Switronix Recon Ultra Review
Posted 09 March 2012 - 04:54 AM
The fan is louder than the Wevi but this wasn't a problem on the Comedy dialogue we were shooting. I think one of the things that lets the Wevi down is the fact it overheats quite a lot. The RECON unit here still never got too hot. I seem to remember the Boxx fan is also louder than the Wevis.
This one was in V-Lock which was cool. If the V-Lock 24v adapter was on the back one would need the ARRI 24v right angle connector. Looking at it closely you could also use a V-lock to V-lock plate to give that extra few millimeters. I've noticed that the Arri Media cameras here in the UK are in AB 12v and Take2's cameras are in AB 24v so I am not too sure what to do about all this along side a lot of the cameras being in V-Lock 24v. This gives 4 different battery mounts to contend with.
On this shoot I never left 15m from the receiver however we did go through lots of walls. The camera assistants said Wevi's would have needed a lot more work to get a signal and they far preferred the RECON. Everyone was impressed.
Off course sound loved it because it transmitted over SDI the audio from the Arri Alexa. So on playback everyone had sound. Nice.
I'm very interested in putting larger Antennae on the back of this RX.
So far, yesterdays shoot. Flawless. Very happy.
I'll post some photos in a bit.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:11 PM
Posted 10 March 2012 - 08:03 AM
Like I say, the camera assistants on this show were pretty sure that most Camwave failures are down to overheating. Hey you guys know better than me but I've certainly experienced a lot of moody Camwaves. I think having a fan like in the Boxx or Swiftronix is a good trade off for reliability. Hey we have a fan in the cameras...
Posted 11 March 2012 - 11:56 PM
Still, it is a tough sell sometimes given its track record in the past.
Edited by Bryant Swanstrom, 11 March 2012 - 11:57 PM.