OConnor has their new Ultimate 1030D (30 lb/13.6kg capacity) and Ultimate 1030Ds (41 lb/18.6kg capacity) fluid heads this year at NAB. Designed to replace the popular Ultimate 1030HD and HDs, the new systems add sporty industrial design and features originally engineered for OConnor’s larger fluid heads. These include stepless, ultra-smooth pan and tilt fluid drag that provides ultimate control and stability for digital cinematography shooting. Also adapted from OConnor’s heavier duty heads is the Sinusoidal Counterbalance system for true, accurate balance at any point in the tilt range. Counterbalance can be adjusted by a new ergonomic crank-style control that simply pulls out of the back of the head.  The 1030D model provides a tilt range of ±90° while the 1030Ds head has a ±60° tilt range for heavier loads up to 41 lb/18.6kg. Designed to ease the way for cinematographers to seamlessly transition from heavier to lighter payloads, both heads are ideal for use with full-format sensor lighter weight cameras, such as the RED Epic and Scarlet, Sony F3 and Canon C300.

Their new 30L carbon fiber tripod combines the benefits of new-age materials with precision engineering to create a support system that is lightweight, yet solid and stable. An ideal fit for the new generation of smaller Ultimate 1030D and 1030Ds fluid heads, the 30L weighs just 8.8 lbs (4 kg) and can safely and stably carry payloads of up to 209 lbs (95 kg).

Joining OConnor’s growing lineup of camera and lens accessories is the new O-Focus Dual Mini, a compact, double-sided direct drive follow focus unit optimized for both still and cine-style camera lenses. It is designed to meet the exacting needs of professional camera operators and assistants. The precision gear drive of the main bridge offers a gear ratio of 1:0.75 so that 360 degrees of input results in 270 degrees of output (i.e. rotation on the drive gear). There are two versions of the O-Focus DM: the Photo Set and the Cine Set. Each provides its own unique transmission ratio. The difference is accomplished by the use of two different types of handwheels that interface with the main bridge to generate optimized transmission output. Changing the transmission ratio is as easy as changing a lens. The handwheel(s) can be easily swapped without tools.

A breakthrough camera accessory introduced by OConnor is the Universal Camera Baseplate, designed to adapt small to medium size digital cinema cameras to the thousands of standard camera accessories available in the professional cine industry. Accommodating a wide variety of form-factors, from standard camcorders to hybrid DSLRs and compact digital cine cameras, the Universal Baseplate provides the ability to adapt each camera to a studio 15mm or 19mm bridgeplate by changing out four vertical 15mm rods (custom size rods available). It features dual 15mm LWS rod brackets that are adjustable to perfectly align the camera accessories to the optical center of the lens.



The BCPVA (British Columbia Professional Videographers Association) presented Vinten’s new Vision blue5 with it’s 2012 Video Innovation Award.  Their new pan & tilt head is the latest addition to the “Vision blue” range of lightweight, compact and refined pan and tilt heads for today’s professional ENG and corporate user who has come to expect uncompromising performance from the premium quality of a Vinten system

Offering genuine Broadcast quality performance, the Vision blue5 offers the unique combination of continuous counterbalance and infinite drag. It provides a full ±90° of smooth tilt movement with a counterbalance range of 5.5 kg to 12 kg (@100mm CofG), perfect for supporting the latest portable digital cameras. In addition to the ‘infinitely variable’ LF drag system for silky smooth framing and on-demand whip pan movement, plus Vision’s perfect balancing system for total control, the new Vision blue5 also has the added advantage of an illuminated levelling bubble for quick and convenient set-up.


Schneider Optics

Schneider makes renowned professional optics & high quality filters. Century add-on lenses include: Wide Angle Adapters, Fisheyes, Telephotos & Achromatic Diopters for broadcast, DV & HDV. Schneider’s respected glass filters include 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Thread-in Filter, ClassicSoft™s, True-Pol®s, ND’s, Color Correction, Color Effects, etc. Also Century 4×4 filter kit with filterholder. New iPro lenses for iPhone 4/4s.Offering Chrosziel matteboxes, follow focus systems, wireless controls.

Schneider Optics is also the exclusive U.S. Distributor of Chrosziel products. They displayed the full line of Chrosziel Matte Boxes, Sunshades, wireless lens control systems and test equipment, including a working demonstration of new Chrosziel LTBMKII lens and camera collimator. Chrosziel offers a broad range of professional camera accessories for all of today’s camera s including the new Canon C-300 and Sony F65.



Industry case veteran PortaBrace has a few new items up their sleeve for NAB this year.  Their new Messenger-Style HDSLR camera cases are designed for all your photo needs.  Whether you’re just walking around town, behind the scenes, or around a press conference, the MS-DSLR cases a lightweight perfect for most DSLR cameras.

