Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:32 AM
Here is what we have done. Our DIT, Ted Viola, had a spare IDX battery plate with the Genesis power connector that we mounted onto an extra low mode bracket and then mounted onto the rear port of the camera. Woodland Hills is supplying all the power cubes we could want, and that system powers up the camera and runs various accessories like my Downconverter (which I love and highly reccomend, the Decimator) and I think the Cinetape. Then I run my monitor and the follow focus off my batts. We dont transmit since I am tethered. I took the Deck off in favor of tethering and it works fine. The only thing I dont like about this physical config is that without the rear inertia provided my the Deck, the rig is a little squirrelly. but I am getting good at a light touch with the left hand. SSRs might provide the answer here, but production really didnt want to spring for the rental and the extra time it would take the DIT at the end of the day to download them. So there you have it. Its not a dream camera, but it also isnt nearly as bad as I had prepared myself for, though some of the series two lenses we are using are heavier than a 50 primo, seemingly much heavier. I think you can pick up the IDX battery plate for 80 or so dollars at B&H and Panavision bends over backward to make it all work - they will surely finish the cable off for you.
Good luck when your number comes up.