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Monday
Jul232012

P&C Camera Accessories - Dolly. Grip.

The vast majority of photographic accessories are aimed at still photographers, so it's a refreshing change to see some new products aimed at the amateur video maker.  

The pistol grip is the kind of product that probably doesn't really need a video review. You understand what it is the minute you see it, and most people will instantaneously decide whether it could be of any use to them. For those people who can't see the point of adding a pistol grip to their compact camera, hopefully this quick video demonstration will go some way towards providing an explanation. But basically, if you want your camera to handle more like a classic cine camera, then this is the product for you. 

The Pico Dolly requires a little bit more explanation, and whilst it's not impulse-purchase cheap at $100, it's also a very long time since I came across a better manufactured piece of equipment. I can easily imagine this thing outlasting me. There is one essential thing that you need to operate this that doesn't come supplied in the box, and that....is a good imagination. If you have this and want to makes your video production look like a bigger budget production, then you may want to consider investing in a Pico Dolly.  

Both products are available direct from Photographyandcinema.com as well as from other photographic retailers. Be sure to have a look at their user videos made using the Pico Dolly by people who have a lot more skill than myself.

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Reader Comments (1)

No one has posted here yet? Well, thanks for those Techmoan.

My wife works in flm and TV and it was not that long ago that a device like the Pico Dolly (without the arm) was a very expensive piece of kit to hire. Amazing that you can get them for £69 (they are on Amazon UK for that) now. Looks really good fun.

Next, a budget steady cam that actually works?

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

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