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Hi Dru 🙂
You do indeed have yourself in quite a quandry it would seem. Ultimately, if you want to do the job right, you’re going to have to spend money, in one place or another. I know very little about consumer grade cameras (especially models like yours, which is sold only in the UK), but the bottom line is that the power you’ll get and the ease of using that power will be directly proportional to the money you’re going to spend. I found a battery for your camera for US$50 that would probably get you 6-7 hours. That means for what you’re doing, you probably would need to spend what you said.
You can save money by buying a power inverter from most department stores and connecting that directly to a car battery (you’ll have to buy either clips or brackets to bolt the cables from the inverter onto the battery posts). You could pull the battery directly out of your car, so your only cost will be the inverter and clamps, maybe US$30, and because a car battery is enormous, you’d probably be able to run your camera for 24 hours or more without running the battery dry. Of course, then you have two problems: 1-You have to lug a 50 pound battery around everywhere you go, and 2-If you use up too much power, the battery won’t start your car and you’ll need to jump it or pop the clutch. But it’s cheaper, for sure. Plus, you’ll lose all your stereo presets and the clock will reset, and I hate resetting those 🙂
Ultimately, my opinion would be to weigh the cost, and pick a path to follow. You might just have to go to the band and tell them your old quote won’t work, and you need to give them a new quote. If your prices are the best, you’re a good and reputable videographer/person, and they really want this done, they’ll have to pay you. Otherwise, they’re the losers in the deal, not you. They have the chance to document this once-in-a-lifetime trip on video. If you lose their deal, so what? There will always be others.
True story: We had a couple who wanted us to film their September wedding. We gave them a price, which was actually lower than our current sale price. I knew the couple, so I made them a great offer. Anyway, they still thought our price was too high, and even though they said my demo was the best one so far, they wanted to pay less for the ceremony. Of course, I was already offering the package to them for less than $600, when the going rate in this are is between $750 and $1,000 for a basic package. Naturally, I told them that was the best price I could offer tham and have it still be worth my while, and they went to look at others. Not a week later, another couple booked that date, taking one of our $1600 packages.
What’s my point? If I had stooped down and taken the low offer the first couple gave me, I would have missed out on a much better deal later on. If this band doesn’t want to pay you what you need to make this project, or at least compensate you fairly (i.e. pay for part of the cost so you’re not footing the bill all on your own), then let them go. YOu might lose the offer altogether, but if you make a clean, frinedly break, they might even come back, willing to pay you what you’re worth.
It’s just a thought.