March 07, 2012

Polecam Struts its stuff - adds stability

Long term commitment: Hewitt demonstrates the new long-body head with a Panasonic AF101

Polecam has introduced several new accessories for its lightweight jib arms. Although its carbon fibre poles are reasonably stiff, when they reach their maximum length (up to 8m) some users might need extra stability, especially with the older poles that don’t benefit from the latest advances in carbon fibre.

In response, there is the new Polecam Wire Strut System (about £500) “to stabilise it further, for operators who want to throw it around, especially at concerts,” said Polecam founder, Steffan Hewitt. It will reduce vibration during any rapid movement, such as when mounted on a moving vehicle or in challenging weather conditions.

He also reported lots of interest in Polecam’s recently introduced wide DSLR head, and has now developed a long-body head, so that the jib can take a wider range of cameras. “It has a slip ring for power and composite video, and you can put HDMI through it for monitoring,” he explained.

Polecam has also developed a new stabilised cup holder (pictured above), with a gap in the side for a proper cup handle – “Only £6,000 with a free Polecam,” joked Hewitt.

By David Fox

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