GEAR BUYERS’ GUIDE
DREAM BUYS WHEN IT’S ALL ABOUT THE QUALITY
2. GIMBAL HEAD: PROMEDIAGEAR KATANA 2 £681.82/$750 www.promediagear.com
The Katana 2 Gimbal head provides ultra-smooth movement and stable support for even the longest telephoto lenses. It can support 68kg/150lbs of equipment. It features an Arca-Swiss type attachment and separate locking and adjustment mechanisms. Constructed using anodised, scratch-resistant 6061 aluminium alloy, it is maintenance free. It’s designed with weather- sealed ball bearings that enable the head’s smooth movement, even in the harshest of conditions. The Katana also features over-sized knobs for ease of use. Camera and lens positions can also be adjusted using one hand, while maintaining a balanced position.
3. STABILISER: STEADICAM A-HDVL15 AERO 15 £3102/$5250 www.tiffen.com
Before handheld gimbals became common, the main way all serious productions moved a camera was by using a Steadicam vest with an arm to attach the camera to – and it’s still the truly professional way. Steadicam has been shaping the world of video stabilisation for four decades now, and the A-HDVL15 Aero 15 is its new lightweight and easily transportable stabilisation system. It has a maximum payload of up to 8.5kg /20lbs and comes equipped with a harness, SDI cabling, quick-release camera stage and detachable base, two-section carbon fibre post, and tool-free gimbal. The A-15 is supplied with a 1000nit HD/SDI 3G 7in monitor as standard, choice of arm and vests, and battery mount configurations.
1. TRIPOD: SACHTLER FLOWTECH 75 MS CARBON FIBRE TRIPOD £934/$1700 www.sachtler.com
With carbon fibre construction, the Flowtech 75 MS from Sachtler is stronger and more robust than most comparable tripods, and unlike many it can handle weather extremes and marine environments with no ill effects. It weighs 3.5kg and can handle a sizeable payload of up to 20kg. It has unique quick release brakes for easy and fast deployment, and strong magnetic locks on the legs for comfortable transport. The tripod boasts exceptional torsional stiffness for creating smooth and steady shots, and features a hinge lock mechanism for low and high shots. Its height range, fromminimum to maximum in spreaderless mode, is 26 to 153cm, and in mid-level spreader mode is 63 to 157cm, offering a great pedestal range.
PRO MOVIEMAKER SPRING 2019
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