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iOgrapher filmmaking gear

iOgrapher makes affordable and useful cases and lenses for mobile filmmaking. They’re purpose-built for all iPad and iPhone models, making it easy to create handheld videos for your projects. I have one for my iPad Air and I love it.

Here is their case line-up:

And here is their lens line-up:

All their cases have a tripod mount on the bottom and two or three light or microphone mounts on top. I promise you’ll have fun using their stuff, so what are you waiting for? Go get yourself a case!

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IWC Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480

I love the design of the Portuguese watches from IWC and this chronograph is exquisite.

  • Model IW371480
  • Swiss-made caliber 79350 automatic movement
  • 40.9mm 18k rose gold case
  • 18k rose gold bezel
  • Silver dial with gold-tone hands and hour markers
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Minute markers around the outer rim
  • Two sub-dials: 60 seconds and 30 minutes
  • Functions include hours and minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock with stop function
  • Brown alligator leather strap with 18k rose gold deployant clasp
  • Power reserve of 44 hours
  • Water resistant to 3ATM (30m or 100 feet)

Buy it here: Mens IWC Watch Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480 or from The Watch Gallery

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Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

I’ve had the original Bose SoundDock for several years and I love it. Also love the Bose customer service. When I called them after I lost a dock adapter, they sent me one for free. This is why I know the new SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker is great: it’s a great product from a great company which takes care of its customers. It comes in three finishes: nylon, leather and special edition.

You’ve got your music on your phone, and you’re ready to play. Enjoy deeper, more powerful sound than you thought possible from a speaker this small. The SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile speaker II works wirelessly with Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices, or your tablet or laptop – and goes wherever you do for music when you want, where you want.

Buy it here: Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II – Nylon

If you want an even smaller Bluetooth speaker, Bose has the SoundLink Mini.

Enjoy better sound on the go, everywhere you go, with the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker. It delivers full, natural sound from an ultra-compact speaker that fits in the palm of your hand. The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. A lithium-ion battery gives you hours of unplugged play time. And the included charging cradle keeps the speaker fully charged while serving as its convenient home base. The SoundLink Mini speaker is engineered with a solid, aluminum housing and skid-proof rubber bottom, so it can stand up to everyday use. Take your music, videos and games places they’ve never been before.

Buy it here: Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

If you have the original Bose SoundDock, then you can still use it via Bluetooth. All you need is a small Bluetooth adaptor from CableJive, called the dockBoss air.

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Edwin Jagger De89bl Safety Razor

An affordable DE razor, the Edwin Jagger De89bl gives a great shave and is a good choice for those just starting to learn to shave the old-fashioned way (which happens to also be the best way). By the way, if you’d like to learn how to use a safety razor, this is a good place to start.

This traditional double edge safety razor is fitted with the latest precision manufactured Edwin Jagger DE razor blade head creating great interest among experienced wet shavers requiring a close and accurate wet shave with finished results comparable to the original straight cut throat razor. The classic closed comb head, expertly engineered caps the highly polished chrome plated solid brass tubular handle with the Edwin Jagger name embossed around the collar. With an Edwin Jagger traditional double edge safety razor you can achieve a very close shave helping to reduce ingrowing hairs. Each DE razor is supplied with 5 Derby safety blades so the razor is shave ready.

Buy it here: Edwin Jagger De89bl Double Edge Safety Razor Chrome Plated

Edwin Jagger De89bl Safety Razor

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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Watch

The elegant design of this watch attracted me to it right away. I love how they’ve integrated the luminescent points (hands and hour markers) into the dial. At night, it appears more compact and easier to read. And it’s a manually-wound watch. I don’t know about you, but I love winding my watches at the end of each day.

Polished stainless steel case (43 mm in diameter, 12 mm thick), Sapphire crystal screw-in case-back, Polished 18K rose gold bezel, Silver dial with the Maurice Lacroix logo at the 12 o’clock position, Rose gold-plated luminescent hands, Rose gold-plated indices with luminescent dot hour markers, Small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position, Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Swiss manual wind mechanical movement, Caliber ML 108, base Unitas 6498-1, Power reserve of 46 hours, Water resistant to 5 ATM/50 meters/165 feet, Brown crocodile leather strap, Push button deployment buckle, Model number: PT7558-PS101-130.

