Ooooooo, presents…

PackagesSome new items arrived via FedEx today!

Today was a very busy day. Got up early and then the family and I went over to help with Joaquin’s Eagle Scout Project. We needed some extra measurements and we took that opportunity to also go have breakfast at Jims. We finally got home around 11:30am. The girls got ready to go to my grand-neice’s birthday party. I was gonna go but Joaquin and I had a lot of planning, writing and emailing stuff for his project. So we missed the party. After two hours we were finished.

Just in time to look over some items I had gotten in.

NewItemsWhat are these three items? Click on the image to get a larger view. Tell me what you think.

No guesses? Okay, I’ll tell you.


Let’s start with the MACRO FOCUS RAIL SLIDER.

If you want to see a larger image – click on it but you’ll have to “come back” to this page.

As most of you know, I’m a bit of videographer and I’ve been trying to master “flying” a camera using a steadicam rig. Of course I can’t buy an expensive rig so I purchased a “knock off” model called a FlyCam Nano for DSLRs. You mount the camera on it and hold it with one arm and it “flys.” Smooth motion – but not yet. Before you can fly, you have to balance it so it doesn’t sway side to side, front and back. That requires micro adjustments – the more expensive rigs have that built in. I read online that someone recommend buying a Macro Focus Rail Slider (I think they use them for focusing on very small stuff) then mount that to the Flycam then mount your camera. Found one on Amazon for pretty cheap, now I’m up to try that solution out.


I film alot of stuff outside with my video camera and when bright sunlight hits your LCD – it’s a &%$@! to view. My old camera had a hood for the LCD but now that Joaquin will be using my old camera for school, I bought me a new LCD hood  – from Hoodman. It’s small, slips on pretty easily with velcro straps and when not in use – folds flat. Me gusta.

But Gilberto, why don’t you just use the eye cup?

Great question, but have you ever had to track a player on a tripod with your eye stuck to the view finder/eye cup? Yeah…I’m not that flexible.

Now let’s move onto the little white cup/dome.


This is one of the first Kickstarter projects I’ve backed. It’s a little white dome cup that fits over your iPhone and using a companion app, it allows you to use it as a light/spot meter. It wasn’t that expensive and I’d always wanted to try Kickstarter so I funded it back in April. Finally got my package today. I’m still messing with it but it only works with reflective light – not flash. I actually used it to “meter” my the photos I took for this post. Pointed the iPhone at my products, then used those settings for my camera and viola!

Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for letting me share.




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