The Archer2 (patent pending) “pack and go” sled reduces its size by more than 30% for easier equipment transport and faster set-ups and teardowns. A connector rich base combined with separately adjustable battery and monitor mount provides a very versatile system that can conform to even the most demanding requirements. When set-up, the Archer2 flawless dynamics, with precision gimbal control and finely tuned distribution of mass, provides the unique feel that has set Steadicam systems apart from all others.
Equipped with the Archer2, is the revolutionary G-50x Arm with a boom range of 29″/74cm. It is the result of years of research and testing by Garrett Brown. The G-50x is the lightest, most rigid, best-behaving, cost-effective arm, with the greatest vertical travel and lifting range in Steadicam history. In addition to Steadicam’s proprietary no-tools adjustment of lift, the G-50x features a honeycomb design that reduces arm weight substantially, yet maintains superior rigidity. The new multi-section G-50x arm can be separated into sections allowing for compact storage and transport.
The LX vest for the Archer2 has also been newly designed for increased operator control and comfort. Constructed of “dynamite” weather-resistant black nylon, it features an integrated lower back support pad for increased comfort, improved front waist support for a “flex-free” vest to arm interface; buckle indexing mechanism for quick, positive latching or unlatching; vertically adjustable wide stance chest plate with stiffer central spar and two-position chest buckles to accommodate varying body sizes.
Other critical improvements of the new vest include: a “sound stage friendly” anti-squeak buckle design and new, “no pinch” chest strap grips. All work together to complement the capabilities of the G-50x arm. The Archer2 also incorporates a completely new camera mounting system with open access design for on-location adjustments. It also features a unique mid-rib, and the widest possible bearings for maximum stability and easy, low frictional adjustments. With standard tilt head and optional single or dual remote stage motors, operators can use long lenses with a high degree of confidence and versatility.
Operators also have a further choice of two high-definition LCD monitor upgrades. In addition to its roster of capabilities, the Archer2 can accept batteries from Anton Bauer or IDX V-Lock that powers the monitor and 12 or 24 volt video or film cameras equipped with auxiliary power input, and “hotswap” facility. “The Steadicam Archer2 is the perfect system for broadcast applications, tele-production studios and independent Steadicam operators who require a fully featured rig that is low cost and lightweight.