Canon T6i Tips

Hey, guys In this one we’re taking a look at this baby here. The Canon T6i. Is it worth it? Well After a year and half of rough, real world shooting. I think I can answer that question. Welcome back, Art here. Let me first start off by saying that this isn’t going to be a regular review or unboxing. What it is going to be is me sharing some of my real world practical experiences with the camera after a year and a half. Let’s go.

Let’s start with some quick specs. The t6i weighs in at 27.4 Oz. The native iso is 100-12,800 and is Expandable to 25,600 and has 19 point cross type auto focus and can shoot at 5 frames per second. It has a 24.2-megapixel, APS-C image sensor. It shoots 1920×1080 @ 23.98 & 29.97 and 1280×720 @ 59.94 video.

So with all that spec mumbo, jumbo out the way. What have those numbers really meant in my real world shooting. et’s see. The weight of 27.4 Oz makes it not to heavy to carry around all day, while also being just heavy enough to help stabilize both still shots and video. The iso range of 100 – 12,800 sounds good. However, because the t6i has a aps-c or cropped sensor.

I’ve personally found that the upper iso range of the t6i is dangerous territory for introducing noise into your images. I’ve had the iso as high as 1600, using a rokinon 16mm, T2.2 Cine lens, with a slower shutter speed on a shoot in a dimly lit bar. The footage came out ok, but I still had to de-noise it.

As for the auto-focus, Id say it’s ok and depends on the lens you’re using. I primary use the auto-focus feature when shooting videos for the channel with the 24mm stm lens. he burst rate for still shots is 5 frames per second. As you see it does a pretty good job of catching at least one or two good shots within those 5 shots.

But know this, if you’re shooting raw + jpeg or just large jpegs. It’s going to take a few seconds to buffer and process the images. So plan your shots a accordingly. As for video. I’m primarily shooting 1920×1080 @ 23.98 fps. B roll I’m shooting 1280×720 @ 59.94 and slowing down and scaling up in post. I don’t have any complaints.

I use my t6i a lot. I shoot music videos with it, documentaries, events, short films and of course youtube videos. On the stills side I shoot a lot of urban and street photography. The only real issue I have with the camera is that the monitor is really hard to see in bright sunlight. So you might want to invest in a viewfinder.

So, back to the question at hand. Is the Canon T6i worth it? Absolutely. The trick for me was to learn the camera inside and out. Learn the limits, and then push them a little and then dial it back. The canon T6i can take you a long way.

That’s all I have for now. Follow us on Instagram and check out the images that the T6i can produce. As always, subscribe, Comment, like and share. Peaaaace.

Feiyutech A2000 Gimbal Review

What’s going on guys? Art here, Off The Dome Media Group. While waiting about 5 months for DJI to release the price of the DJI Ronin S, I got impatient. How impatient do you ask? Well I kinda freaked out. You see I had some video shoots coming up and I needed a gimbal quickly. So I ordered the Feiyutech A2000.

This is the unboxing of the Feiyutech A2000 3 axis gimbal DSLR video stabilizer. Most of the reviews for this 3 axis gimbal DSLR stabilizer have been pretty positive. Nothing that I don’t think I can overcome. Check out the video. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, follow and comment. Thanks. 🙂

DJI Ronin S Review

Hey guys, Art here off the dome media group. As you may already know. DJI released specs and pricing for the DJI Ronin S last month. Considering all the buildup over the past 5 months, the reveal was somewhat anti-climactic, with a basic email from DJI. I kinda expected more. But, I’m not going to make a big deal. Because it’s here and ready to go. Let’s dig in.

In my head, there were three main concerns about the Ronin S when it was initially announced. One was the price. Two was load capacity and three was if the camera mounting plate would be proprietary to DJI or if the’d go with something like a Manfrotto plate. DJI didn’t let me down on either point.

The price of $699, while higher than the competition. Is worth it when you look at the big picture. The load capacity comes in at 3.6 kilo grams or 7.9 lb. That’s huge and should handle most DSLR/ Lens combos. As for the camera mounting plate. DJI made the right call. They went with a Manfrotto 501PL type compatible plate. This means that you can go from the Ronin S directly to a Manfrotto monopod, or tripod without changing the mounting plate.

As for the other features. The weight is approximately 3.3 lb. (gimbal only)and Approx. 4.1 lb.. (gimbal and grip included). The Ronin S uses an RB-1 – 2400 mAh,14.4v Intelligent battery which can power the Ronin-S continuously for 12 hours if the gimbal is properly balanced. It has four built in intelligent features. Time lapse, Motion lapse, Panorama, and Track.

Right out of the box it will start/stop recording of video and pull focus for just about all the popular DSLRs from canon, panasonic and nikon. It also will tart/stop recording of video for Sony and Hasselblad models.

So what do I think? In my opinion. For what it’s worth. I think the Ronin S turned out to be the game changer that I thought it would be. The only option that’s missing the a dual handle setup. Which I’m sure will be available soon. Other than that. I’m loving it.

Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As As Steadicam

Hey guys, Art here, off the dome media group. In this one I’m going to reveal my Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As a Steadicam. In the last video I talked about my manfrotto mvmxproa4 monopod and how I combined it with the manfrotto mvh502ah video head.

I also mentioned my came tv H4 camera stabilizer and how I didn’t think that the monopod would be able to replace the H4. Well, I hate it when I’m right. In my opinion, for what it’s worth. The video monopod can’t replace a camera stabilizer.Not without making one modification and We’ll get to that.

First I want to talk about my overall thoughts on the monopod itself. I love it. For run and gun situations It’s definitely better than a tripod. I was able to setup, get the shot and quickly move to the next shot. All in the same time it would have taken me to move the sticks and get setup for just one shot. I was able to create fake slider shots using the fluid base.

I was also able to tilt the fluid head, extend the monopod and get jib or crane shots on the fly. I was in zone running around getting multiple angles in a matter of seconds. Now, the big question. What’s my Secret To Using The Manfrotto Video Monopod As a Steadicam.

My secret is a soft, sand filled, neoprene weight that scuba divers use for different purposes. Some divers use them for their ankles. I use them for my scuba tank valves. But that’s another post. My secret to using my monopod as a steadycam is to use put the weight around the bottom on the monopod legs. This creates a counter weight similar to the setup on all camera stabilizers.

The one I use is 3lbs. It works with my setup, but could be a little Lighter. Your weight should ideally be the same weight as your video head and camera setup. You can also extend or retract the sections to help with additional balancing. Hold the monopod lightly in one hand and use the other hand to lightly hold the pan bar.

Now, keep in mind that this will require practice and it can get a little heavy.Insert shots of party flying monopod But it’s worth it. You’ll be pulling off smooth shots with a little practice in no time. Also don’t forget to bend your knees and place your feet heal toe as you walk. OK, I think you get the idea. The weights come in various sizes. Just pick the weight that’s right for your setup and you’ll be on your way.