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GoPro Karma Grip | Best Stabilizer For Your GoPro

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If you want your GoPro footage to be buttery smooth you might just want to check out the Karma Grip from GoPro. The Karma grip can be purchased by itself or with the karma drone package. Either way, you will soon fall in love with it and if you’re like me may never film without it again. When purchased as a stand along stabilizer it comes with its own molded case that fits it perfectly and offers good protection. When you open the box you will find the following items. User manual & warranty information, Karma Grip case, Karma Grip unit consisting of handle and gimbal, mounting ring and a Velcro strap that is used to help secure the Karma Grip when mounted on extension poles.

Karma Grip U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oZgFpy

Karma Grip Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oxyB8Z

Watch our unboxing, setup and review video of the GoPro Karma Grip on our YouTube channel. There is plenty of sample footage of the Karma Grip in action near the end of the video.

 

I have been using the Karma Grip for several weeks now and really I don’t know how I ever managed to live without it, it by far is now my favorite GoPro accessory and I will probably rarely film without it. The smoothness of the video is simply stunning and definitely can be comparable to what is referred to Hollywood quality with very little practice. A couple of drawbacks for me, however, is the lack of removable battery, it would have been really nice to be able to swap out a battery if shooting for long periods. With that said GoPro does sell the handle part separately on its website which is what contains the battery for $99.99. picking up a spare is a good option if you need lots of battery power. The second drawback for me is the lack of an extension bracket on the bottom. It would have been nice if GoPro had developed an extension accessory that could be easily attached to the bottom of the Karma Grip to give you that little extra reach. This, however, can be easily overcome with GoPro’s new El Grande extension pole which easily connects to the Karma Grip and when fully extended give you an extra 38 inches of reach.

Karma Grip Battery Performance

Many wonder how long the battery lasts on the Karma Grip, I don’t have an exact number for you but what I can tell you is that I am extremely pleased with the battery performance of the Karma Grip. Last weekend I was out for a hike with my family and did quite a lot of filming over a 5 hour period. When I arrived home my Karma grip was still half full so that is not bad in my opinion. Alternatively, you can also use a power bank to top off the Karma grip if needed. Myself I always have a power bank in my backpack while out hiking and filming, I use a 6-foot USB-C cable to plug into my Karma grip and it allows me to use it while charging at the same time.

All in all, I am more than pleased with the functionality of the karma grip, the built-in controls make it super easy to start and stop recording as well as changing modes and marking hi-light tags. This to me is the best gimbal stabilizer on the market today for the GoPro Hero 5 Black. I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a GoPro stabilizer. You will not be disappointed.

Karma Grip U.S. Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oZgFpy

Karma Grip Canadian Amazon: http://amzn.to/2oxyB8Z

GoPro Karma Grip box contents including hard case.

 

GoPro Karma Grip attached to the GoPro El Grande extension pole.

 

GoPro Karma Grip easily attaches to the GoPro Seeker backpack.

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When And Why To Use A Polarizing Filter With Your GoPro

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Ever wonder what a polarizing filter is and what it does? In this video, we are taking a look at a couple of polarization filters also knows as CPL’s for the GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black. These will also be compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black which will be released later this fall.

What Is A Polarizing Filter For Your GoPro

A polarizing filter is a filter that attaches to your GoPro and its purpose is to cut back reflections from shiny surfaces such as water, metallic surfaces, glass, even plants, and paved roads. When reflections are minimized your GoPro can capture deeper more true to life colors with more saturation and vibrancy. Filming on water is a perfect scenario. The glare from water can really desaturate the video or photo you take. By adding a polarizing filter the camera can record richer blues in the sky and the water itself. It can also in some situation make the water more transparent so you can film what lies beneath. Another good example is when filming yourself driving with your GoPro. If you have a GoPro mounted on a car on a bright day, the asphalt can be quite shiny. Using a CPL will cut back the glare on both the vehicle and the road leaving you with a beautiful video with deep vibrant colors. Myself I even use one when taking photos of my garden. Plant leaves can have a sheen on them. Using a CPL allows me to capture all the beautiful colors of the flowers easily.

TIP: In order to use a polarizing filter you must use it 90 degrees to the sun. So filming with the sun directly in front of you or behind you will have no polarization advantages when using a CPL with your GoPro.

What CPL Filter Is Right For You & Your GoPro

There are many CPL filters on the market for your GoPro, In this video a take a look at two. The first filter is by SandMarc which has a rotating dial that sets the polarization. The second one by Telesin has to be removed and rotated to set the desired polarization. I have used both extensively and I have found that both provide similar results with the quality of footage that is produced. The SandMarc filter is easier to use as you can just dial and rotate the filter to get the appropriate polarization, whereas the Telesin CPL must be removed and rotated manually. There is a large price difference between the two the SandMarc CPL runs about $39 and the Telesin comes in at $12. Even though its cheaper the Telesin polarizer filter also includes a lens cap to help protect the lens for smudges and scratches. One other nice feature the Telesin brand has is the ability to lock the lens on the GoPro via an Allen key and screw. This is important as the large lenses have been known to fly off when being used at high rates of speed, the wind velocity can work the lens off. There is no way to tighten the SandMarc polarizer filter. Just keep in mind over tightening the screw can leave marks on the GoPros finish.

Watch our demonstration video where we show you how to use and install these polarizing filters on your GoPro. We also include some sample footage showing you the difference of using a polarizing filter and not using one.

Currently, the Sandmarc CPLS are on Backorder I will add a link to it when it’s available.

Telesin CPL for Hero 5/6 Black: https://amzn.to/2xsAf2j

 

SandMarc CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

Telesin CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

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Affordable YouTube Studio Lighting | FalconEyes SO-48TD Review

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If you are in the market for affordable lighting for you home YouTube studio you may just want to take a look at the FalconEyes SO-48TD, a high-quality light without a big price tag. If you are just starting out with creating YouTube content one of the most important thing besides your camera is lighting. If your filming outside this is not so much of an issue, but if your creating an indoor studio lighting is a crucial part of your setup.

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to lighting, some really cheap options, and some really expensive ones as well. If you’re just starting out you may want to choose some on the cheaper side, especially if you are just doing YouTube as a hobby and don’t want to invest a lot of money. I strongly recommend the FalconEyes SO-48TD. They can produce stunning results without breaking the bank. This series of lights come in 3 output sizes, a 28 watts, 48 watts and 68wattst. Anyone of these light would do the trick. There are many ways to set up the lights. Traditionally you would want at least one main key light and a second light for accenting.

The FalconEyes SO-48TD lights can be connected to one another wirelessly if you so choose. The benefits of this are allowing you to adjust all your lighting together. You can make an adjustment of color temperature or brightness on one and all connected lights will be adjusted automatically. The lights can be powered by both batteries and a wall socket. This makes the light very versatile if you would like to take it to a location where it can not be plugged into a wall. The unit has a nice touchscreen for controlling the brightness and temperature. The temperature range is from 3000K to 5600K and the brightness can be adjusted in 1% increments.

Another key feature of this light is that it replicates the use of a softbox and provides nice even soft lighting. This is achieved by a ring of LED lights around the outside of the fixture that point inward. The light is then reflected back out through a diffuser providing nice soft light without the bulk of big light boxes.

I think this is a great light for anyone looking to set up a YouTube studio in their home. The kit includes a nice travel case, however, you will need to purchase some light stands as they are not included in the package. I will include some links to the ones I use. They are good and solid and at an affordable price as well.

Three sizes of lights to choose from
FalconEyes SO-28TD: https://amzn.to/2Myhctr
FalconEyes SO-48TD: https://amzn.to/2vuzW6P
FalconEyes SO-68TD: https://amzn.to/2AY23QR

Neewer Light Stands: https://amzn.to/2OZSjsn

Batteries (2 different styles)
NP-F750/970: https://amzn.to/2vFx3jJ
or you can use the Sony V Mount style without an adapter
https://amzn.to/2ntBUQA

 


FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The removable wireless antenna of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

V-Mount adapter of the FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The touchscreen of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

Removable battery adapter for the FalconEyes SO-48TD. When removed it reveals a V-Mount connector that can be used with Sony V-Mount batteries as well.

 

Back view of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The FalconEyes SO-48TD comes with a nice carrying case.

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