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#1 Thomas Schnaidt

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 05:12 PM

Looking for an Ultra 1 owner who still runs nicads and has run the Genesis on their sled. Looking to find out how youv'e tackled your power issues. I am interested in hearing anyones experiences here, but I will ( I think, be running with the SSRs).

Appreciate anybody whose got some ideas here. Thanks

Tom Schnaidt
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#2 Lohengrin Zapiain

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 09:46 AM

Hey Tom,

How did it go with the Genesis?

I'm kind of in the same boat as I still have the old Ultra batteries, honestly I don't see a reason to change them for powercubes as I never had any problems with power.

Somehow I have managed to stay away from the Genesis but I think this won't last forever so I was wondering how did your batteries respond.
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#3 Thomas Schnaidt

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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.

Tom
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#4 Lohengrin Zapiain

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:31 AM

Thanks for sharing Thomas, I'll keep this in mind. I guess the same configuration could be applied to the F23/35 as they have likely power requirements...


and I still remember when cameras were getting smaller and lighter....
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