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  • Cheap/affordable option to power zacuto evf from tilta vmount plate

    So i received my tilta vmount plate today and i thought the canon battery cable that came with it would be able to power my zacuto evf. However it does not fit on it for whatever reason. (it powers my 7d just fine though.) Is there a cheap/affordable option like a ep-L6 to 12v connector or a cheap d tap to canon ep-L6 connector (that actually works with zacuto's evf). Zacuto's own costs $170 then i'd have to get the d tap splitter which is another $65. I would need the splitter because the only d tap connection on the plate is powering the camera. Ideally id just want to power it from the either the12v connection or the 8v connection on the plate. Anything out there like this?
    Darren Scott
    Freelance Director/Director of Photography


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  • #2
    Does it have any other power in point besides the Ep-L6 plate?

    BTW, isn't that Titla V mount plate great!?

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    • #3
      It doesn't have any other power input. I had have same problem with 3 adapter. First one that came with my Dynacore AB plate from Globalmediapro hade the cable coming out in the bottom, so I could attach it to the Zacuto without destroying the thing and cut the plastic. It had a crack anyway, but it totally fell apart and I cant have the circuits open like that.

      I've have since ordered other couplers from ebay that had the cable come out correctly to mount it, but it was impossible to mount them anyway on the Zacuto. And that pisses me off since all my LP-E6 batteries of different brands fits and work without issues. The coupler even fit the battery chargers!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by vicharris View Post
        Does it have any other power in point besides the Ep-L6 plate?

        BTW, isn't that Titla V mount plate great!?





        Lies... I just remembered it can be powered via its usb port. But what cable goes from usb to one of the connections on the tilta plate? Google time.
        Darren Scott
        Freelance Director/Director of Photography


        https://vimeo.com/jambredzvisions/videos

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jambredz View Post
          Lies... I just remembered it can be powered via its usb port. But what cable goes from usb to one of the connections on the tilta plate? Google time.
          It can? I don't remember it mention when reading the manual... But if that works, great. Now we just need a cable. But anyway, the Zacuto lasts half a day on one battery. I got two batteries, so I'm good if I can't get it to work with my plate.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hampus Lager View Post
            It can? I don't remember it mention when reading the manual... But if that works, great. Now we just need a cable. But anyway, the Zacuto lasts half a day on one battery. I got two batteries, so I'm good if I can't get it to work with my plate.
            Its not in the manual that i can remember however a couple users here were powering their zacuto evf via usb if im not mistaken. I will go search the forums... But i know it was in the discussion about one of those cheap sdi to hdmi converters.

            I wonder if this will work http://www.ebay.com/itm/200692359313

            Im a total idiot when it comes to these power things... So anyone that knows pls enlighten my darkness if this cable will work from the 5v connection on the tilta plate.
            Darren Scott
            Freelance Director/Director of Photography


            https://vimeo.com/jambredzvisions/videos

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            • #7
              I don't see why not, just make sure the inner/out diameter of the dc connector is the right size. the cables that came with my plate have labels so I know my size. Will try this tomorrow.

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              • #8
                Ok, tested to power the Zacuto via USB with my computer. Didn't work.

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                • #9
                  Damn coukd have sworn they were powering it from USB. Hmm...

                  Oh off topic question for any tilta plate users. What's the point of the switch on top? I mean i thought it was an on/off swtich however if i place the battery on the plate with camera plugged in the camera shows its being charged whether the switch is on or off. I still switch it on but not sure why. Is that normal behaviour?
                  Darren Scott
                  Freelance Director/Director of Photography


                  https://vimeo.com/jambredzvisions/videos

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jambredz View Post
                    Damn coukd have sworn they were powering it from USB. Hmm...

                    Oh off topic question for any tilta plate users. What's the point of the switch on top? I mean i thought it was an on/off swtich however if i place the battery on the plate with camera plugged in the camera shows its being charged whether the switch is on or off. I still switch it on but not sure why. Is that normal behaviour?
                    the switch will activate the dc-dc regulator. as long as you only use the plate for charging your camera (with what ever voltage is coming from the battery) you dont need to switch it on. you only need it if you need 5V / 8V / or 12V regulated. if you dont need keep it off since it draws energy from your battery.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MIDDLEEASTMAMBO View Post
                      the switch will activate the dc-dc regulator. as long as you only use the plate for charging your camera (with what ever voltage is coming from the battery) you dont need to switch it on. you only need it if you need 5V / 8V / or 12V regulated. if you dont need keep it off since it draws energy from your battery.
                      Ooh... Ok. Thank you for that explanation Mambo.
                      Darren Scott
                      Freelance Director/Director of Photography


                      https://vimeo.com/jambredzvisions/videos

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                      • #12
                        Darren,

                        Man.... Mine arrives today. I just assumed it'd power the EVF too. after reading this thread, I googled alternatives to the $170 Zacuto D-Tap. The only thing I've found so far has been the Hawk-Woods LR-12, but at 91.20 + shipping, it's really not really cheaper: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hawk-woods...item3386c3c06e

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                        • #13
                          yeh I'd much rather continue using my canon batteries than pay that kind of cheddar. At least the plate will be powering the camera+splitter and sometimes an additional monitor.
                          Darren Scott
                          Freelance Director/Director of Photography


                          https://vimeo.com/jambredzvisions/videos

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                          • #14
                            Slightly exciting update....

                            I can engage the adapter to where it makes a connection and POWERS the unit. If you put an actual battery up to the adapter, you can see where the grooves / channels do not quite align. I may try to do some minor mods to get it to stay.

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                            • #15
                              http://www.cinegearpro.com/canon-lp-...ii-7d-60d.html

                              This one looks to be with a female plug, but they had the male plug as a kit with the Tilta plate before.
                              Just e-mail them and ask them to supply you with the right one.

                              There are also plenty of 5D dc couplers on ebay for less than $10, I'm not sure about the size of the dc plug, but you can always swap it yourself or buy a cheap adapter plug.
                              Haavard Helle

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