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    So I'm in the queue for the Dragon to Gemini upgrade (which is awesome btw) and am trying to figure out the best kit to purchase to complete it. The mission will be shooting in remote locations where size and weight are of primary importance. Function over fashion is the driving force here - you won't see this on a vanity "look at my stuff" IG post. Also there will be extensive air travel so the batteries need to be travel safe, reliable and the charger compact and global. Would like the monitor to be bright, cordless and very reliable. Will be using PL and Nikon (Otus) mounts for the most part. Pro audio input is also needed. Follow focus a secondary need. A multi purpose handle for quick shots like the GDU Cowboy is needed as well. How would you kit this out? Would like to stick with RED products as much as it makes sense but currently have a mix of brands to suit a variety of applications.

    Kit budget (less brain but including memory) is $20K
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    Zeb, Congrats! So after shooting with the Gemini since the 6 originals were released and putting it in pretty much every condition and lighting scenario possible, here's what I'd recommend and what I use.

    1TB Mini-Mag - $3,000
    RED Pro 5.0 - $1,500
    DSMC2 Side Handle - $1,000
    Wooden Camera POGO to Lemo Display Cable - $210
    Wooden Camera Zip Focus (AMAZING) - $500
    Tilta Matte Box MB-T12 - $700
    Tiffen Rota ND Kit - $1,200
    Tilta Camera Cage C1 - $1,500
    RED V-Mount I/O Module - $1,900
    6x Core SWX Nano V-Mounts (TSA Approved to go with you on the plane) - $1,380

    Total - Roughly $12,880

    I can't speak to the pro audio since I haven't really run my set-up that way, but I know there are some pretty slick modules out there. Also, if you have the budget, I cannot cannot CANNOT say enough good things about the RED DSMC2 EVF. It's pricey, yes, but nailing focus is a complete breeze and my eye never got tired. If you get it, be sure to put gaff around the eye cup where it connects to the EVF because I've had it come off twice.
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    If you want a bright wireless monitor, the SmallHD 703 ultrabright will burn your retinas. Its offensively bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Meyer View Post
    If you want a bright wireless monitor, the SmallHD 703 ultrabright will burn your retinas. Its offensively bright.
    Ive been called offensively bright myself so it might be a good fit ;-)

    Gonna need the Side SSD and Reader. Im still rocking the 1.8 Klassics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb B View Post
    I’ve been called offensively bright myself so it might be a good fit ;-)

    Gonna need the Side SSD and Reader. I’m still rocking the 1.8” Klassics
    Believe the side ssd will come along with the upgrade. They have been standard on all other DSMC2 bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Meyer View Post
    Believe the side ssd will come along with the upgrade. They have been standard on all other DSMC2 bodies.
    Makes sense
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    I would recommend PAGlink batteries. You can stack them for charging. Only need one small dual charger. Makes for compact travel solution.

    TVlogic has never failed on me. Very solid and color accurate monitors.

    Be mindful what ND filters you buy. Stay away from older IR filters. They make for green images. Phil Holland has a post with filter recommendations. Take a look there!

    For audio, do you need in-camera audio? Like an OMOD-XLR module?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi Arnold View Post
    Zeb, Congrats! So after shooting with the Gemini since the 6 originals were released and putting it in pretty much every condition and lighting scenario possible, here's what I'd recommend and what I use.

    1TB Mini-Mag - $3,000
    RED Pro 5.0 - $1,500
    DSMC2 Side Handle - $1,000
    Wooden Camera POGO to Lemo Display Cable - $210
    Wooden Camera Zip Focus (AMAZING) - $500
    Tilta Matte Box MB-T12 - $700
    Tiffen Rota ND Kit - $1,200
    Tilta Camera Cage C1 - $1,500
    RED V-Mount I/O Module - $1,900
    6x Core SWX Nano V-Mounts (TSA Approved to go with you on the plane) - $1,380

    Total - Roughly $12,880

    I can't speak to the pro audio since I haven't really run my set-up that way, but I know there are some pretty slick modules out there. Also, if you have the budget, I cannot cannot CANNOT say enough good things about the RED DSMC2 EVF. It's pricey, yes, but nailing focus is a complete breeze and my eye never got tired. If you get it, be sure to put gaff around the eye cup where it connects to the EVF because I've had it come off twice.
    Thx Levi! So why the 1TB and not 2x 480GB? It the 5” monitor the Dragon era one? What’s the love rating for the current RED touch screens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximilian Schmige View Post
    I would recommend PAGlink batteries. You can stack them for charging. Only need one small dual charger. Makes for compact travel solution.

    TVlogic has never failed on me. Very solid and color accurate monitors.

    Be mindful what ND filters you buy. Stay away from older IR filters. They make for green images. Phil Holland has a post with filter recommendations. Take a look there!

    For audio, do you need in-camera audio? Like an OMOD-XLR module?
    Good tip on the batteries. Love the RED V-locks but the charger is a bit big and they don’t travel well.

    Is there a 95mm Variable ND out there that is worth a shit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb B View Post
    Is there a 95mm Variable ND out there that is worth a shit?
    Hey Zeb!

    simply put...no...(imho)

    try with B+W or Heliopan or Kenko, these are the best ones (the ones which degrade the image less than others...)
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