compiled by Michele Lowery and Andrew O. Thompson
- Enhanced Dimension - Cool Charging System - Fresnel/Soft Light Fixtures - Getting Graphic - Latest in Lens Conversion - New HDTV Equipment - Diopter Holder - Camera Support Gear - Socket Speed Rings - Lightweight Daylight Luminaire - Steadicam - Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Fresnel/Soft Light Fixtures
Buhl Industries presents its line of low-heat Fresnel and Soft Light fixtures designed for use in all formats, including DTV/HDTV systems. The 70-watt and 150-watt fixtures utilize a single 10,000 hour ceramic lamp and high-output (90 lumens/watt) metal-halide technology. The fixtures' features include ellipsoidal light collection optics; HID metal-halide long-life lamps (10,000 hours); a color temperature of 3000ºK; constant color dimmer, available with built-in Buhl remote or DMX controls; dual color filter slots; daisy-chain flexibility with DMX and power cables for easy plug and play installation; integrated magnetic ballast (electronic available); barn doors (and gel frame with the F70); and compatibility with UPS backups. Both 150-watt versions (F150 and S150) have the same features plus UL, CUL and CE safety ratings and rear fixture relamping.
Buhl, (800) 526-7473, fax (973) 423-2854, website: www.buhl-ind.com.
Latest in Lens Conversion
Century Precision Optics introduces the new Series 2000 Century/Canon 17-35mm T3 lens conversion, which is intended for such lightweight cameras as the Aaton 35, Moviecam SL and Arriflex 435. Century has re-engineered Canon's EOS still 35mm lens from the inside out. The result is a 35mm cine zoom that holds focus and minimizes image movement throughout the zoom range. The unit also incorporates a new aluminum alloy housing that makes conventional zooming possible and minimizes lens weight (only 31 ounces). Lens markings are large, bright, and clearly readable from both sides. Features include internal-focus design, PL mount, integral gears, and series-9 front threads.
Century Precision Optics, (818) 766-3715, fax (818) 505-9865, website: www.centuryoptics.com.
OpTex unveils its138mm diameter Diopter/Split Diopter holder specifically designed for use with lightweight broadcast cameras, and Super 16, 16mm or 35mm motion picture cameras. The supplied bracket allows the user to adjust the holder's height and lateral position. Three hundred and sixty degree rotation is also possible, and the holder can be swung away should there be a need for a lens change. The holder is supported by either lightweight support bars or 15mm/19mm bars via the appropriate adapter bracketry.
OpTex, 44-181-441-2199, fax 44-181-449-3646, website: www.optextint.com.
Socket Speed Rings
Chimera has re-designed its medium (9750-9750ALE) and mogul (9760-9760ALE) screw socket speed rings. The new ring (9830 US plug, 9840 Euro plug) has a mogul screw base and is also supplied with the medium (standard household) base. This set up allows for usage of any standard incandescent photoflood bulb up to 500 watts, or a mogul base bulb of up to 1500 watts. The lightweight Manfrotto adapter also allows for the rotation of the Lightbank or Lantern.
Chimera, (888) 444-1812, website: www.chimeralighting.com.
Daniel Sauvé Designs introduces the DSD Generation 1 Harness, a back-mounted Steadicam system harness. Each vest is custom-tailored and built by hand. A molded carbon-fiber plate fits to the operator's back and is encased in a leather harness. The vest acts as a wide belt around the abdomen, and the back plate ensures system support and rigidity. The operator's chest is free; comfortable shoulder straps allow support and adjustment to the top part of the vest.
Thanks to the Generation 1's U-Bracket, the Steadicam system is now attached directly to the middle of the back. The bracket has five points of adjustment for exact positioning of the sweet spot. Although now mounted in the back, the arm's fulcrum point remains at exactly the same position as the original design. The connecting bracket of the arm is in a straight angle (as opposed to a 60-degree angle to connect on the stomach). This design is intended to allow for better use of the side-to-side arm movements, as well as eliminate any knocking from the connector to the arm's body.
The design displaces the center of gravity back by at least eight inches: this results in a overall load displacement, reduces direct pressure on the lower back area and moves the load down to the buttocks and upper legs. In addition, the custom fitting includes use of orthopedic foams carefully positioned to minimize direct pressure points along the entire harness. The designers also offer installation of therapeutic magnets as an option these are placed in the lower back position, in front of the harness. Inner soles are worn in the shoes of the operator.
Daniel Sauvé Designs, (416) 686-0462, website: www.danielsauvedesigns.com.
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