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#1 GEORGEBIANCHINI

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:05 AM

Hello everyone,
Have any Preston FF (MDR-2)owners noticed any breakdown in high temperatures. I was shooting in 100 degree heat yesterday and my Preston kept losing its connection. It would not reset..the unit was hot to the touch. I would unplug the motors...let the unit sit for a minute or two then it was back to normal only to fail a minute later. I have been running the unit for 30 plus minutes in my air conditioned office right now and its running flawlessly. Any thoughts from the steadi-community will be greatly appreciated
Thank you in advance
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#2 Jon Myers

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 12:40 PM

I had the same kind of problem with my MDR-1 in cold weather. There was a broken connection that was temp sensitive issue. One of the inductors (I think that's what it was) when I was outside in the cold the metal would contract and break the connection. Then when it would warm up it would make the connection again. I was in Albuquerque, NM and sent it back and forth to Preston 2 or 3 times. It would get to them and work fine. Then I would get it back and it would do the same thing. Finally, I don't know how they found it but they did and fixed it and haven't had a problem since. My problem was with the hand unit transmitter. I don't know if this helps or not but take your stuff over there and hopefully they can find out what the problem is. Good luck.

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#3 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 06:45 PM

I have been on set's in Temp extremes and have witnessed several Prestons have temp issues, all the while my Scorpio soldiered on.

Having said that I'm concerned about the Preston temp issues since I'm think of switching
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#4 RobVanGelder

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 09:05 PM

Having used 5 sets in Thailand and Cambodia at temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees celsius and humidity near 100%, without any problems for about half a year, I would say it is an exemplary problem.
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#5 GEORGEBIANCHINI

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 10:18 PM

Thank you everyone for the feedback! I am sending all the gear into Preston tomorrow. This is actually my first failure of the Preston gear that I can remember. I have been a Preston owner for 7 years now...I feel this is an isolated incident and it will be taken care of. I will let everyone know how it goes. The gear is normally FLAWLESS and I feel they are still thee best Follow Focus around. Thanks
George BIanchini
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