Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com Our journal of film, photography, food & family Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:27:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Screen-Shot-2016-01-24-at-10.27.34-PM-148x148.png Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com 32 32 105872443 Rode Wireless Go Review: A great, affordable kit for Vloggers, Realtors and Interviews https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/rode-wireless-go-review-a-great-affordable-kit-for-vloggers-realtors-and-interviews/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:43:26 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3833 The Røde wireless Go is the wireless system for the masses. Tiny, self-contained, and astonishingly great sounding, this is the new standard in portable audio recording. At the asking price of under $200 (USD), it transcends the single category of wireless microphones and, I believe, will become the industry standard for Youtubers, Vloggers, creatives and […]

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The Best Tabletop Smartphone Video Rig for Youtubers, Vloggers, Livestreaming and Professionals (2019) https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-tabletop-smartphone-video-rig-for-2019/ Wed, 29 May 2019 04:43:32 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3817 The saying, “The best camera is the one you have with you” still rings true in the 21st century. And with such great cameras on the latest generation of smartphones, it’s never been easier to capture great photos – and videos – than ever before. In all but the lowest of light, I’ve been impressed […]

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How to Brew Great Pour Over Coffee https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/how-to-brew-great-pour-over-coffee/ Fri, 03 May 2019 19:33:23 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3808 My love affair and addiction to coffee is a well-documented not-so-secret obsession. After years of experimentation, I know better than to say “this is the best coffee making method EVER!” … But this comes really close. The ParkBrew Pour Over Coffee Kit has become our daily coffee-making method of choice for the past several months […]

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Panasonic G95 Review – How does Micro Four Thirds hold up in 2019? https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/panasonic-g95-review-how-does-micro-four-thirds-hold-up-in-2019/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:41:13 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3792 Short answer to the title’s question: So amazingly well I’m picking one up as soon as it’s released. DISCLAIMER: This video footage was taken with a pre-launch Panasonic G95 with beta firmware. I only had it for a couple of days, and firmware may change things a bit, but from what I’ve seen and in-use […]

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DJI Ronin-S Review & the Accessories You Should Buy https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/dji-ronin-s-review-3-accessories-you-should-buy/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/dji-ronin-s-review-3-accessories-you-should-buy/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:58:15 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3542 1min DJI Ronin-S Review: DJI’s Ronin-S is arguably the most popular handheld gimbal of its time. When I handled prototypes at the NAB show, I knew right away, by its performance and quality of materials, it was going to be a contender. But I was unprepared for the amazingly low price it was introduced at, […]

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PolarPro Monitor Mount for DJI Ronin-S Review https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/polarpro-monitor-mount-for-dji-ronin-s-review/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:58:07 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3752 If you own a Ronin-S and desire to use an external monitor to get more creative angles, then definitely check out this Monitor mount from PolarPro. WHAT IS IT? The PolarPro Monitor Arm for the DJI Ronin-S is a custom-fit accessory when allows for the attachment of monitors, lights and microphones to a free port […]

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How to Setup the Nikon Z6 Z7 – Recommended settings, tips and tricks https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/how-to-setup-the-nikon-z6-z7-recommended-settings-tips-and-tricks/ Mon, 11 Mar 2019 15:54:29 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3719 A masterclass on How to set up the Nikon Z6 and Z7 to be the most responsive, reliable and ergonomic camera it can be. This video really gets into the weeds and shows you how I customize the button layout, “i Menu” and menu settings to get the most of the Nikon Z6 and Z7. […]

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Nikon Z6 Slo-Mo Video Test https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/nikon-z6-video-kit-tested/ Sun, 10 Mar 2019 23:36:18 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3711 I continue to be impressed by the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras. The video above is a 1080p slow-mo test at 60fps and 120fps which, at first glance, seems to be just a bit sharper than my Sony A7iii at 120fps. Aside: You can blame the poor white balance on the (a) gym lighting and […]

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Nikon Z6 vs D750 vs Sony A7iii https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/nikon-z6-vs-d750-vs-sony-a7iii/ Thu, 07 Mar 2019 22:07:11 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3699 As a long-time Nikon photographer, when Nikon Canada asked if I’d be interested in test-driving their latest mirrorless full-frame Z-series cameras, I jumped at the opportunity. I’ve only had the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 cams for just over a week, but here are some initial thoughts on how the Z6 and Z7 cameras compare […]

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The best budget motorized slider – Konova Motorized Slider Review https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-budget-motorized-slider-konova-motorized-slider-review/ Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:41:03 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3665 Konova S2 Motorized Slider Review in a Nutshell: Easy to assemble and use and real money and time-saver, the Konova S2 motorized slider system is the most versatile, expandable, and inexpensive motorized slider option I know of. Highly recommended. > Long long ago, on a galaxy pretty close, I was a fledgeling filmmaker on a […]

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How to set up the Sony A7iii – Recommended Settings, tips and tricks for Video shooters https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/how-to-set-up-the-sony-a7iii-recommended-settings-tips-and-tricks-for-video-shooters/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:53:31 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3659 The Sony A7iii is undoubtedly one of the best full-frame mirrorless cameras of its time. Great as it is, and Geeky as I am, the menu system is confusing at best, and intimidating enough to throw your hands up in frustration. There’s likely never going to be a set of Sony A7iii “best settings” that […]

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The Best Phone Tripod Mount https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/the-best-phone-tripod-mount/ Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:47:41 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3609 I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect phone tripod mount for years. I always tell myself, “Self: if only I had a better smartphone mount I’d be able to make more and better photos/videos/media!” and other such nonsense. Well, I’ve got no more excuses, because I think I’ve finally found the perfect all-metal smartphone […]

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