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Jason McCormy August 19th, 2008 06:29 PM

Anton Bauer UL2 light
 
I just got a Anton Bauer UL2 light and connected it to the camera. I was testing it and it worked GREAT, but then I accidently turned the camera off and on again while the light was running, and now it doesn't work. Did I blow a fuse somewhere? Any ideas? I'm in dire straights as I was supposed to film tomorrow and needed it for the shoot.

Thank you, as always, for any help you can give me.

Don Bloom August 19th, 2008 06:37 PM

when you say you turned the camera off and on do you mean you actually powered if off then back on? I'll assume so. There is no fuse on the light but you might have blown the bulb. Open it up (2 small screws one on each side take out the glass) and if you need to you can get bulbs at Home Depot.
I've use an AB lightfor a long time and frankly never blew a bulb but it does happen.
If that's not it I'mnot sure what to look at next.


just thought of this. Make sure the plug is firmly seated in the female receptacle. Unplug it and plug it back in.

Don

Shaun Roemich August 19th, 2008 06:38 PM

As well, if you have a 200 or 250, check the bottom of your AB mounting plate for the Automatic Lighting Control and ensure it is in the Off position if you want the light to turn on and off independent of the tape transport.

Jason McCormy August 19th, 2008 06:50 PM

Thank you for answering so quickly.

Yes, it was while the light was on that I turned the camera off and then on again. I have a couple of spar bulbs and have changed it and it doesn't seem to have done any good. I tried that switch on the bottom both ways now (I didn't even know it existed, so thank you for telling me about it:) and still, nothing.

Crapola.

Jason McCormy August 19th, 2008 07:02 PM

Could I have taken out the base of the light I wonder, where on off switch is?

I'm just hoping there is no way I could have short circuited the camera.

I have to say, I know I'm new, but this is a weak link if that is the case:(

Shaun Roemich August 19th, 2008 07:33 PM

The UL2 has a removable head. Try pressing it down firmly on the "mounting base"

Jason McCormy August 19th, 2008 07:44 PM

No, that doesn't seem to be it. Bleah. So, I've tried a new bulb, moved that switch to on and off to see if it works either way. Made sure the removeable head was properly seated. Hmm. Is there any other steps I should take? I just got this light, so I can send it back. It seems to me this is defective. I know I probably shouldn't have done that, but I'm sure taht can happen in the normal course of filming things. Hmm.

Do you think I might have fried the base? I'm just hoping it isn't the Gold Mount with the Power Tap. The battery seems to work just fine for charging and general camera use though.

Thank you for your help with this, I really appreciate it.

Shaun Roemich August 19th, 2008 07:45 PM

Jason, send me an e-mail at shaun (at) gearheadvisual.com

Jason McCormy August 19th, 2008 07:58 PM

Shaun,

Thank you for your help and I just sent you an email. I'm thinking it is a defective product (I've had it two days and only now am trying it out) and I should send it back. I don't want a screw up tomorrow and can use an old set of Bresco lights and battery belts. This is a pain in the arse I must say.

Jason McCormy August 20th, 2008 07:28 AM

I got an email back from Anton Bauer and they say that the Gold Mount has a fuse for the power tap.

:> There is no fuse in the light. The fuse is in the Gold Mount. Take the
> bracket off the camera. Trace the red wire back from the PowerTap
> connector which will lead you to the fuse holder. The fuse has caps on
> the end that slide off.
> :

I'll let you know how this goes after I get done with my shoot today and try to fix this!

Jason McCormy August 20th, 2008 07:51 AM

Ok, it is a 7A 125V fuse, and RadioShack doesn't appear to have any. Does anyone have an idea where I could pick one up?

Greg Boston August 20th, 2008 09:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Don Bloom (Post 922262)
Open it up (2 small screws one on each side take out the glass) and if you need to you can get bulbs at Home Depot.

The UL2 hinges open to remove the bulb. Remove the head from base and spread the two tabs at the bottom and it will hinge open.

