Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New

Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New

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We'll Get It Right Yet

The correction of our item on the new Angenieux zoom lens was also incorrect. The truth is that Angenieux's new zoom is a 10mm to 120mm rather than a 12mm to 120mm. The 10mm to 120mm lens is a completely new T2 high efficiency coating lens which focuses by translation (and not rotation) of the front element permitting the use of polarizing and special effects filters on the lens itself. The improved version of the 12mm to 120mm zoom has the same optical elements as the previous version but in an improved mechanical configuration.


A new line of completely stainless steel lighting/grip stands is now available to the lighting and grip industry from MATTHEWS STUDIO EQUIPMENT, INC. Every component in this new line is constructed of durable stainless steel down to the smallest nut, bolt, and spring. As a result, these stands are guaranteed for life not to rust. These are some of the most durable stands available to the industry.

The first stands to be offered in the stainless steel version include the 40'' double riser Century stand, the Hi-Hi Roller stand, and the Combo-Reflector stand. It should be noted that all of the other stands in the MATTHEWS line are also available in stainless steel upon request.

For more information, please contact MATTHEWS STUDIO EQUIPMENT, INC., 2405 Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504 (213) 843-6715.


Alan Gordan Enterprises, Inc., Hollywood Calif., announces the introduction of Super Grip-2, for solving difficult and unusual film and video camera and light mounting problems. Super Grip-2 incorporates all of the precision features which made the original Super Grip an industry standard. In addition, the new model now comes with a built-in adjustable wedge-plate which allows a camera or light to be adjusted through a full angular range of 125°. The mounting plate assembly then swivels a full additional 90° for the final critical adjustment.

Manufactured of all aluminum with the exception of rubber surface gripper and steel support brackets, it weighs 9 lbs., 4 oz., suction cup diameter is 10", top plate-9'' square, [fraction three-eighth]'' clearance holes for easy positioning of your camera. Comes with case and hardware kit.

The new Super Grip-2 is priced at $750.00, and is available from Alan Gordon Enterprise, 1430 Cahuenga Avenue, Hollywood, Ca., 90028. Telephone: 213/466-3561.

Positive locking of both swivel and wedge plate is provided with no tools needed. This is not just a suction cup, but a 10'' diameter flexible edge concave face-gripper with attaching vacuum pressure of more than 700 pounds P.S.I, and an indicator to warn of insufficient vacuum. When mounted on the side of a car or boat, on a window or a hood-Super Grip-2 provides a strong, safe, dependable support for action shots which might otherwise require complicated and expensive rigging.


Large light output and high power are combined with what is described as the smallest head size in its class, in a new field light for video and movie location lighting.

Developed by Osram, the AL-100 field lite features a 100w, 12v tungsten-halogen 3200°k bulb. The unit generates 10 minutes of continuous light at full power per charge.

The AL-100 can be used as a separated hand-held or tripod-mounted light. Or, its well designed handle allows it to be attached to the camera. For safe and compact portability, the lamp head slips neatly into the battery pack bracket and locks into place.

The head of the new unit has a zoom reflector which adjusts a focus range from 80° flood to 20° spot. The head size itself is 2.5'' x 8'' (including handle) x 3.5''.

The complete AL-100 weighs under four-and-a-half pounds and is priced at under $200.

It is available from Osram distributors or Osram Sales Corp. …

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