Tiffen introduced the new Steadicam M-1 at NAB. Its modular, ultra-rigid design and innovative features make it the most hotly anticipated “big rig” in decades.
A Steadicam system, like ancient Gaul, is divided into 3 parts. There’s the vest, the arm, and now there’s the new Steadicam M-1.
Garrett Brown writes: “I think it’s the best Steadicam ever. Where was this baby when I needed it?
“There have been three generations of Steadicam operators since we began it all in 1976. Thousands of us have graced tens of thousands of movies and shows with the unique visual music of Steadicam—played worldwide on seven generations of Steadicam equipment.
“Many of our innovations—think extendable monitor and battery, no-tools clamps and integral super post—became industry must-haves, but our exclusive tilt head and motorized stage remain essential to the very highest standard of Steadicam precision.
“Now my inventing colleagues at Tiffen have raised the bar once again and I’m proud to report that nearly all aspects of modern operating—mechanical, electronic, artistic, ergonomic and political—are augmented and advanced.
“M-1 is for Modular—user-configurable, upgradable, swap-able—with a host of superbly engineered new features:
- Ultra-rigid post, stage and base
- Vernier-drive tilt-head
- Super-precise removable gimbal
- Indexed center post with custom hi-amp bayonet connectors
- Quick-release camera plate system with patented safety latch
- Monitor mounts instantly to any post
- Super-adjustable monitor and battery pivots
- 3x Full HD video lines and 10 hi-amp power ports
- Industry-best level-keeping, hi-def and voltage options
“In short, the M-1 is brilliant—rigid, precise, tool-free, super-adjustable and fast. Above all, it is infinitely configurable and as close to future-proof as a rig can be.”
Cartoni SpA was founded in 1935 by Renato Cartoni, a cinematographer who also headed the Istituto Nazionale LUCE’s technical department at Cinecittà Studios. He invented the gyro “Vittoria” head which was quiet and smooth.
Renato’s son Guido Cartoni took over the company in 1942. His equipment designs and new generation of fluid heads were used by Rossellini, Blasetti, De Sica, Fellini, and by great cinematographers like Di Palma, Rotunno and Storaro.
Guido’s daughter Elisabetta continues the family legacy with famous fluid heads like Master, Maxima, Magnum, Delta, Focus, Laser and the latest one, Tracker.