Diesel-Powered Location Work
Well, regular-gas-powered location work anyway, but what kind of headline is that? I recently chucked our old battery packs in favor of a smooth-running Honda and life on location has never been better! I’ve enjoyed the added power, unlimited strobe pops, and even modeling lights (a rare luxury away from AC power).
The current generation of Honda inverter generators, including this “EU 2000i,” are smooth and quiet and put out power fit for delicate photo gear. It’s a little like having a 4-stroke lawnmower in the background, revving up with each frame, but well worth it. We found that with long enough extension cords, it’s easy to forget we’re not plugged into a regular outlet.
The set pictured here is powered by a 1200 w/s Speedotron pack, though the Honda seems content to run our usual 2000 w/s set up (with modeling lights, yay!)
It’s an awesome difference over our old battery packs and well worth the added transport weight….
So: Say “No” to lithium on the set, “Yes” to Gasoline!
Thanks, Jamie, for a snazzy “Behind-the-Scenes” shot of the new machine in action.
Also, to be fair, were it not for a very good deal and my slight bias for red equipment, we would be running a Yamaha. They’ve got a pretty killer lineup of photo-appropriate machines, but in blue.