The less is more video review

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Whenever I’m researching new gear, I invariably find myself sitting through countless unboxing or review videos, some of them long and tedious, just to glean a little more information about the product.

There’s a great irony to some of them. I’ve watched tripod reviews shot with a hand-held camera, for instance. Microphone and wind-shield tests regularly end with a summary of “what you probably heard”, as though the guy making the clip will be as surprised by the results as I ...

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Canon EOS 650D

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Hmm… so I’m looking around for a new DSLR, and trying to balance a few competing interests.

As much as this is for home life, the wife and the impeding baby, I figure it might as well be something I can borrow or steal back to use on video projects, when the need arises. So it’s important that it handles HD video pretty well. There are plenty of contenders in that area, all with their limitations. Actually right now the Sony ...

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The mysterious 717 tripod

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I’m a recreational eBay-er. Some night’s I’d rather snoop around on eBay than watch TV. Some nights, TV is sufficiently dull that I can easily do both. One of those “direct-ish from China” ebay items is the variously named but typically numbered “717″ tripod.

The mysterious 717Do an eBay search for 717 tripod and you’ll soon see what I mean. Sometimes it’s a Weifeng, sometimes its ...

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