05.21.2009 01:54 PM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Vinten shows new Vision for lightweight pan and tilt heads

Vinten has introduced a new range of lightweight pan and tilt heads called Vision. The four heads in the new Vision line cater to professional DV camcorders weighing from 4.4lbs to 32lbs.

The new “V” motifs and nonreflective black coating are immediately obvious. However, the company listened to customer feedback in building in a number of ergonomic improvements into the new line.

For example, the company’s multiturn Perfect Balance counterbalance adjuster — designed for lighter payloads — has been moved from the rear to the side, unfettered by camera overhang. It allows the camera to be moved in any direction under fingertip control without constant readjustment.

The sideload camera plate feature now allows operators to mount and dismount the camera in seconds, reducing setup time and improving operational flexibility. The leveling bubble has been repositioned. There’s also a blue-switched LED for setup in low light situations. The pan and tilt brake knobs were redesigned. Multiturn infinite drag adjusters are now easier to use.

The complete Vision range and corresponding camera payload (at 125mm center of gravity) includes the Vision 3 AS (4.4lbs to 11lbs), Vision 5 AS (9.9lbs to 23.1lbs), Vision 8 AS (12.1lbs to 27.6lbs), and Vision 10 AS (14.3lbs to 32lbs).

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