Canon and Vinten collaborate to maximise image stabilisation

Canon's Digisuper 100xs and Digisuper 86xs long-field zoom lenses' capabilities have been further maximised by an exclusive technology collaboration between Canon and camera support solutions provider, Vinten.
Canon and Vinten collaborate to maximise image stabilisation
By Vijaya Cherian
Tue 05 Jun 2007 12:41 PM

Canon's Digisuper 100xs and Digisuper 86xs long-field zoom lenses' capabilities have been further maximised by an exclusive technology collaboration between Canon and camera support solutions provider, Vinten. The Canon-Vinten collaboration integrates the advanced capabilities of Canon's Shift-IS lens technology with the high-resolution optical encoders built into Vinten's new Vector 950 OE pan/tilt heads. The result is the elimination of any trace of lag after fast pan or tilt shots.

This is thought to be a great advantage in the production of fast-paced HDTV sporting and entertainment events.

"The technology collaboration between Canon and Vinten takes Canon's superior Shift IS Image-Stabilizer system and makes it an even greater tool for camera operators when combined with Vinten's Vector 950 OE head," says Gordon Tubbs, director of the Broadcast and Communications division at Canon U.S.A. "Currently two of Canon's most popular field lenses-the DIGISUPER 100xs and DIGISUPER 86xs-are compatible with the new Vinten Vector 950 OE. This compatibility is a no-cost, built-in standard feature of Canon DIGISUPER 100xs and DIGISUPER 86xs lenses. This is an important advance that has been applauded by the broadcast community, and this collaboration just makes it better."

Vinten's Vector 950 OE pan/tilt head offers camera operators improved picture control and better performance in a smaller and more robust package. The Vector 950 OE features infinitely adjustable TF drag, tilt-axis deadlock, an illuminated leveling bubble, and pan-and-tilt brake levers positioned for ease of use. In addition a new spring counterbalance system allows up to ±90° of perfectly counterbalanced camera tilt. The Vectors 950 OE is also relatively light and compact, allowing for easier set-up, repositioning, and minimal storage space.

Canon's DIGISUPER 100xs and DIGISUPER 86xs long-field HD zoom lenses are widely used in HD sports and entertainment production.

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