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Sony HVR-Z7 / HVR-S270
Handheld and shoulder mount versions of this Sony 3-CMOS HDV camcorder.


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Old June 5th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #1
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just wondering if there is any other alternative battery power option for thie camera.

I'm thinking about getting a steadicam and was wondering if you can run this camera off an Anton Bauer brick, or NP1s, or whatever.
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Old June 5th, 2008, 02:35 AM   #2
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wow already found my answer on google.

Anton Bauer Battery Adapter for Sony HVR-Z1
http://www.abelcine.com/store/produc...cat=104&page=1

so has anyone used one of these, or a similar one?
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Old June 5th, 2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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yep, I had one. worked great! I had AB make one for me that had a
powertap for an Ultralight, or Frezzi with the AB style plug. Cost
me $250, but they put the tap near the battery adapter. I got tired
of having a battery belt, so I sold it.
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I suppose you could, but my question would be, why would you want to? In my experience, I haven't found any battery source better than the Sony L-series.

I've run my PD-150, a Sound Devices MixPre and portable lights on a NP-970 for days without recharging. Why spend more to hang bulkier batteries that don't last as long off the back of the camera?
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Why spend more to hang bulkier batteries that don't last as long off the back of the camera?
to balanace out the weight on a shoulder mount or steadicam type rig. any weight I can get onto the other side of my shoulder or the other side of a gimble would lower the total balanced weight.

that being camera & battery is 5lbs, you need 5lbs to balance it out, 10lbs total. if the camera alone is 4lbs, then 1lb battery+3lbs counter weight = 8lbs balanced rig, 20% less weight (if I wasn't just making these figures up as I go, but I hope the point is in there)

but I admit I'm very pleased w/ how well the batteries last & for most of the time I'll just be using them on their own. I have used batteries on short shoots for days at a time too and then get surprised when the battery light flashes thinking "oh, yeah, batteries do lose power, I forgot about that"

very different from the days of shooting w/ Betacams & old worn down NP1 batteries. I used to carry around 6 NP1s to make sure I was covered for a whole day of shooting news, which was usually less than 40min recorded to tape.
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