-gb-

John Sirb August 20th, 2008 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jason McCormy (Post 922531)
Ok, it is a 7A 125V fuse, and RadioShack doesn't appear to have any. Does anyone have an idea where I could pick one up?

If I remember right, that's a glass fuse. did you check an auto parts store like NAPA ?

Don Bloom August 20th, 2008 02:48 PM

hey Greg,
one of us must have an older light because minehas screws to hold the glass in and actually that's where the softbox attaches.
I just looked and while there are tabs on the bottom I have never had to open them up to replace a bulb. Remove the 2 screws that are in the center of the sidewalls pop the glass bulb falls out in my hand. Somewhere along the line they must have changed.
Don

Jim Andrada August 21st, 2008 12:45 AM

Don,

I have the softbox on mine and you're right, it does attach in the two screw holes - but there are also the two tabs and as Greg said, if you spread them very slightly you should be able to swing up the housing with glass, softbox, etc all attached and the lamp will drop out in yout hand.Hopefully after it has cooled down ;<)

It's kind of non-obvious how to get it to swing up until you've done it a couple of times.

Randy Johnson August 21st, 2008 07:27 PM

Anton bauer used to keep a spare in the gold mount itself. I actually changed one on the job while a wedding was going on.

Jason McCormy August 21st, 2008 07:32 PM

So, I got the fuse and I think I took the gold mount off. I can't though figure out where the heck the fuse I need to replace is. I followed the red wire from the power tap down and I don't see anything the resembles a fuse holder. I've been all over the Anton Bauer site, but can't find a photo of it. Any ideas?

And thank you again for all the help you have given me.

Jason McCormy August 21st, 2008 08:02 PM

Well, I have been all over the adapter, even took off the small screws to get to the circutry behind the other plate (very carefully) and nothing. I assume there has to be one in there, am I blind?

Greg Boston August 21st, 2008 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Andrada (Post 922852)
Don,

I have the softbox on mine and you're right, it does attach in the two screw holes - but there are also the two tabs and as Greg said, if you spread them very slightly you should be able to swing up the housing with glass, softbox, etc all attached and the lamp will drop out in yout hand.Hopefully after it has cooled down ;<)

It's kind of non-obvious how to get it to swing up until you've done it a couple of times.

What Jim says. I also have the softbox mounted on front with the two screws. The tabs spread, and the head flips open. Takes all of ten seconds to switch lamps. I keep a 25 in it and a 50 watt handy for extra punch with the soft box swung open.

-gb-

Jason McCormy August 21st, 2008 08:16 PM

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Here is a bad photo of my adapter, with the red wire leading from the powertap on the right.

John Sirb August 21st, 2008 10:25 PM

Jason the fuse is inside the black tube at the top left of the photo. It's inside that protective cover

Jason McCormy August 21st, 2008 10:57 PM

Ok, thank you. How do I get that off? It doesn't budge any way that I move it.

Thank you very much for helping.

John Sirb August 21st, 2008 11:04 PM

the tube isn't attached. Just lift it out with a small screwdriver. and the cover slides off.

Jason McCormy August 21st, 2008 11:31 PM

Ahhhh... I feel like an idiot. Hmm. Well, I got it off, thank you all very much.

Hmm.

It is a smaller size fuse than the one I bought at radioshack, and it doesn't seem to be broken in anyway, but I suppose I can't really tell.

Everyone, thank you, thank you, thank you.

John Sirb August 22nd, 2008 05:55 AM

Just to be sure, if you have a continunity tester, you can test to see if the fuse is popped or not. If you don't have on, maybe the floks at Radio shack can check it for you before you pull it

Jason McCormy August 23rd, 2008 03:45 PM

I have it fixed! Thank you for all your help.

Once I finally figured out how to simply lift the fuse case up, I realized it was a much smaller fuse than the 7A that I had purchased to replace it. After going to every store, including 4 automotive, in town that carried fuses like this, I couldn't find one that size. I contacted Anton Bauer and they said that if I'm only using a 25 watt bulb, I could get away with the 6.3A fuse that RadioShack had in stock.

I am up and running now. Thank you all again, your help has been fantastic!


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