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Hammer & Anvil MK-SLR100 Directional Condenser Microphone (Review)

July 15, 2016 Comments off

Hammer & Anvil MK SLR100Hammer & Anvil MK-SLR100 Directional Condenser Microphone
Adorama.com
$39.95

All microphones are not created equal. That statement is an overly obvious one to those of you who are in the filmmaking or videography game. However, not everyone knows it. There seems to be this highly outspoken rule that great audio is better than great video. In other words, if your video is mediocre, it doesn’t matter if your sound is great. And no matter how great your video is, if your audio is poor quality, then the whole thing is poor quality. It doesn’t seem fair does it? Well, it isn’t, but since people love great audio, there’s only one thing to do: Purchase great audio equipment for your videos.

The problem with creating great audio is that it’s not cheap to do it. But anything worth doing is worth doing right, so save your money for better equipment. There are some exceptions to the more expensive equipment rule making a better audio product. Hammer & Anvil products transcend that rule. In fact, I’d say that they break it. The HAAMKSLR100 (SLR100) microphone is one of those exceptions. Sure, you can spend more, but you won’t really get more. The SLR100 microphone is a directional condenser mike that delivers great audio for under $40.

Type:   Directional Condenser microphone
Frequency Response:    38-20,000 Hz
Sensitivity:    -40dB +/- 3dB / 0dB=1V/Pa, 1kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio:    75dBOutput
Impedance:    <1k Ohm
Power:    1.5V AAA Battery
Plug:    Mini-Pin Plug (3.5mm)
Dimensions:    109x75x45mm
Net Weight:    52g

I like the SLR100. It’s small, compact, has its own power (AAA battery), has a pop screen, and a “dead kitten” for windy outdoor shooting. You can attach it to a hot or cold shoe or directly to a tripod mount. It also sports a shock mount of sorts on the base. It’s a complete video camera shotgun microphone that delivers very good sound for a small price.

Why it’s Frugal: The HAAMKSLR100 condenser microphone is frugal because it is inexpensive ($39.95), but yet delivers great audio. If you’re on a budget, this is a perfect audio unit to start with. It’s frugal because you get a lot of audio quality for a little money and you can use it with your iDevices, if you buy an adapter/converter

Now, you’re probably asking, “What are the practical applications for this microphone?” That’s a good question. If you’re a YouTuber who doesn’t want to be wired to a lavalier microphone or dish out hundreds of dollars for audio that’s imperceptibly better, then this is the mike for you. Would I use it for filming a documentary that’s going on Netflix? Probably not. Not because it isn’t a great little microphone; it is, but Hammer & Anvil offers some very reasonably priced professional directional microphones for about $100 more and they’re just too tempting to resist. For example, I’m actually reviewing the HAAMKENG600 microphone as I’m writing this post.

HAAMKSLR100 with Pop screenThe HAAMKSLR100 microphone will do just about anything you want it to do and, as I pointed out in the review video, for a few dollars, you can buy a three pole to four pole converter and use this microphone on your iPad or on your iPhone as an external shotgun audio capture device. Awesome.
It’s awesome because you don’t have to blow a lot of extra money buying a microphone specifically designed for your iDevices. You can use this one everywhere and that’s a very good thing.

One of the things that I really love about the SLR100 is that when you turn on the mike, you can see clearly that it’s on because of the green light on the back near the ON/OFF switch. I’ve seen complaints on much higher priced microphones that don’t offer this basic feature. Bravo to the folks at Hammer & Anvil for providing that much needed feature.
Why am I making such a big deal about the ON light, you ask?
Well, after you run down a lot of batteries because you left your mike ON, you’ll understand why. The light clearly lets you know when the unit is ON and when it is OFF. To me, that feature alone is worth $40.

I’m quite pleased with the sound quality that I get from the SLR100. It’s quiet where I need it to be and it picks up sounds that I want it to and all for the price of an afternoon matinee. I’m sold on it. As I said in the video, it’s a solid microphone and deserves the rating I give it.

Adorama.com is a top-notch camera and accessory store for the amateur and the professional alike. This microphone is perfect for those who need something better than the built-in microphones on DSLRs, video cameras, and iDevices.