The new CSH-2 Camera Shield protective camera cover is the latest innovation from Porta Brace, straight from the cutting edge of camera protection.  The Camera Shield is constructed with our new Waterproof / Breathable material, ensuring that your gear stays cool even during long shoots. The “Snub Nose” hood design is perfect for wide lenses.  Rigid framing on the front and back provide protection around the lens as well as around battery and cable output.  Dual  “Gull Wing” design provides a sunhood & weather protection for your LCD screen on one side, and hand protection when “Running and Gunning”.

For the sound people, the recorder case (C-KP1) is custom made for the AJA Ki Pro recorder/converter/storage unit. Sling it over your shoulder, wear it on your belt or hang it around the tripod head using the short black adjustable strap. The main pocket holds an after market battery (Anton Bauer, PAG or IDX) or the AC power supply. Hang your head phones off the rings provided on the HB-12 suede leather strap or cases rings. A small slip pocket holds storage cards and the clear vinyl window can be rolled up or closed depending upon the weather, protecting switches and slots. The case is padded, weather proofed, tough 1000 denier Cordura nylon. “D” rings on the bottom for Audio Harness/Belt combinations or use for strain relief at the cable connection area.



Libec’ stand had three new products of note.  The WIFT JIB50 is smooth, portable, lightweight, and offers all-around support. It is designed to accommodate every shooting scenario including small indoor and outdoor spaces for detailed and wide-angle shots.

Together with our REMO30 Pan & Tilt Remote Head and AFC-5HD Zoom and Focus Controls, you can achieve and master smooth operations having complete control of your video shots. At extended lengths, the SWIFT JIB50 and REMO 30 will help the operator achieve high-angle dynamic shots while perfecting delicate camerawork operated from the front of the jib.

Exclusively for LANC cameras, the ZFC-5HD is equipped with a 2-step zoom-speed control and has an on/off remote power switch function which allows your camera to power on/off remotely. This is ideal when shooting with a jib arm or crane.  The end of the ZFC-5HD cable splits into two parts with a 2.5mm submini-jack and 3.5mm mini-jack on each end. When using Panasonic cameras, simultaneous control of zoom and focus can be achieved by plugging 2.5mm and 3.5mm jacks into the zoom and focus terminals, respectively.  The ZCF-5HD can be clamped on various equipment including tripod pan handles, jib arms, crane weight bars, stabilizers, monopods, and other accessories. Extension focus cables are available for Panasonic cameras. Our EX-530HD Extension Cable offers an added extension length of 5.3m / 17.5ft.

The REMO30 is equipped with a unique drive system that transmits motor power accuracy. The REMO30 ensures a perfect camera balance and offers smooth camerawork at all times. For center of gravity positioning, fine tune adjustments can be achieved with the tilt arm at 90 degrees.  Other features include all-in-one cable connections. Pan & tilt controls, LANC, and monitor cables are combined in a single control cable. A pan & tilt head and control box can also be connected with this single cable. The REMO30 is equipped with a Pan & Tilt Lock System that allows an operator to lock pan and tilt motions. This enables you to focus on a single moving direction for an accurate pan or tilt operation. It is dust and splash proof and can tolerate outdoor shootings under severe climate conditions.



Chimera was at NAB with their line of softbanks, traditionally for hot lights, but now they’ve moved into lighter materials for today’s LED fixtures.  The Chimera LED Lightbank is lightweight, collapsible, easy to use and long lasting. And since it’s made by Chimera, you know you’re getting the kind of high quality that will last year after year, scene after beautiful scene.  Chimera LED Lightbank Kits include.

  • LED Lightbank body.
  • LED Speed Ring.
  • LED revolutionary front Lens Screen.
  • LED Lens Screens also available in a variety of beam angles!

Also at NAB were new Snapgrids that produce 40-degree coverage and mount, via Velcro® to Small, Medium and Large Chimera Lightbanks plus the #3488 1×1 LED Lightbank.  The built-in frame allows for fast set-up without the hassles of “belly sag” when your Lightbank is overhead in a horizontal position.  They are constructed of pre-stretched fireproof fabric with a built-in stainless steel frame.  Every Snapgrid comes with its own storage case.



The new Sachtler Ace fluid head tripod systems are designed for the professional DSLR still and video photographer on a budget, yet they have all the quality features that Sachtler is known for.  Models are available with either ground spreader or mid-level spreader.  The Synchronized Actuated Drag system provides consistent and repeatable drag, and the 5 step counterbalance is easy to use.  It is ideally suited for HDV and DSLR cameras up to 8.8 lbs.  The head and tripod system weighs in at around 10 lbs. thanks to lightweight, yet sturdy two-stage aluminum legs.  Maximum working height is 68”.  Minimum height is 22” for the Ace M GS with ground spreader.


