New 1030 Fluid Heads and O-Focus DM

BVE booth i30 / Cabsat booth S3-B41

In February 2012, fluid head and tripod innovator OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, will showcase its professional camera support systems at two important exhibitions: Cabsat in Dubai, February 8–12, booth S3-B41 and BVE in London, February 14–16, booth i30.

OConnor presents the new Ultimate 1030D and 1030Ds fluid heads designed for full-format sensor, lighter weight cameras such as the RED Epic and Scarlet as well as the Sony F3 and Canon EOS C300. An updated replacement of the popular Ultimate 1030HD and HDs, the new line offers a slew of features that have been borrowed from the larger OConnor 2575 and 2065 heads to let cinematographers seamlessly transition from heavier to lighter payload camera setups.

These include the stepless, ultra-smooth pan and tilt fluid drag specifically enhanced to provide ultimate control and stability, as well as the patented OConnor Sinusoidal Counterbalance system that provides true, accurate balance at any point in the tilt range. Users will appreciate that the system counterbalances down to zero, a handy advantage considering the trend to lighter weight cameras. All of this ensures that the famous OConnor feel remains the same regardless of payload. The OConnor 1030D supports a payload up to 13.6 kg with a +/-90° tilt range. The 1030Ds supports up to 18.6 kg with a +/- 60° tilt range.


Also being introduced is the new O-Focus DM, a follow focus optimized for use with still photo lenses. The precision gear drive is designed with a gear ratio of 1:0.75 so that a 360-degree turn of the handwheel results in 270 degrees of rotation on the drive gear, which provides the focus puller more precise control of the lens than has previously been available for still camera lenses. The O-Focus DM Photo Set also includes a smaller Handwheel with Hard Stops designed to be easily activated, even in-shot. The O-Focus DM joins OConnor’s existing range of professional camera accessories including the CFF-1 Cine Follow Focus and award-winning O-Box WM Mattebox and O-Grips Handgrip combination.