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Old March 10th, 2007, 12:00 PM   #1
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Sachtler DV-12 SB

Hi:

I just received a new Sachtler DV-12 SB SLMC and cannot seem to cause the touch bubble to illuminate and wonder if the batteries are bad. The downloaded manual indicates that the batteries can be changed by prying open the battery holder but, unfortunately, it does not describe its location.

Any suggestions?
Thank you in advance,
Ron
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Old March 10th, 2007, 02:37 PM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase! The battery is behind a hatch located just above the pan drag adjustment ring. Look around the circumference and you should see the hatch. You'll have to pry it open with a screwdriver.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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Bubble light

Hi:

Thank you for your congratulations and reply.
I did notice a discontinuity in the circumference and guessed that it might be the batter holder but I was reluctant to take a screwdriver to a six thousand dollar tripod without forknowledge of the potential results. Strange that the batteries should be bad on a new device but, then again, anything is possible.

Thanks again for your assistance,
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Old March 11th, 2007, 12:49 PM   #4
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Touch Bubble

Hi Tim:

I removed the battery holder which slid out with the minimal force exerted by a fingernail. The batteries tested good with a multimeter, so, I cleaned the contacts with an eraser and re-inserted the holder. The light works, however, it requires a rather significant whack with the tip of a finger to get it going. I think that an out of the way push button would have been more accommodating and finger forgiving, afterall, there is hardly enough room for an individual with a large fingertip. Anyway, it is what it is!

Thank you once again for your assistance.
Ron
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Old March 11th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #5
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No problem Ronald. I'm glad you didn't have to take a screwdriver to your new tripod. Yeah, it's too bad about not having a small button for the bubble. Most other heads have a button. Blame that German minimalist design philosophy I suppose :)
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Old March 12th, 2007, 12:43 PM   #6
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Hello Tim:

I spoke to the Sachtler representative about the "tapping" issue and it turns out that there may be a translation error in the manual. It should read PRESS instead of TAP. Exerting a moderate amount of pressure on the bubble level's clear plastic window does indeed ignite the light ... varying the pressure alters its duration. Potential problem resolved!

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Old March 14th, 2007, 09:59 AM   #7
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What are your first impressions about this combination?
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Old March 15th, 2007, 10:35 AM   #8
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First Impressions

Hi:
In response to your question regarding the Sachtler DV-12SB/tripod combo package and first impressions, my reply is simply: spectacular!
It took less than 3 minutes of initial set up to make all the necessary adjustments (plate position, speed brake and drag) for my JVC HD-250U with Anton/Bauer battery and HD100 hard drive attached to its rear. From there on, it was a simple matter of snapping the camera plate onto the head; everything was reproducibly set.

It's an expensive rig but clearly a valuable addition to one's arsenal.

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