Petrol Bags

The Petrol 2005 Liteporter is especially designed to transport and protect a Litepanels 1×1 LED light fixture. The Petrol Bags Liteporter has room to comfortably hold a Litepanels 1×1 LED fixture or similar size light, detachable mounting yoke, AC power supply with cord, power cable, an Anton Bauer battery, and color/conversion diffusion gels. Constructed of rugged, water-resistant black 900D polyester and ballistic nylon, this lightweight carrier features an internal one-piece ABS honeycomb frame for extra strength.  The interior is lined with layers of soft padded orange brushed polyester to cushion contents. Twin straps of hook and loop material on either side of the Liteporter anchor the lid open for easy access. A zippered flat compartment on the underside of the lid is ideal for storing the 1×1’s color conversion and diffusion gels.



Litepanels brought out several new fixtures to NAB this year, including the new Inca and Sola LED fresnels.  The Inca 4 and Inca 6 are 4” and 6” tungsten fresnel fixtures with outputs equivalent to conventional 300 and 650 watt fixtures.  They draw less than 1/3 of the power of conventional tungsten incandescents, and weigh 1/3 of their counterparts.  They feature both on-board and DMX dimming, with no noticeable heat generation, thanks to their quiet on-board cooling fans.

The Sola daylight balanced fixtures come in three sizes, with the 4” and 6” fresnel, and a 3” fresnel in the Sola ENG, meant for on-camera use.  The Sola 4 and 6 share all the features of the Inca series and are equivalent to 125w and 350w HMIs respectively.  The Sola ENG is equivalent to a 100w HMI.  All of these fixtures can be powered by AC or DC.

Litepanels also unveiled a new on-camera LED lighting fixtures, the Croma™ (variable color-temperature) and Luma™ (daylight). The Croma can illuminate in any color temperature from daylight to tungsten via an on-fixture control knob, making it a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers, and still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next. The Luma provides powerful daylight illumination that is perfect for fill light when shooting outdoors or in similar color temperature conditions. Both the Croma and Luma are sleekly designed fixtures that can be dimmed from 100% to 0 via an on-fixture knob, with no noticeable shift in color balance. They draw just 9W of current, with comparable light output to that of a 40W (HMI) to 90W (tungsten) fixture. This miserly use of power provides long life from AA batteries, or both fixtures can also be powered off an AC adapter.

Also making its NAB debut was the Hilio high-intensity LED lighting fixture. The daylight-balanced Hilio is a small-footprint LED fixture capable of emitting daylight illumination over a 20’ to 25’ (6.1 – 7.6 M) distance, without requiring an external ballast. Early users of the Hilio compare the new Litepanels fixture favorably to the venerable HMI fixtures used by the television and motion picture industry, but without the HMI disadvantages such as heat generation, power hunger, short bulb life and required off down-time before restrike. The new high-intensity Hilio draws just 115W (while providing comparable illumination equivalent to a 575W HMI), and offers bulb life of 50,000 hours while operating from 100-240VAC 50/60 Hz, or 24VDC battery.

And just in time for NAB LitePanels has a limited time $100 rebate on the purchase of a Sola ENG or Chroma fixture. Purchase a Litepanels Croma™ part #905-4023 or Sola ENG™ part # 906-1002 between April 15, 2012 and July 15, 2012 and qualifying submissions will receive a$100 rebate check for more info and to register click this LINK


Kino Flo

The Celeb 200 LED is Kino Flo’s first LED fixture, after many years of fluorescent light production for the video and film market.  Dimensions of this portable softlight are 24” x 14” x 5” with a weight of 15 lbs.  It has programmable color temperature presets from 2700K to 5500k.  There is no output change when changing color temperatures, and no color shift during dimming.  The Celeb 200 provides 100 watts of soft light and operates on 1 amp of AC power or 4 amps of DC battery power.   It features on-board or remote dimming, quiet operation, and comes with a variety of accessories.  It is also available in single fixture kit form.


Prime Time Lighting

PrimeTime Lighting (formerly KW/2) brought out some new accessories for their line of LED studio fixtures, the LED 31 and LED 77.  While both of these potent fixtures have both tungsten and daylight, and spot and flood versions, their holographic gels and honeycombs allow the user to tailor each fixture to their specific applications.  The gels come in 10, 30 and 60 degree versions, and honeycombs are available in wide and medium configurations.  Their new  Extended Gel Retainer Assembly allows the gel to be mounted roughly 6” away from the face of the fixture, allowing for a softer appearing light source.



Photoflex brought nothing new to NAB in the realm of broadcast/video lighting for 2012, but promises to have some new offerings in Q3 and Q4 of this year.  Their booth featured the Constellation 3 constant light source which is a very powerful source for their large and medium sized sofboxes.  It can be fitted with three of their daylight balanced CoolStar CFL lamps, tungsten balanced Starlite lamps, or any G9.5 2-pin ceramic based lamps with their Bi-pin adapter.   The Constellation 3 features three lamps sockets each with an individual power switch. One power cord can supply power for two sockets; two power cords supply full power to all three sockets.  It has the capacity to provide 3000w of power when using all three lamp sockets, and has an integrated connector ring for softboxes.