Rating: 8/10
Recommendation: Buy it for all your general video creation needs. It’s not a pro-grade microphone, but it’s darn nice for $40.

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Flashpoint Announces New R2 Radio Remote Lighting System

May 4, 2016 Comments off

New York, NY – May 4, 2016 Flashpoint, a leading manufacturer of professional photography and video equipment, has just has just announced the new Flashpoint R2 lighting line, featuring its R2 wireless radio flash system. The Flashpoint R2 system consists of five new products, compatible with Canon, Nikon and, coming soon, Sony: XPLOR 600, Streaklight TTL, R2 TTL Remote Transmitter and Receiver, Zoom Flash and Zoom Li-on Flash. Also new are Flashpoint R2 bridge units, which introduce R2 compatibility to older Flashpoint Streaklights and Zoom Li-ons.

Shop the brand new family of XPLOR studio lights from Flashpoint

Flashpoint’s R2 wireless flash system utilizes an advanced 2.4GHz radio to control a range of Flashpoint lighting products. The system unifies these products and allows for remote controlling with easy-to-use buttons, reliable channel triggering, group mode selectivity, HSS and LCD panels that clearly display the status of all remote R2-compliant lighting tools being used. It is the latest in remote lighting innovation and is the perfect solution for any photography situation.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 All-in-One HSS Studio Flash
For the ultimate freedom in lighting exploration, choose the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL all-in-one HSS studio flash with built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount) as a portable lighting solution controlled by remote, with no need for power cords and generators. This monolight is a 600ws strobe powered by an interchangeable, high-energy 11.1-volt Lithium Ion 8700mAh battery and is capable of over 450 full-power flash bursts on a single charge. With advanced settings like FEC, rapid stroboscopic flash, first or second curtain sync, LED modeling, a clear LCD display, upgradable firmware and new camera system compatibility, and 11 advanced options, the XPLOR is a portable powerhouse.

The compact XPLOR 600 TTL can be adjusted to a wide 9 stop range of power levels from 1/256 to full power in 1/3 stop increments. Recycle speed is exceptionally fast, from .01 to 2.5 seconds, with a built-in cooling fan to keep the unit cool and stable. The XPLOR 600 TTL can be triggered in four different ways: via the built-in wireless receiver that speaks with the R2 Transmitter, Optical Systems of Canon and Nikon Speedlights, corded sync, and optical slave.

Also available is the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 all-in-one HSS studio flash, a manual power only model with built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount).

Flashpoint R2 Streaklight 360 TTL
The R2 Streaklight 360 TTL is available in both Canon-compatible and Nikon-compatible models and is a hot shoe, portable bare-bulb flash suited for professional performance. It is also cross-compatible with all on-camera Canon or Nikon TTL controls through the Flashpoint R2 radio system, including automatic TTL exposure control, exposure bias, bracketing, second curtain sync, high-speed sync (HSS), EXIF recording, modeling flash and flash exposure lock. With a 270-degree swivel and a 105-degree tilt head, it provides powerful lighting at every angle.

Flashpoint R2 TTL Transmitter and Receiver
The R2 TTL Wireless Remote Receiver connects all strobes to any tool in the R2 family, including older Flashpoint monolights and strobe lights. The R2 TTL Transmitter attaches to the body of anyCanon, Nikon or Sony camera for full lighting control as well as TTL pass-through.

Flashpoint R2 Zoom Li-on Flash
The R2 Zoom Li-on Flash is powered by a revolutionary internal Lithium Ion battery pack and features TTL connectivity compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony TTL systems. The strobe features exposure compensation, FV lock, HSS and an automatically zooming flash head to illuminate any situation. With a full power recycle time of less than 1.5 seconds and an advanced Li-on polymer battery, it is quick and powerful, and lasts approximately 650 full-power flashes per charge. A 360-degree rotation and 90-degree tilt makes it perfect for on- and off-camera use at any angle.

Also available is the Flashpoint R2 Zoom Flash, which is powered by AA batteries for flexibility while on the go.

