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#1 Blair Phillips

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 08:25 PM

i was looking around and found this (seemingly) complete system by varizoom. here

It's slightly cheaper than a bartech and M-One, but am I going to pay dearly for saving a few hundred bucks?

Also, I see a cable that presumably connects the receiver to the motor, but there should be one for the receiver's power no?
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#2 Blake Waldock

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:16 PM

Have you considered The Hocus Focus?

http://www.hocusprod...om/products.php

Really well built and has a great motor (moves the RED primes no problem!)

Also he's get the HoFoPro coming out with is a completely digital system.
Better off asking Peter Hoare about them though.

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#3 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:25 PM

It's slightly cheaper than a bartech and M-One

Look closer...

closer still...

Almost there...
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#4 Blair Phillips

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:39 PM

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Look closer...

closer still...

Almost there...
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sorry, your wiles are lost on me
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#5 Tom Wills

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:05 PM

Blair,

I think Sydney is referring to the fact that the Varizoom rig is, in fact, a BFD. (or at least a rebranded one) Check Jim Bartell's post here: http://www.steadicam...indpost&p=33272

The Hocus Focus is a nice rig, but I don't know the legalities of using it in Canada. I know that it's not FCC certified for use in the USA yet. The BFD (at least to my eyes) is a step above that - much more in line with the HoFoPro, which runs about the same as a Bartech rig. The other advantage for those in North America with the BFD is that Jim Bartell is on the same continent for service. I can't really discuss true differences, as I've never tried a Hocus Focus, but the time I have spent with a Bartech has assured me that it's what I want to buy.
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#6 Blair Phillips

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:29 PM

Ah, so they are the same thing! Or a licensed copy anyway. I was worried it would be a Chinese knock-off (which makes me feel sorry for some genius engineer/craftsmen somewhere in China who get a bad wrap).

Well that makes my choice a lot easier.
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#7 Tomas Riuka

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:51 AM

Buying from Jim directly, for a little over 5k you can get digital version of bartech with digitial m-one motor. Send him an email about the quote, despite the website saying bartech will not be sold without analogue receiver, but you can. So for a few hundred more yiu can get digital bartech instead of varizoom copy..
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#8 Marc Alfonso

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:48 AM

Hi Everyone

We put together a video showing the new BarTech Digital Receiver ( B.D.R. ) in action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tryhshxsx5w

In the video we are controlling a Heden motor and we are running the B.D.R. at 24 volts but the system can also
work on 12 volts ( 10 to 30 volts to be exact ) . The higher the voltage the faster the motor can move.

To clarify, in the video I state that wireless operation is not affected by "common sources of RF interference" such as
wifi routers, cellular phones, Computers, Bluetooth headsets, and other remote focus systems. These sources of RF interference
occur on the 2.4Ghz Band and are very common.

There are certain sources or RF interference that could affect the operation of the
B.D.R. ( eg some wireless headsets that run on 900 Mhz ) but these are rarely encountered.

www.BartechEngineering.com
www.plcElectronicSolutions.com
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#9 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 12:53 AM

Hi Everyone

We put together a video showing the new BarTech Digital Receiver ( B.D.R. ) in action!

Video Here

In the video we are controlling a Heden motor and we are running the B.D.R. at 24 volts but the system can also
work on 12 volts ( 10 to 30 volts to be exact ) . The higher the voltage the faster the motor can move.

To clarify, in the video I state that wireless operation is not affected by "common sources of RF interference" such as
wifi routers, cellular phones, Computers, Bluetooth headsets, and other remote focus systems. These sources of RF interference
occur on the 2.4Ghz Band and are very common.

There are certain sources or RF interference that could affect the operation of the
B.D.R. ( eg some wireless headsets that run on 900 Mhz ) but these are rarely encountered.

www.BartechEngineering.com
www.plcElectronicSolutions.com


We got to play with this on Dexter a few months ago and it's a VERY worthy competitor to the Preston, infact it spins a preston motor FASTER than an MDR2

Well done Marc and Jim!
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#10 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:04 AM

Oh and has it been mentioned that you can get TWO BDR systems for the price of one Preston single channel.....

it definitely opens up some interesting possibilities for small lightweight powerful and accurate wireless lens control. Add the fact that Marc WANTS any and all feedback to make the system what WE want and you have a winner
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#11 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 15 October 2010 - 01:05 AM

So many of these newer companies don't want to show the controller manipulating the motor through the receiver together in the same shot when they post their videos, probably because of some delay between the two... That video there, that's all I wanna see. Looks good man
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