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Equipment produced by "Vinten".

World leader in tv camera mounts.

Click to see large picture Vinten OB DOLLY
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   1 specimens available

VINTEN OUTSIDE BROADCASTING DOLLY. This compact camera dolly, designed by Bill Vinten, appeared in late 1958 and was used on the second Queens' Christmas Day Speech, broadcast live from Sandringham. (the Queen-via the BBC- had asked for a less intrusive dolly-the lumbering 'Paddock' had been used the year before). The Vinten dolly runs on solid or pneumatic tyres. The central column elevates and the camera and seat rotate 360 deg (as does the rear steering). In operation the front wheels extend outwards for stability. (Many photos exist of this dolly in BBC & ITV operation without the front wheels extended. Of course, requirements of Health and Safety held no urgency back then...)

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Click to see large picture Vinten Mk5
Period:   from the full 1960's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Lightweight pan head from Vinten.

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Click to see large picture Vinten HP 419
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Vinten HP 419 'Hydro-Pneumatic'gas-balanced pedestal appeared first in the mid-1950s. The pedestal was a boon to tv cameramen who could now track and jib all at the same time without losing sight of the viewfinder. Many thousands of the HP 419 design were sold worldwide. Very few remain in production use, supplanted by the later Vinten Fulmar. Our picture shows a GA-TV HP419 with one of our EMI 203's.

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Click to see large picture Vinten Mk 3
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   12 specimens available

Still in use somewhere, the innovative Vinten Mk 3 Pan & Tilt head used risers and cams only (no fluids) to maintain the centre of gravity. This made the tilting of heavy cameras relatively easy. Indeed, if correctly mounted, a camera could be left at any tilt angle without lock off. Our picture shows designer Bill Vinten inspecting an example of his invention.

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Click to see large picture Vinten Cygnet Post Head
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The CYGNET post head was a lightweight addition to the Vinten pan head range, based on the larger Swan posthead. Nice action but awkward to use, additional clamps needed for pan bars etc. Also impractical for use with cassette-loading camcorders. The post gets in the way.

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Click to see large picture Vinten Mk 2
Period:   full 1950's decade
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   4 specimens available

The Vinten Mk 2 pan head used compression springs to moderate the tilt angle. This large pan head was also devised as a 'duo-pan head' with added pan & tilt control wheels similar to a cradle head. The Vinten Mk 2 pan head was used in 1950s tv studios until the very much better Mk 3 came along.

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Click to see large picture Vinten 459
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Vinten 459 pedestal- seen in the picture with an EMI 201 vidicon camera- was designed as a lightweight 'cost effective' item. The pedestal has chain-linked wheels and a spring operated column. Used originally in small presentation studios-news/weather reports etc. The larger picture shows an additional 'steer ring', added by GA-TV.

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Click to see large picture Vinten PLOVER
Period:   from the full 1980's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Vinten PLOVER 3179 ob/studio pedestal is a compact and relatively lightweight nitrogen-balanced item using a Fulmer type central three-stage column and three sets of linked wheels which can be either pneumatic or solid. The centre column can be easily separated from the wheeled base for transportation. The Plover pedestal can take a camera/pan head combination of up to 105 kgs.The front sets of wheels fold for storage.

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Click to see large picture Vinten MODEL J GYRO TRIPOD
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Vinten Model J Gyro Tripod consisted of two gyroscopic movements in the panning and tilting mechanisms that introduced drag. This resulted in a smooth, steady motion, especially useful when using very long lenses. Designed in the 1930s for full-sized 35mm cameras such as the Vinten H or Wall/Bell & Howell types. The example pictured has been fully restored.

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Click to see large picture Vinten Mk 7
Period:   from the full 1980's to the full 2000's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Mk 7 Vinten pan & tilt head was the culmination of the 'gravity' balanced system using cams and risers to achieve a tilt 'without effort'. The Mk 7 pan head is still in use worldwide. Say no more.

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Click to see large picture Vinten K
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   MOVIE CAMERAS
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A VINTEN type K 35mm movie camera. This camera has been adapted from the basic High Speed model with a repro lens and covered 400ft film magazine port on the top. Can be used as a hand-held 'newsreel' camera of the '1930s/1940s' for background effect.

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Click to see large picture Vinten LIGHT GYRO TRIPOD
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Light Vinten version of their gyroscopic pan and tilt head range. This pan head was suitable for use with smaller 35mm cameras such as the Newman Sinclair, Eyemo or Arriflex 35mm. The gyroscope system- for both pan and tilt-was useful for smoothing out camera actions when using long lenses. Our example has been fully restored.

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Click to see large picture Vinten AVOCET 70
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Nicely balanced and compact pan and tilt head from Vintens. Good for ENG work, which is for what it was designed.

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Click to see large picture Vinten MIDIPED
Period:   from the full 1980's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Vinten MIDIPED is a low cost ENG/Studio pedestal. It has an air pumped central column with independent locking wheels. Maximum jib height is 56" inches and the loading weight is 50kg. The entire rig detatches and folds for portablity

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Click to see large picture Vinten VISION 5
Period:   from the full 1980's to the full 2000's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Smallest of the VINTEN VISION range of balanced pan and tilt heads, our well-used example comes with a single stage tripod. All lightweight but sturdy. Popular choice for ENG work

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Click to see large picture Vinten PORTAPED 3056
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pedestals & Dollies
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Handy portable pedestal that is air balanced. Can be charged by pumping the column. Takes camera weights up to 120lbs.

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Click to see large picture Vinten SWAN POST HEAD
Period:   from the end of 1970's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   5 specimens available

The SWAN POST HEAD was designed in the late 1970s by Bill Vinten and Ted Galione. The object was to pivot a cameras' centre of gravity at the side, enabling a wide tilt range. This principle was not a particular hit with cameramen who preferred the usual top-mounted pan and tilt head. Our Post Head examples were used by Thames Television.

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Last updated: 21 September 2017