Many thanks to Alpine Labs for sending me a Radian and Michron to review
Alpine Labs have recently launched a great system for helping to take awesome photograps on a DSLR.
The Radian is an awesome little device which allows you to take beautiful motion time lapse photography with a DSLR, compact, mobile phone and GoPro. The Radian is programmed by a iPhone or Android phone and doesn’t require the phone to be left attached during the photoshoot.
The highly accurate motor can advance as little as 0.01 degrees between each photo. There is a wide range of control and programmable options available including the ability to line up a number of programs. Based on one battery charge the Radian can last up to 100 hours.
The Michron is a small compact device that can be used to program a DSLR to control a time lapse sequence. The device is programmed with an Android or iOS app via the headphone socket and doesn’t need the phone left connected whilst running. The Michron has a built in battery which should last in excess of 2000 hours. There is a good range of control options available.
I recently bought the Rotolight Sound & Light kit whilst at the Gadgetshow live 2014. For around £150 you get both a lighting and microphone system which will complement any DSLR / Camcorder with hot-shoe and microphone input.
The kit comprises of:
* The Roto-mic shotgun microphone
* Dead kitten and foam windshield for the mic
* Carry case for the mic
* Additional rubber bands for the shock-mount
* Rotolight RL48-stand mount
* The Rotolight accessory pouch
* The Rotolight RL48 Ringlight system
* Filters for the Rotolight
The Roto-mic shotgun microphone
The specs of this little shotgun mic are very good. I am really pleased with the audio quality and have tested it under several different conditions. It is the perfect mic for interview recording in a crowded noisy environment when a Lavalier microphone is not appropriate or needed.
* Uni-directional, 40Hz - 20kHz
* Gain adjustment -10dB, 0dB, +10dB
* High pass filter (80Hz or Flat)
* Powered by internal 9V battery (up to 100 hour life)
* Fits onto a Hot-Shoe
* 3.5mm mini-jack connection cable
The foam wind shield can easily be removed and replaced with a fluffy dead kitten which when tested on a windy afternoon reduced most of the noise. The design is very similar to other DSLR shotgun microphones and looks very professional mounted on top of a DSLR.
The Rotolight RL48
I was looking for an LED based lighting system and when I came across the combined light and sound kit I was confident that this was a product I was going to find very useful!
* Equivalent to 100w
* Continuous flicker-free light
* 140 degree beam angle
* Adjustable colour temperature (via filters)
* Dimmable (via filters)
* Powered by 3AA batteries for up to 4 hours use.
I was pleasantly surprised by the light levels provided by the light. The use of filters to adjust both the colour temperature and brightness is very simple and reduces any additional electronics or control buttons.
The light can be used in two positions, firstly in the photos above I have the microphone and light separated on an accessory bar. It is also possible to remove the inner ring from the light and place this over the microphone giving a combined light and sound kit. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that in this configuration the ring also blocks out unwanted sound from behind the camera.
Overall, I have been very pleased with this kit and think it will make a valuable contribution to my home and outside recording. It is a good price, with the combined kit costing less than comparable microphones.
The kit can be purchased from Amazon here: