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The new Steadicam G-70x2 Arm: the most intuitive stabilization ever?

The new Steadicam G-70x2 in action; available for pre-order
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The new Steadicam G-70x2 in action; available for pre-order

Tiffen has just announced the new Steadicam G-70x2 Arm, billing it as the result of decades of experience and input from top Steadicam operators combined with today's latest engineering and component technology.

Tiffen says that its new Steadicam G-70x2 Arm, includes features and functions that improve reliability, durability, safety, set-up speed, and smooth stabilization. It is based, of course, on the original and highly regarded G-70x, and can lift from 13 lbs/5.9kg to 70 lbs/31.75kg. It also offers a 29"/737mm boom range and a host of operating updates. 

There's a new dual bearing mounted ¾" arm post, with no-tools rotational locking and drag control, which should provide users with quick adjustability from a solid lock off to free rotation of the arm post, even when changing posts. Plus, there is now a rigid pivoting steel Socket Block, also with no-tools adjustability. Tiffen says this eliminates the flex inherent in traditional rod ends, offering more precise sled positioning, with faster set-ups and on-the-fly adjustments, without removing the arm. It also rather handily prevents the operator from mistakenly over-extending the rod ends.

The popular kickback link which gets the arm further out of the way as the sled crosses the operator’s body, has been upgraded from the old model and now features a multi-position socket block to locate the arm in the most convenient position, whether operating front- or back-mounted. 

The G-70x2 also offers a sleeker design with lower profile arm links that make it appear more transparent and less intrusive to operator movements. Operation is smoother in general due to the full complement of low friction pivot point bearings, updated arm bumper design, and various other tweaks.

The G-70x2 is available for pre-order only with a price of $12,995. Shipping will begin in March. Find out more about the Steadicam G-70x2 here.

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