Buy it here: Maurice Lacroix Pontos Mens Watch PT7558-PS101130

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Here’s why should you get an advanced battery charger-analyzer

In this video, you will find out why it’s important to use a proper battery charger-analyzer and how using one helped me spot bad batteries in the batch of Ni-MH batteries used in my electronic equipment.

Before I got my charger-analyzer, I always wondered why some of my batteries seemed to last so little when I put them in my camera’s flash or in my keyboard or some other piece of electronics. It turns out some were of inferior quality, some were at the end of their life and some were just plain gone. Unknowingly, I was mixing good and bad batteries in my electronics and expecting them to perform properly.

The simple chargers I had previously used were reporting the batteries as fully charged when they were actually defective. This is why anyone who depends on batteries for their work should get a serious battery charger-analyzer, which has the circuitry and the capability necessary for proper testing of the batteries it charges and the ability to spot bad batteries right away.

As I say (repeatedly) in the video, I’m not trying to advertise any particular model of battery charger-analyzer but if you want to get the one I’m using, it’s the MH-C9000 from PowerEx.

From my personal experience, I can also recommend the following brands of Ni-MH rechargeable batteries to you:

I hope I’ve helped you!

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PowerEx MH-C9000 WizardOne Battery Charger-Analyzer

I’ve been using this advanced battery charger-analyzer for over a year and I love it. You can read my in-depth notes about it here and also see a video where I use it.

The MH-C9000 WizardOne Battery Charger & Analyzer is suitable for the casual consumer users, enthusiast and professionals. The WizardOne is capable of charging, conditioning, analyzing, cycling, forming and discharging one to four AA or AAA batteries, all while digitally displaying the battery capacity and voltage. All four slots can be operated independently in different modes and settings. Those seeing the unit for the first time will be struck by its large LCD screen, backlit by ultra-bright white LEDs. Measuring over 3.5″ by 1.5″, the display is more than three times larger than its closest competition and shows a wealth of information that is easy to read. In addition to the standard charging, conditioning and discharging, the WizardOne charger-analyzer also offers two unusual operations modes. The “Break-In” mode allows the user to input the capacity of the battery and performs a “forming” charge designed to properly break-in new batteries. The “Cycle” mode allows user to charge and discharge batteries consecutively while storing the capacity for up to 15 cycles. There are ten selectable charging and discharging current from 0.2A to 2.0A and 0.1A to 1.0A respectively. The charger also features four independent temperature sensors using Maha’s latest temperature rise detection algorithm in addition to the usual peak temperature detection. It also armed with additional patented termination algorithms found in other Maha chargers. The unit can be operated in a “basic” and “advanced” mode. In the basic mode, the user merely needs to insert the batteries with no further key press. The charger will select the appropriate settings automatically, making it suitable for the casual users.

Buy it here: PowerEx MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer

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Baume & Mercier 8692 Classima Automatic Chronograph

I love the design of this watch. It’s so elegant, so refined. Time and time again, I find myself coming back to Baume & Mercier watches, they strike a chord with me.

The eye-catching elegance of the Baume & Mercier Men’s Classima Automatic Chronograph Watch features both chronograph subdials and electric blue accents for increased functionality and style. Classima Executives watches are the heritage of Baume & Mercier’s watch-making know-how. They offer a style derived from sobriety, a classical, elegant look. Classima Executives reinterprets the brand’s watch-making tradition with mechanical movements with small, useful complications and refined finishings. Constructed with a stainless steel case, the timepiece includes a round stainless steel bezel and a metallic-brown leather wristband secured with a deployment buckle. A scratch-resistant-sapphire window shields the textured silver dial, which features silver-dash hour markers, slim minute markers, and Arabic numeral indexes at five-minute intervals. The dial also includes two chronograph subdials with electric-blue detailing, a date calendar at three o’clock, and electric blue watch hands. Featuring Swiss-automatic movement, the watch is water resistant to 165 feet (50 M).

