Steadicam Tango...

The Steadicam-Tango is essentially a Jimmy Jib combined with a Steadicam. This means you can fly smoothly lightweight cameras from the floor to the ceiling and track as much as you like.

This promo was Directed by Sam Pilling at Pulse Films for Wretch32 “Anniversary” .

Currently it can only fly vDSLR s (such as the Canon 5D), SI-2K’s, Aaton Minimas, most HDV’s and a range of broadcast heads that have hitherto been used on Polecams.

Below is a simple days testing the Steadicam Tango in a Dance 4 Cam environment. Using a Sony A1E with its standard lens at equivilant 25mm (fov s35).

Here is a pilot shot for the Mystery Jets. Using 28mm Compact prime on a Canon 7D.

This video below is day three with the Steadicam Tango. I was still very much in a testing period.

Steadicam Tango Day 3 from Thomas English on Vimeo.

Day two on the Steadicam Tango

Steadicam Tango Day 2 from Thomas English on Vimeo.

Day one with the new Steadicam Tango rig… First time setup first time fly!

Steadicam Tango – Day 1 from Thomas English on Vimeo.

The lightweight Steadicam® TANGO™ provides long-sought floor-to-ceiling boom range with lateral reach, full stability, intuitive control and simple, economical construction. TANGO™ is a game-changing Steadicam accessory for use with today’s miniature HD cameras according to Steve Tiffen, President and CEO of The Tiffen Company. “TANGO™ is designed to be a straightforward, bolt-on addition for future Tango-compatible Steadicam models.”

The Steadicam TANGO™ balances and feels like a single sled carrying all components. It provides a comfortable, centered operating position, even at full up/down boom. It incorporates rugged, all-mechanical construction and uses a conventional Steadicam sled plus the six pound Tiffen Tango extension. “There are no electronics, gyros, wiring, connectors or power-hungry components,” said Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam. “It also has a large-aperture, interior cable-path for camera/CCU interconnection. With your eyes closed, it feels like a normal Steadicam,” continued Brown.

Availability and pricing of the Steadicam TANGO™ are not finalized and will be announced later this year.

STEADICAM® TANGO features:
Nine-foot continuous elevation and traverse with back-pan and back-tilt

360 degree pan, ±90 , ±90 degree tilt available throughout boom range

Optimum pan/tilt inertia at all times

Camera fits into small openings with full angular control

6 lb. camera payload @ 3:1 extension equals 29 lb. total

Rapid conversion from “Tango” mode to conventional Steadicam

Stable – when walking, running, climbing stairs

Silent – no servo motor noise

Fast – ultra-rapid traverse, elevation, pan/tilt

BACKGROUND.
In 1973 Oscar-winning cinematographer Garrett Brown wanted the freedom to move the lens from the floor to the ceiling. Garrett’s ultimate Steadicam® invention was an elegant and wildly successful compromise that has revolutionized the world of film and video. New generations of Steadicam camera stabilizers have unleashed endless filming possibilities, but Garrett never gave up on his original dream.

In 2009 a camera revolution was well underway – lenses and HD imaging chips were at last being separated from their heavy CCU’s. Garrett started all over again with a radical new idea: a conventional Steadicam sled at one end of an accessory spar, stabilizing a “mini- sled” at the other end to at last yield that long-sought floor-to-ceiling boom range with direct and intuitive control.

In early 2010, the simple, all-mechanical TANGO became a reality. A mechanical tour-de-force. Garrett’s revolutionary 3D connectors transmit “master” pan/tilt/roll moves to a “slave” sled at the other end of the telescoping central spar. This allows the camera payload to mimic every nuance – fast or slow – of the operator’s input.

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