Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

Sticky Batteries from Hawk-Woods will be one of the innovations being displayed by Manios Digital & Film at Cine Gear Expo, along with new fluid heads, tripods and other equipment for professional cinematographers.

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

Manios Digital & Film will showcase new camera accessories from Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods at Cine Gear Expo 2017, in Hollywood.

Attendees of the event at Paramount Studios will have a chance to inspect, up close, newly-developed fluid heads, tripods, specialty rigs, matte boxes, lights and power systems, and have their questions answered by Manios Digital & Film camera professionals.

The company will be showing several new products from Italian camera support manufacturer Cartoni developed for film production. They include Total Dutch, a revolutionary head design for Dutch angle compositions, which ProVideo Coalition featured recently. Based on Cartoni’s famed Dutch head, Total Dutch expands the canted angle to full 360-degree rotation. The Total Dutch head can be mounted on any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.

“We look forward to Cine Gear every year because it’s an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the cinematographers and camera operators who use our products in the field,” said Manios Digital & Film president Steve Manios Jr. “We are particularly excited this year as we have several great new products that directly address situations pros face in the field every day.”

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

Another new Cartoni product present at Cine Gear Expo 2017 is the MAXIMA 30, a cinematography fluid head for payloads up to 66 lbs. MAXIMA 30 features Cartoni’s patented “wing” counterbalance system for perfect balance throughout the +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. Offered in a flat base, it can easily be converted to a 150-bowl base with optional adapter.

Another new product on show is the Lambda 25 3rd Axis, a new accessory for Cartoni’s popular Lambda 25 head. Its innovative design allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis. With a nodal setting on three axes, it is ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly shots, or on a slider. Visitors will also find the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) Tripod, ideal for run-and-gun shooting on location. SDS adds to Cartoni’s popular Smart Stop two-stage, single-lever trigger technology with a new Smart Lock mid-level spreader for fast spreading and collapsing.

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

On view from Hawk-Woods will be its innovative Sticky Batteries, lightweight battery blocks that “stick” to cameras, monitors, drones, gimbal rigs and other devices via M3 dual-lock strips, meaning  this battery can be applied pretty much anywhere. Sticky Batteries are available in 38-watt and 75-watt capacities, and deliver up to 10 amps.

From Vocas Systems three new matte boxes with improvements to accommodate a wider variety of cameras and easier use will be on display. The references MB-216, MB-256 and MB-436—each an upgrade of an earlier Vocas bestseller—can now be combined with 15 mm top bars that are a standard on the Vocas top handgrips. A top lens mount can also be added to the top bar, making it easier to change the set-up. Additionally, all three are now compatible with Vocas’ swing-away bracket.

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

Manios Digital & Film will also be showing Vocas’ latest accessories for the Sony PXW-FS7/FS7 II. They include three new base plates, a body and handgrip rosette adapter, and viewfinder bracket kit.

Cartoni, Vocas and more at Cine Gear Expo

The latest LED light from Kinotehnik’s, the Practilite 604 is a bi-color, variable beam LED light with smart control, where brightness and color adjustments are made via a smartphone app. Multiple Practilite units can now be linked in a daisy chain using Kinotehnik’s new SmartSync connectivity. Its ideally suited for permanent and semi-permanent installations where compact DMX enabled Fresnel lights can be utilized. Places like small and home studios for vlogging or even for high quality gallery lighting. Smart Sync Connectivity enables synchronous control from one Master fixture.


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