One look around these days and it’s easy to see. Bluetooth is everywhere — in our cars, smartphones, home security systems, and water sprinklers. More and more, many of us are operating our cameras and tweaking the camera menus via Bluetooth and … more »

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 Review

Review: DaVinci Resolve 12

It’s a truism of this business. Like our long-neglected health club memberships — no matter how fabulous and snazzy the club might be, if it is too inconvenient or far away we are not likely to take advantage of it. … more »


Review: Tiffen Satin, Black Satin and Pearlescent Filters

The advent of inexpensive 4K single sensor cameras, including a trove of DSLR variants, has exposed a glaring need for supplemental optical filtration. Optical filters can easily reduce noise, improve shadow and highlight integrity, and otherwise produce a more flattering image. Most … more »


Review: Domke Next Generation Chronicle RuggedWear Military Bag

There are some things shooters naturally acquire as we go through our careers. We gain experience and confidence, of course, and I suspect many of us acquire more than a modicum of wisdom and insight into human behavior and fear-based producers. … more »


Review: Panavision Panascout

For a filmmaker, having good locations is winning half the battle for capturing eye-catching visuals. Although different departments might not admit it, great locations can greatly enhance your production design and sometimes even your cinematography. Due to the proliferation of … more »

Canon Cine Servo 50-1000mm lens

Review: Canon 50–1000mm T5.0–8.9 Ultra Telephoto Zoom

It is in the nature of shooters—and human beings in general, I suppose—that we don’t like compromises. We want everything, and that demanding attitude (as unrealistic as it may be) seems to apply particularly to our lenses. For reasons of convenience … more »


Review: Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K

About three years ago I reviewed the Blackmagic Design ATEM TV Studio for another publication, and was astounded that you could get a full 1080i HD live production switcher for under $1,000. Since I did that review, my clients have been … more »