Flashpoint R2 Bridge Receivers
With the R2 Bridge Receiver, any existing non-R2 Flashpoint Streaklight and Zoom Li-on Speedlights can be upgraded to receive signals from the new R2 Radio Remote System. Simply plug into the dedicated port and control remotely.

Pricing and Availability
All new Flashpoint R2 lighting tools are now available for preorder through Adorama:

  • The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL All-in-One HSS Studio Flash is now available for preorder for $749.00 USD
  • The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 All-in-One HSS Studio Flash is now available for preorder for $599.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Streaklight TTL for Canon, Nikon or Sony is now available for preorder for $519.95 USD and ships with the BP-960 Power Pack
  • The Flashpoint R2 TTL Remote System is now available for preorder for $79.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Zoom Flash is now available for preorder for $119.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Zoom Li-on Flash is now available for preorder for $179.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Bridge Receiver is now available for preorder for $19.95 USD

About Flashpoint
Used by industry professionals who want superior results, Flashpoint produces the highest quality pro lighting and video equipment our market has to offer while maintaining true value, to help our partner photographers in today’s competitive market. Flashpoint’s most popular products include traditional and wireless/portable strobes and monolights, reflectors, flash modifiers, softboxes, light stands, on-camera video lighting, power packs, and camera and lighting accessories.

Flashpoint’s Power Station was recognized by Professional Photographer magazine with a 2014 Hot Ones Award. Available exclusively at Adorama, customers can visit the Flashpoint brand store online to shop: http://www.adorama.com/brands/flashpoint, or visit the Adorama Learning Center to learn more about Flashpoint products: http://www.adorama.com/alc/searchresults/flashpoint.

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Polaroid LED Lighting Solutions Shine Bright for Photographers and Videographers

April 27, 2016 Comments off

PolaroidRIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 27, 2016 The Polaroid LED camera/camcorder video lighting line is notably powerful and versatile, shining bright where photographers and videographers need it the most. Supporting a number of camera and camcorder models from top brands including Canon, JVC, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony, Polaroid now has the following lighting solutions available for professionals and enthusiasts alike:

Ultra 350 LED with Barn DoorsPolaroid 350 ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light with barn doors
The Polaroid 350 LED light features an optional diffusion screen to gently soften light and barn doors to direct the light source. The high-powered 350 dual-color LED beam offers variable brightness controls (from 10% to 100% flicker-free) and color temperature controls (between 3200K and 5600K), usable both indoors and outdoors. It can be powered by lithium-ion batteries or through its own power receptacle, making it a versatile lighting solution for photographers and videographers.

Ultra Bright 144 or 312 video/photo lightPolaroid ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light in 312 and 144 LED options
The Polaroid ultra high-powered super bright LED camera/camcorder video light also comes in both a 312 and a 144 dual-color LED arrangement. Both options include variable brightness controls between 10% and 100% and color temperature controls between 3200K and 5600K and are a dimmable, cool-running source ideal for photographers and videographers both indoors and outdoors. The LED lights can be powered via lithium-ion battery or by its own power receptacle. Each model can be attached to a tripod and comes with a diffusion screen for light softening, a built-in camera hot shoe mount and a swivel head adapter. The 312 LED light comes with an additional handgrip for extended shooting options.

102 LED dimmablePolaroid 102 LED dimmable camera/camcorder video light
Designed for use with a flash, the Polaroid 102 LED dimmable light has a 102 LED arrangement with variable brightness control from 10% to 100%. It is a pro-grade, high-powered light that offers a cool-running source for photographers and videographers and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It includes four filters for additional creativity – clear diffuser, white, warming and magenta.  The flexible Velcro mount system supports most flash models.

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid 350 LED camera/camcorder video light is available now from Amazon for $159.99 USD and ships with a 350 LED light head, 2 lithium-ion batteries, a dual battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a barn door set, a diffusion filter, a carry case, an AC and DC adapter, a UK and EU plug adapter and a manual.

The Polaroid 312 LED camera/camcorder video light is available now from Amazon for $139.95 USD and ships with a 312 LED light, two lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a handgrip for off-camera use, a diffusion filter, a carry case, a UK and EU adapter and a manual. For a full list of Polaroid 312 LED light model options, please visithttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dphoto&field-keywords=Polaroid+LED+312&rh=i%3Aphoto%2Ck%3APolaroid+LED+312.

