Getting the Most out of you Cams
Posted 14 June 2008 - 11:57 AM
Posted 15 June 2008 - 07:43 AM
Are there any good guides for modding cameras? For example I want to be able to create an external power source for my Canon 514 XL so it can have more torque and running time. I was told that this is possible and it does create those results. Also are there any good systems that anyone has devised for diagnostic/maintenance for cameras? I'm trying to get a lot more involved in the engineering of the camera so I can rely less on third parties. I.e. repair shops etc. I'm going to start doing a lot of trial and error as well as reading up, but if there's anything anyone can contribute to my endeavor it would be a time saver for at least a few things.
Hi, just a thought, wouldn't be easier to trade your 514xl for a XLS version, that camera will have more torque given it runs on 6 AA batts and was designed to transport sound carts, also i seem to recall the XLS version has a batt jack for the canon 9v external power pack... Also i've found the XLS runs quieter and smooter sounding over the XL version..
Edited by andy oliver, 15 June 2008 - 07:44 AM.
Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:36 PM
Just solder a cable to +point and another to the -point and plug what ever gives you 3V DC.
For example I want to be able to create an external power source for my Canon 514 XL
I run most of my gear (S8, 16mm, Fieldrecorder, LCD-Monitors, Photoflashes etc.) on camcorder Li-Ions or on Lead-Acids. This works better and longer than Alkalines or NMHs.
Checking polarity will save you from frying your gear.
Also are there any good systems that anyone has devised for diagnostic/maintenance for cameras?
The flash contact is a good point for checking speed accuracy, it's basically a switch that switches at running speed.
For checking 25 i/s the simplest way is to film a running PAL TV and check for interferences.
For the rest it's like with every other Filmcamera, shooting tests will tell you more. The big difference with Pro-Gear is that simply getting another S8-device is often easier and cheaper than maintenance.
A good starting point for info is http://super8wiki.co...x.php/Main_Page and the numerous internet-forums and S8-sites.
Edited by Bernhard Zitz, 15 June 2008 - 04:39 PM.
Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:03 PM
Are there any good guides for modding cameras? For example I want to be able to create an external power source for my Canon 514 XL so it can have more torque and running time.
Simple, fit a Diesel engine!
Posted 17 June 2008 - 03:05 PM
Simple, fit a Diesel engine!
Sorry, that was a bit anal of me. Electric motors are known for torque, perhaps a motor for a Hornby train would be a good idea, and some sort of voltage controller, that would reduce the speed of the motor, and in theory you could have any frame rate.
Hope that helps.
Posted 17 June 2008 - 05:45 PM
Also i've found the XLS runs quieter and smooter sounding over the XL version..
I've never messed with a 512 XL, but if it is louder than an XLS, it must be like a jackhammer. The XLS are far from quiet, although I've only heard the 814XLS and the 1014XLS.