Loading... Please wait...


Game of Thrones Behind-The-Scenes

Posted by

There are many reasons why we love getting messages from customers and friends who snap a photo when they "spot a Dinkum” on productions large and small, and this image has particularly tickled our fancy.

Caught on a behind-the-scenes HBO special for the incredible series Game of Thrones, it shows the wonderful actress Emilia Clarke in full splendor as the character Daenerys Targaryen.  While most wouldn't look past this great talent, the snap also shows one of our trusty CINE Lens Shades doing what is was made to do and blocking flare, with an old style blue-and-yellow clamp covered with black rubber tips.

Those distinctive colours tell us that the anonymous shooter behind the camera has owned this piece of our gear for close to a decade, as that’s how long it has been since that style of clamp was being used in our production. This clamping French Flag was built when our founder – working DP John Mans – was making the product by hand in his garage, in between jobs, using off-the-shelf parts. It is a very cool thing to see a item personally made by John still forming a critical part of another camera operators kit.

While we’ve grown considerably in size since those early days, and our production methods are certainly a little more sophisticated, we continue to stand by that same expectation of quality and durability, and expect to see Dinkum Systems gear out there making productions easier for many years to come.

Get the system. Get the picture.  

* special thanks to our founder John Mans' old friends Nat Chotechuang and Tony Maul for sending this to us!

​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Dinkum Systems in Travel Channel's new special, "Alaska - Water and Ice"Travel Channel is airing a special this month called, "Alaska - Water and Ice", and I was lucky enough to shoot a couple of the segments. One of the challenging shoots was stand up paddle boarding (SUP) around icebergs just outside of [...]

Read More »

Jibs with DSLR and Lightweight Cameras Need Lens Protection Too!

With so many lightweight cranes available these days, jibs seem to be coming back into vogue.Producers who were enamored with drones a few years ago are often taken aback when they see a shot that starts high in a tree and sweeps gracefully through the branches for an establishing shot.  We seem to have forgotten the beauty of [...]

Read More »

What's the easiest way to mount an LED panel, you ask? Let us tell you!

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans shares his thoughts on how the new era of lightweight LED Panels has made our range even more useful, giving you an easy way to solve the onset challenge of quickly mounting lights in a variety of spaces…                  [...]

Read More »

A clever mounting solution for your smart security system...

Probably the only thing worse than feeling insecure is actually being insecure.Luckily there are great security monitoring products out there like this one from Arlo Smart Home which partner brilliantly with our patented, length adjustable clamping mounts.  In a fast-paced world, it can only be a good thing to be able to quickly and easily mount security [...]

Read More »

Farewell to our Sales Manager Dave...

Just over three years ago, an old University mate of our Chief of Operations came to visit the States for a holiday. A strange set of circumstances resulted in an unexpected road trip; which turned into what was perhaps the world's longest ever job interview; and Dave Ball left the country with the promise of [...]

Read More »

The best lightweight, mobile lens shade for DSLR and video cameras - not your average lens hood!

Our Compact lens shade is sometimes underestimated by photographers accustomed to traditional lens hoods, but it’s often the most-used Dinkum Systems product in many people’s kit.The unique shoe mount means that the Compact can be attached to a DSLR or small video camera and kept there even when not in use without getting in the way. [...]

Read More »

“Get the French flag!” A history of Dinkum Systems lens shades

With powder-coated aluminum shades and plastic arms and mounts, camera operators and photographers use the lightweight but tough Dinkum Systems CINE, PRO, and Compact lens shades for protecting their cameras from dust and drizzle as well as stray light. Dinkum founder, Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans explains how the original Dinkum lens shade came about. Back in 1995 I [...]

Read More »

Fastest clamping grip solution in the studio or in the field - every kit needs a Clamping Top!

One of our most under-utilized but extremely useful products is the Clamping Top.Available in both 1” and 2” clamp sizes, the Clamping Top quickly converts one of our mounts or large lens shades into a handy double-ended clamping grip device.Simply pop off the top of your ActionPod, ActionPod PRO or FlexiMount and replace it with the Clamping Top to create the [...]

Read More »

Fastest and easiest adaptable mount for smartphones: ActionPod and MeFOTO SideKick360

The Dinkum Systems team has long been fans of the stylish SideKick360 and SideKick360 Plus smartphone adaptors from MeFOTO.Built tough like our flexible clamping mounts - and available in colors other than Dinkum black! - the smartphone holders have ¼”-20 and ⅜”-16 sized holes in the base plate that can be quickly and easily mounted onto [...]

Read More »