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Jul 11

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16x9 Inc. introduces Zoe ENG by Bebob, an updated version of the Zoe remote zoom control for full-size broadcast cameras. Zoe ENG offers a full range of innovative remote functions, including Variable Stepless Zoom Speed Control, Record Start/Stop Button, Return Function, and Reversible Zoom Direction, in a compact user friendly package.

Instead of requiring multiple models to accommodate different lens systems, the Zoe ENG utilizes electronic software to adapt beautifully to different optics. This versatile new zoom control is available in a choice of two configurations. The Zoe-ENG-8 is fully compatible with all Angenieux, Canon, and Fujinon 8-pin lenses. The Zoe-ENG-12 works with all 12 pin lenses. Operators who wish to adapt the unit for other camera systems can simply exchange the Adapter Cable (sold separately).

Housed in a streamlined casing of lightweight, durable shock-resistant polycarbonate, Zoe ENG adjusts zoom function through the system‘s innovative pressure-sensitive rocker switch. Speed of the zoom is in direct relation to the pressure applied to the control. Integrated software prevents stuttering when changing speed or direction. The result: truly stepless zooms, silky smooth ramp-up and precise manipulation, regardless of speed. Ergonomically contoured for maximum comfort and ease of use, the rocker offers three thumb positions -- left, right, or center, and is capable of 133 degrees of rotation - the most offered with this type of control. This allows for greater control and more sensitive manipulation of the zoom function.

The Zoe ENG‘s controls are handily located. On top, Return Record, and Direction buttons are distinctively shaped for fast and easy touch recognition. To safeguard against dirt, rain or other environmental hazards, all controls are covered with a vinyl protective layer. Zoom ramping speed is pre-adjusted via a convenient rotating selector wheel on one side of the unit. The shape of the housing is designed to protect the wheel from damage and prevent accidental repositioning of settings. An ergonomic jack and a countersunk potentiometer avoid accidental activation.

Set up is quick and easy. The Zoe ENG‘s quick-release clamp attaches to tripod panhandles of up to 34mm diameter. Its 11.8” (30cm) coiled cable extends to 35” (90cm), providing ample room between the camera and panhandle. A rugged 90 degree elbow plug connects neatly to the camera‘s output.

Distributed exclusively by 16x9 Inc., the new Zoe ENG Remote Zoom is available at a special introductory promotional price of $545 (U.S. MSRP is $695). For more information, contact 16x9 Inc., 28314 Constellation Rd., Valencia, CA 91355, Phone: 818/972-2839, Fax: 818/972-2832, www.16x9inc.com



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