Gentec International has announced two new products: the PIXI Mini Tripod and the Top Lock Quick-Release System.
Manfrotto’s PIXI mini tripod is the first ever support designed specifically for use with Compact System Cameras (CSC). Featuring the latest Italian design, the PIXI mini tripod is lightweight, intuitive to use, and easy to carry in any situation, from parties to weekend trips. PIXI is extremely versatile: besides being a tripod, it can also be used as a comfortable video grip to help create great videos. The PIXI features a simple push-button mechanism that lets you position and lock the ball head quickly and easily.
The versatile ball head is able to tilt 35° and pan 360° to help you find the perfect composition. At only 230 grams and close to 18 centimetres when closed, PIXI is small and light enough to throw in any bag. It is constructed from premium Adapto, a high-performance polymer that’s comparable to aluminum in strength but 50% lighter, and stainless steel, making it solid and stable; the rubber feet provide a steady grip on a wide variety of surfaces. The universal 1/4” screw thread allows the PIXI to be used with a variety of devices, from compact digital cameras to an entry-level DSLR.
From sunsets and night photos to self-portraits and videos, PIXI is the perfect accessory for photographers who have found that Compact System Cameras provide them with the perfect balance between image quality, compact size, and design. Manfrotto’s PIXI (MTPIXI-B) has a suggested retail price of $39.95 and will be available August 2013.
The new Top Lock Quick-Release System from Manfrotto is designed for professional photographers; Top Lock balances speed and ease of use with reliable, safe support.
Quick-release systems are made up of two elements: the plate that fastens to the camera body or lens bracket and the clamp, which is attached to the tripod head and grips the plate to keep the camera securely attached while allowing it to be removed quickly for alternative shooting styles or setups. The Top Lock plate profile is one that pros will likely recognize, since it will also fit ubiquitous Arca-style quick-release systems. However, in designing the Top Lock system, Manfrotto pushed the standard by adding some extremely practical features to help working photographers.
Easier to use during set-up and changeovers, the Top Lock system allows the camera/plate to be dropped in to the top of the clamp unit, which is much faster and more efficient than trying to align and slide it in from the side, especially when juggling heavy camera equipment.
When the Top Lock plate engages with the body of the clamp, a secondary safety mechanism prevents the plate from sliding or rotating out of the head, eliminating the risk of damage to expensive camera gear if the plate is inadvertently left unlocked. Because the camera is already securely supported, the photographer can even safely take his hands off the camera body before locking down the head, which can be done with one hand.
Three independent levelling bubbles have been built into the low-profile body of the Top Lock clamp unit to help the photographer level the camera accurately on all axes of rotation. Helping achieve precise in-camera framing ensures that every pixel of the final image is usable and also helps to reduce post-production time spent cropping and correcting rotation or distortion.
Lightweight and easy to carry, the Top Lock clamp is made from light aluminum and stainless steel with no sacrifice in terms of strength or reliability.
Top Lock (MSQ6) is available as an adaptor that can be fitted to existing heads and has a suggested retail price of $149.95. Additional quick-release plates (MSQ6PL) are also available at a suggested retail price of $59.95.
Manfrotto is also offering a number of complete ball heads featuring the Top Lock Quick-Release System: three models (MH054M0-Q6, MH055M0-Q6 and MH057M0-Q6) are based on Manfrotto’s premium magnesium ball head design, while one (468MGQ6) is a new hydrostatic head model. Suggested retail prices are $299.95, $339.95, $399.95, and $339.95, respectively. All models will be available in August 2013.