Drawbacks: The initial fitting does require a bit of patience and you must watch the video to fully understand how the design works, but it’s more than worth a bit of fuss for the end result! The PROMASTER Neoprene Wrist Strap for DSLRs offers a comfortable alternative to a neckstrap for your camera. We received a nifty little Actobotics slider kit from ServoCity and over the winter I had the opportunity to shoot a mix of live action and cell phone time lapse video and also a little bit of GoPro video with the slider. In this post I am going to review the Actobotics slider as a tool for creating movement in both live action video and GoPro or cell phone time lapse video.
Because there are so many Actobotics pieces and components available, I found it somewhat overwhelming to figure out the specific parts needed to build a photography and video slider.  Fortunately, the Actobotics staff were very helpful in selecting everything that was needed.
To that list, I would also add a 12V battery tray with a plug end (I used my Dynamic Perception dolly’s 12V Li-Ion battery and a DIY plug end made out of a cigarette lighter adapter). I used the mini-ball head that comes with the Phone Mount to mount my cell phone and a GoPro with no problems. I used the 20 RPM Precision gear motor for both the time lapse and live action video sample footage. However, I think it would probably be more versatile to use the 45 RPM gear motor for live action video because you would have the option to film dolly moves that are a little faster and a little slower than the maximum speed of the 20 RPM motor. For live action video, I found the slider moves to be generally nice and smooth, but because the entire system is so light, I did find that it was susceptible to camera shake by very minor jitter of the slider and camera – so you have to be very careful that the system is entirely stable and obstruction free for the entire slider run. One problem that I noticed trying to run a faster motor at minimum speed by setting the speed with the speed controller was that the sled did not move at a constant speed.  It tended to move faster at the beginning and then slow down as the slider run progressed.
I should also point out that control of the Actobotics slider is fully manual – there is no movement ramping or shoot-move-shoot (interleave) capabilities.
Without movement ramping, starts and stops are pretty abrupt and need to be cut out of the final clips.
Without shoot-move-shoot movement, you are restricted to only filming in good light.  Of course, if you are filming with a cell phone or a GoPro, you will only be working in good light anyway.
In this article, I don’t want to get into the specifics of how to actually make cell phone time lapse video or GoPro time lapse video, I will follow that up in a future article. However, for the cell phone time lapse video sample footage at the beginning of this article, I used a Samsung Galaxy Note III mobile phone with the Camera FV-5 app.  The sunset time lapse footage was taken on a GoPro, and the through the ice live action clip was also filmed with a GoPro. Overall, I found the Actobotics Slider to be a very handy tool for adding motion to both live action video and time lapse video – it is small, lightweight and easy to use. As far as sliders go, if you are only using a small camera, like a cell phone, GoPro or a point and shoot, the Actobotics Slider works very well and is very cost effective when compared to commercially available sliders.
I do not think that you would get very good results with a full size DSLR on the Actobotics Slider – although a small DSLR, like a Nikon D3300 and 18-55 kit lens (or similar from Canon), or a mirrorless system would probably work ok. To be an effective tool, I would go with the 45 RPM motor for live action video and the 0.5 RPM motor for time lapse, instead of trying to use a single motor for everything. One final thing that has piqued my imagination is the idea of adding a robotic cart with wheels to the slider – imagine how great a setup like this would be for elaborate hyperlapse movements! Would you ever consider working with just a GoPro, cell phone or point and shoot – or is a full size DSLR a minimum requirement? To see more of his work please visit his studio website blurMEDIAphotography, or follow him on Twitter, 500px, Google Plus or YouTube. Stefan Kohler is a conceptual photographer, specialized in mixing science, technology and photography.
When he isn't waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live.
Even in daylight, the 7D Mk II is the best camera for less than $6,000 for shooting any kind of action because of its extremely high 10 FPS frame rate. The 7D Mk II is the world's fastest APS-C camera and has more processing power than any EOS camera.
The 7D Mark II's AF sensor array covers most of the frame, unlike full-frame cameras whose AF areas are still all stuck in the middle. Pros have always had to bring or install our own huge multi-head strobe systems around an indoor arena to provide our own lighting, since most arena lighting, like mercury vapor, flickers at high rates. If your camera fires at the same instant the arena lights flicker off, you get a dark frame. If you're not setting up your own strobe system or have high-frequency ballasts at the arena, the 7D Mk II is the world's best camera for shooting indoor or night sports, period. The problem with fluorescent, LED, sodium-vapor and especially the mercury lighting used in arenas is that while our eyes don't see anything flickering, these lights flicker at twice the power line frequency (100 Hz or 120 Hz). The 7D Mark II is the first camera smart enough to see the flickering, and shift the exact moment of exposure by a few milliseconds to avoid the dark or off-color periods.
