WARNING : 9 month old Manfrotto 055 leg assembly sheers for no good reason

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I know how I use my tripods and these are not abused, so how come I get a leg falling off for no good reason ?

9 months ago I bought this Manfrotto 055 tripod from Calumet and yesterday the leg fell off while being transported on a job.

As you can see the metal has just sheered for no good reason. I look after my kit and am a great fan of Manfrotto so its a hard blow when one of the legs falls off to find out the metal on the clamp has sheered for no good reason.

Has anyone else suffered from this, I was lucky there was no camera on the tripod when this happened but it does not give me confidence to use this tripod in the future.

I have kept the part in case Manfrotto want to inspect it.

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Viral Video from Idustrial Revolution on Fx Factory… $39 introduction price till 23rd March

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Get your message across by adding dynamic boxed text and side panel annotations. Fully customisable for font, colour, background, position and animations. Sets for 16:9 and square formats included. Perfect for use when sharing video on social and mobile media.

The set consists of titles, transitions and effects that when put together produce a professional, stylish and, engaging result. No keyframing is needed, just stack them up.

Choose from the built-in colour palettes or use your own custom colour schemes. Subtitle templates included for viewers when sound is off on mobile devices.

Go viral and get your videos noticed online!

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The Scorpion dual light set from Blind Spot Gear

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Blind Spot Gear was born on November 2013 by Alan, James and Billy aged only 24, 24 and 26. They were fed up with the lack of innovation in an over priced film industry that seemed only to look back, desperately clinging on to a world long gone. They decided the best way to remedy this less than perfect situation was to design, manufacture and sell our own lighting systems.

Billy “By 2014, We had designed, and then constructed a prototype for, the light we had dreamed of having on location. We built 10 samples and then travelled door-to-door looking for feedback and gauging interest. As a result of this experience, we made a few tweaks then turned to Kickstarter. Thirty days later, we had £45,000 ($72,000) in our bank account, three tickets to the far East and an optimism that would not be dimmed.

That optimism was, indeed, a blessing, considering that all three of us then had to share the same bedroom for over 3 months and live off $10 a day.”

Billy sent me a demo kit of the Scorpion dual lighting kit which came into its own when filming in a kitchen this week.

As you can see from the shot above the lights were perfect for giving the wok a kick as can be seen in the still frame below.

Each LED light comes with its own clamp that you can attach to anything as in this case, but to preserve the metal handle I used a lens cloth.

The LED lights are very powerful and have variable dimmers.

These wee LED lights are spot on for lifting a subject as you can see from the video below.

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First cage for the GH5 from 8SINN £160 plus vat without handle

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At the BVE Expo in London Polish gear maker 8Sinn were showing their new Panasonic GH5 cage on the Production Gear stand. The custom fit metal cage has a sculpted design that allow for easy grip and full rotation of the flip screen. There are optional handles and rails that can be added for additional cost. £217 plus vat with handle from Production Gear.

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New products from JVC at BVE 2017

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Not being able to get to BVE 2017 its good to see the regulars being interviewed like one of our site sponsors JVC Professional.

KitPlus…” We talk to John Kelly from JVC at BVE 2017 about the latest monitor range, the new KY-PZ100 PTZ camera and the HM-660, HM-850, HM170/200 and the LS300 cameras.”

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URSA deal of 2017 saving over £2000

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URSA to URSA Mini Pro upgrade saving over £2000 and you get to keep your original URSA.

All existing URSA customers have the chance to upgrade their URSA to the NEW URSA Mini Pro.
For the customer to qualify we will need the following:

  • A photograph of the customers URSA serial number from the camera body (not the box)
  • A copy of the customers original purchase invoice
  • Offer only valid till 31st March 2017
  • You get the URSA mini pro for £2860


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ADVERT …Sony OPEN DAY at H. Preston Media this Wednesday 8th March 2017

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We have a Sony Open Day on the Wednesday 8th March (this Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm. Come and see the New Sony PXW-FS7k mk 2 with the New Sony Lens 18-110mm f4.

Address for H. Preston Media is 103, Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1EP


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Just when you thought timelapse does not get any better

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I am a film-maker specializing in time-lapse cinematography. In 2009 my photography-career started with the first timelapses created in my free time.

With growing expectations to quality and composition motion-control gear became quickly a main focus of my work. I started developing and building sliders and jibs to create more dynamic shots than it was possible before.

Tech is always a driving factor behind my work. With sensor-technology quickly evolving, new lens-designs and new post-production techniques I currently specialize in ultra high resolution visuals in 4K and 8K resolution.

My goal with time-lapse-photography is to capture what can’t be seen by the human eye in combination with the most beautiful landscapes and impressive cityscapes to create immersive experiences.

Capturing high resolution time-lapse visuals in some of the most remote places of New Zealand came with a lot of challenges for men and equipment. Nature made clear who the boss is by destroying two of my cameras. A very strong Mag 7.5 earthquake hit the Kaikoura region about halfway into the trip. Spring weather was very unsettled so it surprised me even more to capture one of the most perfect nightsky reflection scenes I have ever done.
Wanting to capture the essence of an untouched wilderness often comes with an accessibility problem too. But I had great help from many awesome people I became friends with.

Getting a plane-ride to Stewart and landing on pristine beaches was only one of the many highlights of the trip. Taking a boat to discover the mysterious lakes of Fjordland, crossing freezing cold streams to reach hidden canyons or exploring the magnificient underworlds of New Zealands glowworm caves where incredible experiences that came along capturing the natural wonders of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

NEW ZEALAND ASCENDING | 8K from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

New Zealand Ascending | Behind the Scenes from Martin Heck | Timestorm Films on Vimeo.

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BlackMagic’s GH5 Spoiler ?…not at £4,919

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I thought BlackMagic Design were onto a GH5 spoiler with this latest URSA Mini Pro but at £4,919 less viewfinder it’s not even close to a GH5 in price.

Introducing URSA Mini Pro, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! You get a massive number of ergonomically designed controls on the side of the camera so you can adjust most settings by feel, and without ever having to take your eyes off the action. URSA Mini Pro also features built in ND filters, a status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets you change between EF photographic lenses or PL and B4 lenses. URSA Mini Pro records up to 60fps and features dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders as well as dual UHS-II SD Card recorders. URSA Mini Pro is lightweight and comfortable enough to use all day, has controls that are extremely fast to use, and image quality that’s far superior to broadcast cameras costing ten times more!

URSA Mini Pro is “three cameras in one” because it combines high end digital film quality with the ergonomics and features broadcasters need. It’s ideal for any kind of work from high end feature films, television shows and commercials, to independent films, broadcast news, and even studio and live production! URSA Mini Pro features beyond Ultra HD 4.6K resolution plus 15 stops of dynamic range, all with a super wide color gamut and DaVinci color science so you always capture cinematic quality images. The super compact body features broadcast camera ergonomics and advanced operating software that make it faster to set up and use than any other camera! Whether you’re on set, on location or shooting run and gun, URSA Mini Pro has the image quality and features you need to work on any type of project!

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