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

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

Posted by Dinkum founder John Mans on 31st Oct 2016

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

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

Posted by Andi Lucas on 17th Oct 2016

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
Farewell to our Sales Manager Dave...

Farewell to our Sales Manager Dave...

Posted by Andi Lucas on 3rd Oct 2016

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

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

Posted by Sales Manager Dave Ball on 20th Sep 2016

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

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

Posted by Dinkum Systems founder John Mans on 6th Sep 2016

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 was a camera assistant on shows like Perry Mason, Diagnosis Murder, and Touched by an Angel, using mostly 35mm, either Panavision or Arri equipment.As an AC you had a standard kit that contained a front box loaded with measuring tape, marking tape, lens tape, gaff tape (so much tape!); but what was also standard gear was a last-minute, last-ditch lens shade called a French flag that would mount awkwardly at the end of an articulated arm and provide that last shade to keep your giant lenses free of stray light. So at the end of your lens you had a doughnut, your … read more