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#1 PeterAbraham

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:15 PM

This universal tally light can be used on any rig made by any manufacturer. It is self-powered and bright enough to be seen clearly outside.

I've sold about 20 of the original run of 40. The power source runs for close to a year, if the rig is used 6-8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 50 weeks. Simple and elegant, and cheap !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

For $ 100.00 USD, I will ship it to you. Email me if interested.

Best to all,

Peter Abraham, E.M.T.
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#2 David Allen Grove

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 03:34 PM

do you have a picture of your tally light? I actually built one a few years ago. I got the design from one of the old SOA newsletters (which I seem to have lost).

My version isn't the greatest.
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#3 JobScholtze

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 04:09 PM

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#4 PeterAbraham

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Posted 06 January 2004 - 08:04 PM

Hey, thanks Job !!!!! Now I don't have to wonder if it arrived at your doorstep, huh?

Yes, that's it. David, it's basically the same design as the one described by Jerry Holway in the Steadicam Letter, lo those many years ago ( although, someone else turned me on to the diagram at the Atlanta Olympics ).

This one's fairly hardy, and I found Ultra Bright LED's to use.........

Peter
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 07:57 AM

And let me tell you, it's working perfectly. I am very happy with it. It's a wonderful tool.
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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:23 PM

Hey, thanks Job !!!!!  Now I don't have to wonder if it arrived at your doorstep, huh? 

Yes, that's it. David, it's basically the same design as the one described by Jerry Holway in the Steadicam Letter, lo those many years ago ( although, someone else turned me on to the diagram at the Atlanta Olympics ).

This one's fairly hardy, and I found Ultra Bright LED's to use.........

Peter

I found my old tally light! It's literally made out of a match box! and notice all the cables.. ug...

As I recall it took me several hours to put this thing together. It was fun?? to build this but you couldn't pay me enough to try and build another one. Kudos to Peter for making more than one!!! ($100 is a steal!)

When the photocells are exposed to the tally light, it triggers the leds to light up. On my set up, One of the lights comes on and stays on until the tally goes off and the other blinks to "get your attention."

I tried to use it once a couple of years ago just as an indicator that the camera was rolling (non-live show) but it was a bright day out and I didn't have any sticky tape with me to keep the light from hitting the cells. I decided not to use it. That's just my set up though.

It looks like Peters would work much better. Maybe I'll try and modify mine someday...

click here to look at my tally... http://www.geocities...tallylight.html
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#7 JobScholtze

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 04:55 PM

At least you have always a light on you :P

Nice setup :rolleyes: But i stick with peter's system
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#8 PeterAbraham

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Posted 07 January 2004 - 05:41 PM

Holy Flyback Circuit, Batman !!!!!!!!!!! :ph34r:

THAT is very impressive. I love how you packed all of that wiring and stuff into a matchbox. My box is a bit bigger, but cannot light a match. Everything is give and take, huh?
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#9 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 12:22 PM

I also have one of Peter's Tally systems.

At that price you can not beat it, and it is no joke how bright that light really is.
When i am shooting in a studio i put tape over the light so it is not so bright.
When i am outside, its just perfect!

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#10 David Allen Grove

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Posted 08 January 2004 - 03:30 PM

Holy Flyback Circuit, Batman !!!!!!!!!!! :ph34r:

THAT is very impressive. I love how you packed all of that wiring and stuff into a matchbox. My box is a bit bigger, but cannot light a match. Everything is give and take, huh?

I was very surprised when I was finished putting it together and that it actually worked! I'm suprised that it still works! :)

I forgot to ask you what battery your system takes, Peter?
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#11 PeterAbraham

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Posted 13 January 2004 - 07:25 PM

Oh, that's the best part.

They run off of standard CP-16 batteries.
















:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

God. I slay me sometimes.

It runs off of a 9vdc transistor, that is inside the black box you see in the provided photo. When I was livin' la vida Steadicam daily, a single battery would last me roughly a year, since it's only on a few seconds at a time.
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#12 PeterAbraham

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 09:12 PM

I have recieved a few requests to make this tally light so it can run down a centerpost, or have multiple jacks for more than one indicator light.

I've seen such rigs, they are a solid idea. However, the whole idea here with the tally light I'm making is that it's a good basic very very bright tally light, that just about any Operator can afford. Someone sent me a link to a tally light that's being made. It's splendidly beautiful. Lemo connectors, an aluminum anodized box, 4 LED's, etc. It's gorgeous.

It's also a small fortune. From the word go, my goal was for ANY Op, at ANY stage in their career to be able to buy this thing and toss it in the kit and have it, and have it be inexpensive.

I don't plan to change the design in any way. I do have one or two small adjustments to make, but basically the item will be as you see in the photos posted above. Those customers interested in doing custom things to it, right on !!!! I'll be glad to do extra wiring harnesses and whatnot for you on a project by project basis.

Best to all,

Peter
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#13 PeterAbraham

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 09:28 PM

One Tally Light left ! What a wondeful response to the product.

The parts are almost all in for the next batch. I'll be ready to ship by April 1, all things being equal in my life.

A significant design change. Now, the Circuit/Battery box will be roughly 6 inches from the Optical Sensor, and the Tally L.E.D. will be at the end of a thin 6 foot cable. Easier to move around that way.

Same price as the last bunch, $ 100.00 USD. $ 115.00 International.

Best to all,

Peter
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#14 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 09:03 AM

Folks--

Peter has hit on a strong and important theme here: Cost Effective and Versatile!

I have owned and USED my PeterTally for over a year now and I love it! Simple enough and definately BRIGHT enough; I too use some ND gel over mine while on INT shoots.

Can't say enough good things about it. I am still running on the OEM battery!

Sure, folks could add $400 worth of Lemo connectors and run them wires inside the post, but for US.10, I used velcro and my PT box lives underneath my Preston MDR so I see the light as I look past the MDR towards my monitor; I see the light, but don't have to look away from the monior.

Keep on, keepin on!

Best,

Brant "Stuck in Mud Season Now" Fagan
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#15 JobScholtze

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Posted 04 March 2004 - 05:52 PM

A significant design change. Now, the Circuit/Battery box will be roughly 6 inches from the Optical Sensor, and the Tally L.E.D. will be at the end of a thin 6 foot cable. Easier to move around that way.

Hee Peter,

Is there a free update????
:D :D :D :D :D :D
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