Tiffen M-1 Steadicam offers new level of strength, robust operation
Tiffen’s M-1 Steadicam will be on display at IBC, the result of what the company says is seven generations of experience, innovation, engineering skills, technological advances and invaluable feedback from the users. The company calls it the strongest and most robust Steadicam of all.The new M-1 camera stage is built around strength and high load precision with centre drives for superior rigidity with an optional vernier fingertip tilt adjustment – no tools needed. The G-70x Elastic Arm is highly durable, performance adjustable, and offers smooth operation with a huge 35 kg lifting capacity and a 29-inch boom range. You can move it from lowest to highest position with very little effort, according to the company.
Top Steadicam operator/trainer Chris Fawcett will be demonstrating the M1 on the Transvideo stand, 11F31. Fawcett also designed the Exovest, now the Steadicam vest of choice for many. With a pivoting exoskeletal structure the Exovest offers a huge leap forward for operators with unrestricted movement, on-the-fly adjustability, with a user-friendly design which is more sympathetic towards the female operator.
IBC attendees will also be able to learn more about and sign up for the forthcoming UK-based Steadicam Gold Workshop in November. With an ever increasing technical approach to training, the workshop will incorporate all of the advanced skills not generally covered on the Silver and Bronze Workshops. Potential attendees are advised that it would be best to have a reasonable basic understanding of Steadicam to get the most from the training, but instructors will be on hand for all levels of ability. It is a five-and-a-half day, intensive and fully submersive experience in the heart of Buckinghamshire, UK with some of Europe’s finest Steadicam operators as instructors from the worlds of Motion Picture, TV/Broadcast, Drama, Sport and corporate films.
Also headlining on the stand will be the Lowel PRO Power LED, the latest LED light from Lowel. It’s a compact focusing light available in hi-CRI tungsten or daylight color, with impressive output and a wide fresnel 8:1 focus range. It is comparable to a 150w tungsten-halogen fixture with similar optics. Dimmable without color shift, the light works with both AC power and its special DC accessory battery system, which can clamp-mount to the stand or be used with a shoulder strap for handheld lighting. The Lowel PRO light is perfect for on-the-go shooting and small location studio setups.
Tiffen will also be showing a number of new products across the range.