Repairing Vinten Fibertec Tripods

A long, long time ago, a tripod company called Vinten made a particular type of tripod, which at the time was unique, unusual and certainly unlike anything else on the market.

It was called the Fibertec. Released back in 2002, as this old article explains, it…

…gets its strength from unique “channel” sections of a carbon/glass composite that enables these legs to out-perform the traditional twin tube design.

That it certainly does. At the time of writing that article back in 2002, the Fibertec set of legs combined with a Vinten Vision 100 head cost around £9000. Being unique has its price.
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New toy! Getting my hands on the Canon CN-7X17 KAS S/P1 (In English, the PL Mount 17-120 Cine Zoom)

Special note, as my first “review”, I need to point out that this was paid for in full, and not being reviewed in exchange for the use of or receipt of it. All views are my own.

This day has been coming since I bought my F5 back in 2016. I’d been using a Frankenstein’s monster arrangement with my B4 HJ11 lens, which meant shooting in centre scan only… At times I also put an EF lens on it using an Optitek adapter, but for run and gun style shooting it was just clunky and awkward to maintain focus.

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Timelapse photography – Starting out

Meribel Time-lapses 2019. Notice all the shots are on the ground except the last one? Read on to find out why…

I love time-lapse photography. It’s something I’ve loved watching, the passage of time as life seemingly speeds up to an incredibly fast speed, whilst the camera remains firmly locked in place, or moving seemingly slowly across a set path on a slider. Particularly with a focus on Astrophotography, seeing the stars spin through the night sky, reminding all of us on the ground that we’re just one speck of dust orbiting a singular star, in a seemingly endless universe of other stars.

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Transitioning from Video Gammas to LOG/RAW

If you have a modern camera that can record log or raw and has 13 stops or more of dynamic range you need to stop thinking “video” and think “film”.

Alistair Chapman –

This scared the hell out of me. Reading a paragraph like this, written by a definite authority on the topic, about the very camera I had just purchased back in 2016. My first HDR camera, the PMW-F5, I was ready, I was keen and thought I knew what I was getting myself in for.

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