hey all! So i've got the standard kit antennae, but have been seeing a few lower profile ones that might be nice for certain things.
there's the arri style that is a bit shorter - arri style cforce antenna
but just recently i've seen this fella posting on IG with these attractive little shorties, and I recgonize the look of them but can't place where they come from! anyone else using different style antenna? what're your experiences with them? do these smaller guys have any negative effects with range, etc?
I also use the Arri Outdoor Antenna on the monitor, and on the handunit I use the cmotion mini antenna, because with it the handunit is rugged enough to be put into the case without removing the antenna.
I was told by Clemens that I will lose about 20% of the range with the mini antenna (if I remember that right - maybe Clemens will correct me here?), so I carried the longer standard antennas to set as well, just in case, but I never had any range problems at all with my cPro.
I too am using the mini antenna, and have been having great results. It is much more compact and out of the way. I keep the longer antennas in the kit just in case I end up in a long range situation, but it hasn't been a problem yet. My buddy just used my Cpro on a car job, and said they had zero dropouts while using the short antenna.
So just as an intro: The cPRO is only certified with the standard antenna, which comes with the system.
That being said, any antenna, within the same frequency 2.4 GHz and SMR-reverse connector would work. You can get loads of antennas on Alibaba. However, please note, that you will lose around 1/3 to 1/2 of range with those antennas. If you wanna go bigger, please note, that in most countries the maximum legal output is 2db.
What I would recommend if you are searching for optimization: On the motor side, you can have the ARRI outdoor antenna, and on the hand unit, you can use NiteIze gear tie and wrap it around the antenna and the cPRO monitor mount. This makes the whole unit super robust and compact.
Finally, I think Aidan Gray is preparing a write up about RF and antennas and we will also do some posts about that soon.