Wooden Camera – New 26V batteries, LPL Mounts, Pocket 6K & Alexa Mini LF Accessories

September 13th, 2019 Jump to Comment Section
Wooden Camera - New 26V batteries, LPL Mounts, Pocket 6K & Alexa Mini LF Accessories

Wooden Camera has announced a host of new products in time for IBC. Alexa Mini LF and Blackmagic Pocket 6K accessories, Fujifilm/RED Ranger/ ARRI LPL Lens Mounts and a new 26V battery system for ARRI ALEXA LF, 65 and SXT.

Dionic Series 26V

The 26V battery system is the most significant announcement of the lot.

Teaming up with Anton Bauer (who are also part of the Vitec Group) Wooden Camera has announced the Dionic 26V Series.

The Dionic 26V Series is a full battery ecosystem- two Gold Mount camera battery plates, Flush and Sharkfin (single and double battery mounts respectively) 98Wh and 240Wh 26V batteries, a simultaneous dual voltage quad charger and a quad discharger.

The 26V system is designed for use with power hungry cameras like the ARRI ALEXA LF, SXT and 65. Offering 12A output for multiple high-powered accessories.

“More efficient and effective than dual voltage batteries, DIONIC 26V batteries feature a design dedicated to one voltage to deliver a longer battery lifetime and less heat for a stronger battery.”

The Batteries

There are two new batteries – the Dionic 26V 98Wh and the Dionic 26V 240Wh.

Naturally, with any premium battery line there is over-discharge, over-voltage, short circuit and thermal protection.

The batteries feature Gold Mount Plus that Anton Bauer bill the “Most Secure Battery Mount”.

Like other Dionic series these feature an LCD screen with run time down to the minute.

Anton Bauer state the below discharge times:

As these are coming directly from the battery manufacturer, expect these figures to be best case.

Battery Plates

The battery plates are where Wooden Camera comes in – the 26V Gold Mount Plus (single battery) and the 26V Gold Mount Plus Sharkfin Battery Bracket (dual battery), with all subsequent features applying to both mounts.

There is a screen on the side for voltage information, as well as 15V p-taps on the top and on the dumbside of the plate.

There is a prioritized 2-pin DC input on the same side that will allow hot-swapping of batteries when a DC source is connected (either block battery or compatible AC adaptor).

Chargers

The 26V Gold Mount Plus charger is a dual voltage charger.

It will receive up to four 14.4V Gold Mount or 26V Gold Mount Plus batteries.

Most importantly, it is simultaneous and the smart technology allows for the new 26V batteries to charge quicker than 14.4V versions; a 98Wh 26V will charge as quick as 1.5hours.

The quad discharger is great for travel; it will discharge 4 batteries to less than 30% to meet IATA travel regulations.

Mini Touch and Go System

Wooden Camera has announced a few other products for IBC.

The Mini Touch and Go System is a follow up to their quick release announcement last year.

The Mini version is an 80mm quick release plate compatible with Sachtler 16, Ronford Baker Mini-RBQ and 80mm Oconnor Euro.

It is a very simple go between adaptor allowing a quick snap on, snap off action to your tripod plate.

ARRI LPL Mount for RED Ranger Camera

Right inline with the new RED Ranger announcement comes a new mount from Wooden Camera allowing use of ARRI LPL mount lenses on the RED Ranger cameras.

The mount allows full frame lenses like the ARRI Signature Series to work with the original RED Ranger Monstro, but naturally will work with the new super35mm Ranger cameras also.

There is an external LDS- port that is not currently in use:

“Once external LDS-2 metadata workflows are created, this port can be connected to a metadata recorder.”

Fujifilm G Mount (GFX) to ARRI LPL Mount Adapter

Sticking with ARRI LPL, this Wooden Camera lens Mount allows ARRI Signature Primes to be used with Fujifilm G Mount (GFX) Cameras.

It comes with a ¼ 20” thread on the bottom for lens support – essential when considering how small the camera body will be in comparison to the adapting lens.

It is calibrated from factory, but is shimmable in the field should adjustment be necessary.

“The adapter is shimmable by loosening six socket cap screws around the collar area, separating the two sections, and adding color coded shims of various thickness.

Back focus should be checked using collimation tools or a wide lens focused to infinity.”

ARRI Alexa Mini LF and Blackmagic Pocket 6K Accessories Start Shipping

Last from Wooden Camera is shipping of Alexa Mini LF accessory kits as well as accessories for the Blackmagic Pocket 6K.

Like all Wooden Camera camera-specific accessory kits, the new lines are available in Base, Advance and Pro configurations.

Alexa Mini LF Accessories

The Wooden Camera Alexa Mini LF system is built around a cage design. Nato rails on the top and both sides allow use of quick-release accessories – the top handle can swivel and slide and the sides feature rosette attachments.

All faces have an array of 1/4 20” and 3/8” holes.

The battery plate in Base configuration is attached to the top plate, this is nice as it keeps the setup small, this can swivel and slide to allow better balancing and rear access.

The baseplate separates in two – the first plate is an Arca Swiss compatible (great for compact solutions), the lower plate houses 2 15mm LW rods has an ARRI Dovetail receiver.

The Advanced model adds a 12” dovetail plate, longer 15” 15mm rods and moves the battery to said lower rods for fine-tuning balance.

The Pro model add a viewfinder mount on the top, and Bridge plate on the bottom in either 19mm or 15mm studio configuration.

The baseplate is certainly the USP of the Wooden Camera system – the 3-stage Arca Swiss/ARRI Dovetail/ARRI Dovetail Bridge Plate design is really nice in bulking up & slimming down your rig quickly.

It’s a shame the bridge plate is not snap on/off.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K/6K Accessory Kits

The Blackmagic Pocket 6K (and 4K) accessory kits are built around a half cage configuration.

Wooden Camera has chosen 15mm rod as the main protocol on this lightweight camera platform.

A 15mm rod stem connects the top and bottom plates, as well as attaching the swivel-able top (wood or rubber) handle.

The baseplate is Manfrotto tripod plate compatible, as well as having a 15mm LW rod attachment with ARRI dovetail receiver.

The 15mm rod side stem offers mounting points for their port protectors for both HDMI and USB (for SSD recording).

The Advanced kit adds a Noga arm style monitor mount and ARRI Dovetail.

The Pro version adds a 15mm Rod mounted battery plate for use with battery mounts like V lock or Gold Mount, as well a DSLR A-box for dual XLR inputs.

That’s a ton of info that you probably stopped reading half way through! Pricing in links below for all related items.

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