Sachtler has introduced the Video 18 S1 and Video 20 S1 100mm fluid heads. Based on the field-proven robustness and technology of Sachtler’s Video 18 and Video 20 ENG / EFP heads, the new S1 models provide a wider payload range and a lower minimum payload.
This expanded payload capacity makes them ideal for supporting a variety of loads, from heavier accessorized newsgathering camcorders to lightweight DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II or 7D.
The new Video 18 S1 and Video 20 S1 now offer expanded 16-step counterbalance to enable extremely fine centre of gravity adjustment for a wide range of camera payloads. What’s more, the payload range of the Video 20 S1 is expanded so that, like the 18 S1, it can now accommodate cameras as lightweight as 2kg. The heads’ wide payload range allows camera packages such as lightweight camcorders and DSLRs shooting high definition video to be panned and tilted smoothly. For work with heavier, fully accessorized camera systems, both new S1 heads are fitted with a Boost Button that instantly expands the payload range upward. The Video 18 S1 handles up to 15kg or up to 18kg in Boost mode, while the 20 S1 holds up to 18kg or over 25kg in Boost mode.
The new S1 heads feature Sachtler’s Speedbalance technology, along with an ergonomically designed counterbalance knob, storage positions for spare camera screws, and seven steps of drag for both pan and tilt. A newly designed self-illuminating Touch Bubble now requires only one battery. The Touch & Go camera attachment plate features tap holes for the viewfinder extension adapter.