Turn up the Radio King

We went to see Agents of Good Roots last night at this little tiny place out in Annapolis. Weird show, weird vibe, but I haven’t seen the band have this much fun in a long time. Good stuff. En route there, the Eagles “Takin it Easy” (or whatever the name of that song is) came on 94.7 here in DC. And I must attest, the fist line sums me up pretty much dead on.

Drivin down the road, tryin to loosen my load,
I’ve got seven women on my mind
Four that want to hold me, two that want to stone me
One says she’s a friend of mine

Like I said, I need a vacation from me.

  1. Jimoh says:

    Tom Warner:Don't buy any of these rigs! They're all a big waste of money.I'm afraid Cinema5d is going coceirmmal, focusing its efforts on promoting the expensive, mostly useless gear that gear-makers want to sell rather than on the useful gear that will actually help 5d users get better footage.If you want to shoot while walking with your 5d, you must put it on a gimbal rig. Only a gimbal rig will give you usable footage while walking and shooting with the 5d. (Ok, a gyro should also work, if somebody made one.)If you want a hand-held rig that allows you to move the camera around any which way while you are standing (or moving around very slowly, think tai chi), get a steadytracker or fig rig. I prefer the counterweighting system of the steadytracker, but I know others prefer the fig rig.If you want a follow focus, install the EOS utility on your laptop, plug it into your camera via USB, and use an EOS lens. This software even gives your focus puller an additional monitor on the laptop screen, which he can zoom for focus assist, without interfering with the main HDMI monitor which the shooter is watching. If you are shooting and pulling focus by yourself, learn to smoothly turn the focus ring on the lens with your hand (and make sure you have a sturdy tripod). A big geared follow focus will not give better results and might give worse (and adds lots of bulk and lots of cost, all unnecessary).If you want to shoot while walking with your camera on your shoulder, leave your 5d at home and buy or rent a shoulder-mount camera. The right tool for the job.You don't need a rail-mounted matte box. Use a lens hood.The only thing you might need rails for is to make your 5d look decked-out. It's like putting a big, fake blower on a compact car. If you think that looks super-cool, go for it.Cheers all,Tom

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