Buy it here: Baume & Mercier Men’s 8692 Classima Automatic Chronograph Watch

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CableJive dockBoss air

I have this little gadget and I love it. It allows me to play my iPhone’s music to my Bose Sounddock, untethered, via Bluetooth. It’s super convenient and easy to use.

Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver for audio docks made for iPhone 4/4S including, iHome, Bose, Logitech, JBL, Phillips, Sony, 30-pin iPod/iPhone speaker dock. Wireless range 33 feet, 10+ meters (free space). No batteries, no maintenance. Powered by the dock you connect it to. Uses the Bluetooth A2DP protocol to easily stream your audio.

Buy it here: CableJive Wireless Bluetooth Music Receiver Adapter for Bose SoundDock and other iPod and iPhone Audio Docks including iHome, Bose SoundDock, JBL, Logitech, Sony and other 30-Pin Audio Docks for Wireless music. Connect dockBoss air adapter to your speaker dock and control your music from your phone up to 30 ft. away.

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Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

When it launched a little more than a year ago, the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera took the industry by storm. It is the first (and quite possibly still the only) 2.5K video camera under $5,000 able to use EF, ZE and MFT-mount lenses. It stores the video on SSDs, in 12-bit RAW format with 13 stops of dynamic range (unheard of in virtually all video cameras). It has both SDI video output and Thunderbolt, for super-fast video downloads to your editing station.

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera with EF Mount from Blackmagic Design brings to film makers a tool that many have waited for. Recording to a 2.5K image sensor, the camera is capable of recording 12-bit RAW DNG files, as well as ProRes and DNxHD formats to built-in removable SSD drives, while delivering 13 stops of dynamic range. And it does so at a previously unheard of price point.

The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. It can be used hand held or mounted on industry standard hardware. The lens mount accepts Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses, and the LCD touchscreen provides monitoring, plus the ability for the user to add metadata such as shot number, filenames and keywords.

To handle the high data video output, the company includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor.

Since everything has been designed to provide high quality acquisition, the camera is perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production, all places where image quality is paramount. And being affordable, it will also find its way into wedding, sporting event and music video capture.

Dynamic Range

  • Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true “filmic” look
  • Preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows
  • Allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading

EF Compatible Lens Mount

  • Supports optics from leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more
  • Compatible with EF, ZE and MFT-mount lenses
  • Allows full electronic control of the lens – simply point, set iris and focus on command

Capacitive Touchscreen Display

  • Five inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen
  • Enter shot data and update the camera’s settings using the capacitive touchscreen display
  • Double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus
  • Data strip displays information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more

Metadata Entry

  • Features built-in metadata entry so that files include information compatible with popular editing software
  • Dramatically speeds up the whole post production process
  • Entering metadata is easy – simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where information can be entered including shot number, search tags, scene number, Timecode, and more
  • Set shot number and other data to increment automatically
  • Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable, bypassing the time consuming task of searching for specific shots when editing a project

SSD Recorder

  • Built-in SSD recorder uses low cost 2.5″ SSDs
  • Allows for 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture, as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats
  • Play back directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Studio deck
  • With Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats, record for more than five hours on a single 480 GB SSD
  • All file formats conform to open standards used by most professional NLE software
  • When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color shots straight from the disc

Connectors

  • Uses only standard connections, no custom cable required
  • Dual balanced microphone/line audio inputs for recording high quality uncompressed audio
  • 3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers
  • Includes 12 to 30 VDC input for power and battery charging
  • Stereo mini (3.5 mm) headphone output
  • LANC remote control and high speed Thunderbolt port for computer capture

Open File Formats

  • Camera uses standard file formats
  • Recording native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, delivering full 12-bit RAW recording quality
  • Choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats for even greater compatibility

Included Software

  • Full DaVinci Resolve 9.0 software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac and Windows
  • Shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production
  • Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s Thunderbolt port
  • UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring
  • Connect the camera to any computer using Thunderbolt to display six live scope views on a single monitor
  • Use UltraScope on set or in any location for parade, waveform, vectorscope and histogram signal measurement
  • Includes picture view, audio level and phase monitoring

Buy it here: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount

Or here: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera with EF Mount

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