New Low-Cost Fluid Head
Oct. 29, 2014
(North Hollywood, California--March 19, 2014) CARTONI Rome and CARTONI USA, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of professional and prosumer camera support gear, will debut a number of new products and product upgrades at NAB 2014, including SMART PRO, a low-cost fluid head for camera payloads up to 13 lbs. (6 kg). CARTONI products will be showcased by Cartoni USA, Stand C9539.
Left to right: SMART PRO fluid head, STABILO 3-stage, carbon fiber tripod, and the new remote control head, E-REM 25
Based on CARTONI’s best-selling HiDV Fluid Head, SMART PRO offers a variety of innovative touches including ergonomic knobs for ease-of-use, better control and a more fluid touch on drag and counterbalance. It is also equipped with such professional-grade features as a continuously-variable fluid drag system and CARTONI’s patented “wing” counterbalance system. The head’s 75 mm diameter bowl is compatible with all 75 mm tripods as well as most current-generation slider attachments. Significantly, SMART PRO comes with a reduced price, a breakthrough for the prosumer market, making it by far the best cost-per-quality value in its class.
Another worldwide best seller, FOCUS HD, for cameras up to 26 lbs. (12 kg), has been further improved for 2014. New features include ergonomic knobs for precise counterbalance and tilt drag control, a complement to the head’s continuously variable fluid damping system and patented variable counterbalance. FOCUS HD comes packaged with a new, state-of-the-art carbon-fiber tripod offering extreme compactness, lightweight and exceptional stability.
The latest addition to CARTONI’s tripod line-up, STABILO, will be shown for the first time at NAB. Extremely compact and lightweight, the 3-stage, carbon fiber tripod folds to a short 25 inches (63.5 cm), making it perfect as a carryon or for backpack use. Its sticks extend to an amazing maximum height of 72 inches (182.5 cm) with a low range of 8.8 inches (22.5 cm). Stick extension is secured by three rotating grips that can be set to three different angles, clearly indicated on each side of the leg attachment and with no need for a spreader to maintain position.
STABILO is equipped with a standard 100 mm bowl but can be down-stepped to 75 mm via a reduction ring. It can be matched with the FOCUS HD to create a perfect combination for news reporters and wildlife operators, with a total weight of only 11 lbs. (5 kg).
As a specialty item, CARTONI will exhibit its patented SMART STOP ENG tripod. It features a 100 mm bowl and an innovative 2-stage rapid extension that can be operated by a single lever. Weighing only 6.4 lbs. (2.9 kg), it is perfect for newsgathering.
CARTONI will also present its new remote control head, E-REM 25, suitable for cameras up to 55 lbs. (25 kg). Extremely smooth, reliable and silent, E-REM 25 is ideal for use in television studios and can be operated on pedestals, tripods or under-slung from cranes. Competitively priced, the remote head is equipped with simple modular electronics and state-of-the-art gear mechanics. A variety of remote command options are available for E-REM 25 including joystick, hand-wheels and fluid pan bar (with optional zoom and focus implemented on the console).
Finally, an upgraded version of the classic MASTER MK II will be on display. Improved features include a revolutionary, patented counterbalance system for a perfect balance at any tilt angles from 4.4 lbs. to 66 lbs. (2 kg - 30 kg). Compact and lightweight, Master MK II is an ideal companion to the latest digital 35 mm full-frame cameras, stripped or fully equipped with long lenses, follow focus rigs, monitors, batteries and other accessories. MASTER MK II comes with a flat Mitchell base that can be converted to a 150 mm bowl via an adapter. It offers a tilt range of +/- 90° and a camera quick-release attachment that interfaces directly with ARRI and Red camera plates.
Bowl diameter: 75/100 mm
Type: 3-stage carbon fiber
Max Height: 71.9” (182.5 cm)
Min Height: 8.8” (22.5 cm)
Folded Height: 25” (63.5 cm)
Weight: 6.6 lbs. (3 kg)
Max Load: 88 lbs. (40 kg)
Payload: 55 lbs. (25 kg)
Weight (empty): 30.8 lbs. (14 kg)
Pan/tilt range: Unlimited
Pan/tilt speed: max 120 rpm – 720°/sec – min 0,05 rpm – 0.3°/sec
Pan/tilt resolution: 800.000 count/turn
Power: 24 VDC – (10 Amp @ 24V)
Data transmission: RS232/CAN
Available controllers: Desk console /w joystick, pan-bar head, hand wheels
Options: Zoom/focus control
MASTER MK II
Payload capacity: 66 lbs. (30 kg)
Weight: 18.7 lbs. (8.5 kg)
Pan range: 360°
Tilt range: +/- 90°
Fluid drag: Continuous
Bowl diameter: Flat Mitchell/150mm
Temp. range: - 40°/+60°C (- 40°/+158°F)
Reflecting the state of the art in camera support technology, CARTONI offers the widest product range in the industry. 79 years of know-how and experience, innovative solutions, patented technologies and the constant care of serving the professional in any shooting situation with any camera, make CARTONI synonymous with excellence in camera support.CARTONI currently exports from Rome, its Italian headquarters, to 65 countries in five continents, with a network of agents and distributors serving all major international users.CARTONI’s mission is to guarantee the cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.
CARTONI - Via Giuseppe Mirri, 13 – Rome 00159 (RM) Italy. http://www.cartoni.com
ABOUT CARTONI USA
Formed in 1992, CARTONI USA is the North American office CARTONI fluid heads, tripods, pedestals. CARTONI manufactures a wide range of Fluid Heads for both Video and Film applications. The company’s products support cameras of all sizes and descriptions, from the smallest DV cameras to the largest studio cameras, while adhering to the highest industry standards for quality, reliability, performance, durability and features.
CARTONI USA, 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; http://www.cartoni.com
ABOUT MANIOS DIGITAL & FILM
For almost 22 years, Manios Digital & Film, a division of Ste-Man, Inc., under the direction of President Steven Manios, Jr., has been bringing the highest quality products manufactured worldwide to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews here in the United States. With more than thirty years in the business, Manios has built up the contacts and relationships, both domestic and worldwide that are required to be a leading distributor. Manios Digital & Film features an extensive dealer network in the United States. Working closely with the professionals, listening and understanding their needs have made Manios Digital & Film a trusted partner for film and video professionals worldwide.
Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; maniosdigital.com