I'm about to take delivery of a PRO CineLive sled. I currently have the Gen IV battery rack on order. Should I consider going with the Gen III?
Chad gave me a great comparison of the two:
Gen 3 has built in weight to help balance heavier camera packages and/or
Gen 3 has removable battery positions that allow the operator to remove any
of the three for weight reduction if needed.
Gen 3 uses a 3 jumper block battery management system like the Gen 2 battery
Gen 3 uses an index able rear section the allows the batteries to be flown
parallel or perpendicular to the ground.
Gen 4 is half the weight with half the height of a Gen 3.
Gen 4 does not have removable battery positions.
Gen 4 uses one propriety jumper block.
Gen 4 cannot change the position of any battery plate.
I'm going to be dealing with Alexas (and hopefully Amiras soon!) and lots of AKS. I'd hate to get the IV and always have to add weight to the bottom or extend the post. But priority is sled "feel" and "performance" (I know a slightly subjective thing). Will the Gen III fly better, with it's additional weight and fine-adjustment of dynamic balance? And if so, is it worth almost 3x the price (once you add in the jumper blocks)? I'm a fan of "Buy once, cry once," but it's a big chunk of change...
Thanks in advance, Max