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Canon 1DX mark 2


This is one blog that I’ve not been looking forward to writing. As a proud owner of a 1DX myself I am gutted that the Mk2 has even been produced to be honest. But as I can’t stop progress, I knew it would happen sooner or later. Inevitably, the Mk2 is better than the original as you would expect.

For those of you in the know, Canon name their cameras in the reverse order numerically so the lower the number the better the camera, hence the 1 series denotes this as Canons flagship model. If I am to be honest I believe the 1DX was a photojournalist’s camera, built to be used every day in whatever environment and whatever weather the operator found themselves in, from the touchline of a rugby match to the fence outside Buckingham Palace these cameras are built to work and to work hard.

We’ve received so many enquiries about the Mk2 that we couldn’t disappoint you any longer. I do love this about Pixipixel, we are a rapidly growing company but still listen to you folks, our customers, and respond to your requests, so keep on telling us what you want.

Anyway on with the blog (and remember this is hurting me more to write than it is for you to read). As I said above the 1DX mk 2 is the new Canon DSLR flagship, it may not have the resolution of some of its “lesser” siblings like the 5DS or 5DR but it has (almost) the ability to shoot in the dark and for me that’s more useful than massive files. I’m pleased to say, that although the pixel count has increased significantly (now 20.2mp) this miraculous ability to shoot using higher ISO’s in gloomy, dull or dark situations is as good as ever, in fact its better.

The Mk2 has improved video capabilities too now allowing for 4k 60p capture, making it a genuine option for you moving image folks. 120p can be achieved in full HD for your slow motion creativity and truly amazing AF tracking keeps the subject pin sharp. A new touch screen allows for easy accurate focus and this works seamlessly with all Canon EF lenses.


If shooting faster than a Gatling gun is your bag then look no further, the Mk2 can shoot at 14 fps with full AF / AE tracking or up to 16 fps in live view. This is thanks to the new DIGIC 6+ processors and a new mirror drive system. If you use the latest Cfast 2.0 media then a burst of 170 uncompressed 14-bit RAW images can be captured almost before you knew you were trying.

I find it hard to believe that Canon could have improved the auto focus over the Mk1 but they have. Now with 61 selectable AF points (including 41 cross type and 5 dual cross type) and advanced A1 Servo AF III + and improved EOS intelligent tracking you really don’t have much of an excuse to miss that vital sharpness. Even when you choose to shoot at f8 all 61 points are at your disposal including 21 cross type sensors. She really is an impressive focusing beast. I could take my glasses off and still get everything sharp I reckon.

A built in GPS system with automatic time-zone updates is a neat inclusion (should you ever get lost or lose your watch) and lightning fast Superspeed USB 3.0 and Gigabit connectivity via Ethernet or the optional WFT-E8 WiFi adaptor caters to numerous workflow styles.

Brucie coolness rating has to be a well-deserved 10 out of 10 as you would expect from a Canon top of the line body, as much as the little green monster inside me wants to mark it down I really cant. Ok so I’m jealous because its better than my camera but you needn’t be because we got it in for you, yes YOU so pop in and let your inner paparazzi have some fun.


Many thanks BB


KOTW – Dedo DLED 4.0 bi colour kit.

Today we will be looking at the Dedo light   DLED 4.0 bi colour kit.


Yes i know it another LED Bi colour light but it’s not a panel on this occasion so don’t moan

As i know absolutely nothing about Dedo lights this could be fun, I’ve happily hired them out for quite a few years now in a state of sublime ignorance. (and got away with it) so it’s about time I educated myself (and you lot) a bit.

Firstly the Dedo light concept started as the brainchild of a German DOP from Munich. Dedo Weigert originally designed the first Dedo lights to fill his own requirements for a compact yet powerful light with high quality beam, a  large degree of controllability and minimal power requirement.

His design was so good that after only 3 years the Dedo light achieved a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in the US (pretty impressive). Dedo lights are now in use worldwide for everything from motion pictures and stills photography to galleries and architectural lighting.


So whats so good about Dedo lights?

