Frequently Asked Questions
The Logger's Lunchbox uses a 14.4v BP-U60 type battery.Last updated:
Our first knee jerk battery choices were the ubiquitous Anton Bauer Gold Mount and/or V-lock style bricks. Further study indicated that although excellent, this may not be the optimal choice for DSLR video at all. We are working on an optional adapter plate for them, but further study showed that these bricks are perfectly suited to cameras with higher power consumption at the cost of economics and weight. Even though the DSLR camera batteries are woefully insufficient for serious video, There turns out to be an "enough" capacity for these cameras that balances weight and cost as well as minimum run time. That appropriate capacity lies in the middle between bricks and the internal DSLR batteries.
After trying all the older chemsitries to see if they had something to offer, we zeroed in on anything resembling an eight 18650 celled battery. It had to be small and lightweight, over 14 volts, have about five times times the capacity of the DSLR camera batteries. And it had to be at least somewhat affordable.
You are probably aware there is no universal standard in this area. JVC, Sony, Canon and others all have their very own ideas, sockets and circuits.
So after weeks of pondering fighting and postulating, we narrowed it down to an eight celled battery you would run into rather often when using video equipment today.Last updated:
No, we don't supply a battery. Sorry dudes :/Last updated:
We have a few reasons for not utilizing an internal battery. One reason is airlines. Most airlines don't like allowing hardware with certain types of batteries on board a plane. Another reason is that it would be easier to replace the battery instead of have to recharge the device while in use.Last updated:
Aside from stainless being awesome, not to mention tough, when we started this project we had access to the tools, knowledge and a talent of a stainless fabricator. Aluminum is by comparison lighter in weight, cheaper in raw material form and incredibly common in similar products. However, it requires the skill of a machinist and the use of different cutting, drilling and welding methods.
We have a small-batch item at this stage in development, and the machine shops we've spoken to so far have large set-up costs and large minimum orders. Once we raise enough funds to further develop our products and explore these kinds of options, it's likely that the Lunchbox will be made out of aluminum. Until then, our first run will be made from rugged and beautiful steel and welded by hand. Not only do you get a tougher device, you get a device that's received the individual attention of a fine craftsman.Last updated:
Yes. Yes we did. Twice.Last updated:
In the studio version, one half eaten sandwich. In the Run-N-Gun, one large sandwich, two less significant sandwiches, or three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a Kit Kat. But we won't repair your lunchbox for you if you try to stuff a sandwich in it. You're on your own.Last updated:
Don't worry. This is totally safe for work. The RF paddle is a rugged rectangle of polyethylene mounted strategically to the right side of the Run and Gun lunchbox. It eliminates the desperate search for a place to velcro on a belt pack type wireless microphone receiver.
This also eliminates the temptation to attach a beltpack receiver to your belt, creating a cable connection between your body and the camera, and all the fantastic fumbling possibilities of that. If you clip the receiver on first with the cable hanging and then plug it in second, it is easy to attach wireless systems with one hand, and without even setting down the camera.
The RF paddle also positions the antennas at the highest point, and more importantly, vertically oriented, keeping them in phase with the transmitter antennas on your subjects. This gives you the best odds of a good signal.Last updated:
Logger's Lunchbox isn't exactly a name anyone is going to easily forget, for one. And it wasn't come to lightly. There was a long list involved, and a rigorous process of elimination. When naming a project that's near and dear, you want to give it the best name possible because once you establish brand identity, it's hard to go back. We threw out a lot of great names, like "Kitten Eviscerator," "Laser Explosion," "Moose Machete" and "Bear Gun" to arrive at Logger's Lunchbox.
The Lunchbox isn't just some cool thing deserving of a cool four-letter name with an "X" in it somewhere that people will easily confuse with some other product spelled with an "X" and a bunch of vowels and written in a cool future font.
The Lunchbox is a utility, and we want every facet of it to be true to the durability and usability of the device. Giving the Lunchbox a reference to an occupation like logging we thought was a great combination of showing the working-man's aspect of it combined with mild comedy.Last updated:
For the Kickstarter, we've developed and tested comatability with:
Canon 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 60D (LP-E6 battery type)
Canon T5i, T4i, T3i and T2i (LP-E8 battery type)
We're working on cable systems for the following cameras but don't anticipate having them ready for this Kickstarter. If you have one of these, please contact us to ask where we are with development to ensure we will be able to support it by time the first run ships.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
RED ScarletLast updated:
When using the Run-N-Gun with a camera that doesn't have a flip out screen, how can I see the LCD display?
We actually figured out first of all how closely the average person's eye can actually focus, which turns out to be about 9" from your face. So we've ensured visual clearance and optimized the rig so that you can quite easily see what you're doing.Last updated:
We're currently developing a counter-balance system by either providing weights or a battery adapter for gold-mount and v-mount batteries such as Anton Bauer Hytron or SWIT. These will plug in through the external power input.Last updated:
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