NEW TOOLS FOR IMAGE MAKERS

Date: 26/08/2010
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Tiffen International is presenting the latest innovations for its extensive range of camera support and accessories at IBC2010. New products on show include camera stabilizers from Steadicam, optical filters from Tiffen, and more energy-efficient location lighting from Lowel. There are also additions to the wider Tiffen range that supports all cameras from those for movie cinematographers through to DSLR video.

 
Steadicam stabilizers
The Steadicam range of industry-leading camera stabilizers is now expanded with three new models at IBC.
 
Zephyr (pictured)
The new Steadicam Zephyr is a lightweight rig for supporting camera loads of up to 9kg. In its weight range Zephyr offers unprecedented control over the feel of the rig with features previously only found on high-end Ultra and Clipper models. Its exceptionally adjustable sled allows inertial tuning of the base to suit the shot. It also benefits from other Steadicam features such as tool-free gimbal and arm adjustment as well as an iso-elastic arm meaning only a small force is needed to move the arm where you want it throughout the whole range of adjustment. Zephyr features a completely new lightweight aluminium dovetail stage with quick and precise trim adjustments made possible with the self-locking fore, aft and side-to-side, without having to lock-off leavers.  
 
Tango
Making the impossible shot possible; the new groundbreaking lightweight Steadicam Tango delivers long-sought floor-to-ceiling boom range with lateral reach, full stability, intuitive control and purely mechanical, economic construction. Intended for use with today's miniature HD cameras Tango is designed as a straightforward, bolt-on addition for Tango-compatible Steadicam models, such as the Zephyr, and others in the future. Features include a nine-foot continuous elevation and traverse with back-pan and back-tilt, 360-degree pan, +/- 90-degree tilt available throughout the boom range.
 
Phantom
The Steadicam Phantom is a low cost big rig that performs like the Ultra2. Working with loads of up to 20kg it includes two telescoping posts, an Ultra2 tilting stage, an inertially adjustable sled and is supplied with a standard definition picture monitor and a top-of-the-range G70 arm Among many options is a monitor upgrade to UltraBrite high definition and a motorized stage.
 
 
 
Tiffen optical filters
 
Tiffen continues to expand its range of over 2,000 optical filters that are the professional image makers' choice across the motion picture, video and stills industries. At IBC Tiffen is focusing on its renowned solutions for IR and Far Red pollution, showing its latest portfolio of infrared control filters that banish these pollutants. The filters are designed to enhance the performance of new digital cinematography and HD cameras to ensure the highest quality results under the widest range of lighting conditions.
 
Carey Duffy, Technical Director (Filters), Tiffen International, comments, "As a part of our business we have always worked with cinematographers, video rental houses and camera technicians to find the right filter combination for the look they want with the cameras they are using. Now, many of the modern digital cameras offer a greater colour spectrum, which generally looks terrific, but it does introduce the possibility of IR and Far Red pollution. We look at new cameras when they are released and work out the best pollution solution, so good shots always look terrific."
 
Image: Carey Duffy, Technical Director (Filters), Tiffen International
 
Lowel lighting
 
Lowel offers lights, controls, mounts and kits that are designed for portability, ease of use and reliable energy-efficient operation on location. The latest additions to the range, the versatile SoftCore and Trio lights are new at IBC2010.
 
SoftCore
Lowel SoftCore is a versatile light fixture accessory for video softboxes that folds out to attach to a stand or boom. There is a choice of three quick-change lampheads that hold 1, 3 or 5 Edison-base screw-threaded fluorescent lamps in individually switched sockets to provide variable light output. SoftCore's unique 4 arm system expands to quickly attach softboxes via a convenient hooking action, and its easy-to-use rotation lock makes light work of custom positioning.

Used with Lowel's new 80-Watt fluorescent lamps, SoftCore delivers beautiful, soft, constant source daylight colour, with a high CRI. (colour rendering index) of 90+, that accurately renders all the colours of your shot. For use with larger lampheads and softboxes, SoftCore accepts a counterweight arm system for perfect balance on larger stands.
Trio
Lowel Trio is a studio quality three-lamp fluorescent fixture that you can pack up and take on the road. Using high CRI daylight or tungsten colour 55-Watt lamps, it folds to a slim, easy-to carry package. As comfortable in the studio as it is on location, its three lamps are individually switched to control the light output. Trio benefits from Lowel's attention to detail with a mounting system that keeps the light balanced over the stand while allowing a full range of tilting positions.


Tags: tiffen | zephyr | tango | lowel trio | phantom | lowel softcore
Submitted by TV-Bay

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