by Olaf von Voss | 2nd May 2016
Bright Tangerine, a UK based manufacturer of professional camera accessories, announced a couple of updates at this year’s NAB show. Robert Eagle of Bright Tangerine talks us through their new products, namely the Titan articulating arm, a new kind of filter tray and their Revolvr follow focus. Bright Tangerine Titan There’s no question about it, the Titan was the spotlight product at the Bright Tangerine booth. It’s a fresh approach to a classic pro-camera accessory: the articulating arm. The Titan has some unique features to it such as the ability to lock it down on two joints while the third pivoting joint remains adjustable. This means your director won’t break the arm (or the camera) when trying to turn the attached monitor towards him/her. The arm has a massive payload of 16 pounds (8kg), which is more than you’ll ever need. Actually, you should be careful as an 8kg payload will probably break your camera’s mounting point before the weight will drive the Titan to his knees. One can assume the engineers at Bright Tangerine wanted to build a product like a tank, which will serve you well in every shooting situation. The arm is self-supporting, so even when it’s completely loose, it will hold your valuable monitor and won’t let it crash. It’s self-servicing, too: you can disassemble it on your own and repair it if needed. One of the most common scenarios of breaking an articulating arm is to overtighten it. Not an issue with the Titan, as it has a built-in deadpoint, which prevents this. After having broken so many articulating arms myself, I’m happy that finally someone came up with a solution like this. The Bright Tangerine Titan is set to be released in about 9 weeks, and will be around $250. New filter tray Bright Tangerine is well-known for their line of matte boxes and accessories such as the Strummer DNA or the MisFit Atom. At NAB 2016, they announced a neat new accessory in the form of a filter tray called the Gripper tray. This tray has a new kind of quick lock mechanism, which, according to Robert, is even possible to operate with a pair of gloves on. Could be useful for on-location productions like The Revenant, for example. Update on Revolvr Bright Tangerine announced their new follow focus line back at IBC 2014. Now, it’s almost ready for the filmmaking community. Robert told us it’s due for shipping this summer. The Revolvr has been designed to be a very high end follow focus, and is a very modular system with a ton of features, so it’s not really on the cheap side. The price ranges from $1,598.95 for the Mini Kit up to $3,798.95 for the full 19mm rod Studio Kit. Check out the company’s website for more information!Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 22nd April 2016
The Infinity Arm was originally introduced by Sage Seb via a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, and it was quite successful back then. A couple of years later, Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) teams up with Sage Seb to produce a refined version of the original Infinity Arm. The Matthews Infinity Arm The concept of articulated arms is not new, but this particular device is a fresh approach to the problem. The Infinity Arm is a bit shorter than an ordinary articulated arm, but it is very heavy-duty for sure. With the help of the Matthews engineers, the Infinity Arm is even more robust than the original one from the Kickstarter campaign. The minute we saw Seb’s design, we knew it would be a perfect component to our camera-support equipment, said MSE VP of Product Management and Marketing Tyler Phillips. It is everything an arm should be. Our engineering department worked with Sage to refine the Infinity Arm and make it ready for introduction at NAB 2016. Specifications 100% manufactured in California, USA Capacity: 15lbs+ (7kg+) Length including tips: 10″ (w/o tips 9″) Arm Weight: 1.5lbs (.6kg) Materials: CNC’d Tool Steel and 6061-T6 Aircraft Aluminum Material Finishes: Type 3 military grade black anodize and a proprietary electroless nickel phosphorus Matthews claims that the Infinity Arm is the strongest articulated cine arm out there with a weight capacity of 15-32lbs depending on the configuration. The two identically build sections of the arm are capable of a 360° range of movement and the Infinity Arm sports interchangeable, ball-in-socket, quick release tips for adding and removing accessories quickly and efficiently. This is a useful feature since it gives you the ability to quickly put on the perfect tool for your given application. There are accessories available for every application For example, you can add a dedicated metal GoPro mount on the one side of the arm and a Mini Matthellini Clamp on the other side to mount a GoPro to a post – rock solid. The Infinity Arm with a GoPro mount on one side and a so-called Baby Pin on the other (which is mounted to a super clamp). The Infinity Arm delivers ease of mind with a redundant locking system. In addition to the trigger release, the tip must be pushed down all the way in order to remove it. That way, the tip can’t come loose by accident and you can be sure that your expensive camera rig won’t fall off when in underslung operation. Pricing & availability There is no word on pricing and availability of the Infinity Arm as of yet, but it is already listed on the MSE website.Read more
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