July 21, 2011

Gold Mount power for F3 + AF101

Anton/Bauer has introduced new battery packs for the Arri Alexa, Sony PMW-F3, Panasonic AG-AF100/AF101 and DSLRs.

The new additions to its Gold Mount system will include the QR-HotSwap-AR for Arri's Alexa digital camera system, the QR-Locaster for the Arri Locaster light, the QRC-Dual-PT for the Sony PMW-F3 camera, the QR-C80P for the Panasonic AG-HMC80 professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder, and the QRC-VBG for the Panasonic AF100/AF101 series HD camera.

Also new is the QR-DSLR for Canon's EOS 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D digital SLR cameras, which will run monitors, lights, transmitters and other accessories not possible with a standard OEM battery. It uses the Logic Series batteries and can mount to most third-party support rigs, such as Redrock Micro, Zacuto, Genus and Cinevate. It can also be configured in a pouch pack for handheld production.

“The key to our success and foundation of all of our technology begins with the Gold Mount System,” said Shin Minowa, VP of marketing and business development. He called the Gold Mount "the most secure mounting system available for professionals. The last thing Anton/Bauer Gold Mount users will have to worry about is a power failure because of a bad battery connection when shooting on location.”

The Gold Mount, which is claimed to be the industry's most widely used battery mount, is forward compatible to allow for new cell chemistries as they develop, allowing today's battery to perform seamlessly on a charger purchased ten years ago, with only a simple firmware upgrade. Central to the Gold Mount’s performance are three solid mechanical connections that lock into place, providing secure contact, with self-cleaning gold-plated pins rated for high current. It includes an InterActive Viewfinder Fuel Gauge communicating directly with the camera’s viewfinder.

By David Fox

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