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Flying the iPhone 6 with Ztylus Lens on a Varavon Birdycam Gimbal

So after unboxing these Ztylus iPhone lens accessories, I wanted to take it out on the field for some test shooting. And for the sake of overkill, I mounted an iPhone 6 with Ztylus smartphone case and the 4-in-1 Revolver Lens onto the Varavon Birdycam 3-Axis Gimbal using a Custom Fancier 717 Adapter Base and the Dot Line SMARTBracket Smartphone Adapter. The combination of all these parts gave the iPhone 6 just enough weight to fly on the Birdycam.

Ztylus Metal Series Camera Kit for iPhone 6

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Varavon Birdycam2 3-Axis Camera Gimbal

Custom Fancier 717 Quick Release Adapter Base

WF717 Replacement Quick Release Plate

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Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Fisheye Lens for iPhone 6

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Fisheye Lens for iPhone 6

Next we shot some stills using the 4-in-1 Revolver. First we used the fisheye lens which captures a hefty 180 degree field of view.

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Wide Angle Lens for iPhone 6

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Wide Angle Lens for iPhone 6

The wide angle lens is great for capturing that extra field of view without having to stand across the street.

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Circular Polarizer Lens for iPhone 6

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Circular Polarizer Lens for iPhone 6

The circular polarizer lens cuts glare and reflections from the sun to allow natural colors to show along with great saturation.

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Macro Lens for iPhone 6

Ztylus 4-in-1 Revolver Macro Lens for iPhone 6

My favorite is the macro lens as everything looks fascinating when its macro right? Stay tuned for the next part where we’ll try some night shooting with the Ztylus LED Ring Light Attachment. If you have any questions, hit me in the comments below!

Ztylus LED Ring Light Attachment


How to Quickly De-Fish Your Fisheye Footage in Adobe Premiere CC

Rapper Joell Ortiz and I recently collaborated on a promo spot for New Era titled “Home of the Authentic”. Our goal was to shoot a few of Joell’s childhood stomping grounds in addition to capturing soundbites about his love for his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Our locations were mostly walking exterior scenes so we decided to shoot on the Panasonic GH4 with the Rokinon 7.5mm 3.5 fisheye mounted on the Varavon Birdycam 3-Axis Camera Gimbal. Although I love the fisheye look, it felt a little extreme for a promo video. However, I knew that I would be able to de-fish the footage in post without slowing down my workflow. Here’s how I did it.


For those using the latest version of Adobe Premiere CC, there’s a quick trick to de-fishing your footage when using lenses like the Rokinon 7.5mm or action cameras like the GoPro. Simply create an Adjustment Layer and place it on a layer above the fisheye footage. Next, go to Video Effects > Distort > Lens Distortion and drag that onto your Adjustment Layer. Under Curvature, enter -20 and you will instantly notice that the footage has been de-fished or straightened out. Your mileage may vary when inputing the Curvature settings but somewhere between -20 and -30 should be your sweet spot. If you have more de-fishing tricks hit me on the comments below.

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Varavon Birdycam2 3-Axis Camera Gimbal

Varavon Launches New Storefront With Lower Prices

The Varavon Birdycam 3-Axis Gimble, which I’ve been getting a lot of mileage from lately, just got a price drop to $1,999.00 only until November 21st. This is great news for those who want to take a dip into the gimbal world without the steep learning curve of DIY or having to shell out extra bucks for heavier gimbles. Be sure to browse through the new Varavon site for savings on gear such as the ARMOR cage for the Panasonic GH4 or Sony A7s.

Here’s some new Birdycam test footage taken during some downtime on a recent shoot at a beer brewery.

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New Varavon Wirecam Footage

Varavon recently launched behind the scenes footage from a Korean dance show that demonstrates the Wirecam, a radio controlled device that attaches to the Birdycam Gimbal to provide smooth, zipline-like manuevers across a cable that’s tethered across two points. These are the kinds of camera moves typically seen on pro sports broadcasts and would be great to use for performance based music videos. If the build and functionality is anything like the Birdycam, I think we’re all in for a treat. The Varavon Wirecam officially launches this November and you can buy it separately or together with the Birdycam Gimbal.


Varavon Wirecam + Birdycam Gimbal

Varavon Wirecam Cable Cam
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