The Polaroid 144 LED camera/camcorder video light is now available from Amazon for $99.99 USD and ships with a 144 LED light, two lithium-ion batteries, a battery charger, a swivel head mounting adapter, a diffusion filter, a carry case, a UK and EU adapter and a manual. For a full list ofPolaroid 144 Led light model options, please visit http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dphoto&field-keywords=Polaroid+LED+144&rh=i%3Aphoto%2Ck%3APolaroid+LED+144.

The Polaroid 102 LED dimmable camera/camcorder video light is now available from Amazon for $39.99 USD and ships with a 102 LED light, a swivel head shoe mount and four filters.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review the Polaroid LED camera/camcorder video lighting solutions. To request a media review kit sample, please contact Mariah Stein atmariah@zazilmediagroup.com.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, thePolaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products. For more information, visit http://www.Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

Three Sigma Global Vision Art Lenses Receive Prestigious TIPA Award

April 19, 2016 Comments off

Sigma LogoRONKONKOMA, NY – April 19, 2016 Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced it has received three awards from theTechnical Image Press Association (TIPA). Sigma was awarded with the honors of Best DSLR Telephoto Zoom Lens for the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens for the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens, and Best Professional DSLR Lens for the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens.

The annual TIPA Awards honor the best photo and imaging products introduced during 2015 through 2016. Renowned in professional photo markets across the world, TIPA awards are among the highest accolades photo and imaging products can receive. The TIPA organization has a worldwide membership of 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents.

“We are once again honored to have the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens and the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens selected by TIPA for their outstanding quality and impact on the industry. The thorough judging criteria take into account not only the innovation, but also the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease of use as well as the price/performance ratio. We are incredibly proud to have Sigma lenses meet these high standards,” comments Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We pride ourselves on designing and manufacturing the very best lenses using today’s most cutting-edge optical technology. I want to thank the Sigma design and manufacturing team for their commitment to engineering excellence and look forward to seeing the inspiring images Sigma fans will create using our lenses.”

To see a full list of this year’s TIPA Award winners, please visit the official TIPA website.

About the Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
The newest addition to the Global Vision Art lens line, the Sigma 50-100 F1.8 (75-150mm on 35mm format) mid-range zoom lens delivers outstanding prime lens-like results. Factoring in the APS-C image circle of 1.5x, the 50-100mm F1.8 covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths: 85mm, 105mm and 135mm. It maintains a constant F1.8 aperture, yielding exceptional brightness and resolution throughout the zoom while simultaneously maintaining focus as the lens is zoomed, ideal for videographers.

About the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art is the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens, designed with the versatility of a zoom lens married with incredible performance. With premium FLD glass and seven SLD glass elements, it allows for sharp, beautiful image quality. Its large diameter aspherical lens also provides a stunning level of brightness, even ideal at the widest of apertures. Its quick, accurate autofocusing makes it perfect for capturing movement without blurring.

About the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The state-of-the-art 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is a wide-angle prime lens designed for use with full-frame cameras with additional APS-C sensor support. It is Sigma’s widest large aperture art lens yet and was designed with careful attention on edge-to-edge performance. It includes both FLD glass and five SLD glasses in a 15-element, 11-group design to minimize spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature for incredible image quality. Tested using the proprietary “A1” measuring system, it is ensured with the highest standard of operation for professionals. This lens is perfect for videography, astrophotography, landscape, low-light/indoor and event photography.

About Sigma Corporation
Since 1961, Sigma has worked toward a single, simple goal: To imagine and develop photographic technologies that push the envelope, empower photographers and produce unparalleled imagery. We’ve honored this commitment by maintaining control of our design, research and development, and manufacturing processes in our own Aizu Factory. Our products are built with premium materials and are known worldwide for quality and performance. Our family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 45 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Photography is all we do, and it’s all we’ve ever done.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow the company onTwitter, Instagram and Facebook.