I can shoot ice hockey indoors and it comes out properly without needing strobes, whoo hoo! The old Canon 7D of 2009-2014 was always great, and now 5 years later, the Mark II is way ahead, adding many more focus points than ever before: 65 cross points. While Nikon has replaced most of its external AF controls with video controls instead, the Canon 7D Mark II adds a new AF Mode selection lever around the small thumb-nubbin controller. There is no Wi-Fi, but there is GPS and a new magnetic compass to record the direction in which the camera was pointed as well as its location. EOS iSA System for 252-zone Evaluative, as well as 6% central and 1.8% spot metering as read from that 150,000 pixel sensor. Paradoxically, spot metering is only from the center sensor; AF-point linked spot metering isn't there.
Can read light flicker and the camera can be set to offset its shutter delay to optimize color and exposure under flickering sports arena lighting.
Bulb timer: A menu lets you set exactly how long will be your Bulb exposure up 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Can superimpose a your choice of camera settings data like a dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode.
Can record time, date, location, elevation above MSL as well as direction the camera is pointed, all in EXIF. The clock has an internal rechargeable battery that can keep time for 3 months all by itself.

While there might be face recognition for video or Live View or playback, there is no face recognition when shot via the viewfinder.
The Auto Area AF function works quickly and then tracks whatever it finds all over the finder.
Use a single AF area and keep the subject under it if you want to track moving targets against a busy background. While this may be useful for photographing dead things, it's blinding and therefore not acceptable for people photos. It's also easy to program it only to use the infra-red AF assist beam on an external flash or fire the external flash if needed for AF assist.
I'm sure if you have other needs that you should be able to program it to work even better. This is new: as you move the mode dial, little gray indicators are superimposed over the bottom left of the screen. When setting the basics (WB, ISO, metering, etc.) with the little buttons near the shutter, little icons again appear on the screen. The weirdest thing about the 7D Mark II is that it vents its mirror box out the three little holes on the bottom left of the rear LCD.
The great news is that my 7D Mk II actually runs at 8 or 9 real frames per second while tracking focus on real subjects in motion.
First I'll show all the complete images, and then crops at 100% from the center for all of them.
The absolutely awesome lesson here is that even at the completely insane ISO of 51,200, it still looks fine for online use. What you'll see here, like all digital cameras today, is that noise isn't the problem at high ISOs.
Noise isn't the problem; the real question is how far you can enlarge images made at foolish ISOs before the softness becomes obvious.
Look at the grain in the wood and the texture in the bear's sweater: it simply goes away as ISOs increase. The partial-info mode now puts dark bars across your images, obscuring more of them than necessary and more than older cameras do. My complaint is that while there are now more screens to show more data, the data I acually need is now smaller; my 5D Mk III makes what I need much clearer on fewer screens. 2.) Exactly as Canon has done since the 1990s, this hotter-than-hot new camera still can't show images in full detail instantly as you swap around images. In daylight and Auto brightness mode, it will appear to wash-out the highlights attempting to make the screen bright enough. Recharge performance is a rough idea as to how many more times you can charge and discharge the battery before you need to replace it. The 7D Mk II has a slightly smaller finder but more depth of field than a full-frame camera. Unless face-recognition autofocus is important to you, everything else about the 7D Mk II just feels better and faster. The D7100 feels like a consumer camera, while the 7D Mk II doesn't feel any different than Canon's top 5D Mk III.
If you already own a Nikon DX system or if photographing people with face-recognition AF, consider the D7100, but otherwise, forget Nikon and step up to the 7D Mk II.
Be sure to enable the rear multi controller (thumb nubbin) in Custom Controls in the yellow (wrench) section of the menu system to let you use it to select AF areas. I set the little flipper around the thumb nubbin to let me select among the various AF area modes, which I also have to set in the Custom Controls menu. The fourth red Camera menu lets you set a Bulb Timer, or how long will be your Bulb exposure. While I'm in that menu, I turn the rear dial one click clockwise to get it one step brighter, still automatically controlled.
Hint: One push from above with the pad of your thumb will unlock it, and then you can continue to rotate it with the same finger. To program these, set your camera as you wish, and then save it to one of the three C positions using the menu system. Only if you shoot subjects that don't move and really do exhibit at mural size or larger on a regular basis (few do), would I get a full frame camera like the 6D or 5D Mark III instead. If you like carry too much, the Canon 100-400mm IS L II has replaced all 70-200mm lenses because it focuses closer and faster; and it's insanely sharp.
The 100-400 has astronomical reach at 400mm, but more importantly, focuses as close as the 55-250 — and the 100-400 focuses almost instantly for shooting sports! Big lenses feel great when looking at them at a friend's house or browsing online, but when you have to carry them all day by yourself, it's a very different story.
There is no better ultra wide lens for the 7D Mk II, and everything else costs more, so this is the easy choice.
