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"Pan & Tilt Heads" equipment.

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 RCA MI 26205B
Period:   from the beginning of 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Unique in the UK, a complete RCA friction pan & tilt head with tripod (type TD 11A) and dolly (type TD 15A). This friction head type was used extensively in American monochrome tv stations and also on 'remotes' with the tripod and dolly combination which folded for easy transportation. 'Low cost' tv studios also used the tripod and dolly as an alternative to a pedestal. Manufactured by Houston-Fearless, the RCA pan head & dolly was used for over twenty five years (and may indeed still be running around somewhere). Larger picture shows the Dolly/Skid folded.

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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 MILLER UNIVERSAL
Period:   from the full 1960's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Light weight fluid drag pan head, 75mm bowl fitting usually on a Miller Tripod. Useful for 16mm or ENG cameras.

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Click to see large picture Newman Sinclair Pan head
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

All metal pan head and tripod, (extended to 8 ft). First devised for use with the NS Model G 35mm clockwork movie camera. Later use with Auricon 16mm cameras on tv news.

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Click to see large picture Films & Equipments Pan head
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Small friction pan and tilt head, used with Auricon or Arriflex ST cameras during the 1950s & 1960s.

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Click to see large picture Ronford-Baker Fluid 4
Period:   from the end of 1970's to the full 1990's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The 'Fluid 4 Variable Camera Head' consists of two sealed fluid units which, by the use of 'on-off' levers can be varied from a cushioned free head to the heaviest control required. Tilt range 60 degs. Used by film and ENG crews

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Click to see large picture MANFROTTO 116 Mk3
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 2000's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Nice, sturdy Italian-made tripod and pan head. In some ways superior to an equivalent Vinten product. Large and easy to fit slide-on camera plate. Self locking legs, height adjustment and removable rubber feet. Tilt stay. Very smooth action all round.

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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 Ernest Moy Ltd CRADLE HEAD
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large 16" inch 'cradle' pan and tilt head from Moy of London. Used by film studios worldwide. Also special effects work and stop motion animation. Our example ex-BBC Television. Company History: Established by Ernest Francis Moy (c1869-1926) and Percie Henry Bastie in 1895 to manufacture fuses, circuit breakers and switches; from 1897 began establishing cine equipment patents, even producing films through the off-shoot company Cinematograph Co. Produced first cine camera with daylight loading in 1900, the Moy and Bastie camera; by 1911 Moy cameras in use by film makers worldwide.

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Click to see large picture MITCHELL Model BB
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Manufactured in Glendale California, this pan head is numbered 91. Much copied, the Mitchell movie camera pan and tilt head has no equal and our example is in full working condition. Tension springs help moderate the 'tilt'.

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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 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 MAX KILLI KM
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1980's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Robust German pan and tilt head plus wooden extending tripod from Max Killi (KM) of Munchen. 1950s. Standard wedge fitting. Rather bouncy and unrefined spring tilt mechanism. This equipment was used mainly by European tv and film studios. Not seen in the UK.

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Click to see large picture Films & Equipments Pan Head
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

British-built pan & tilt head with spring tension. Designed originally for film work, used subsequently during the 1950s for tv cameras, especially on o.b.s. Larger image shows the pan head on a MOY tripod

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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 DEBRIE Pan head
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Classic French Debrie pan and tilt head, developed for the film industry but used in the 1950s by European and British tv companies. Balanced via three springs to dampen the tilt.

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Click to see large picture Ernest Moy Ltd TRIPOD
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   2 specimens available

A restored MOY wooden heavy duty camera tripod. This tripod has been re-painted in typical 'Technicolor' blue livery as this tripod was used originally by the Technicolor company in the UK. The tripod is marked 'Technicolor Ltd No.19'

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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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Click to see large picture ECLAIR 1074
Period:   from the beginning of 1950's to the full 1970's
Type:   Pan & Tilt Heads
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Eccentric design friction pan head and tripod from the French company Éclair. The unit is marked 'Brevis Coutant Mathot' and dates probably from the mid 1950s. The head accepts a standard wedge plate. The full rig is quite heavy.

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