Miller’s New Arrow X Fluid Heads
Posted on Apr 19, 2016 by Alex Fice
Miller Camera Support has unveiled their new arrowX Series at NAB 2016, an evolution of the company’s Arrow Series, this new range of fluid heads will include the arrowX 3, arrowX 5 and arrowX 7.
A new key feature of the arrowX Series is Miller’s CB PLUS, a sequential counterbalance design, which, Miller claim, takes traditional counterbalancing a step forward, resulting in repeatable, accurate and rapid setup. Unlike other solutions where a continuous counterbalance or a boost button would shift the whole range by four steps, causing the user to have to start over finding the right position, CB PLUS features eight large counterbalance steps, allowing the user to potentially get to their needed position quicker.
The CB Plus switch adds a half step enabling counterbalance refinement. This new feature makes the arrowX Series a good fit ENG, EFP, Studio, field OB, or any other use where frequent and fast re-rigging is required.
All arrowX models come with 120mm sliding plate travel to help quickly re-balance changing camera payloads. Precision ball bearing supported pan-tilt movements help deliver silky smooth starts and soft stop fluid actions. Precise floating pan-tilt calliper locks ensure bounce free on-off locking.
- The arrowX 3 boasts a payload range of 2.2-41.8 lbs (1-19 kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 5+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for lighter cameras used in ENG, documentaries and EFP applications.
- The arrowX 5 has a wide payload range from 4.4-46.2 lbs (2-21 kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for larger ENG and EFP applications including documentaries, drama and television commercials.
- Finally, the arrowX 7 has a payload range from 13.2-55.1 lbs (6-25 kg), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for heavier rigs, including in-studio and OB applications.