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Hercules Accessories Neutral Density Filters

Published: Mar 29, 2012 by mpassociates Filed under: Accessories
Hercules Accessories Neutral Density Filters

Hercules Accessories Neutral density filters are specialised lens filters that allow photographers to take photographs with specialist dark areas in the shot. They are often used to bring balance and mellow out harsh surroundings in outdoor conditions. An example of such use is to darken a bright sky in an outdoor nature shot. This makes the shot more bearable and creates a nice blend between contrasting elements of a picture.

The way a lot of the neutral density filters work is by putting a coating on the filter. This works to reduce the overall amount of light that is being let in. This can be used for multiple purposes, such as using multiple lenses which need different exposure times. Other types operate using what is known as a graduated neutral density filter. This also has a coating that filters out light, the difference is that rather than a full coating it has a gradient coating that includes a transition. This makes the light come through gradually and allows the photographer to selectively use the neutral density effect. Before with the full non gradient filter there is no way to differentiate and use the effect selectively. There are many different types of transition lenses that include soft and hard fades. So you can mix and match according to the shot that is needed at the time.

This Hercules Accessories  gradient type ND filter is usually used when taking pictures of a bright sky alongside a landscape shot. This allows the harsh light effect of the sun to be neutralised and the shot can still look great.

Experimenting with the use of filters will allow you to understand how they affect your shots and end results. There are some reports from photographers that the use of filters decreases the quality of the final shots. However this really depends on your preferences and how you perceive quality. Some people are a lot pickier than others. Investing in a quality lens filter will obviously increase the quality of results you get. Do your research and find something that is suitable to your budget and picture taking needs.

Once you are practiced and know how to use filters properly, you will be able to achieve a number of different effects. This can be to create a blur action, this is the use of a lens and variable shutter speeds to change the effect of the picture to what you are looking for.  You can also change the depth of field and remove unwanted motion elements from pictures. The way filters work and with a skilled photographer you can take multiple pictures to achieve the desired shot you want. This eliminates the element of unwanted blurs or motion, from passing subject in your shots.


Varavon LOUPE EX-UNI

Published: Mar 24, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories
LOUPE EX-UNI

The Loupe EX-UNI viewfinder is a high quality, well made and stylishly constructed camera accessory. It is made with the serious and enthusiastic photographer in mind who wants to get great pictures in all environments. This well made piece of equipment is definitely designed to last, and is extremely easy to set up and use. So it really ticks all of the boxes that one would look for when searching for a viewfinder. This article will look at the features of the Varavon LOUPE EX-UNI viewfinder and highlight the benefits it brings to photographers.

First off we will look at the problem that this product solves. Have you ever been trying to take a picture in high sunlight conditions? Did you find that the LCD screen was harder to see, and lost its brightness in the sunlight? That is the problem that this nifty viewfinder solves, it fits perfectly and easily over the LCD screen to give you a perfect fully lit view. This means that the photographer can enjoy the flexibility and size of the LCD screen, whilst having the advantages of a viewfinder. The viewfinder does not need batteries and operates with a 3 inch size and has 3 times magnification to give you a better view. So you can take fine tuned photos with perfect adjustment in any conditions at all. It really offers protection from conditions and gives photographers a consistency when using the LCD screen for capturing images.

The LOUPE EX-UNI is really simple to install as well. It simply mounts on the camera from underneath using a standard screw in connection. This does not however mean that you cannot use a tripod with the camera if the LOUPE EX-UNI viewfinder is connected. The tripod can connect into the bottom of the viewfinder’s attached connection. The viewfinder has a tight seal connection around the LCD screen to ensure that all outer light is blocked. This is done with a compressed sponge seal, so there are no pressure marks on the camera. The technology also uses smart hinges to allow for the viewfinder to be collapsed into place only when necessary. This makes it easier to have attached to the camera when carrying with a neck strap.

Quality and precision are at the heart of this viewfinder, and that is seen in the adjustability of the unit. With the quick use of an allen key to loosen up the bolts the position of the viewfinder can be adjusted to your perfect liking. There is also a dioptor on loupe which allows users to adjust the vision to their requirements. In addition to this there is an adjustable focus knob which allows the focus in the viewfinder to your desired range.

Overall this is a fantastically simple piece of kit that works perfectly. It provides such a great function that actually actively helps users take better pictures and achieve better results.


