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
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… Examples of the incredible versatility and ability to mount various LED panel almost anywhere with one of our ActionPod mounts in this behind-the-scenes image from a recent shoot.“LED light panels have changed the way we light. Remember when we hauled around heavy, hot, tungsten lights and a bunch of gels, stingers, making apologies to homeowners when we overloaded their circuits? Times have changed!Fluorescent lighting reduced the amps and provided daylight and tungsten colors, but were still relatively heavy with ballasts and large fixtures. While Kino’s are still a fine way … read more
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 cameras from smart systems like this one.For small retailers, this is a great solution to the problem of shoplifters who quickly learn where blind-spots exist from fixed cameras. A length-adjustable, easily positionable mount with a strong spring clamp like the ActionPod allows for the easy movement of cameras so you can beat the thief. For event and crowd control staff, combining wireless security cameras with a quick release mount like ours allows you to quickly set up and have eyes everywhere, even as you're working in unfamiliar venues or in spaces where drilling into walls to mount came … read more
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 a role as National Sales Manager for our plucky little start-up. Having achieved the objective set out in early 2014 of building a strong domestic retail sales channel for Dinkum, and putting something like 100,000 miles on the odometer as Road Warrior Extraordinaire, Dave is returning Down Under to begin a new chapter in his professional life. Dinkum founder John and COO Andi thank him for all his efforts helping us grow the little business that could, and wish him all the best in the future.
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. Having one lens shade on the camera body itself eliminates the need for multiple lens hoods, and makes changing lenses on the move easy.The Compact’s 10-link flexible arm is a smaller gauge than the rest of the Dinkum Systems range, but easily supports the lightweight, powder coated aluminum flag while enabling the level of micro-adjustment that makes the lens shade so useful, and is long enough to suit most lens setups.The shade can be angled in any direction to eliminate lens flare without obscuring the shot and can be quickly swung away to the side, ideal for anyone shooting in a variety of light conditions or repeatedly moving from indoors to out, … read more