Thread: V-mount vs Gold-mount

Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
  1. #1 V-mount vs Gold-mount 
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    117
    When I first bought Anton Bauer batteries about 6-years ago, v-mount and gold-mount seemed about equal in usage, but now I see almost everything offered as v-mount. Has this become the more popular standard now?
    Reply With Quote  
     

  2. #2  
    Moderator Phil Holland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    10,987
    Depends on your zone really.

    Globally V-Mount is more used.

    However, in major markets Gold-Mount is pretty common. Comes down to what you prefer really. Some people fear V-Mounts popping off, they shouldn't do that in reality.

    Whichever way you go, I strongly recommend grabbing an adapter plate for whatever isn't your main battery mount type so when that time comes you can just slap it on.

    I use V-Mount, but I also shoot sort of everywhere.
    Phil Holland - Cinematographer - Los Angeles
    ________________________________
    phfx.com IMDB
    PHFX | tools

    2X RED Weapon 8K VV Monstro Bodies and a lot of things to use with them.

    Data Sheets and Notes:
    Red Weapon/DSMC2
    Red Dragon
    Reply With Quote  
     

  3. #3  
    I have to say that we just had this discussion today on the set. I personally have never liked V mount. Hate them in a soft way. Gold mount is so much more robust in my opinion and I see it used by feature ACs much more than V mount.
    But I welcome other's opinions.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  4. #4  
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    5,053
    Harsh opinion: V in V mount stands for "Very much Sucks." the "eject" button of death, and the poor interface connector that are inherently part of the design of V mount are why so many Red One Cameras would randomly shut down during a take from getting ever so gently Jostled, thereby harming the reputation of reliability in the early days of Red.

    See also "Why Won't My Red Brick Charge?"
    Reply With Quote  
     

  5. #5  
    Senior Member Michael Lindsay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    London UK
    Posts
    2,609
    V-lock at its worst is a complete disaster BUT we have them (Pags) as everything (UK) seems to need them... We are very carefull about every battery and plate we buy and there are some shit plates for Red cameras that have caused us stress... If we went AB we would still need some Vlocks as well..
    Reply With Quote  
     

  6. #6  
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,796
    Gold mount all day aye-day
    JAKE WILGANOWSKI
    Director of Photography / Filmmaker
    CINE-AUTOMATIC.COM
    Reply With Quote  
     

  7. #7  
    Senior Member Matthew J's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Southeast US
    Posts
    740
    As a v-mount owner, I would saw gold mount is better. There are just far less connection issues with them as the battery to plate interface is just a better design. So if you are starting off fresh and aren't so concerned about needing to rent batteries, then gold mount is the better option.
    Reply With Quote  
     

  8. #8  
    Senior Member D Fuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Portland, Maine
    Posts
    2,038
    If you buy quality, I think both are very good. But I think gold mount is a more robust design that survives bad manufacturing better than V-mount does, and is less prone to heat-caused distortion that can affect the contacts on V-mounts in high-draw setups (like Red cameras).

    So go with the batteries that are most available where you are (so you can rent when you need to) but buy quality, high-amperage rated batteries, and you should have few regrets.
    David Fuller
    AirStream Pictures
    Auburn & Portland, ME
    www.airstream.pictures
    EPIC-M Dragon #1053
    Reply With Quote  
     

  9. #9  
    Senior Member Brendan H. Banks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    884
    As someone a couple grand in V-mounts deep, I will be swapping over to Gold when my fleet of bricks needs re-celling. They're totally fine and I don't hate as much as other folks seem to, but I just don't see any reason not to go gold mount. Plus you can get a Gold/V sandwich plate and be off to the races. The other way around is far less secure...
    Brendan H. Banks
    DP
    Epic-W Helium #796
    Reply With Quote  
     

  10. #10  
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    33
    The V-lock receiver mechanism on the battery belt clip has a different design and provides a more secure connection to the V-lock mount clip on the battery than the V-lock receiver on any of the RED expander modules. A secure power connection to the battery helps ensure reliable operation of the camera.
    Reply With Quote  
     

Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts