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Dan Keaton July 15th, 2009 04:04 AM

Flash XDR in Extreme Conditions
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Dear Friends,

We recently received this email from Andrew Schalle of Extreme Facilities Ltd:

Dear Mike,

This is Andrew Schaale we used two of your units in the Kenyan Desert for
the British Army Commercials.

We built a filtered air cooling system as the Iconix and XDR needed to be built into a compact dustproof housing along with a down converter, COFDM microwave transmitter, wireless telemitry control, the power source and the head up display viewfinder system.

It all worked in 52C / 125.6F and survived four weeks!!

The soundmans gear packed up several times, we continually burnt our
fingers on the outside case and catches getting it open but our setup worked
on regardless with the director who wore the kit jumping on and off army
trucks and diving in the dirt as he gathered the POV shots.

It was nice to hear that they put the Flash XDR in a dust-proof housing.

The Flash XDR would have probably worked without the housing as we have tested it to an internal temperature of 100 degrees Celsius or 212 F. The Flash XDR fails at about 105 degress C. And it would have gotten very dusty without some type of cover.

Our standard CompactFlash covers would have provided some protection for the CompactFlash Card slots, but fine dust usually gets into everything.

We wish to publicly thank Andrew Schaale, and Extreme Facilities Ltd, for sharing his experiences with the Flash XDR and his photos.

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