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     Nick Higgins updated 13 years ago 3 Members · 8 Posts
  • Nick Higgins

    February 16, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I am headed to Japan for a shoot next week and noticed the unusual electric combination of 50Hz and 110 Volts as opposed to the usual 220v when you are in a 50Hz country.

    I wondered if anyone can confirm that an Anton Bauer battery charger that says 50-60Hz and 110-240V will work with any combination of frequency and voltage as opposed to the more common 60Hz 110V and 50Hz 220V??? Sounds like it will but wanted to be prudent and ask b4 I plug it all in.

    And if anyone went in there with an ENG package w/o a carnet it would be nice to hear about that too.

  • Robin Probyn

    February 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Nick

    Its even more weird,the east part of Japan is 50hz,but the west is 60hz.So Tokyo is 50hz but Osaka and Kyoto are 60hz.So you have to watch for flicker from flories if you are changing cities for example.But tv screens are all NTSC,even in the 50hz area,s.

    Also Japan is 100V(dont bother bringing 2k,s !), but your 110V bulbs will be fine.Never heard of anyones chargers blowing up,mine has been fine will al sorts of voltages around the world,as they should be.

    You can get away with a proper printed out gear list,but you may have more trouble getting your gear back to the US,than getting into Japan,without a carnet.

  • Ernie Santella

    February 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve been all over Japan and nothing to worry about. My AB chargers worked fine as did my HMI ballast on 100v. Shoot away!

  • Nick Higgins

    February 27, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Glad to report it all worked out well- thanks for the advice.

    What a seriously great place to shoot (and eat!). My new top tip top shooting covertly in the street is to keep the black portabrace rain cover on the entire time cause that way from a load of angles it doesn’t look so obviously like a camera, worked a treat.

  • Robin Probyn

    February 27, 2008 at 7:38 am

    what were you shooting,if you can say?

  • Nick Higgins

    February 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    The main event was a 5000 person chorus singing along to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (in the massive national Sumo Wrestling arena) for the finale of a feature documentary called FOLLOWING THE NINTH.

    The rest of the time was spent running around town covertly shooting contemporary Tokyo on the fly for visuals to use with the concert. The tuna auction at 5am was an early start but a true pleasure to shoot. This is where I noticed that having the camera wrapped up in its rain cover meant people hardly took notice.

  • Robin Probyn

    February 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Sounds good,glad you werent doing sound! alot of mics 🙂

  • Nick Higgins

    February 29, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Thats for sure- we were fortunate to be handed a DAT tape at the end by the sound recordist. The fun will be synching the 4 cameras and cutting something that makes sense, fortunately not my job. We shot with 1 HDX900 and 3 HVX200’s. As expected the P2’s were a bit of a pain cause we rolled non stop and at the end the P2 store couldn’t download the massive files.

    For any Beethoven fans out there here’s a 30 second spot for the film that I shot on the HDX900 in Tokyo last week

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