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The Shadow 50 System Includes:
The Shadow Series system DOES NOT come standard with any batteries or charger.
These are OPTION Items.
Tiffen takes great pride in introducing the Steadicam® Shadow® 50, a low-cost big rig that performs like the Ultra2. The Shadow 50 base system starts with a 29 to 49 inch telescoping carbon fiber post coupled to the Ultra2 stage—with our patented ± 20º tilt head—and terminating in a new solid base. Outfitted with the Ultra2 Gimbal, 800 nit HD/SDI/SD monitor, dual monitor mounts, frameline generator, and a dual battery mount (12 and 24 volts, either V-Lock or Anton Bauer), the Shadow 50 fills the need for a heavy-duty, high-performance, and low-cost rig. Also included is the G-50X Iso-Elastic™ Stabilizer Arm, Ultra2® Vest, Docking and Balancing bracket, add-on weights, and the Steadicam logo hard sled case with wheels.
Like all our Steadicam stabilizers, the Shadow 50 is designed to be user-friendly, field-serviceable, tools-free, straightforward, and versatile so the operator can quickly and easily configure the rig to the best advantage for each shot. Change the sled length, balance, inertia, and go to low mode in a heartbeat, all without tools, extra parts, or fuss and bother. Solid, versatile, fast, with the Shadow 50 it all happens like magic on the set.
On the stage, the Wide Dovetail Lock has a broader, more positive grip on the dovetail plate, and the handle has a safety stop to prevent accidental release.
The Integral Tilt Head preserves dynamic balance with the lens angled ± 20º—perfect for long mode or whip pans. The tilt head also maintains high or low lens heights, and helps with clearance, reach, or viewing problems.
The two section, carbon fiber Telescoping Post extends the sled from 29 to 49 inches—or anywhere in between—for short to long mode shooting. Inside the post is a patented curly-cable system which has discrete, 14 and 28 volt lines for sustained high-amp capacity (14 gauge wires!); separate, dedicated and uninterrupted HD-SDI and HD component coax cables; plus composite video in and out.
The Shadow 50 uses the Ultra2® Gimbal—the smoothest, most precise gimbal ever made, with heavy-duty, high-precision bearings and an ergonomic yoke. It’s easy to take apart for cleaning and it comes with its own tool—“The Blue Whale”—which operators can use to precisely center the gimbal in the field, even after years of hard knocks.
The post, monitor, and gimbal’s Low-Profile Clamps are either open and free, or positively locked, with a snap-over-centers clamping action. The clamp lever is ergonomically recessed into the clamp bodies, so nothing sticks out to catch on a cable.
The Swept-Back Monitor Mount is designed for maximum stiffness, inertial control, and viewing options. It now offers a wider range of positions, both vertically and horizontally, and the flip-to-low-mode dovetail mount is both quick and positive.
The Modular Electronics of the Shadow 50 provides a “backplane” system that replaces the traditional wiring harness and supports user-replaceable circuit boards. Microprocessors are software upgradeable. The new, smaller electronics box continues our exclusive narrow sled design, and includes an electronic frameline generator.
The Structural Dovetail Base solidly mounts gyros, Antlers™, or other accessories. There are two positive clamps for the battery rods and a pull out mounting plate for accessories.
The monitor and the battery pack are adjustable in, out, and vertically over a wide range, giving operators great choices for viewing, balance, and inertial control. The Tilting Battery Mount can be angled over 180 degrees and creates additional options. Pan inertia can be adjusted from a super-whippy 140 pound inch2 (65 kg2) to an amazingly stiff 2,564 pound inch2 (1,163 kg2)—or even more if weights are added to the monitor or battery rods.
In the standard mode, the sled is powered by two batteries in series to create 24 volts and 12 volts via a 100 watt down converter. Flip the on-off switch in the other direction to power everything on one battery for a lightweight 12 volt mode. A simple wire change inside the battery holder enables paralleling the two batteries for very high-amp draw, 12 volt cameras like the Panavision® Genesis®.
The Shadow 50 uses the lightweight, ergonomic LX Vest designed for increased operator control and comfort. The LX Vest is constructed of “dynamite” weather resistant black nylon. Features include 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; a stiffer central spar; and two-position chest buckles to fit varying body sizes. Other critical features include a “sound stage–friendly” anti-squeak buckle design with new, “no-pinch” chest strap grips—all features working together to complement the capabilities of the G-50X Arm.
In addition to the proprietary Steadicam no-tools adjustment of lift, the amazing G-50X Arm boasts a 10 to 50 pound (4.5–22.7 kg) lifting range. The patented “Geo” feature, which changes the spring tension as you boom up and down makes the G-50X the smoothest arm ever, with an astounding boom range of 29 inches (74 cm). The “Ride” adjustment precisely tunes the arm’s Iso-Elastic® response. The new arm posts are interchangeable with a rotational drag control.
All of the above features are integral to the Shadow 50 design; ready to be used when needed. The Shadow 50 continues the Ultra® tradition—the most versatile and user-friendly Steadicam® ever made. It lets one operate with minimum effort and maximum precision for every part of every shot. The sled is configured as desired: short, long, whippy or slow. Operators can trim on the fly for each part of the shot and returns to nominal with the push of a button. The Shadow is a cost-effective, heavy-duty “big rig”—the key to high-performance Steadicam operating.