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Old December 16th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #1
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Hack my Bescor battery packs..?

As a spur of the moment, I was thinking of perhaps hack my 6v Bescor battery packs (that I'm not using anymore) so they would drive the XL2... 6v versus 7.2v... does it matter? I'm sorry, as I'm writing this I haven't thought this through yet ;^)

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Old December 23rd, 2008, 02:35 PM   #2
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I wouldn't try it personnaly. First the voltage would be too low and it's not made for the camera. For extra batteries I usually buy them on eBay. You can usually get them for about 20.00$ and they're practically as good as the original Canon batteries. Just my 2Ē.

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Old December 23rd, 2008, 10:43 PM   #3
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I wouldn't try it personnaly. First the voltage would be too low and it's not made for the camera.
Yea, I agree -- it's always scary to trick around with the camera power. So I decided to get two 300-lumens LED's that will handle up to 12v, and then I'm gonna gut-out my old Bescor lights, mount the two 6v battery packs in serial (to get 12v) to run the LED's. Hopefully that will save me some dough on a nice LED light set.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 01:00 AM   #4
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If you donīt mind me asking, where are you getting those leds from?

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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:23 AM   #5
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If you donīt mind me asking, where are you getting those leds from?
I got those bulbs from eBay Store - LED: surefire, G P, solarforce And I'm just cleaning up the shop after drilling, cutting, soldering, and swearing -- but I'm happy as a clam -- the lights turned out perfectly. My only concern now is that they might be too bright, (at least for interview footage, etc.) and the color temperature -- tomorrow I'll try to figure out what filter I'm gonna use.

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As far as the color temperature goes you can always balance your whites with a white card.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 12:51 PM   #7
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As far as the color temperature goes you can always balance your whites with a white card.
Of course, but then again, the background will look yellowish.

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