site updates and.. gear for sale!

Site Updates and.. gear for sale!

Long time visitors have no doubt noticed some changes. I've recently redesigned the site to better feature my photography and my personal brand as opposed to an assumed name. Here's why.. 

For now, I'm not seeking work as a Digital Imaging Technician in order to pursue pro photo and writing gigs. I'm maintaining my Local 600 membership and may re-join the fold at some point if this endeavor proves unfruitful. I'd hope my colleagues wouldn't hold it against me. That's the real beauty of having a trade and being a member of a union - once you're in, you're in and the film & television business certainly isn't going away any time soon.

My decision to try something different reflects only my desire to follow my true passions and now is the time to do it. Regardless of arguments for or against DIT, I personally think the position has a very bright future and see evidence of its growth all the time. Because of the popular Nofilmschool articles addressing this, I get near weekly emails and Facebook messages from people interested in becoming a DIT and the union ranks continue to grow. The bottom line is simple. On professional productions now and forever, someone must know what to do with the mountains of data that come out of these cameras. Someone must be able to correctly answer the questions of the cinematographer, producers, and post production. Someone must be fully responsible for the digital integrity of the day's work. The person currently and who will always be best qualified for this is the Local 600 Digital Imaging Technician.

With a bit of good fortune, in the not too distant future I'll be continuing to do what I've been doing - exploring the world, shooting, writing -  but on someone else's dime. Despite the broadening scope of this site, I'll continue to write about topics that are relevant to DIT's and filmmakers as this is my background, it's what I know best, and is something I'm still very interested in. In this latest version of the site, I've made it easier to access my technical writing on digital imaging in "Projects" and "Archive". Also noteworthy, in order to not break the links to my content across the web, negativespaces.com will continue to point here in addition to the new primary address, bennettcain.com.

It's not doing me much good so I'm selling what's left of my DIT & Video package. The smart thing would have been to unload it all last summer before I left for Asia but at the time, I wasn't sure when I was coming back or what I would do after. Nine short months later, I can expect to get back a fraction of what I could have but that's just the business these days. Eighteen months seems to be the useful life expectancy for professional video equipment now, making it that much harder to get a decent return on these heavy purchases. The lament of the owner-operator. 

First up, two Boxx Meridian Wireless HD Video Systems. Both were recently serviced, are in fair physical condition, work well, and are ready to go out on a job. In the past year, the Boxx has been supplanted by the smaller, cheaper, and more stable Teradek Bolt Pro 2000 but if you find yourself needing two ready-to-go wireless video systems and don't want to spend $18,000, this might be an excellent opportunity for you.

Both kits are identical and include:
Pelican 1600 hard case
Transmitter (Component, Composite, HD-SDI) with Anton Bauer Gold Battery Plate, Alexa Offset Plate, and rubber antenna set 
Receiver (Component, Composite, HD-SDI) with Anton Bauer Gold Battery Plate, high gain antenna, and rubber antenna set 
Audio Cables
2 pin Lemo Alexa to Boxx Power Cable
4 pin XLR to Boxx Power Cable
2x 2’ Canare BNC to BNC Cables
(see pics in the header of this page)

I'm asking $2000 for one kit, $4000 for both. SOLD

I'm also selling the following items:

Please come get this stuff out of my house.

All prices are OR BEST OFFER.

2x Sony PVM-2541A 25.5” OLED Monitors in Excellent Condition in original boxes with Abel Desk Stands (adapted for cart mounts) 
$2500 OR $4500 for the pair, includes big rolling Pelican that fits both SOLD

Blackmagic Smart Videohub 16x16 with 2 power supplies, no issues, excellent condition
$1000 SOLD

2x HDLink Pro DVI/HDMI with cables and adapters, no issues, good condition
$200 OR $350 for the pair SOLD

Blackmagic Designs Ultrastudio 3D Thunderbolt 1 with cables, adapters, and original box, no issues, fair condition
$350 SOLD

AJA Hi5-3D with cables and adapters, no issues, good condition
$200 

OWC Mercury Rack Pro 4 Bay 1U Thunderbolt 1 Array with 4x Sata6 7200 RPM 2TB Hitachi Drives, no issues, excellent condition
$450 for everything SOLD

OWC Mercury Helios Thunderbolt 1 PCIe Chassis with ATTO R680 card, no issues, good condition
$400 SOLD

OWC Mercury Helios Thunderbolt 1 PCIe Chassis with ATTO H680 card, no issues, good condition
$300 SOLD

25x 3’ lengths of perfectly working Canare BNC to BNC cable
$200 SOLD

6x6 Village Blackout Tent (has sleeve, a few small holes, one support pops out but tent is still fully functional)
$500 

6x6 Damaged Village Blackout Tent (has sleeve and shipping carton to send to Pelsue in Colorado for repair, quoted 250 to replace broken supports)
$200

SKB 10U Rack with 4x half length metal swiss cheese shelves, good condition
$100 SOLD

Please touch base only if you're serious about purchase. Buyer picks up shipping. 

Thanks!

bennett.cain@gmail.com
+1-718-483-3758

 

Northern China: The Shrouded Sky

Outskirts of Xi'an City

Northern China: The Shrouded Sky

China's 10 cities with the worst air quality are Xingtai, Shijiazhuang, Baoding, Handan, Langfang, Hengshui, Jinan, Tangshan, Beijing, and Zhengzhou; all of which are concentrated within or adjacent to Hebei Province. This country's chronic air pollution problem has received substantial international attention and in the northern provinces where it's the worst, the quality of life for over half a billion people has been seriously compromised. Decades of runaway economic development, unenforced environmental policy, as well as hundreds of millions of new cars on the road are contributing factors but most of the blame is squarely on coal. China burns almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined, relying on it for 70% of its power needs. Traveling by train throughout the region, the dire consequence is undeniable in the persistent haze that blankets much of the landscape, making it unpleasant to breathe without a mask or respirator. 

The 10 Most Poluted Cities in China

I began my travels in southern China; comparatively less industrialized, more agricultural, and thus noticeably cleaner air. At first, I had no issues but as I made my way further north, the air got progressively thicker and more noxious. In the central city of Wuhan the situation was getting bad but by the time I got to Xi'an, I was feeling positively asthmatic. After I had been in the country for about a month, I awoke one morning and felt as if someone was standing on my chest. I could not catch my breath and this is when I began wearing a surgical mask like everyone else here. I was skeptical at first, thinking, "if the air is really this bad, how much difference could a piece of cotton make?" The answer is whether you prefer to wheeze or you prefer to breathe. The masks aren't a safety precaution, they're an aspect of many people's lives here.

Xi'an City, 8 Million People, a "Medium Sized" City by Chinese Standards

Coal Fired Hydro Plant in a XI'AN Suburb

Muslim District, Old CIty Xi'an

Cookie Cutter High Density Housing is a Common Feature all over the Chinese Countryside

THE ENDLESS SPRAWL BETWEEN TIANJIN AND BEIJING

Tianjin Outskirts

The Great Wall at the Mutianyu Site outside Beijing

Schoolkids in Beijing. Some days the Air is so Toxic, Children aren't Allowed OUtdoors. Occasionally School is Even Cancelled.

Mao's Young Pioneers. All Schoolchildren in China must pledge their loyalty to the Communist Party,

Identified by their Red Arm Band, "Public Security Volunteers" are Found all over China, apparently 1.5 Million in Beijing alone.

Public Security Volunteers in Beijing

Beijing's Infamous TIANANMEN SQUARE, The Heart of the Ruling Communist Party's Power.

Fully militarized, the Chinese Government has gone to great lengths to ensure what happened here in 1989 will never happen again.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace at TIANANMEN SQUARE, Beijing. Chairman Mao is universally regarded here as the Father of Modern China.

TIANANMEN SQUARE, BEIJING

Massive, Inescapable Crowds at all of Beijing's Historical and CUltural Centers

Beijing at Rush Hour

BEIJING STREETLIFE

BEIJING STREETLIFE

Beijing Streetlife

BEIJING STREETLIFE

BEIJING STREETLIFE

BEIJING STREETLIFE

Bangkok, City of Angels

Bangkok, City of Angels

The full name for the city of Bangkok in Thai language is..

"Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit"

กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์

It means..

“The City of Angels, the Great City, the Residence of the Emerald Buddha, the Impregnable City of God Indra, the Grand Capital of the World Carved with Nine Precious Gems, Happy City, Rich Within the Enormous Royal Palace similar to the Heavenly Kingdom, Realm of the Reincarnated God, a City Offered to Indra and built by Vishnukarn"

For most Thai people, Bangkok is simply, Krung Thep, or the "City of Angels".