Berlin-based engineering company Space Instruments has introduced the latest version of its Gear Head to the U.S. market, following years of development and a successful product launch in Europe.
The compact Gear Head version 2.1 measures 15" wide, 8.9" high and 14.1" deep, making it easy to transport. It offers a tilt range from +40 to -40 degrees, and the pan axis can freely rotate 360 degrees; the well-balanced hand wheels enable stepless adjustments in all directions, and both axes provide brakes to hold the Gear Head in place. The Gear Head is also capable of variable speeds in both axes, providing greater control for operators; the slow speed has a gear ratio of 60 turns of the hand wheel to 360 degrees, while the fast speed is 30 turns for 360 degrees.
Engineers at Space Instruments have designed the Gear Head with long-lasting, smooth-operating, all-metal construction, with anodized aluminum surfaces and moving parts of brass and stainless steel. Weighing only 25 pounds, the Gear Head can support payloads up to 55 pounds. It is adaptable to common mounts including the Mitchell base and 100mm and 150mm tripods.
Space Instruments also offers a number of accessories, including a Tilt Plate, which can linearly and steplessly be adjusted from 0-90 degrees with knurled screws to lock it in place; two slits on the full length of the tilt plate allow for the desired positioning of the camera anywhere on the plate with standard ¼" screws. The company also offers the Extension/Riser Plate, which provides the operator with much-needed space to maneuver bigger cameras in any possible position without colliding or getting too close to the Gear Head.
All Space Instruments Gear Heads are individually handcrafted in Germany, and the company also offers customized production.
For additional information, visit gearhead.space-instruments.org.