Camera Stabilizer offers 30 lb lift capacity, I/O flexibility.

Press Release Summary:

Available with standard 7 in., 16:9/4:3 composite NTSC/PAL LCD monitor or optional HD/composite LCD monitor, Steadicam Zephyr is built with adjustable, tool-free Iso-Elastic(TM) stabilizer arm that supports 20 lb payload weight. Construction includes telescopic carbon fiber post, base and stage with diverse I/O connectivity, dual-axis venire adjustable stage, and dynamically adjustable base. Also featured, arm/vest interface facilitates customization to individual operator.

Original Press Release:

Tiffen Releases New Steadicam Zephyr -- with 30lb. Lift Capacity

Hauppauge, NY - The Tiffen Company, the world's premier manufacturer of photographic accessories including well-respected brand name products to the consumer, video, motion picture and television imaging markets, announced the release of the new Steadicam Zephyr. The Zephyr incorporates the same Steadicam revolutionary features that won the coveted DV Professional Association's "Best of Show" at NAB. "Style, functionality, flexibility and affordability all wrapped within the new Steadicam Zephyr," said Frank Rush, Steadicam VP and General Manager at The Tiffen Company. "A combination of innovative features derived from our popular PILOT, FLYER, and Archer 2 Steadicam systems now allows an excel in the range of operating possibilities," continued Rush.

The Steadicam Zephyr has a host of "future proof" features that allow it to be a versatile and an ever-evolving essential tool for camera stabilization needs.

  • 30lb (13.6kg) lift capacity no-tools (20lb (9kg) payload capacity)
  • Adjustable Iso-Elastic Arm(TM)
  • Telescopic carbon fiber post
  • Connector rich base and stage
  • Dual axis venire adjustable stage
  • Unparalleled Inertial control and dynamically adjustable base

    The Zephyr vest assembly is an updated continuation of the comfortable Steadicam Flyer vest. The ergonomic fit of the breastplate combined with the new solid metal shoulder fasteners; assure a new comfort level for extended use. New vest and pad covers are easily removed for cleaning or replacement offering extended durability.

    The new tools-free patented Iso-Elastic(TM) stabilizer Zephyr Arm has been upgraded from the Steadicam FLYER and supports 20lbs (9kg) of payload weight. The no-tools Arm /Vest interface allows for quick customization to the individual operator. "On the fly" weight adjustment frees the operator from dismounting the system to make changes. The open design of the arm has freedom of movement unknown in this weight class. The Zephyr adjustable and interchangeable arm post assembly is a feature usually found on more expensive systems. The 2-section arm can be separated for compact storage and transport.

    The new Steadicam Zephyr comes standard with a 7", 16:9/4:3 composite NTSC/PAL LCD monitor , or optional 7" 16:9/4:3 HD/composite LCD monitor that features enhanced image quality and a wide viewing angle, even under bright sunlight making it ideal for field production use. Input configurations include: Analog NTSC/PAL Composite/S-Video/Component/RGB and HD/SDSDI (SMPTE-274M, 296M, 260M, and 125M) with active loop through.

    The Zephyr camera mounting stage was designed for enhanced mounting stability with standard HD and composite BNC video connectors, 2 x standard 3-pin LEMO power connectors and expandability ports for future accessories. The stage comes complete with a dual axis venire adjustable mounting platform and extended camera mounting dovetail plate.

    The Zephyr Sled Base features extendable rigid aluminum monitor and battery mounting rods, easily removable for compact storage or transport. A single mounting rod release allows for quick set-ups and ease of dynamic and inertial adjustments.

    Other features include:

  • Tilting and rotationally indexed monitor mount
  • Inertial control and adjustability via standard Steadicam Merlin type balance weights
  • Balance control via standard ¼-20 mounting hole at the base of the sled and additional balance weights
  • Standard dovetail base for mounting of future options or accessories
  • Standard HD BNC video connectors
  • Standard 3-pin LEMO power connectors for additional power output or input via optional 2nd battery mount
  • Optional 2nd battery mount for parallel 12V capability or 24V capability
  • Anton Bauer or V-lock battery compatible
  • Telescopic, indexed carbon fiber main post with internal safety line.
  • No tools post clamp
  • Standard 7" composite LCD or optional 7" HD/Composite LCD available
  • No tools adjustable knurled gimbal handle with ergonomic handle.
  • Standard Steadicam TANGO compatibility.

    For more information, please contact Tiffen International at Tel: +44 (0) 870 100-1220.
    Steadicam is a Division of The Tiffen Company, 90 Oser Avenue, Hauppauge, New York 11788, Telephone: 631.273.2500, Fax: 631.273.2557.

    About The Tiffen Company
    Tiffen has been a leading US manufacturer of glass filters and other name-brand products for digital, still, video, motion pictures and television for over 70 years. Tiffen products are used in almost every major movie and TV production around the world. Tiffen filters have earned two Technical Achievement Awards and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their ColorCore(TM) Filter Lamination Process (1985, 2000) and Ultra Contrast Filter (1993) respectively, as well as a Prime Time Emmy® Award for filter engineering excellence. The Tiffen Company in addition to their optical glass filters and digital imaging software feature the following lines: Davis & Sanford, Domke, Listec Video, Lowel, Saunders, Steadicam, Stroboframe, Wein Photo Products, and Zing.

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