THE MAGIC STARTS HERE: THE MERLIN 2 CAMERA STABILIZER MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE TIFFEN BOOTH AT CES 2012
Also making its big show debut, the Merlin Camera Controller option, giving users mastery over camera functions 

Las Vegas, NV – January 10, 2012 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, today unveiled the brand-new Steadicam® Merlin 2 camera stabilizer system at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth 31133. Developed using the same Steadicam engineering ingenuity that powers the $60k feature-film models, the new Merlin 2 system offers everyone from the video enthusiast to the professional shooter an ultra-smooth, elegant handheld camera stabilizer system with unparalleled performance and precision. In addition to the Merlin 2’s debut, Tiffen also rolled out the new Merlin Camera Controller, a camera control accessory for Merlin and Merlin 2 systems. “Tiffen is all about helping people create the perfect image, and these two new products deliver on that promise,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company.“In addition to the phenomenal ergonomic design of the new handheld Merlin 2 system, the new production capabilities offered in the Merlin Camera Controller option really change the game with regard to camera control. You can seamlessly start and stop recording and control zoom and autofocus with no telltale bumps. Complex sequences can be shot and edited in real-time and are immediately ready to hand off to clients or view with friends and family.”
 
Manufactured for endurance, the sturdy Merlin 2 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.

Integrated directly within the Merlin 2 handle, the new Merlin Camera Controller provides the ultimate in operational convenience. Highlights of the Merlin Camera Controller include the following:
·         Control the Record Stop/Start, Auto Focus and Zoom functions of Canon or Sony LANC-capable cameras
·         LED indicators on the control panel show RECORD and STANDBY status
·         Allows the user greater freedom in operating his or her Merlin without strapping on bulky aftermarket zoom controllers that upset the balance of the Merlin and get in the way of users while operating
·         Simple one-handed ergonomic design and button placements make the Merlin Camera Controller easy and comfortable to use
·         Programmable Zoom control buttons allow the user to set up the Merlin Camera Controller for either left- or right-handed operation
·         No battery required – the Merlin Camera Controller uses power from the camera to operate via an ultra-thin connection cable to the camera’s port
·         Support for Merlin and Merlin 2 models
 
For more information about the Steadicam Merlin products, please visit http://www.tiffen.com/handheldmerlin.html
 
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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.
 
For more information on Tiffen, please visit: http://www.tiffen.com
 
Tiffen is a registered trademark of The Tiffen Company. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
 
Press Contacts
Tiffen North America
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova

Janice Dolan
Zazil Media Group
janice@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6595
(skype) janicedolan
 
Tiffen International
Peter Samwell
psamwell@tiffen.com
(p) +44 (0) 1404 42497
(o) +44 (0) 870 100 1220
 
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