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#1 JimBartell

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 07:58 PM

Don Wetzel of Palomar Engineering and I will be sharing a booth at NAB under the name of Loon Works, booth # C10408. While I will be showing the usual, Don will be showing many new motors and accessories, including stuff for you Preston owners. So be sure to come by and check out the new goodies.

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#2 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 09:46 PM

Don Wetzel of Palomar Engineering and I will be sharing a booth at NAB under the name of Loon Works, booth # C10408. While I will be showing the usual, Don will be showing many new motors and accessories, including stuff for you Preston owners. So be sure to come by and check out the new goodies.

Jim "same ol', same ol'" Bartell



GREAT News Jim!!!

I'll be sure to stop by
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#3 nick franco

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:44 AM

So anybody check out the new stuff from palomar?
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 08:57 AM

Don has a bunch of new stuff.

He now as a digital version of his fabulous M1 motor to work with systems like the Preston.

He also has two smaller motors (one analog and one digital) meant for iris pulls or less stiff lenses.

For my purposes, the niftiest new toy was his adapter for Preston motors. Via the three small screws that you normally attach your adapter gears to your Preston motors, you add a small piece. Now you can use the same snap on gears that the M1 uses (included in the set). This means instant and tooless swaps to other gear pitches. Genius. Price $400 a set, includes adapter and all pitch gears - .8 (32 pitch), wide .8 (32 pitch), .4 (.64 pitch), .5, .6, & 48 pitch.
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Posted 18 April 2008 - 12:15 PM

Now you can use the same snap on rings that the M1 uses (included in the set). This means instant and tooless swaps to other gear pitches. Genius. Price $400 a set, includes adapter and all pitch gears - .8 (32 pitch), wide .8 (32 pitch), .4 (.64 pitch), .5, .6, & 48 pitch.


Indeed really neat. The Preston motor adapter is very smart idea.
And all the 546 different motors he had (well, not quite that many) are very nice too. I'm considering a digital M1 for my Preston.

And it was nice seeing Jim's stuff selling like hot cakes! Congrats!

Daniel
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#6 Chris Hood

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Posted 18 April 2008 - 09:41 PM

Did anyone take photos of these new products?
How about a price for the digital M-One?

Thanks, Chris
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:41 AM

If I understood correctly, they all come in the same casing, same size but with different insides. The only difference I saw on the outside was some of the lower priced models didn't have the changeable angle connector.
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:45 AM

Don had several prototypes on display at the show, in addition to the well known M-1 it included an M-1 Digital version, 4 different M-1 .5 series and 2 .5 Ultralights that are 3 ounces lighter then the already lighter .5 versions.

The .5 series does not have the articulated Motor Cable adapter but instead, to save on weight, a straight connector that swivels. So in conjunction with a right angle motor cable you get a similar effect...



Erwin


Price list from the show attached below:

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#9 nick franco

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 01:11 PM

Thanks for the updates!
Did Don give any indication of when the new motors would be in production?
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#10 JimBartell

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:52 PM

Thanks for the updates!
Did Don give any indication of when the new motors would be in production?

He was estimating 60 days. Since these motors use many of the same components as the M-One, it is mostly a matter of picking a new motor and adding the correct encoder. They all share the new non-pivoting connector input, which is already designed.

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#11 nick franco

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:10 PM

Since these motors use many of the same components as the M-One, it is mostly a matter of picking a new motor and adding the correct encoder. They all share the new non-pivoting connector input, which is already designed.

Jim "future seer" Bartell

Oh seer of the future, will a digital upgrade be available to current M-1 motors?
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#12 JimBartell

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:32 PM

Oh seer of the future, will a digital upgrade be available to current M-1 motors?

The crystal ball is a little cloudy on that one. I suggest you contact the man himself for that info.

Jim "I see an e-mail in your future" Bartell
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#13 Brad Hruboska

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:01 AM

The preston quick change gear system is a hit. The AC's think its a hellish good idea.
Some feedback on getting a M-1 changed to digital would be cool. Its a great torque motor, if the preston MDR can handle it, I'm very interested.
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