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​'Pack Rafting' with Dinkum Systems

​'Pack Rafting' with Dinkum Systems

Posted by Andi Lucas on 21st Jun 2017

Dinkum Systems Founder and Emmy award-winning cinematographer John Mans reports from the field:I worked on a Travel Channel show called, "Alaska - Water and Ice" that aired recently. The network people really liked a couple of the segments that I shot, and Dinkum Systems had much to do with the footage we got.The show is about what you can do for fun in remote areas of Alaska. It's a 1-hour; there are around eight segments which run 4-5 minutes each; and the producers gave my small team just one day to shoot each segment. One of my segments was about packrafting which required our five person crew - DP, B-cam, Producer, Audio and one PA - to hike a few miles up a valley carrying two Canon C300's, two Canon 5D's, a DJI Osmo, a slo-mo Sony FS700, a drone, several GoPro's, mounts, lights, and a JIB, all the while shooting along the way. To achieve the jib shots, I used a 25' carbon fiber pole from an old Polecam, and clamped my Osmo onto the … read more
Don't Let Rain Stop Play!

Don't Let Rain Stop Play!

Posted by Andi Lucas on 24th May 2017

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
Game of Thrones Behind-The-Scenes

Game of Thrones Behind-The-Scenes

Posted by Andi Lucas on 21st Apr 2017

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 b … read more
​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

​How To Get Amazing SUP Shots with Dinkum Systems

Posted by John Mans on 10th Jan 2017

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 Seward. Due to the danger of calving icebergs - where ice chunks break off from the edge of a glacier - the environmental conditions had to be perfect: not raining, not too windy, not too hot and with the tides just right for our boat to pass into the inlet.Because the boat had to carry eight people, three paddle boards, a raft with an outboard and lots of camera gear, we needed to go as light and quick as possible. Instead of doing the standard long-lens shots from a shoreside tripod plus a handheld camera from the chase boat, I tried something a little unusual, and it worked out great. We tied down my trusty Sachtler tripod to th … read more
Jibs with DSLR and Lightweight Cameras Need Lens Protection Too!

Jibs with DSLR and Lightweight Cameras Need Lens Protection Too!

Posted by John Mans on 5th Dec 2016

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 foreground movement from a high perspective, and cameramen are starting to make lightweight jibs a standard part of their mobile kits. With numerous ingenious compact jibs on the market - I personally like the Kessler Pocket Jib, and companies like VariZoom and ProAmUSA have great options too - the one common denominator is a need to keep the camera rig ultra-light.  That means stripping your DSLR to the bone... you'll have to get rid of that sliding base plate, and with it, your mattebox, eyebrow, and lens protection. To keep those unwanted flares off of your lens during a jib shot that could sweep down from twenty feet and spin from … read more