Contest: Sachtler Video Looking for a Few Old Video Heads

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

There’s an interesting contest going on over at Sachtler Video.  They’re looking for the oldest, still operating Sachtler Video 18 Fluid Head and are hoping to lure it out of some faithful shooters hands with the promise of a new one.

Here are the details …

Users who still have a Sachtler Video 18 are invited to submit the serial numbers to Sachtler for review.  In addition to requesting the serial numbers, Sachtler would like supporting imagery of the venerable Video 18 in action in the field.

At the end of the day, the lowest number wins the opportunity to exchanged for a new Video 18 S1 tripod system with Speed Lock CF

But those who have their hopes dashed won’t necessarily be left out in the cold either, as Sachtler will enter the remaining Video 18 users who participate into a drawing for three additional Video 18 S1 tripod systems, with the Speed Lock CF.

Initially released in 1984, the Video 18 has been a standard tool with ENG/EFP production crews.  It can operate in extreme temperatures ranging from -40° to +140° F (-40° to +60° C) and is holds up in the harshest of conditions.  when shooting in unusual conditions.

Now why is Sachtler willing to give up a brand new fluid head for a beat up and well used model?  Well, it could be straight marketing with a legacy theme, as Sachtler company plans to post photos of the elder Video 18 systems working in exotic and challenging locations.  But it may also be that they’ll have a chance to study the wear and tear patterns in real life and real time conditions (as opposed non stop testing operations in a lab somewhere).    It reminds me of when astronauts from Apollo 12 tracked down an old video camera on a Ranger lunar lander and retreived it so that scientists could study the effects of the lunar surface on machinery over long periods of time.  But that’s just the romantic in me.

The contest ends June 30, 2012. Entry form, eligibility requirements and terms of use, and further information can be found at: www.sachtler.com/video18

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Contest offers Fluid Head owners chance to swap out their old Sachtler Video 18 for a brand new one

Valley Cottage, NY, May 16, 2012 – Premiere fluid head maker, Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, is looking for the oldest of its Video 18 fluid heads in use. Owners of Video 18s worldwide are invited to submit the serial number of their fluid head and a photo. The oldest Video 18 head still in-use will be exchanged for a new Video 18 S1 tripod system with Speed Lock CF. In addition, all Video 18 owners who enter will be part of a drawing in which three additional Video 18 S1 tripod systems, with the Speed Lock CF, will be awarded.

Sachtler requests that owners worldwide send photos of their Video 18 being used in the field. The Video 18 has been setting the standard in ENG/EFP production since 1984.  Exceptionally robust, the Video 18 works dependably in extreme temperatures ranging from -40° to +140° F (-40° to +60° C) and when shooting in unusual conditions.

Video 18 fluid head owners around the world are encouraged to participate. The company plans to post photos of the legacy Video 18 systems working in exotic and challenging locations.

The contest ends June 30, 2012. Entry form, eligibility requirements and terms of use, and further information can be found at: www.sachtler.com/video18

For more information visit www.sachtler.com or contact: Sachtler, 709 Executive Blvd., Valley Cottage, NY 10989, Phone: 845-268-0100, Fax: 845-268-0113, Email: info-cd-usa@vitecgroup.com

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About Sachtler
Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of camera support systems as well as a finely modulated product line of reportage lighting, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast and film applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents.  Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.  For more information on Sachtler, visit www.sachtler.com

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

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