Sachtler just released the FSB 10 tripod head, their most recent addition to the long-standing FSB tripod line. What’s special about this is the fact that it has a 100mm bowl as opposed to the 75mm bowl of its other FSB series siblings. This makes it considerably more useful for larger camera setups which require a higher payload than most 75mm tripods can support. One of the biggest problems in recent years when making a purchase decision for a tripod was the fact that while even bigger cameras like the Sony FS7 got cheaper and cheaper, the required tripods didn’t change much in price at all. Balancing an FS7 on a 75mm tripod can be a challenge, especially when it’s rigged up and uses the V-Lock extension. I think it’s a smart move by Sachtler to introduce an entry-level 100mm tripod that ties into their existing FSB line, with higher payloads of up to 12kg and the bigger bowl. Like most Sachtler tripods, it comes in two options, in a Sideload version (my preference because of the long sliding plate that gives you most versatility when balancing) and the Touch & Go version with the smaller plate and the moveable mounting base. Sachtler’s higher-end 100mm tripods like the Video 18 are really bedrocks of broadcast life around the world and you come across them consistently as a camera operator when working with any hire gear. At least in Europe, they are the de-facto standard. My first personal purchase of a “proper” tripod was an FSB 8 system over 10 years ago, which I ended up using heavily with my Sony EX3 at the time. It’s still really an everyday tripod for me and I use the FSB 8 head on my CineSlider constantly for example, mounted directly onto it. This tripod has been across the world with me several times on various assignments and it still holds up well. Can’t wait to try out the FSB 10 though, it looks like it can be a lighter travel buddy for smaller shoots when I don’t want to or can’t take my much heavier Sachtler Cine 7+7 tripod with me. We will add a B&H buy link once it is listed on their websites.Read more
We spoke with Curt Schaller from Sachtler about their innovative gimbal/stabilizer combo called the Sachtler Trinity (Artemis Trinity) and Artemis Maxima (gimbal only). Yet another gimbal? No! This gimbal has a payload of 30KG. Will this be the revival of the stabilized system? There was always a niche in the gimbal market. With no gimbal (except for extremely expensive options) to carry higher payloads, the Artemis Maxima can carry up to 30KGs. The combination of camera and lens size does not matter, as it is ring shaped and can counterweight any length of camera. One of the most significant features of the Maxima gimbal is its weight compensation, which means when switching lenses (short to a long zoom lens for instance), there is NO need to rebalance. The Artemis Maxima can be used as a handheld gimbal, or in combination with Sachtler’s Artemis Trinity steadicam solutions. Market price of the Artemis Maxima is EUR 15,800 and they are directly available through Curt Schaller at Sachtler. Just contact him here: curt.schaller(at)vitecgroup.com The Artemis Trinity will allow existing stabilised systems to be upgraded to more modern standards. With the Artemis Maxima as its gimbal head, the trinity allows for 2-axis operation, with control of tilt and pan at your finger tips. With a payload of 30Kg’s, Curt demonstrates the ability to go from a low-angled shot to a high-shot on the fly with stable horizons. This system sure is a force to reckon with. Video explaining the Maxima gimbal without the Maxima Gimbal system: Please watch the Magpie behind-the-scenes video in its entirety below – and you can support the project on Kickstarter, they are trying to tell the untold stories of life in East Anglia during the time of the WWII invasion between 1942-45 – click here.Read more
Back in April I expressed my enthusiasm for the Sachtler Speedlevel, a fantastic time saving product designed for 100mm tripod heads. It’s one of those products that makes you wonder why it hasn’t been designed before; gone are the days of countlessly screwing around with your tripod leveller. If you haven’t seen one in action yet, check out this video by Matt Allard of News Shooter comparing it against a conventional tripod leveller. The one caveat perhaps for many of our readers is Sachtlers choice to select the 100mm bowl as the first Speedlevel size. It’s completely understandable; this size is where their core line and user base lies. But for many filmmakers coming from