Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:This week I'm up in Anchorage, Alaska shooting an HGTV show, and while it's beautiful up north, we're dealing with shoot days where it's just rain, rain, rain... Given that we can't change our schedule around, we just have to deal with the wet conditions.The DJI Osmo on my 25' jib arm has become a crucial part of this home-buying show and I've been regularly employing a jib set up on this series (as explained in a few previous blogs). So while I can't make the rain go away, with a carbon-fiber pole, a little bit of weatherproof clothing for myself, and a bunch of Dinkum options I can at least keep it off my gear! This combination would also be a perfect and fast set up for any real estate video, wedding video, or any shoot that needs to show grandeur and large spaces in any conditions. When it's rainy out, all you have to do to … read more
Dinkum Systems lens shades are flexible and adjustable enough to suit almost any equipment, conditions or set up. Choose from three sizes of lightweight but strong powder-coated aluminium shades with a variety of mount options including ¼"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads, clamps, and our unique hot-shoe mounted COMPACT™ lens shade.The COMPACT™ lens shade is a professional french flag for DSLR’s and small video cameras. Securing to the hot-shoe bracket, the multi-directional 10 link, 7.5” / 19cm long ball-and-socket arm holds the sturdy 5" wide aluminium shade securely and precisely to protect from lens flare, dust, and drizzle. The PRO™ Screw Mount lens shade is the french flag of choice for field cameramen looking to fasten their lens shade directly to an accessory block or any standard ¼"-20 attachment point. It features a 10” anti-reflective aluminium shade supported by a 14”, multi-directional, length-adjustable arm. … read more
“I'm a big fan of your french flags, and I keep one in my ditty bag at all times. Can't tell you how often it's saved the day when there's a flare right when we're about to roll. Here it is on a panaflex last weekend!" Benjamin Tubb We LOVE the fact that Ben is stil using one of our original flags with the old-style blue and yellow clamps. There little guys are so robust, they last (literally) for decades. It's a great feeling to know we and our awesome network of retailers can stand behind the quality of our gear... … read more
We got ourselves a patent! Our clever inventor and company owner John Mans has just been formally recognized for one of his original designs, with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office issuing a utility patent for the snazzy COMPACT lens shade. The baby brother or, as we sometimes prefer to call it, “Son of Dinkum” lens shade completes the family of French flags that were first conceptualized, built and bought to market by John in the mid 1990s. John’s original clamping French flag offered shooters a new way to quickly deal with lens flare, without taking the time to set up more complicated matte boxes, or convincing a PA to hold a clipboard up to block glare! While several imitators have appeared on the market since John brought his large format shades to market, we feel flattered by the attention, knowing we can stand by the quality of the Dinkum design and construction, backed up with close to 20 years of field testing by professionals all over the world. We’ … read more
When you're shooting a star like San Francisco 49ers champion Vernon Davis, the last thing you want is drizzle hitting your lens. Dinkum Systems owner and inventor John Mans didn't need to worry about that problem on a shoot for Travelchannel's "Trip Flip", with his handy COMPACT lens shade poking its head out from under the rain cover. Not just useful for preventing lens flare, the hot shoe mounted shade is great for stopping droplets too. And from the look on John's face it doesn't seem like the crew are enjoying themselves on this job at all!