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5-in-1 Reflector Disc

5-in-1 Reflector Disc
We can't always film in the studio. Therefore, we enjoy when we stumble upon equipment that is easy to travel with. The 5-in-1 Reflector helps us prevent those unwanted shadows on our talent, yet can fold up into something worth traveling with. All we need to do is point it directly at the unwanted shadow from any light we choose, and it's gone. Great little tool to help our lighting. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/501357-REG/Westcott_301_5_in_1_Reflector_Disc.html
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Vello Shutterboss Timer Remote

Vello Shutterboss Timer Remote
Sometimes the best way to execute the shot you want is to not touch the camera at all. The Shutterboss Timer Remote allows us to do just that. With a 3 pin connection for canons, the wired remote can be set for either a number of shots or unlimited shots with delays and intervals. This allows you to control taking the photo without touching the camera, and prevent the camera from shaking. The timer is highly suggested for those Time-Lapse recordings and night shooting.  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/840098-REG/Vello_rc_c2ii_Shutterboss_Version_II_Timer.html
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GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition
We're always looking for gear that will bring better resolution pictures and videos to the table. The GoPro Hero 4 Black does exactly that. Supporting 4K footage, the Hero is great for aerial and underwater film and photos! The fully waterproof housing allows us to get the image we want no matter what the elements are. With the auto low light and night photo modes, we can now use the Hero 4 throughout any part of the day. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1078001-REG/gopro_chdhx_401_hero4_black_edition_adventure.html
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Photovision 6" Mini One Shot Digital Target

Photovision 6" Mini One Shot Digital Target
White balancing our camera is one of our very first steps to any of our shoots. We certainly couldn't obtain this without our One Shot Digital Target. By being able to hold up the target in front of the talent, our only job is to take a picture with any of our cameras. This is a very fast and convenient technique when you want more than just a white balancing preset.  B&H Lunk: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/492619-REG/Photovision_DT6020_6_Mini_One_Shot.html/prm/alsVwDtl
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Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System

Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System
For any cameras from 4 to 10 pounds, the Glidecam HD4000 is a great walking and running stabilizer we have here at the studio. The quick release plate makes it nice and easy to put on and take off the camera. It's free floating, 360 degree pan and tilt really gives you the variety of angles needed for any running or walking shot. Simply counterbalance the weight of your camera with the adjustable weights on the system itself, and you're off to the races. Great for those unsturdy, quick shots. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/579908-REG/Glidecam_HD_4000_HD4000_Stabilizer_System.html
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DJI Phantom Drone

DJI Phantom Drone
Not all of our work is done here in the studio. What better way to explore outside than the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter. We love using ours with any of our GoPros (Hero 3, 3+, and 4), for recording great B roll for company videos. Having the 3,280' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range really helps us monitor its every position while in flight. Running off of 2 GPS modes, we can assure that the Phantom will stay close to our home base position during windy or low battery days. Such a nice piece of equipment to help us get the videos we normally couldn't get! B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1018649-REG/dji_cp_pt_000083_phantom_2.html
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iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor

iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor
The best way to display our live feed from our camera is by the iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor. This 7 inch monitor runs directly from our camera through a simple HDMI cord. This display also allows us to adjust the brightness, contrast, chroma, and even sharpness! As portable as it is, we travel with it without any hassle! Great display with great customization that we need in and out of the studio!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/968089-REG/ikan_vk7i_n_vk7i_su_7_hdmi_field.html
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NP-F Battery to V-Mount Battery Converter Adapter

NP-F Battery to V-Mount Battery Converter Adapter
  I followed CheesyCams advice about these converters and using the NP-F Batteries instead of V-Mount Batteries and it works like a dream AND I saved a bunch of money. We used the Wasabi Batteries listed below. CheesyCam is the Bomb! http://www.cheesycam.com  I purchased this to power our F&V K4000S LED Studio Panel | 3-Light Kit. This converter brings our cost down to roughly $150 per light for the 2 NP-F Batteries and the Converter instead of the $350-$400 V-Mount Batteries. We would of needed three of them to power all three light panels. First here is the link to CheesyCam's post and video about this: http://cheesycam.com/v-mount-adapter-for-sony-l-series-np-f-batteries/ I purchased the following: 3x Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Chargerhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FQ0RB92/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 3x Wasabi Power Battery Chargerhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043WZY0W/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 3x NP-F Battery to V-Mount Battery Converter Adapterhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E0CEDIE/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 BONUS: My son Dillon found this at radio shack and it made it so all 6 charges could plug in to 1 strip for $20! http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11115445...
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