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  1. #1 Is the Side Handle worth it? 
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    I'm trying to decide whether or not to get the side handle before the March 1st deadline. Every epic package I've used hasn't had one (due to backorders) and I haven't missed it. What do you guys thinks?

    Also - would 2 redvolts be enough to cover an entire day of battery swaps? (only using the redvolt during the 1 min between switch Vlocks or blocks)

    Thanks.

    * I don't plan on shooting any stills or doing any autofocus work. I will already have the touch screen and redmote to control the camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Lalonde View Post
    I'm trying to decide whether or not to get the side handle before the March 1st deadline. Every epic package I've used hasn't had one (due to backorders) and I haven't missed it. What do you guys thinks?

    Also - would 2 redvolts be enough to cover an entire day of battery swaps? (only using the redvolt during the 1 min between switch Vlocks or blocks)

    Thanks.


    * I don't plan on shooting any stills or doing any autofocus work. I will already have the touch screen and redmote to control the camera.
    Yes it's worth it but no, I have 8 volts and two travel chargers... You only get about 30 mins... Max per battery and they take over an hour to charge. Maybe you would be ok with a 4 pack. A big maybe...

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    The biggest benefit of Side Handle for me is that it allows to do a battery hot swap
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    Definitely get the SideHandle. If you aren't getting additional V-Lock battery systems, I'd suggest you to get at least 12 REDvolts, preferably 16 for a full day of shooting if you are unable to have an AC swapping out your batteries.

    The small size of run-n-gun with just the SideHandle/REDvolt feels like a completely different camera than what you get when adding a few additional pounds of brick power and the mount.

    Here, I worked on a 5 week feature (4 weeks in Spain, 1 week in CA) which we used 100% REDvolts. We used 12 REDvolts and 3 Travel Chargers. The key to its success was having a great 2nd AC "Montel" , and Tony Augustinack our DIT who were able to together maintain the charges throughout the day. In the end, it saved us time and made it easier to have a smaller rig to move around during the many "run-n-gun" situations.



    With this much being said, you will eventually want to have both power options on certain gigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Lalonde View Post
    I'm trying to decide whether or not to get the side handle before the March 1st deadline. Every epic package I've used hasn't had one (due to backorders) and I haven't missed it. What do you guys thinks?

    Also - would 2 redvolts be enough to cover an entire day of battery swaps? (only using the redvolt during the 1 min between switch Vlocks or blocks)

    Thanks.

    * I don't plan on shooting any stills or doing any autofocus work. I will already have the touch screen and redmote to control the camera.
    Everyone uses the cameras differently...

    Me personally.. I work 2x quicker with the side handle than without it. I have my thump on the toggle and change things very quickly without taking my eye out of the BOMB...

    You need at least 8 RED VOLT batteries to get you through a normal shoot day (we take 12)... 6 if you are literally charging them moment they go flat.
    Buy your self 4 travel chargers, wire them in a one plug, You have just made your self a cheap QUAD charger. Its saved our arse so many times.

    But like I said, Everyone sets there cameras up differently... I like simple, fast and easy mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Toia View Post
    For what it's worth, I like multimedia posts... :)
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    Whats that mean Joseph... Educate me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Toia View Post
    Whats that mean Joseph... Educate me.
    Posts with pictures of people actually getting stuff done. It's not all talk. You're doing a swell job of it!
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    cheers :)
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    OT, but, Mark, which top handle are you using? Do you like it?
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