Casey’s 1980 MK I Scirocco


Interior: Re-trimmed new carpet, headliner, dash mat, false trunk, parcel tray
Exterior: Kamei front spoiler, Kamei rear spoiler, Kamei hood scoop, Frenched headlights, Kamei inspired Pinstripes
Wheels: Staggered 15 inch BBS Rs
Engine: Tuned up 1.6L 8v


A Volkswagen Colibri Green Metallic 1980 Mk I Scirocco sat dormant for 12 years. Casey Santiago first laid his eyes on it about 4 years ago as he drove past it on his way to visit his dad. Since then he never took his eyes off of it, every time he drove past “There was just something about that car, the design and style of the Scirocco”.  A few month ago Casey’s dream of owning that Scirocco finally came true. Unfortunately, the high of finally having that car he drove past all those countless times was short lived with the unexpected passing of his mother. No one knew eight weeks ago Casey would experience so much joy and so much tragedy in that short period of time in his life.  For the Scirocco it would have to wait a little bit longer for a second chance.



It was not until a few days later Casey’s father reminded him of that Colibri Green Metallic 1980 Mk I Scirocco still sitting dormant he purchased days earlier. Casey returned to the Scirocco and after a much needed mechanical tune up it started right up “The car helped boost my morale”.  Finally arriving home he was able to start the full rebuild of the Scirocco, the interior was the next step. During the remodeling of the Scirocco’s interior, Casey would hear something that not even he could have prepared himself for.



See, when Casey was growing up his mother had a fascination for the Bi-Centennial Quarters. “She thought they were the cool quarters” Casey remembers. He would collect them with her and if he ever found one when she wasn’t with him, he was sure to give it to her as a present. As Casey started to tear out the carpet, he heard a light clank of metal on metal. He found himself staring at a 1776 – 1976 United States Bi-Centennial Quarter. “It was a coin… a Bi-Centennial quarter”.  It was at that moment, “she was right there with me and it meant a lot”. Underneath the carpet of a car that sat 12 years dormant, a message to Casey to continue to be himself and smile. That quarter to Casey symbolized a bond with the Scirocco, and a happy memory of his mother he will never forget.


Casey has been surround by Volkswagens his whole life. At the age of 16 his first car was a vr6 Mk 4 Jetta, “It was just what you thought was a classic sedan”. Ever since then he has purchased nothing but Volkswagens… more than just a few. Since that first Jetta working on it in his gravel driveway to now with the Scirocco on a lift, Casey predicts nothing but Volkswagens for a long time to come. You can find Casey’s big smile behind the counter helping you get the right parts you need for your Volkswagen at Kelly Volkswagen in Scranton, PA. He has come to call Kelly Volkswagen his second home and everyone that works there part of his ever growing family. The Volkswagen community to Casey, has helped him build new friendships with likeminded Volkswagen enthusiast as well as helped him find an outlet to express his creativity and individualism. “Doing VW things, with my VW friends!” Casey is part of the CoolWater VW Audi Club established in 2001 to help bring more Volkswagen and Audi enthusiast together. The club attends shows, and helps each other build and fix their cars.  You can catch up with Casey and the CoolWater Club at Dubs on the Boards Spetember 8th North Wildwood, NJ. (





Panasonic AU-EVA1




  • Super 35
  • 5.7K
  • Dual Native ISO – Panasonic’s method to extract more information from the sensor without degrading the image
  • Advanced Colorimetry

Lens/Image Path

  • Native EF Mount
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS)
  • IR Cut In/Out (Panasonic claims that “Unique photographic effects and night vision imagery are possible with this control over infrared”
  • Integrated ND Filter Wheel (2/4/6 stops)


  • 4K60p / 2K up to 240p
  • 4:2:2 10-bit
  • The camera can record in several formats and compression rates. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the EVA1’s release.
  • Video Codec up to 400 Mbps
  • V-log & V-gamut
  • 4K outputs in both HDMI and SDI simultaneously
  • SD Card Recording
  • 5.7K Raw Output to third-party recorders via a future update.
  • Dual native ISO


  • XLR Audio Inputs
  • HDMI & SDI 4K Video Outputs
  • Removable handgrip (for easy mounting on drones, gimbal rigs or jib arms)
  • Timecode in/out
  • LCD sun shade included
  • Compact form factor and lightweight –  1.2kg/42.3 oz. (body only)
  • 6.69“ x 5.31“ x 5.23“ / 17cm x 13.5cm x 13.3cm (LxHxW)

The camera will cost $7,345 (body only) and will be available Fall 2017.

NAB: SmallHD

Smallhd focusSmallHD announced the Focus this week at NAB. The Focus is SmallHD’s first 5 inch, touch-screen HD video monitor. Daylight view-ability (800 Nit Display = no Sunhood Necessary), touch-screen, and a mounting option coming in at only $500.

It is designed for use with smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras (HDMI Only). This monitor also uses the same menu interface the 500 and 700 series monitors do which means you will be able to use all the same features like Peaking, LUTs, Waveform, Zebra, and much more.FOCUS-tilt-arm

The Monitor mounts to the top of your camera through the hot shoe with a 180° tilt mount. The mount also has an additional cold shoe mount located on the side of the arm as seen in the photo above so you can mount a microphone or even a small fill light. The compact size of this monitor makes it a great addition to a run and gun setup.


The hardest thing I found when using my SmallHD 502 monitor was the amount of LP-E6 batteries I needed to carry. But with the Focus you can travel even lighter than ever before. The Focus uses Sony L-series batteries that are more powerful and will last longer. You can even piggy back off the monitor’s power supply so you can power your camera (Dummy Battery Needed).

When the Focus begins shipping in early June 2017, we’ll be able to accurately stack it up against the Black Magic Video Assist which unlike the Focus actually has built in sdi.

Overall at this price range it is a great deal for someone looking to get a monitor for a smaller camera package like a Panasonic GH5 or even a Sony A7s II.

NAB 2017: Zeiss


Zeiss announced a new line up of compact cinema glass this year at NAB, the CP.3 and CP.3 ΧD Lenses. Redefined with new technology and better ergonomics the new CP.3 series lenses consist of ten different focal lengths that range from 15mm all the way to 135mm. The new series covers all applications from wide-angle to telephoto.

The lenses also feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims, and special light traps within the lens barrel to reduce glare and flares you would get when using the CP.2s. These lenses also provide higher contrast, richer blacks, and more saturated colors.

Compared to the CP.2 series the CP.3 model is more compact and weigh less.


Key Highlights:

  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)
  • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications

The zeiss-compact-prime-cp3-lenses-product-03Zeiss eXtended Data is a feature that gives the filmmaker even more creativity and choice. Via external LEMO interface the CP.3 lenses will give information about lens’ distortion, and shading characteristics in real-time to make your workflow even faster.  Lens settings are digitally captured every frame avoiding the need to manually record every shot.

Overall Zeiss makes high quality optics and if you are in the market for beautiful cinema glass like these or close to the CP.3s then be sure to search the web for Zeiss CP.2s because I am sure a lot of filmmakers will be moving up to the new CP.3 series and the price might drop on the older models.

NAB 2017

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With day one in the books the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada did not disappoint. Major players in the film making industry came out swinging with new product announcements. Atomos, Dji, Freefly, SmallHD, and Zeiss just to name a few, all with new products which will be available later this year.

Linked below is each company’s very own article discussing their new products, first impressions, and much more. There was just too much to cover in just one article. Click a company below to get started.

Dji      FreeFly Systems     SmallHD      Zeiss      Panasonic