Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

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Pete Tomkies

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Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostThu Jan 10, 2019 3:01 pm

I am still waiting for my Pocket 4K but am looking for a good V-mount solution to power the camera by D-tap but also with a USB power out to run a Blackmagic micro-converter to pipe the HDMI out into my SDI-in EVF.

I'd like the lowest price with the best run time. Any recommendations gratefully accepted!

And ideally compatibility with the Ursa Mini Pro so I can futureproof my investment (for the dream upgrade).

Thanks!
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Re: Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostThu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm

Pete, be careful looking for the lowest price. Much safer to go with a reasonably well known manufacturer and use the latest generation of lithium ion cells that keep the weight low. There are many very good reputable choices.

I use Cinegears and have no problems using the battery for almost three years. You probably can’t go wrong as long as you don’t chase the lowest price.


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Re: Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostThu Jan 10, 2019 5:43 pm

No such thing as a budget V mount.

One thing you can do is get an adapter plate that accepts 2 Sony NPF batteries and has a Dtap output on it. It's not going to have the same runtime as a big Vmount, but it will be more compact and you can find high quality 3rd party NPF batteries on Amazon that *do* work well.
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Re: Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostThu Jan 10, 2019 11:36 pm

Thanks to both of you for your help :-)
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Re: Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostFri Jan 11, 2019 4:55 pm

dsorbera wrote:No such thing as a budget V mount.


That's just not true. I have a plate/battery combo with a plethora of connections (2 d-tap, 2 usb, 1 12v, 1 7v), a massive amount of power and a charger for $260 US.

https://www.amazon.com/ideas/amzn1.acco ... 0TTAGVFD29

I'm done futzing with hacks like NP-whatevers. I've tried that for years. I'm about to throw away way more than $300 worth of random battery crap I've accumulated. I advise anyone starting clean to spend just a little bit more and go with a solution that will power anything and be in your kit far longer than any one camera.
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Re: Best budget V mount for Pocket 4K suggestions

PostFri Jan 11, 2019 6:10 pm

Also, all other thigns being equal, AB-mount is superior to V-mount. The only difference is the locking mechanism, which is more reliable in AB-mount.

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