3Pod Orbit 4-Section Aluminum Photo/Video Monopod with Fluid Base and Tilt Head with Quick Release (Review)

April 19, 2016 Comments off

3Pod Monopod with Tilt Head BundleAdorama3Pod Monopod (3PVM4A)
3Pod T1 Tilt Head with Quick Release (3PSHT1)
3Pod Monopod with Tilt Head Bundle
Adorama
$59.95 Monopod only
$32.00 Tilt Head with Quick Release
$79.95 with Tilt Head with Quick Release Bundle ($12.00 savings)

If you’ve searched high low for a monopod that you can use in just about any situation, stop looking, this is it. The 3PVM4A Monopod by 3Pod, sold by Adorama is one fine piece of photographic machinery. And for under, a lot under, $100, it’s the best I’ve seen. At a whopping 65.5 inches high (max), it’s comfortable for taller photographers to use, without having to crouch or bend down. I should know; I’m one of those taller photographers. This one also quickly adjusts from two feet high (23.5 inches, to be exact) to any height in between. The fluid base allows you to make smooth panning movements when the feet are down. Without the feet in the down and locked position, you have a standard monopod featuring three fast open/close flip locks for quick and easy height adjustments.


Joseph Butler and I review the 3Pod Monopod with Tilt Head.

3Pod Monopod BaseThe best feature of all. Wait for it. Look at the picture and see if you can figure it out. That’s right! It can stand on its own. At the very bottom of the monopod, you can fold down three locking legs to steady the monopod while you walk away to get yourself on camera, have an interview, or just to check focus. Sure, you can use it like a standard monopod, but those three little legs make this the bringer of the best of both worlds. Frankly, since receiving this, I haven’t used a traditional tripod again. Which in part is some of my excuse for the delay in posting this review.

I suggest purchasing the bundle. You save $12.00 by buying the Tilt Head with Quick Release, so why not make a frugal choice? For $79.95, you get the Monopod, the 3PSHT1, bag, and adjusting wrench. Even if you decide to buy another monopod head, this one will serve you well.

If you’re worried about camera weight on the monopod, let me put your fears to rest. It has held a Canon 60D with 18-135 zoom lens and a shotgun microphone without any issues.

What I really love about this setup is that it’s built for the run-n-gun photo/videographer who also might need to jump in front of the camera to narrate or to introduce a guest. You can walk away with confidence that you’re not going to end up with a smashed camera in the process. For photographers and videographers on the move, the monopod has a large padded handle that’s easy on your hands, plus it’s non-slip feature keeps your equipment safe while you’re running for the shot. The three quick-release height adjustments allow you to keep moving while you adjust the height of the monopod too. And if you don’t want to run with the monopod feet in the down position, they have “step-on” releases so that you can pick up and run without hesitation.

Tilt Head w/ Quick ReleaseThe Tilt Head with Quick Release is a ‘must have’ item because you can remove your camera from the monopod without disturbing the monopod’s position with just a snap of the silver lever you see at the right of the quick release mount. You can also come back and place your camera on the monopod without twisting, turning, or fussing with a ‘pod screw mount. Just place your camera back onto the monopod and turn the lever to secure the quick release mount and start your scene. It is literally a one-two movement and you’re back in business. Plus the Tilt Head stays gravity-centered for vertical shots.

I love the 3Pod monopod. It is the perfect ‘pod for me. It’s not bulky and cumbersome like a tripod, nor is it awkward and always in hand like a traditional monopod. It’s also not a pain to setup and adjust like most tripods are. To me, it’s the best of both worlds. It is the monopod that I wish I’d invented, but for $80, who needs the headache of prototyping, crowdfunding, begging for supporters, and wasting a bunch of energy when 3Pod has created the perfect ‘pod.

