‘The Magic Starts Here’ Merlin 2 stabilizer system gives flight to videographers’
and cinematographers’ visual artistry 
Las Vegas, NV – April 16, 2012: The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture, and broadcast markets, today announced that the new Steadicam® Merlin 2 camera handheld stabilizer system is now shipping. Introduced earlier this year at the CES exhibition (January 2012), the Merlin 2 system incorporates the same engineering prowess found in the legendary Steadicam feature-film models. The sleek ergonomic design significantly reduces fatigue, allowing users to endure longer shoots—capturing more artistic and elegant shots. “Steadicam is a tremendous brand and this is evident in the incredible reception we have received for the Merlin 2 launch,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “Steadicam solutions are designed by motion picture artists and their creativity is at the core of every clever product Tiffen rolls out. We are very excited to put the brand new Merlin 2 handheld front and center on the Tiffen stand at NAB and give artists another outstanding tool from the Steadicam family.” 
Attendees at NAB 2012 can see the new Merlin 2 along with other popular Steadicam products at the Tiffen booth C8818.
About the Merlin 2 Stabilizer System
The Merlin 2 system offers videographers, cinematographers, and video enthusiasts an ultra-smooth, elegant handheld camera stabilizer system with unparalleled performance and precision. The Merlin 2 system supports a wide range of DSLR, compact and professional camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras, and other video-capture device models weighing from 0.5 to 5 lbs (0.23 to 2.2 kg). The Merlin 2’s forward-thinking “Folding-Caliper”TM hinge allows instant fold-up—perfect for shoulder-mounted shooting—and, just as quickly, returns precisely to its original position for handheld camera work. The newly enhanced precision-adjustable stage offers shooters exacting balance. Highlights of the Merlin 2 include the following:
Robust stage design featuring a rigid camera plate, multi-angle viewable level, and larger easily adjustable knobs for secure camera mounting and ease of use
A secure gimbal lock allows for precise tuning
The lens platform adjusts to various heights and angles to help support longer lenses and camera bodies
The ergonomic handle affords a comfortable grip for hours without undue fatigue, for either right or left handed users
All parts are stainless steel, aluminum or brass for corrosion resistance
Dovetail plate and gimbal are retrofittable with original Steadicam Merlin
Top dovetail plate has been designed to clear battery doors on most DSLR cameras
Secure metal interconnect to Merlin arm post
Sleek new black and stainless steel styling
For more information about the Steadicam Merlin products, please visit
Pricing and Availability
The Merlin 2 is available today through the Tiffen worldwide reseller network at a list price of 849.00 USD. Visit for more information.
Book a Private Press Briefing at NAB 2012
To set up a press briefing with a member of the Tiffen management team or a private product viewing during NAB 2012, please contact Anya Oskolkova at
About Tiffen
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning two Technical Achievement Awards and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as an Emmy® Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® light, Listec™ teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.
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Press Contacts
Tiffen North America
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova
Janice Dolan
Zazil Media Group
(p) 617.817.6595
(skype) janicedolan
Tiffen International
Bob Pank
(p) +44 (0) 134 283 6056
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