Lens guard for camera lenses - Delux Gear

Published: Mar 20, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories
Lens guard for camera lenses
A decent lens can cost a photographer a great deal of money, and can be very costly to repair or replace. So certain measures are taken to protect and maintain the condition of lenses. One of which is the use of a lens cap, but often this is not enough protection. The lens cap does not protect against shocks, drops or bashes very well. It only really stops scratching of the lens when in storage or not in use. That is why the lens guard is such a great piece of kit, it offers robust and dependable protection against a range of risks to the camera lens. This article will cover why the lens guard is a useful piece of kit to go along with your camera. It will also discuss the various situations in which the lens cap has an important use.
First off the lens guard offers protection that the lens cap just cannot provide. It is thick, padded and shock absorbing making it a great way to stop bashes and bangs being an issue. The guard is close fitting to the actual lens and provides complete protection for the area it covers. The construction is made of a water resistant santroprene outer cover and a soft cushioned neoprene inner cover. This combination is designed for effective protection, and it really works. The tougher outer casing means that dampness, moisture and light spills are not an issue at all. Whilst the soft neoprene (material used for wet suits) inner padding makes sure the lens is well protected from bashes without damage. This soft inner lining means that there will be no stress marks or scratches from the use of a lens guard. Things like bashing the lens off of tables, rocks and walls will be much less of a risk with the placement of a lens guard.
They also protect from dirt and grime if the camera is in an outdoor location. You can place down the camera without the worry of the lens picking up dirt and mud.
An additional bonus is that the lens guard will fit 90% of camera lenses. There are three different sizes to chose from to make sure that you can have a snug retro fit of the guard to your lens. This takes away any compatibility issues that you might find or envisage. Some users have also chosen to use the lens guard system for protecting the lens whilst it is in storage. This can be done by placing a guard at either side of the lens to create an all round seal. This can stop dirt, dust and scratches from affecting the lens whilst in storage. So photographers know that when they fit the lens back on they will always have easy and reliable photo capturing.
Overall this is a very simple but effective piece of protective kit. It’s function cannot be faulted and it is designed well which allows for no fuss and no problems.


Mobislyder

Published: Mar 17, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories
Mobislyder
Smart phones and digital cameras are providing more and more high quality video capability. Some digital cameras shoot in 1080p full HD quality now, making them very powerful devices indeed. This therefore means that a lot more people will start using iphones, smart phones and digital cameras for their home movie needs. This has lead to the development of the mobislyder, to help people professionalise their portable media capturing. It is a real waste of potential to have a high definition or good quality camera at your disposal and leave the shots to chance. That is where this nifty mobile slider comes into effect, giving you an easy way to take better shots on the move.
The mobislyder is a simplistic and unpretentious piece of equipment. It consists of a lockable swivel mount, a track controlled by ball bearings and four sturdy feet to grip it to surfaces. It can be said that it is a simple and functional tool, and tries to be nothing more. In this way it is very appealing. But how does it fair as an actual slide, what are its functions like and is it good value? That is what this short review sets to find out.
First off it needs to be said that the portable ability of this slider is very good, it can be packed away into most rucksacks or large back packs. This makes it a great tool to carry around with you, it is also lightweight and won’t hold you down. This is definitely what people are looking for when it comes to shooting on the go. Often when you snap something with your smartphone it is unexpected, and so having a light and quick to set up slide mount is ideal. That is exactly what the mobislyder offers. A portable straight out of the box slider that can be put almost anywhere.
The slider can take nice even shots horizontally, vertically and on a slope or incline. This gives the person capturing the footage ultimate flexibility in what they are capturing. Many slides do not fair well on slopes or inclines and give uneven footage as it does not slide very evenly. This thankfully is not the case with the mobislyder, the ball bearing mount rolls smoothly at any angle. This is helped by the gripping rubber feet which help the slider to grip into awkward angles and stay still in adverse conditions. Even though it is small, it’s fairly tough and robust. So the gripping feet will make sure it stays put and does not topple and damage your equipment. Because if a stand or slider is not steady it’s not only the shot that can get ruined, it’s the equipment too.
Overall it can be said that this is an impressive and nifty little bit of kit. It offers stable and simple improvements to shooting footage on an iphone, smartphone or digital camera.


Vararon Slider

Published: Mar 12, 2012 by admin Filed under: Accessories
Varavon slider specifications and review
The varavon sidler is a slider unit aimed mainly at the smaller film production market, for small filming jobs. It is a neat and handy little piece of equipment and can be used to make film jobs much simpler. This review will be looking specifically at the varavon slidecam lite model, as this is the most popular with the small film jobs marker. The thing about this review article is that ironically, it may not go into too much detail. That is because it is such a simple and easy to use piece of kit. It is easy to set up and easy to use, which is all one could ask for out of a slider. Of course you will be looking for quality, durability and effectiveness which the varavon slidecam lite has as well.
Specifications
First off let us look at the specifics on the varavon sidler range. There are two current models which are the 600 and 800 sliders. The model number directly represents the length of the sliders, with the 600 being 600mm and the 800 being 800mm. The length or model that one is to chose really depends on their needs. If one needs a bigger slide shot and more flexibility then the 800 model would be more recommendable. However for smaller projects many will be satisfied with the 600 model.
Both models of the varavon sidler series are made of strong aluminium and steel alloys, this allows for lightweight carrying and durability. The load they can take is up to 6 times their weight at 9kg, (the 800 series can take this and it weights 1.5kg). However the optimum load recommended by the manufacturer is 3-6 kg. So it can be seen that the “lite” part of the model name refers to the slide itself and not the load it can take.
The varavon sidler can be attached directly to tripods, for multiple slider applications, involving different shot types and angles. The standardised camera mount is held to the slide by specialised steel roller bearings. These allow for smooth rolling and easy holding when a still shot is needed. The mount can hold anything from an iphone to high tech video and photo cameras. So it really is a multi-purpose piece of kit. It is even usable for very precise work that requires tension tuning.
Review
After giving the varavon sidlecam lite a quick test drive I can honestly say that is is a solid little piece of equipment. It doesn’t offer the robustness or steadiness of some more heavy duty slides, but it is great for travelling. It weights virtually nothing and can be easily transported around. In terms of portable slides I don’t think this one can be faulted or beaten.


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