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Header image for article NAB 2016: Miller Updates

NAB 2016: Miller Updates

Today I swung by the Miller booth, where Miller engineer Michael Abelev walked me through the features of their new ArrowX series of tripod heads. Solving one of the age-old issues with fluid heads' counterbalance, the Miller ArrowX series adds an extra half-step of counterbalance, accessible from the front of the tripod head - great for when you need just a "little bit more" (or less) to perfectly balance a camera rig.

All other controls are conveniently placed on the rear of the tripod head and are back-lit. All three standard settings (pan, tilt and drag) can be matched numerically, creating what is known as "diagonal shift," where the same amount of effort is needed to move the camera in any axis. This leads to smoother operating.

Along with Miller's trademark consistency and repeatability, the ArrowX series is also more robust, with a beefier build and confidence-inspiring payload ratings. The ArrowX 3 can accommodate 41 lbs, the ArrowX 5 can accommodate 46 lbs, and the ArrowX 7 handles 55 lbs. Additionally, the tripod's plates now travel a full 120mm front-to-rear, and spare screws are conveniently -- and visibly -- stored on the side of the saddle for easy access. The clamp stud can be easily removed, as well as mounted to a flat base, such as for sliders, or adapted with a Mitchel Base. Check out my video above to see the new heads in action.

Ian McCausland
Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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