Anton Bauer voltage displays
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:20 PM
That said, i did this weird thing, I read the directions...
Once you learn the over-complicated (but not illogical) code, it's actually the most accurate way of knowing how much longer they're gonna last. It gives you the time, accurate to 3 minutes (theoretically) that the battery will last on the PRESENT current draw. This does mean that the indicator will change while you are rolling, and change again when you are not. It also takes a few seconds to calculate based on the new load, so don't expect it to be accurate immediately after you roll. But once you are used to it, it's just as simple to predict the best time to change batteries while getting the most out of each one before you change as it is to predict when to change magazines while still using as much of the roll beforehand. (Despite the declining use of film)
In my too-many reality days, I've constantly impressed by allowing a battery to remain on camera longer than anyone else, without it dying mid-shot. This allows me not to be chasing half-charged batteries by the end of the day.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:33 PM
If I am now understanding correctly, it's only accurate to 15 minutes (oh the humanity). And The bottom bit that looks like a 1/4 pie chart but otherwise looks like the old display, works like the old display. It's a 0-100% capacity meter. The simple meter you want. When it gets to the last bar and starts blinking, there's only 6% left.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:21 PM
For the record, I don't plan on ever buying any non A/B batts.
Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:27 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:03 PM
And guys, thanks for the input. I understand how to decode the readouts and I'm well read on the instructions. However a time remaining number for me is just somehow not very useful, especially since that time is always fluctuating because the load is always fluctuating. A percentage scale is also, somehow not very accurate for me. A simple voltage meter is, in my opinion, the most accurate and reliable way to gauge the capacity of a battery. GPI got it right with their old style chocolate bars. And when you know how each camera behaves, you'll know exactly where your voltage cutoff is and how far you can push it before shutdown. At least if this voltage info was in a small corner of the readout then you can take your pick, Time, percentage, voltage. Beauty! (I hope someone from AB is getting this)...
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:17 PM
Also knowing how each camera behaves isn't practical. What was the build for what run time and with how many cycles on the battery?
Anton Bauer got it right with their "Real Time" display. The XCS ultimate pulls the real time data from the battery and displays it on the LEH and my guys know that they can run the battery's down to 5% with no problem