Logger’s Lunchbox FAQ

Basic questions

What is Logger’s Lunchbox?
What types of cameras does it support?
Will there be support for Sony A7 cameras?
I have a Canon DSLR that isn’t listed, but it uses the same power and audio cables as other verified compatible cameras. Will it work?
What’s in the box?
What else do I need to deck out my Lunchbox system?
Can I use my existing DSLR accessories with the system?
Can the RNG be used on a tripod?
Do I have to have Magic Lantern installed on my Canon DSLR to use it with the system?
Why’s it called the Logger’s Lunchbox?

Power Questions

What kinds of batteries can be used with the Lunchbox?
Does it come with batteries?

 

Audio questions

I heard that the preamp in Canon DSLRs wasn’t very good. So why use it to record audio?
What about the other camera types ?
Can the Lunchbox record audio?
Can you output audio to an external recording device for backup?
Do I have to have Magic Lantern installed on my Canon DSLR to use the headphone monitoring function?


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Q: What is Logger’s Lunchbox?

A: The Logger’s Lunchbox is a single device for DSLRs and other small digital cinema cameras that combines power and audio solutions with ENG ergonomics.

Q: What types of cameras does it support?

A: Right now, the Logger’s Lunchbox supports Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras, several Canon DSLRs including the 5DMkIII, 5DMkII, Rebl T2i and Panasonic DSLRs including the GH4 and GH2. These are the first cameras we’ve tested and we plan to expand out compatible camera list in the very near future.

Q: Will there be support for THE SONY A7?

A: Yep! We have a little testing left to do, but we plan on adding it to our store very soon.

Q: I have a Canon DSLR that isn’t listed, but it uses the same power and audio cables as other verified compatible cameras. Will it work?

A: The short answer is probably. The long answer is that we’re still getting around to testing different Canon DSLRs with our system and aren’t adding them to our list of compatible cameras until we can verify on our end that everything works. Every Canon DSLR is slightly different in how it behaves so we expect to have some kinks to iron out as we go.

Q: What’s in the box?

A: The RNG comes with the following:

 

  • 1x RNG uit
  • Complete cable set for one camera
  • RNG units will include a side grip handle, 15mm rail block and a shotgun mic holder
  • 1/4″ – 1/8″ headphone plug adapter

 

Q: What else do I need to deck out my Lunchbox system?

A: Other accessories you’ll find useful that aren’t included but are available for purchase from other retailers are:

 

  • BP-U60 batteries and charger
  • 2x 6″ 15mm rods for matte box
  • Articulating magic arm for external monitor
  • An EVF or external monitor for optimal workflow

 

Q: Can I use my existing DSLR accessories with the system?

A: Sure! We haven’t provided specific mounting options such as rosettes for side handles, but with a little ingenuity, you can use just about anything with it.

Q: Can the RNG be used on a tripod?

A: Of course! In fact, we’ve even added an option for mounting it to an VCT-14 quick release plate.

Q: What kinds of batteries can be used with the RNG?

A: RNG units come with a BP-U60 battery mount on the device body. It also comes with industry-standard 4pin XLR external power jacks, which you can use to plug in any external power source between 14v-32v. It also has an available external battery attachment that can utilize V mount or gold mount batteries.

Q: Does it come with batteries?

A: Due to some shipping complications and regulations, we won’t be dealing in sale or shipment of BP-U60 batteries at this time. We hope to change that down the road.

Q: I heard that the preamp in Canon DSLRs wasn’t very good. So why use it to record audio?

A: In our testing, the results are really great quality with more Canon DSLRs! We do offer two mic level outputs so that you can record to an external device as well, but our goal was to provide to direct-to-camera audio workflow for documentary shooters and workflows where post audio syncing is a burden.

Q: What about the other camera types?

A: As we’re testing cameras, we’re paying close attention to how to set them up with our system for the best possible recording quality. While some definitely perform better than others, the results across the board are quite nice!

Q: Can the Lunchbox record audio?

A: Nope. But it’s in consideration for future products.

Q: Can you output audio to an external recording device for backup?

A: You can! In fact, both S and RNG models have two XLR mic level outputs so you can plug right into a device’s mic inputs without the need for pad cables.

Q: Do I have to have Magic Lantern installed on my Canon DSLR to use it with the system?

A: Not necessarily, but we strongly encourage it. On some of the camera models, headphone monitoring will not work correctly without the hack. Please refer to your camera documentation and Magic Lantern to determine if your a hack is available for your camera, and proceed carefully. We can’t take responsibility for cameras that get damaged during hack installation if performed incorrectly, but Magic Lantern has a great support community ready to answer your questions and help you along.

Q: Do I have to have Magic Lantern installed on my Canon DSLR to use the headphone monitoring function?

A: The RNG has an option for you to monitor either the audio from the camera or before it is output from the unit to the camera. That way you can be doubly sure the audio is good in case your camera doesn’t offer an audio output option.

Q: Why’s it called the Logger’s Lunchbox?

A: 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.