The Manfrotto ‘Transfer’ is a Modular Assist System for the Hybrid Shooter


Manfrotto has introduced what it’s calling the Transfer Ecosystem: a line of modular and linked assist merchandise which might be designed to help a hybrid picture and video shooter throughout a variety of functions.

Manfrotto says the system was developed across the concept of pace and flexibility to raised assist the fashionable inventive skilled who rides the road between photographer and filmmaker. The Transfer is ready to transition shortly and regularly between various assist methods due to a brand new Fast Launch System in its light-weight base and plate choices that may connect to a set of helps.

Principally, Manfrotto noticed the issue that plagues many trendy shooters: the tripod plates, helps, and equipment which might be wanted with a purpose to fluidly seize a variety of nonetheless or video pictures aren’t usually appropriate. Video plates are completely different from nonetheless plates, and those wanted on a gimbal could be completely completely different as effectively. Transferring from a slider to a tripod to a gimbal is, due to this fact, gradual and tedious. For smaller crews with a restricted variety of arms and cameras, selecting to maneuver from one shot to the following might imply sacrificing invaluable minutes of taking pictures time.

The system can supposedly give hybrid shooters the pliability to shortly soar between completely different assist methods with a single click on and with no need to screw or unscrew completely different items so as to take action.

Briefly, Manfrotto Transfer is designed to cut back downtime when switching between tripods, movement management gear, and stabilizers in fast-paced inventive environments.

One plate can keep hooked up to a photographer’s digicam however give them entry to completely different tripod heads due to the shared design. The aforementioned fast launch system is made potential due to a locking base unit. A fitted plate screws into the underside of a tripod head and permits them to slide out of their place on a tripod and onto one other, for instance.

On the left, the Fast Launch Plate. On the correct, the Fast Launch Catcher.

With two of the locking Fast Launch Catcher bases, a tripod video head outfitted with the interlocking Quixk Launch base plate could be unlocked from a set of tripod legs and instantly transitioned to a slider and re-locked into place. So whereas a photographer would wish multiple Catcher unit, they might theoretically solely want one video head.

“Whereas pace is actually a profound advantage of the Fast Launch System, on account of its common 3/8-inch connection commonplace, the system is able to connecting various assist varieties to one another revealing enhanced performance from customers present methods,” Manfrotto says.

The Transfer system is hinged on the small interlocking piece, however along with it Manfrotto has introduced a brand new gimbal known as the 300XM. Totally different from different gimbals, the 300XM makes use of a removable modular building that permits the pinnacle and digital controls to speak with one another even when separated due to a Bluetooth connection.

The gimbal head may also be tailored onto a very separate assist system resembling a tripod or slider and be used as a remotely operated taking pictures station.

“Manfrotto tripods could be coupled with sliders and completely different heads on prime, whereas Manfrotto’s Gimboom could be paired with the brand new Modular Gimbal 300XM with a purpose to have a two meters lengthy stabilized assist with distant management capabilities that may be absolutely operated by a single person,” the corporate says.

The Manfrotto Transfer Fast Launch Catcher prices $90 and the Fast Launch Plate prices $25, although a bundle with the 2 collectively will value $100. The Gimboom leveling Fast Launch Plate prices a bit extra at $30. Manfrotto’s new Modular Gimbal will retail for $770.


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