The reason you might want an external flash is for shooting quickly; the built-in flash may take 10 seconds to recharge after each shot, while an external flash will recharge almost instantly for the next shot. If you're shooting a lot with flash, an external flash also lets you get more shots per camera-battery charge. If the built-in isn't fast enough for you, I use my Canon 320EX flash when I know I'm going to be using a lot of flash. My biggest source of support for this ad-free website is when you use these links to the 7D Mk II at Adorama (body only) or with the 18-135mm STM (recommended) or at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.
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The biggest help is when you use any of these links when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. As this page is copyrighted and formally registered, it is unlawful to make copies, especially in the form of printouts for personal use. Made of transparent polycarbonate, the Nimar 3D housing for DSLR Nikon D7000 covers the camera perfectly. A few have purchased the BlackRapid straps made for men and are equally happy with the fit and design. She has traveled the world and has been hired to stay and capture the essence of different countries with her camera, telling the story of the culture and influences residing there while winning many awards for her work.

Canon does not seal its boxes, so never buy at retail or any source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're getting a defective or damaged customer return or a used camera. Will this lead to pros abandoning the 1D X and Nikon D4S so we can focus all over our frame? Besides having essentially the same resolution as full-frame, high ISO performance is also spectacular. When you shoot at faster shutter speeds, you run the risk of making an exposure at the moment the lights are dark! Shooting flickering LED Christmas lights this season, my 7D Mk II always got the lights lit; never getting a dark shot at the instant the LEDs went off for part of the power line cycle. Not only does the 7D Mark II have many more AF sensors; the central sensor is extremely sensitive, down to LV -3. As far as I know, it's the first camera with a meter sensitive to infra-red to identify the subject to help the camera calculate the best exposure. I'll take this over WiFi any day, and there is a wireless file transmitter if you really need one. Optional Eh-S screen for precise manual focus and depth-of-field when shooting fast lenses. The original 7D was so far ahead of its time it sold for top dollar for 5 years as Canon's top APS-C camera, even while other models came and went. It's magnificent for tracking birds or aircraft against the sky, but if you have a small target flying against a background of trees, the AF system often will get lost and focus on the background as it's tracking. The best way to figure it out is to phone Canon USA (presuming you're in the USA) at (800) OK-CANON and ask them about your particular situation. These are illuminated; I have no idea why the other aspects of the screen don't illuminate. They recall everything about your camera settings: resolution, auto ISO settings, all your AF system and sensor setting, picture and color controls, white balance, advance modes, and well, everything you'd want saved. Plenty of mirrorless cameras claim crazy-fast frame rates, but they are lies because those cameras can't focus fast enough to keep moving subjects in focus at those frame rates.
The crops have my usual sharpening added for web content as does everything you see on-page. Noise reduction does a great job of smearing-over the noise, which also smears-over the textures and detail at the same time. Camera noise reduction does a great job of keeping the noise from rising and saving sharp edges; what you lose is subtle textures.
It's still not smart enough to tell you if you used a lens or the -II version, even though the EXIF knows. As you select new images, you'll first see a slightly smaller and fuzzier image as is takes a fraction of a second to draw the image full-size in full resolution. This is where you use your histograms to check exposure, since the screen will look overexposed. You have to look at the icons carefully for their shape to figure out about which it's speaking.
Several seconds after you take your finger off the shutter it goes back to sleep, and the nubbin will ignore you.
Now when I hit SET, it plays the image and it's already zoomed in, and I have total control.
If your lens shows NO DATA when you set correction ON in the first page of camera menus, run EOS 3 utility on your computer to select and load profiles for your lenses. If you think you want one for general photography, landscapes, portraits or action, get one!
Heck, just look at my four-year-old Hawaii photos from the old 7D, and imagine that same quality at 10 frames per second with even better metering. If you don't already own it, it's way too big and heavy to buy for use on APS-C, but it is an ideal focal range for APS-C cameras. I don't use one because it's much bigger and not that much more powerful, but if you feel better with a flash loaded with features and don't mind hauling it around your neck all day, the 430 EX II is superb. It's swell for other uses, but you're paying a huge premium in price and weight if all you intend to do is use it on top of your camera. If you wish to make a printout for personal use, you are granted one-time permission only if you PayPal me $5.00 per printout or part thereof. Robyn has a huge bucket list of excursions in the next decade and is always on the lookout for the next adventure. I'd get it at Adorama (body only) or with the 18-135mm STM (recommended) also at Amazon or at B&H. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection. That's why so many amateur indoor and night sports shots have random dark and off-color frames.
What you'll see is that most of the finer parts of the image are simply erased as the ISOs climb into sillytown. This flicker shoot-through feature synchronizes your shutter automatically so you don't get random dark or color-shifted images. These places have the best prices and service, which is why I've used them since before this website existed. The ergonomic side handles, the practical mechanical controls,  the eyepiece with 1.5x magnification and the complete range of accessories provided complete the product. Her other passions are handbag design for her company, culinary art and planning her future expeditions. Some of her recent travels have been to Israel, Ireland, France, Australia, the United Kingdom and many areas of the United States.

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