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Old May 6th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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My Journey to replace my Pilot

Ok. I'm posting this in hopes to help someone in the future. I am replacing my Steadicam Pilot since I've upgraded to a heavier camera with accessories, it pushes the optimal balance load of my Pilot. Enter the Steadicam Scout. So far, I've been able to solve the 'no hd-sdi' issue with the Atomos hdmi to hd-sdi gizmo, so that solves the no hd-sdi on my Canon XF300. Next puzzle was the power connector for my lights. Enter the LEMO female connector on the Scout sled. I'm in discussion with Stedicam, Frezzi who all my AB connecting lights are from. It looks like I will have to have a male LEMO to male Anton Bauer cable to get this all to work. I have thousands in my Frezzi lights, so replacing my light system is not an option.

I'm curious though, anyone fly a sled that has a LEMO power connector, what if any thing do you connect your lights to? Frezzi says they do not make a light with a LEMO connector.

By the way, two of my favorite companies, Frezzi and Steadicam. Amazing guys.
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Old June 18th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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Re: My Journey to replace my Pilot

you need a custom made cable, i fly my stripped epic on Pilot, so i made 12V out of the sled to lemo cable, works great, you just need to have connections diagram.
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Old June 21st, 2014, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: My Journey to replace my Pilot

One of the most useful cables to have these days for anyone who flies a stabilizer is a 12v out of the rig cable (whatever connector that may be) to a female D-tap (aka powertap). This will allow you to power just about any accessory as the D-tap connector is well standardized and most components offer their specific power cable with that end on it, such as Steven's Frezzi lights. I had mine made custom but maybe Tiffen makes one these days? If not, they should.

The other helpful item is the
PowerTap Multi
, to mate to your custom cable to provide power for multiple items. It may seem logical to combine efforts and make a Lemo to Multi cable, but sadly the Multis tend to fail after a period of time (especially the ports on the outside) so it's best to keep them separate, and replace the Multi as needed.
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