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OConnor Unveils ‘Fluid Heads’ for Lighter Weight Cameras

Features borrowed from the larger models include stepless, ultra-smooth pan and tilt fluid drag for ultimate control and stability.

OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, introduces the “Ultimate 1030 D” and “1030 D” fluid heads designed to use with its new “full-format sensor, lighter weight cameras” such as the RED Epic and Scarlet as well as the Sony F3.

An update, and replacement, of OConnor’s “Ultimate 1030HD” and HDs, the new line provides a “sporty industrial design” and a slew of features that have been borrowed from the larger OConnor’s fluid heads allowing cinematographers to seamlessly transition from heavier to lighter payload camera setups, the company says. That includes the stepless, ultra-smooth pan and tilt fluid drag specifically enhanced to provide ultimate control and stability for digital cinematography shooting.

In addition, OConnor says its “Sinusoidal Counterbalance” system provides true, accurate balance at any point in the tilt range. Users will appreciate that the system counterbalances down to zero, “a handy advantage since there is a trend to lighter weight cameras,” the company says.

This new 1030 D series features other “user-friendly improvements” that were previously only available on larger heads, including the new ergonomic crank-style counterbalance control that simply pulls out of the rear of the head; “Action Brakes” for pan and tilt unlock through a single-handed squeeze; and OConnor’s drag system which ensures constant control, the company says.

The OConnor 1030 D supports a payload up to 30 pounds (13.6 kilograms) at a 6 inch (15 centimeter) center of gravity (GOC), and a +/-90 degree tilt range. The 1030 Ds supports up to 41 pounds (18.6 kilograms) at 6 inch (15 centimeter) COG with a +/- 60 degree tilt range.