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#1 Lars Erik

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:11 AM

Hello,

I swear I've seen a adaptor to put on AB systems, which makes it possible to use V-lock based batteries. Changing from Hytron 120's to IDX Steadicam batteries in the near future.

Anyone know what this thingy is called? Checked out bhphotovideo.com but with no results. Any tips on where I can get my hands on one of those is greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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#2 Erwin Landau

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:34 AM

Guy's... be a little creative...

Took me 3 minutes on google:

http://www.idxtek.com/accessories.htm

(A-AB2E - 3-stud to ENDURA V-Mount Adaptor
Temporary "3-stud" mount to "V-Mount" converter plate. This plate slides onto 3-stud mounting brackets, allowing ENDURA batteries to be used. This plate temporarily eliminates Digi-View and Syncron.)
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Look what I found at B&H:

http://www.bhphotovi...r...&sku=230276

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#3 Lars Erik

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 04:39 AM

Ooops! Thanks Erwin. Will be more creative next time. Promise.

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#4 Imran Naqvi

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 11:30 AM

How rigid are these adaptors? The idea of adding these between the sled and batteries could cause issues with vibration.
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#5 Lars Erik

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 12:08 PM

Good point Imran,

anyone know?

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#6 Guido Lux

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 02:19 PM

Oh by the way, it will probably be cheaper to change the plates on your sled!!
Those adapters are very pricy!!

cheers, Guido
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#7 Erwin Landau

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 05:29 PM

Rigidity... yes it's an issue. They have some play. Use female velcro.

Price... The converter plates are selling for $129.- here in the US and the plain plates where priced just under $100.- It's up to you I guess.


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#8 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:03 PM

In my experience, both types of mounts need some soft Velcro to be rid of vibration demons. I have one of these adapters and it is a great thing to add to the kit (I should warn that their availability is limited as they are often out of stock). My AB plates are always covered with a little soft Velcro, and now the IDX adapter boasts some as well.

If I were switching to IDX batteries for my own inventory, I'd switch the plates on my rig in order to shed the adapters but then I'd buy V-Mount to AB adapters in case I wanted to use someone else's AB batteries. I think it makes sense for your rig to don the mount for the batteries you personally own. Have adapters for other kinds.

My two cents.
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#9 charlesneufeld

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 08:34 PM

Hey lars,


I second (third?) the motion to replace the mounts. Adaptors add many POSSIBLE problems with the additional height, vibration, electrical connection points etc.

Do it right and just replace them.


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#10 Lars Erik

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 05:35 AM

Hello everyone,

I'll follow your advice and replace the mounts. Thanks for all the replies.

Have a great Christmas!

LE
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