a DSLR background, a 100mm tripod head maybe completely foreign territory. Well good news, as I’ve been testing the current 100mm Speedlevel on a 75mm tripod the last week, and can confirm that it does indeed work. 75mm tripod heads are perhaps more familiar to our readers, the likes of the Sachtler FSB range, Miller Solo, Vinten Vision Blue and Manfrotto 502/504s all adopt this size. I’ve been testing out the Speedlevel on a (now discontinued) Sachtler Cine DSLR head, and popular Miller Solo carbon fibre legs. As you can see from this picture, the Speedlevel is considerably larger in diameter than my traditional head clamp. For reference, the Speedlevel has a diameter of 61mm, and my standard Sachtler Cine DSLR clamp is smaller at 52mm. You do lose angle of adjustment when using the Speedlevel on a 75mm setup, the amount you lose is down to the clearance that your legs offer. I can confirm that this will work comfortably with Miller Solo legs, and the level of adjustment you lose is not detrimental enough to cap the performance of your tripod setup. In the rare case where I was maxing out the adjustment of the Speedlevel with 75mm Miller Solos, I simply adjusted the height of the legs to counter. Sachtler has stated that they are considering a 75mm Speedlevel, so it may seem irrelevant information to some more patient shooters. However to users who want the Speedlevel now and/or are looking to future proof their gear, the 100mm Speedlevel maybe the one for you.Read more
There are so many product releases at NAB, it’s hard to keep up. Certainly the smaller products, these get dwarfed by exciting new camera releases and it can often take months for the dust to settle and the new smaller releases creep back out of the wood work. Whilst shooting episode 5 of our On The Couch show, Vitec Videocom introduced a product that I considered fantastic, a true time saver and genius design. The Sachtler Speedlevel Clamp is design to work with 100mm bowl tripod heads; it replaces the standard screw lock found on your head. It provides instant adjustment, simple squeeze the arms together and the clamp loosens off allowing quick levelling of the tripod head. I can’t wait to see more of these products surface and offer support for all size tripod bowls. Currently Sachtler only offer the Speedlevel for 100mm tripods, but I have asked the question about 75mm and 50mm bowl support. The Sachtler Speedlevel clamp is available for order now.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In the fifth episode of ON THE COUCH, we hosted our sponsor Vitec Videocom at our suite at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Vitec Videocom owns a number of well-known brands such as Sachtler, Litepanels, OConnor, Anton Bauer and many others. These three brands had quite a few new things in store. First and foremost I want to mention the new Sachtler Ace Accessories: An inexpensive follow focus, a mattebox and a baseplate under the Sachtler brand. I was lucky enough to be involved with the development of these accessories and I have to say that Vitec can be proud of what they achieved, especially the follow focus is extremely versatile for its price point … see for yourself in the video (and watch this space for a review soon).Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com The famous most affordable Sachtler tripod gets a bigger brother. What is this, a second Sachtler Ace? Indeed, this is an upgrade version for those who like the affordability of the first Sachtler Ace, but require some more features. Basically the advantages of the Ace L over the normal Ace (Ace M) are the following:Read more
Sachtler just announced their new, amazingly affordable Ace tripod system. Why amazingly affordable? So far the Sachtler FSB-6 has been one of your best bets for a small, high quality fluid head system, priced at $1418 (or 1200€). The new Ace offers fluid head goodness at a totally new entry price level of $650 (or 550€)!!! In our video review we inspect the tripod in detail to see what the Sachtler Ace does and does not offer. The Ace tripod system will be availble by October/November 2011. If you’re looking for an affordable tripod system for hdslrs and small cameras this one is definitely worth the wait. “Lightweight thanks to innovative material. For Ace, a glass fiber reinforced composite material was chosen which makes the new 75mm fluid head especially light and offers a comfortable and non-slip surface feel”Read more
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