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I’ve started to do a bit of gearing up so I wanted to post about my emerging hobby, vlogging and podcasting.  I continue to watch, like most people, the massive boom in video production and the commoditization of video creation equipment (DSLRs, HD Cameras, Editing Software, etc.).While I’ve been thinking about this for at least the past year, the change was spurred on by the Auto Focus (AF) failure of the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens.  We’ve had the lens for more than 5 years and its autofocus started failing.  Like anything that we purchase I started to look into a replacement lens.  We ended up settling on a Tamron AF 17-50mm to pair with our Canon T3i. This post serves as a round up for most of the gear I’ve collected as a podcast setup for a home studio setup.

Acquired Vlogging & Podcast Gear:

Canon EOS Rebel T3i - It is a pretty powerful package that is a couple years old and has been replaced by the Canon T4i (itself about to be replaced).  We originally bought the Rebel Xsi version of this T3i Kit.  From there we upgraded the T3i Body and kept the lenses.  The Canon T3i does have a cropped sensor (not full frame) but for the apprentice level it more than meets my requirements.  For video recording its LCD is able to rotate out and reverse in order to see the shot while recording, I find this extremely helpful.

 

Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens - I decided on this mainly due to the lens it was going to replace (18-55mm) and the significant improvement on the F Stop (constant 2.8 through the Lens’ range; lower is better).  The Tamron AF 17-50mm is a massive improvement over the kit lens and we’re extremely happy with having selected this lens.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens - The Canon 50mm or “Nifty 50” as it is called is an excellent portrait lens.  Since it is a “prime” lens (no zoom) it is exceptionally fast and comes with a great F stop.

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens - just the kit lens from the original kit purchase.

Neewer 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Video Light - The Neewer CN-160 is an excellent option to provide a significant light boost for better lighting during video creation.  The throw on this light is quite a bit and the dim feature helps afford a great dial in of light level.

Canon Remote Switch RS 60 E3 - The Canon RS60 allows for a bit of remote start and stop of video without messing with the camera itself and prevents any vibration “hitting the button” might create.

LensPen NLP-1 - The LensPen serves to tidy up the lenses after a bit of use.

Tripod - Everyone needs a good Tripod!  Get a fairly tall one for versatility- especially if you’re a bit taller than average!

So for the individuals that are leaps and bounds beyond my amateur abilities, I would love to hear what you use and recommend?!  What are you looking forward to adding to your gear list? Hit me in the comments!

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The Prototype Movie (2013) by Andrew Will is one of the best coming films Sci-Fi movies to look forward to in 2013.  If you are not aware of my affinity for Kurzweil’s work then you aren’t paying attention and need to catch up on some reading, especially Abundance.  I enjoy a good movie, but I love a great “thinking” movie, I’m hoping for the later in the Prototype movie.  Look past the normal Hollywood facade.

prototype-movieWhat are your concerns when there is a fully aware Artificial Intelligence (AI) Robotic being roaming the Earth?  It is not so very far off.  LS3 aka “Big Dog” has been in development for years now and has a exceptionally fast cousin.  Obviously being led by the defense sector this places The Prototype movie in a significant realistic setting in the next several years.  Add the adaptation of technology and its blending with human capabilities, which Kurzweil discusses (think ’s Glass Project), and you’re not so very far from his described Singularity.

The interesting component of the Prototype movie is the massive amount of work required to make these things realistic.  Over the past year I’ve seen several of the leading technologies and their current status.  There are so many different applications for nearly every component capability which enables a Singularity entity that the concern could be that the date at which the Singularity actually occurs will be delayed by distraction of other markets beyond that which would directly contribute to the occurrence of the Singularity.

One thing is for sure - I’m excited to see and think through the Prototype movie!

[via Kurzweil AI]

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