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Matthews Studio Equipment: Minivator II on the rise

MSE’s new Minivator II is a stronger, taller version of the industry standard Minivator lighting stand, first introduced more than 10 years ago.

“The idea of the new fast digital cameras needing less light or no lights at all is a misnomer,” said Robert Kulesh, VP sales and marketing for Matthews Studio Equipment. “The digital world gives the shooter a much more creative – and bigger pallet, often requiring more and bigger lights to cover the breadth of the shot.

“Minivator II is the perfect complement for these and other shots,” he added. Its payload has risen from 27kg to 36.4kg and MSE has extended its maximum height to 361cm (with a load height of 140cm) “without sacrificing strength, safety or stability.” It covers a footprint of 150cm.

MSE’s accessory package includes a Rocky Mountain leg and optional sturdy 10cm casters to make it a stronger, safer stand that should be ideal for location work.

The 21.8kg stand uses a double cable mechanism to keep both risers travelling at equal proportions with each turn of the handle (38 will take the fixture to full height), allowing for firm and steady movement of any lighting fixture attached. The addition of combo dual-purpose top castings allows for use of both Junior pin and Baby receiver fixtures.