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#1 Erin Henning

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 11:09 AM

Hello all,

A friend of mine is shooting a documentary in Ethiopia early next year. He will be in a village that has no electricity for three weeks at a time, three separate trips. He would like to shoot on HD (HDV is acceptable given a variety of limiting factors). We selected the Sony Z7U to shoot on. It being a light weight camera that shoots to tape (no power for laptops and card downloading), has good flexibility given it's interchangeable lenses, and has relatively low power consumption according to the Anton Bauer website. Also I hear good things about the quality of Sony's HDV codec.

The tentative plan is to charge the Sony Lithium Ion camera batteries with a solar powered battery charger.

Has anyone done this before? How did it work out? How long does it take? Any brands better than others?

Does any one have recommendations on a more appropriate camera or power solution?

I plan to do a few test runs before he hits the field, but I'd love to know what problems people have already encountered.


Thanks!

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#2 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 11:42 AM

I believe there are backpacks offered now which have laptop charging via solar... they got for around $500, but i don't see why it wouldn't work http://www.voltaicsystems.com/

they work for lptops..

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#3 Erin Henning

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:39 PM

I believe there are backpacks offered now which have laptop charging via solar... they got for around $500, but i don't see why it wouldn't work http://www.voltaicsystems.com/

they work for lptops..


Awesome! thanks. Anyone ever used one of these?
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#4 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:42 PM

I might, god willing, be in Senegal with them in Janurary. So I'll let you know first-hand!
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Posted 03 October 2008 - 01:02 PM

I shot a doc in ethiopia last summer, but we were in addis, so we had power. will you have a vehicle? could you just pay for gas and run your charger off of the car battery?
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#6 Erin Henning

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 09:48 AM

will you have a vehicle? could you just pay for gas and run your charger off of the car battery?


I'm not sure. I don't think so. At least not the entire time. But that is a good idea.
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