Technical Specifications:

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Max Height: 65.5 inches
  • Collapsed Height: 23.5 inches
  • Weight: 2.2 lb
  • Max load: 18 lb
  • MountingReversible: 3/8 and 1/4-20
  • Leg Lock Type: Flip lock
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Tilt Head Tripod mount: 3/8
  • Tilt Head Camera mount: Standard ¼-20
  • Tilt Head Movement: 180° tilt on a single axis
  • Tilt Head Weight: 9.4 oz
  • Tilt Head Max Load: 11 lb

Why it’s Frugal: If it isn’t already obvious, the 3Pod monopod-tilt head with quick release is extremely frugal. First, you can buy the pair and save $12.00 (frugal). Second, you don’t have to carry a tripod and a monopod everywhere you go and fumble around with them–you have a monopod that can stand alone (frugal). And third, you don’t have to have another person with you to handle the camera while you go stand in front for an introduction, an interview, or a focus (frugal). It’s the best $80 you’ll ever spend on photography equipment.

As you can see in the video, Joseph and I both love the monopod. We fight over it and it’s hard to pry it from our grubby hands once one of us has it in possession. Seriously, it’s that good. For serious photographers and videographers at any level, this monopod beats any that I’ve ever used or seen. And yes, I’ve used the one that you’ve heard of (Sounds like a character from Lord of the Rings) and this one beats it many times over. The build quality is excellent. The quick release latches are easy to use and quick to adjust. No slips, no tips, and no lost cameras.

Rating: 9.5/10

Recommendation: Buy the bundle, save a small bundle, and enjoy your new favorite and essential accessory.

Polaroid Rechargeable Panorama Pan Head (Review)

March 9, 2016 Comments off

Polaroid Panorama Pan HeadPolaroid Panorama Pan Head
Polaroid
$49.99 Amazon (Prime)

The Polaroid Panorama Pan Head (Pan Head) is a tripod-mountable, remote control panoramic head attachment. It features still shots, 360-degree continuous motion panoramas, a 75-degree sweep mode, and a 10 second delayed 5-degree slow movement option.

In the box:

  • Panorama Pan Head Ball/Tripod
  • Remote Control Unit
  • GoPro Tripod Attachment
  • Phone attachment
  • UBS to microUSB cable
  • Instruction booklet
  • Carrying bag

The head unit is a fully rechargeable, stand-alone unit, meaning that it requires no wires or other attachments to make it work. It requires a few hours of recharge time, but once charged, the charge lasts up to three hours or more depending on conditions and usage.

The whole unit is coated with a non-skid coating that also won’t mar furniture or other delicate surfaces.

The bottom of the Pan Head has a female 1/4″-20 standard tripod mount and the top, where the panorama takes place, has a male 1/4″-20 tripod mount. The phone attachment has a padded inner surface so that you won’t scratch your screen or the rear surface, but be careful to only snug the phone in place. If you over-tighten, you can crack your screen.

My box didn’t ship with the GoPro nut that securely attaches the included GoPro tripod mount to the male tripod screw. I had my own, so it wasn’t a problem, but just be aware that it might not ship with one.

Personal Experience

Polaroid Pan Head Phone AttachmentUsing the Pan Head is a lot of fun and using the three attachments (tripod mount, phone mount, and GoPro mount) is easy. I’ve used this unit with my GoPro, my iPhone 5, and my Canon T3. I didn’t try it with my Canon RF H600, but I’m sure that it would work well too. Since the Pan Head can easily hold up to about a pound’s worth of camera, it can easily support old school film cameras, such as my Canon AE-1, Diana, Smena, or any of the other Lomography type cameras that are all the rage.

I used the Bluetooth connection between the Pan Head and the iPhone. It worked perfectly every time. You actually pair the powered-on Pan Head with your camera although it is the remote control unit that fires the camera. I assume it does so through the Pan Head. Since creating the review video, I have tested the unit with starting and stopping videos and it does work. Press the camera button to start video on your phone or remote device and press it again to stop video. Worked every time.

One thing to note: Infrared (IR) is line-of-sight, so be sure that you test your aim at the Pan Head from the Remote Control unit prior to attempting to take real photos or video. The IR receiver on the Pan Head is not the red button–the red button is the power button. The small black window is the IR receiver and you must be able to beam to that for the functions to work. Be patient with your aim and the response from the Pan Head–as it is not instantaneous. There is a short (half-second or less) delay between pressing the button and the reaction from the Pan Head. Don’t press twice, because either you’ll undo what you want to do or you’ll speed up or slow down the panorama head.

