TIFFEN INTRODUCES REVOLUTIONARY NEW STEADICAM® TANGO™
“STEADICAM’S NEW DANCE PARTNER FOR IMPOSSIBLE SHOTS.”
The Tiffen Company, leading manufacturer of award winning accessories for the still imaging, motion picture and broadcast markets, announced today at the opening of the 2010 NAB Show, its revolutionary new Steadicam® TANGO™.
 
The lightweight Steadicam® TANGO provides long-sought floor-to-ceiling boom range with lateral reach, full stability, intuitive control and simple, economical construction. TANGOis a game-changing Steadicam accessory for use with today’s miniature HD cameras according to Steve Tiffen, President and CEO of The Tiffen Company.   “TANGO is designed to be a straightforward, bolt-on addition for future Tango-compatible Steadicam models.”
The Steadicam TANGO™ balances and feels like a single sled carrying all components. It provides a comfortable, centered operating position, even at full up/down boom. It incorporates rugged, all-mechanical construction and uses a conventional Steadicam sled plus the six pound Tiffen Tango extension.  “There are no electronics, gyros, wiring, connectors or power-hungry components,” said Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam.  “It also has a large-aperture, interior cable-path for camera/CCU interconnection. With your eyes closed, it feels like a normal Steadicam,” continued Brown.  
 Availability and pricing of the Steadicam TANGO™ are not finalized and will be announced later this year. 
STEADICAM® TANGO features:
  • Nine-foot continuous elevation and traverse with back-pan and back-tilt 
  • 360 degrees pan, ±90 degrees tilt available throughout boom range
  • Optimum pan/tilt inertia at all times        
  • Camera fits into small openings with full angular control       
  • 6 lb. camera payload @ 3:1 extension equals 29 lb. total    
  • Rapid conversion from “Tango” mode to conventional Steadicam    
  • Stable – when walking, running, climbing stairs 
  • Silent – no servo motor noise 
  • Fast – ultra-rapid traverse, elevation, pan/tilt
BACKGROUND.
In 1973 Oscar-winning cinematographer Garrett Brown wanted the freedom to move the lens from the floor to the ceiling.   Garrett’s ultimate Steadicam® invention was an elegant and wildly successful compromise that has revolutionized the world of film and video. New generations of Steadicam camera stabilizers have unleashed endless filming possibilities, but Garrett never gave up on his original dream.
In 2009 a camera revolution was well underway – lenses and HD imaging chips were at last being separated from their heavy CCU’s. Garrett started all over again with a radical new idea: a conventional Steadicam sled at one end of an accessory spar, stabilizing a “mini- sled” at the other end to at last yield that long-sought floor-to-ceiling boom range with direct and intuitive control.  
In early 2010, the simple, all-mechanical TANGO became a reality. A mechanical tour-de-force. Garrett’s revolutionary 3D connectors transmit “master” pan/tilt/roll moves to a “slave” sled at the other end of the telescoping central spar. This allows the camera payload to mimic every nuance – fast or slow – of the operator’s input.
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