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Sony HDV going SOLO


It's super light, ultra compact, higher quality than any competitor, and offers features and versatility beyond its price.

Sony's new HDV? Sure, just like the Miller SOLO 10.

A year after its launch, the SOLO DV tripod and DS10 combo will again be called upon by video professionals to consumately support a breakthrough camcorder, with the February release of Sony's HDV-Z1 1080i camcorder.

As was the case with the wildly successful Panasonic DVX100 and Canon XL series MiniDV's, tripod support will again come to the fore in optimising the new quality level of these amazing camcorders.

Like proper lighting and audio, the smooth pan action you get from DS10's true fluid design, and the rock solid stability SOLO DV's carbon legs provide, are the defining points between 'quality pickchers' and 'blow-you-away' creative imagery.

So, how does SOLO do it?

By combining silk-smooth fluid pan & tilt with an ultra light, rock solid spreaderless tripod. Add to that selectable counterbalance, 75mm ball levelling and quick release and SOLO DV is unbeatable for one-man shooting.

Grant Clementson, Miller’s MD, explains, “The DV shooter’s demands of stability, pro features and light weight, compact carriage were not being met. Sure, you can get friction heads on cheap, unstable tripods, spreaderless tripods without ball levelling, heads without fluid or counterbalance, tripods that are too heavy or too large - you just couldn’t get the best of all worlds in one package – until SOLO!”

The spreaderless SOLO DV carbon fibre tripod is designed for single operator crews: they set up to 5' 160cm height in seconds and pack down to a compact 60cm for transport. Selectable leg angle locks ensure rapid stabilisation, while the 75mm diecast alloy bowl offers quick levelling, optimum tortional rigidity and long term durability.

The SOLO DV tripod will initially launch with three new systems specifically targeting one-man DV shooters:

SOLO 5 system: The SOLO 5 comprises Miller DS5 75mm fluid head head handling 0-5lb (0-2.5kg) MiniDV palmcorders mounted on a carbon fibre 2-Stage, 75mm SOLO DV2 spreaderless tripod. Quick Release plate, rugged carry case, adjustable pan handle, neoprene upper tube protection and 3-year warranty round out this amazing DV package. The SOLO MaxiDV system will also be on display and boasts a similar tripod/carry case configuration with a 20lb capacity 75mm fluid head.

SOLO 10 system: The SOLO 10 boasts 5-10lb (2.5 - 5kg) payload capacity for both HDV, PD-170, DVX-100 and XL-2 DV camcorders, with a Miller DS10 75mm fluid head mounted on a carbon fibre 2-Stage, 75mm SOLO DV2 spreaderless tripod. Quick Release sliding plate, rugged carry case, adjustable pan handle, neoprene upper tube protection and 3-yrwarranty are standard SOLO 10 features.

SOLO 20 system: The SOLO 20 employs the well-known Miller DS20 fluid head to handle 10-20lb (5-10kg) payloads up to the DSR300 DVCAM camcorders. SOLO 20 incorporates a carbon fibre 2-Stage, 75mm SOLO DV2 spreaderless tripod, Quick Release sliding plate, rugged carry case, adjustable pan handle, neoprene upper tube protection and 3-year warranty ar standard features for SOLO 10.

All SOLO DV systems will be available at the beginning of the 3rd quarter 2003.
For further information regarding the Solo Tripod Series look in the Product Centre for System and Tripod specifications or you can email us at press@miller.com.au

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