Well firstly they are German so they work!

Compact size

Light output equal to much larger light sources.

Precision beam control (no unwanted light spill)

Even light distribution

Excellent light reach

Precise colour temperature

Dedo lights all use a pair of aspheric lenses and an internal glass reflector, the rear lens can be moved relative to the front one and this is what gives them such a controllable and evenly distributed beam.


Aspheric lenses are lenses with a surface profile that is not part of a sphere or cylinder and are often designed using this formula

don’t ask me i cant even do Freya’s maths homework and she is 11 lol.

So what all that means is that the beam of light produced by a dedo light is able to cover a wide range from spot to flood and has no “overspill”, also the light is consistent across its entire spread.

So the Dedo DLED 4 can produce a focused beam of light from 4 to 60 degrees, (this can be increased to 85 degrees by using a wide-angle attachment.) They have a 1:20 zoom to spot ratio if you are ever asked.

Also the lens system allows it to produce a very powerful beam of around 18000 lux (that’s bright)

The lights themselves are very compact and this allows them to be hidden in shot easily, hence they are very popular for internal room shots and the like.

The DLED version we are talking about here can have its colour temperature set at any temperature between 3,200 k and 5,600 k so they are great to use with flash or Hmi lighting or ambient room lights or fire light etc.

Also they are able to be dimmed down to 20% power without any effect on the selected colour temperature.

Being LED the heads give out very little heat.

Our kit contains 3 heads with gel holders and barn doors, 3 nano stands and 3 in line dimmers (13amp)

As they can also be used with batteries the kit includes a DC dimmer and a Dtap battery plate / adaptor. (trap for the un trained here as kit has 3 heads but only one dc supply so be careful if a customer wants DC power), you will also need to add a Dtap battery system.

The lights are surprisingly heavy for the size (due to all the glass in them) but not heavy enough to cause any special requirements for stands etc, they have a quality feel to them and a nice yellow focus collar (they look a bit like a bumble bee to me, with my glasses off anyway)

The DLED’s are comparable with all the normal Dedo accessories such as the image projector (don’t get excited , we don’t have one) or the wide-angle adaptor (don’t think we have one of these either)

so that’s about it folks , in terms of the Brucie coolness rating i think about 9 / 10 and i want some but going to knock them down to 7 / 10 due to the German origin (2 world wars and one world cup etc etc )

now for some pics and tech specks and a bit of outrageous patriotism.


Have a great Monday peeps!!!

Brucie Blogger

Spitfire (English)

Spitfire (English)

Dedo Weigert (German)

Dedo Weigert (German)


Sony EX3 Now £90 to Hire Until End of March Usually £140

EX3 now £90 for limited time (usually £140) comes with Micro Lite Panel OR for additional £10 the Dedo Zilla.

Offer available until end of March 2012.

The Sony EX3 is a superb camera aimed at high end professionals and full broadcasting markets who want exceptional HD picture quality and state-of-the-art workflow. The camera is relatively light at 2.8kg which includes the battery and has a very high quality, large 3.5 inch colour viewfinder.  The viewfinder can be moved out of the way or detached so you can view the LCD whilst recording and also includes an interchangeable lens system.

It’s a great camera to hire and is accepted by major broadcast companies for full productions. Contact us today to take advantage of this great offer and start filming with the Sony EX3.


  • Compact HD camcorder recording onto SxS Pro cards.
  • 3 x 1/2″ CMOS sensors 1920 x 1080 (16:9/4:3).
  • 1080p, 1080i or 720p lines switchable.
  • Modes: 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p & 23.98p* (*in 720 mode).
  • Selectable bit rates 35Mb/s & 25Mb/s.
  • Slow & Quick Motion: 1 – 60fps (720p) 1 – 30fps (1080p).
  • Interval & Frame recording
  • Genlock/Timecode interfaces for multi-camera use
  • Interchangeable lens system
  • B4 2/3″ lenses mounted via ACM21 lens adapter
  • x 2 memory card slots each 1 x 16GB card = 50 mins (35Mb/s).

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