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    IQ180 firewire connection - how sturdy?

    Hi all -

    I was just wondering whether I need to take any precautions regarding the firewire connection on my IQ180.

    I'm mainly shooting tethered in portrait these days, and am slightly concerned about the way the cable comes out of the back.

    Is there any concern over torque on the circuit board connection? There's quite a bit of play in the connection, and of course because of the weight of the cable, it's always pulling down a bit.

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    Gerald.

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    Re: IQ180 firewire connection - how sturdy?

    Check out tethertools.com - I like their jerk/stress reduction links for the laptop and digital back. On the IQ with FireWire the worst case is probably that you'll pull the connector straight out but the tethertools linkages will give you some 'give'.

    Personally I'm more concerned by the usb on the side vs straight pull on the FireWire connector out the back of the back.
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    Re: IQ180 firewire connection - how sturdy?

    Gerald, I used the FW connection routinely prior to USB3 being available and never had any issues. I would secure the cable to one of the tripod legs with a velcro strap to maintain some slack between the cable and back. I do the same with USB.

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    Re: IQ180 firewire connection - how sturdy?

    Thanks guys - to clarify (sorry if I described things confusingly)...

    I'm not concerned about the cable physically disconnecting from the back - that's never happened.

    My concern is that the weight of the cable pulls down on the connector slightly (which has a bit of play in it), and so may be exerting a torsional force on the circuit board that its attached to.

    Kind regards,


    Gerald.

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    Re: IQ180 firewire connection - how sturdy?

    We sell a full line of TetherTools adapters, including the Jerkstop: https://www.digitalback.com/product/...s-jerkstopper/

    It will effectively transfer the weight from the port itself to the jerkstop, meaning you're stressing the stopper instead of the connection with the weight of the cable.
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