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1K, 3K, 3k Pro, or 5K Which Joby Gorillapod 2019?

By James Cross

Update: My experience below is still valid, especially regarding the problems with the original Joby 3k tripod. The quick release mechanism on that model is garbage. Fortunately, Joby has released the 3k Pro. This model comes with a ballhead similar to the 5k, making it suitable for use with smaller cameras. I am very pleased […]

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Anamorphic Lens for Smartphone? Worth it?

By James Cross

Not sure how practical and potentially distracting to coworkers it would be for me to break out my Sony A7iii on a business trip, I decided to buy a Moondog Labs anamorphic lens for my iPhone XS. It would be a good opportunity to find out what kind of cinematic footage my new phone was […]

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Canon to Sony Metabones V adapter worth it?

By James Cross

Switching camera systems can be a big deal if you already own a lot of glass. This is especially true if you own several professional lenses. Lens adapters like the Canon to Sony Metabones V can help, but may not be right for you. I recently went through this painful process. I had spent a […]

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Vlogging with Smartphone Under $100

By James Cross

So you want to vlog, but you don’t have a nice camera. Should you wait until you can afford a nicer camera to start vlogging? Nope. It is much better to use what you have and just start vlogging, rather than waiting until you can get better gear. There are lots of people who do […]

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Is the Mavic Air Stable in Wind?

By James Cross

What would you do if you were on vacation planning to fly your Mavic Air and it was windy every day? Would you fly it anyways? Or would you play it safe and keep it grounded? That is exactly what happened to me on a recent week long vacation. Everyday was windy and I was […]

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