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coverage of the Daka Rally, they are
constructed of 900D and ballistic nylon
fabrics (which sound amazing, even if
I don’t really know what they are) and
lovingly cushion their contents in layers
of soft padded red fabric.
Portabrace has something similar.
The Camera Hive Backpack and
Slinger uses a honeycomb system
of removable padded lens cups to
maximize space and protection.
Lens cups can be used to support
and stabilize equipment or they can
be fi lled with lenses, fl ashes, light
meters or other accessories. The
thick padding and soft interior lining
keep everything shipshape and Bristol
fashion. The new Peli U160 Half Case
Camera Backpack is interesting too.
It incorporates a large waterproof,
crushproof case to protect cameras
and lenses and has moveable
cushioned dividers to protect each
piece of camera kit.
In the hard case category, the same
company has “responded to popular
demand” this year with the launch
of a pink version of its watertight,
crushproof and dust proof Peli 1510
wheeled case. Not only an extreme
colour, it comes with an extendable
handle and rugged wheels and carries
the company’s “you break it, we
replace it” lifetime guarantee.
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Audio For sound recordists and production
sound mixers, K-Tek has a new
audio bag designed specifi cally for
the Sound Devices 633 and Zaxcom
MAXX mixers. The Stingray features
a rigid internal frame that protects
its contents and a rigid exterior
frame that allows the user to mount
wireless receiver pouches or a battery
distribution box on the outside. A
removable clear cover protects the top
of the bag.
Transport As its tough-sounding name suggests,
the BullDog Field Fiber Transport
System is another sturdily constructed
innovation. I fi rst saw this at IBC
but it is now shipping and will be on
show at NAB. BullDog allows camera
operators to signifi cantly extend the
transmission distance of multiple
camera signals, including HD-SDI
video, audio, intercom, control data,
Ethernet, GPIOs, tally and power. As
its maker, Multidyne, points out, it
has a rugged enclosure “designed to
withstand the harsh environments of
sports and ENG applications” and can
either operate on a lightweight battery
pack or via an optional MultiDyne
JUICE power supply.
Portabrace also has new bags for the
633 (and indeed the 664 and 788) and
the MAXX as well as the Zoom ZH-6.
Monitors This isn’t really for extreme conditions
but it did catch my eye. At NAB
Transvideo will unveil StarliteHD,
a new on-board fi eld monitor for
cinematographers that is about the
size of a smartphone. The 3G-SDI
HD OLED device is 5-inches big and
includes a high-resolution waveform
monitor and a precision vectorscope
as well as an embedded recorder for
delivering dailies in H.264 on to SD
cards. Carefully ‘ruggedized’ it looks
capable of withstanding most things,
even a client meltdown.
Tripods It goes without saying that, by default,
tripods have to be sturdy and, as
such, manufacturers are always
looking for improvements.
Sachtler is one such company. At NAB
it will show a new aluminium addition
to its product line, the ENG 75/2 D
HD. This Bear Grylls of the tripod
world supports a payload range up to
35kg (77.2lbs), weighs just 3.1 kg (6.8
lbs) and is the “ideal companion” for
the company’s FSB fl uid heads. Most
interesting for this article, it has been
built to operate temperatures ranging
from -40 to +60 degrees Celsius.