Using something like a Gorilla Pod, you can get some cool angles and panoramas. iPhones have a built-in Panorama photo function, but with this Pan Head unit, you’ll get perfect panorama shots every time and you can do them remotely. The same goes for time lapse shots.

Why it’s Frugal: The Polaroid Panorama Pan Head is frugal because for $50, you can have a real remote controlled panorama tripod head attachment that is also a tripod itself. Hardware with comparable functionality costs hundreds of dollars. This unit is affordable, durable, and a good investment for any level of photographer oRemote Control Detailr videographer.

I really like the Polaroid Pan Head. In fact, I love it. I’ve wanted one of these types of units for many years and now there’s an affordable one. Before this, they were just out of my financial range–good ones at least were and still are. The ball shape and flip out “wings” are very innovative and compact. I really love that the ball head is a tripod itself as well as a tripod head.

I think every photographer, phoneographer, and videographer should own one of these. Seriously, to be able to move your camera’s perspective remotely is extremely valuable. And to be able to start/stop video or take photos remotely is just too cool for school. Yes, I know, I just carbon dated myself with that saying, but seriously, this is a big bargain for an extremely practical photographic accessory. I’m glad to see that Polaroid is still innovating and still has its finger on the photographer’s creative pulse. I can’t wait to see what else Polaroid has up its sleeve. Now I’m going to have to dig out my 600 series Polaroid camera, buy some Impossible film, and get to shooting again. Thanks Polaroid, my wife will love you for the inspiring me to purchase instant film after all this time. I knew I saved that camera for some reason.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Every photographer, phoneographer, and videographer should own at least one of these. Strong buy.

Polaroid Brightsaber Pro Handheld/Mountable LED Lighting Wand Now Available

March 1, 2016 Comments off

PolaroidRIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – March 1, 2016 The Polaroid brightsaber pro LED lighting wand is the easiest and most affordable way to get a perfectly lit shot, whether on set, in the field, or anywhere in between. The highly portable lighting solution can be comfortably handheld or mounted to a tripod for studio setups, and comes with an integrated rotating tungsten filter to give photographers, videographers, event planners, set decorators and more the light they need to create a beautiful look.

Polaroid Brightsaber Key Features
• Includes infrared lamp and camera shutter remote; rechargeable battery pack
• Professional-grade LED lamp driver chip enhances consistency and lighting stability
• Ergonomically designed, the 1.7” diameter multi-purpose grip provides maximum comfort during handheld use, while a built-in threaded tripod mount enables studio setups
• Intelligently integrated, freely rotating, tubular tungsten filter in wrap-around design ensures perfect lighting balance
• Array of 298 powerful, efficient, low-heat 5600k LED bulbs rated at >50,000 Hours

Your Work in a Different Light…and Lots of It
The Polaroid brightsaber’s 298-piece LED bulbs deliver true daylight color 5800K, and have been engineered to be in optimal proximity to the gently frosted light diffuser, resulting in a soft yet powerfully projected and evenly dispersed shine. Photographers can easily set the light to a rapid or slow flash with the press of a button. Offering the pros extra versatility, the Polaroid brightsaber features a tungsten color temperature filter in the form of a 3200k sleeve, giving users the ability to add dramatic lighting effects without the need for additional devices.

Video or Still, Pro or Prosumer, It’s All the Lighting You Need
Getting a well-lit shot is easy with the Polaroid brightsaber, eliminating the need for lighting umbrellas, stands, mounts and sweat-inducing spotlights. At just 22 ounces, the Polaroidbrightsaber is super lightweight, portable and overall refreshingly manageable. Even so, it provides a full range of powerful and sophisticated “studio-level” features professionals will appreciate in the studio and on location.

Infrared Remote
Helping photographers stay focused on set, the Polaroid brightsaber comes with an innovative multi-function IR remote. This handy device gives users full control over the lighting, while doubling as a remote shutter release for virtually any Canon, Nikon or Pentax camera.

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid brightsaber pro is available now on Amazon for 162.29 USD and ships with a lamp, filter, remote control, battery, AC power adapter, case and manual.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, thePolaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit http://www.Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

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