Polecam’s major expansion2 February 2011
Three major additions to the Polecam product range make their first British exhibition appearance at BVE 2011; the 3D-Head and two lenses designed specifically for use with broadcast-quality ultra-compact HD cameras.
Supplied with all new Polecam systems since its launch at NAB 2010, the 3D-Capable Head allows extremely realistic stereoscopic content to be produced from paired HD mini-cameras and lenses such as the Toshiba IK-HD1 and the HRO69. Attaching directly to all standard Polecam rigs, the 3D-Mounting Plate is optimised for normal studio shooting and close-ups where it is desirable to match normal human eye spacing. Set-up is quick and easy, conforming with Polecam’s strategy of ensuring high mobility and operational efficiency. A levelling plate with three fine-adjustment verniers allows each camera to be exactly matched in height and forward angle.
“The Polecam system is fully 3D-ready,” commented Polecam founder and Managing Director, Steffan Hewitt. “Using unobtrusive minicams eliminates the need for a comparatively massive and complex ‘mirror rig’. Our cameras and lenses can easily be brought closer than the optimum 65mm interocular distance. A wider version is available for producers who want a greater distance between cameras. The 3D-Head retains the freedom to achieve sweeping dynamic vertical and broad lateral camera movement without sacrificing fast-and easy tools-free set-up and dismantling and the high efficiency which results from the true portability.”
The Polecam HRO69, meanwhile, is a C-mount lens designed specifically for 1/3 inch 3-CCD HD cameras. Compatible with cameras such as the Toshiba IK-HD1, Iconix RH1, Panasonic GP-US932, Ikegami MKC300, it produces far higher resolution images than any comparable model. And designed for use with 1/3 inch single-CCD or CMOS cameras of up to 5 megapixel resolution, the C-mounting MY125M captures a massive 125 degree horizontal field of view with high geometric precision and 10cm to infinity focal depth. Aperture is manually adjustable between F1.8 and fully closed. The MY125M weighs just 100 grammes, is 54mm in length and 36mm in diameter and can be used across a temperature range of -20 to +60 Celsius.
Finally, the Polecam rig itself will be exhibited with enhancements that are now standard features. These include new low-friction bearings in the pan and tilt mechanisms, delivering significantly improved performance especially at slow speeds.