OConnor Introduces O-Grips

Pioneering fluid head and tripod innovator OConnor, a Vitec Group
brand, introduces the O-Grips Professional Camera Hand Grips.

Constructed with a solid titanium core for extreme durability and reliability, O-Grips feature smooth-functioning, single-handle ball joints with a maximum payload capacity of 44 lbs (20 kg) – making them ideal for work with both smaller and larger cameras. These are the first professional camera handgrips capable of fitting all three standard rod systems (15mm and 19mm Studio, and 15mm LWS) via the single, easy to use O-Grips bridge. OConnor O-Grips can be used with all common camera configurations (several optional accessories will be available).

Modular O-Grips are infinitely stackable for custom applications and can be configured to create double or even multi-joint handles. Each grip is fully adjustable and is capable of a half sphere of stepless articulation. In addition, by combining two grips, the range can be extended to a complete sphere. Users can easily perform tool-free adjustment and locking of the O-Grips with one hand while operating most camera systems on their shoulder. A 3/8 stainless steel top screw and 3/8 bottom thread enable attachment at many points on a camera system and allow the addition of different accessories to the O-Grips for maximum versatility and functionality. Attaching or removing a single O-Grip Module from the camera system is quick and simple — a 5mm Allen wrench is all it takes.

At NAB 2010, OConnor O-Grips were awarded the DV Black Diamond Award for outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology.

Product delivery has started already. OConnor O-Grips will be available as a single hand grip module with a list price of € 350.00; in a single-jointed set priced at € 830.00; or in a double-jointed set with a list price of € 1.380.00. The O-Grip Three-System Rod Bridge may also be purchased separately. List price is €280.00. For further information on the O-Grips and other OConnor products, go to www.ocon.com.

About Oconnor
Pioneering fluid head and tripod innovator OConnor has been the choice of top cinematographers since its invention nearly 60 years ago by Chad O’Connor of OConnor Engineering. Known for their hallmark smooth feel, consistent reliability, and cinematographer-friendly features, OConnor’s award-winning fluid heads offer maximum control and stability for film-style cinematography.

Today’s support line includes the Ultimate range of fluid heads and Cine HD carbon-fiber tripods. With the 120EX OConnor introduced the flagship of its new series of EXTENDED CAPACITY fluid heads—the EX range. OConnor’s new 2575D fluid head continues the legacy of the industry standard – the Ultimate range of fluid heads for cine and digital cameras. The new camera accessory line will offer a range of camera tools for high-end cinematography applications. Along with five other leading brands in the broadcast industry, OConnor is part of Camera Dynamics Inc., which in turn is part of the Vitec Group of companies. More information can be found at www.ocon.com.

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