The 4.4 pound Feather Crane Plus™ from Lite Pro Gear is a modular upgrade on the tried and true design of the original Feather Camera Crane, raising the payload capacity to 13.5 pounds and improving the support for heavier camera configurations. While still an easy setup with exceptional packability, the Feather Plus brings unprecedented potential for a camera jib weighing under 5 pounds, making it a great asset for small footprint production companies. Most importantly though, you'll love the footage you get, whether it's a nice reveal ending in an overhead perspective, a beautiful pan, or even better – a dynamic, multi-axis shot made possible by flying a gimbal setup!
There's a lot of 3k carbon fiber in this 10 foot Telescoping Boom, givingit an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. The telescoping length of 28 inches to 10 feet is reliably controlled by efficient flip-lock clamps, which you'll find work better than screw locks in the outdoor elements. The longer the fulcrum length, the smoother the shot, in addition to a higher overhead perspective and a larger swooping range. The fully extended Boom gives you a 7 foot reach from the fulcrum. Use without the Cable Support when flying DSLR cameras and/or running the Boom in a compact mode when shooting in close quarters. It should be noted that carbon fiber is corrosion free so the telescoping functions will continue to work effectively over time. Also, as a bonus, you can use the Boom separately as a monopod or a GoPro pole for quick and dirty overhead shots, or as a mic boom.
The Cable Support is the Boom's best friend when it comes time to fly the heavier camera configurations. The carbon fiber Support Rod attaches and locks easily to the Boom via the Connection Component. The Support Cable is a nylon-coated, stainless steel cable rated to 270 pounds. The nylon coating is corrosion resistant and is the type of cable commonly used in aircraft controls and automobiles. The Black Diamond Carabiners™, which make for easy connection points, are the best mini-carabiner out there and are manufactured in the USA by the great company Black Diamond™. They're made of strong plastic, have a reliable gate, and come in an assortment of colors. The Webbing/Buckle is the same material you find on your backpacks and climbing harnesses.
The Adjustable Self-Leveling Camera Head maintains a smooth and consistent shot throughout large swooping motions. The camera seat slides vertically for various head configurations that can accommodate a variety of video and DSLR options. The seat also allows you to hang heavier cameras, giving the system more stability. As well, we encourage you to use gimbals or a ball head for additional configuration options.
The Feather Plus package includes the 7" Extension Plate for mounting of cameras such as REDs or the Fs700. Order the optional 10.5" Extension Plate Plus for the mounting of larger gimbals such as the MOVI M10 or M15.
Your camera mounts to the Head via ¼”-20 or ⅜”-16 track screws, which are held in place so they are always there when you need them. Included in the purchase is one ¼”-20 tool-less track screw, one ¼”-20 track screw, and one ⅜”-16 track screw.
The Camera Crane Tower easily attaches to your existing tripod and/or fluid head’s quick release plate through two 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 connection points. And it fits all video heads, from Manfrotto to Satchler. Because you're using your existing fluid head you’re able to tilt the camera up or down, resulting in a broader range of creativity. The tower also has 1/4" and 3/8" sized holes so you can attach an articulating arm (with a wing nut) in order to mount a field monitor. For stowage you have the option to separate it from the boom and pack it neatly in the rock bag, allowing for easy storage, protection, and versatile packing configurations.
The Jib Control Handle / Counterweight Hanger makes it easy for you to manage the boom and capture smooth, fluid shots. It can handle multiple counterbalance options such as the Rock Bag (included), standard weight sets (not included), a haul bag, your backpack, or attach your carabiners (not included) to hang the counterweight. It displaces the weight load for better balance, giving the system great stability. Also, it separates from the boom and packs neatly in the rock bag allowing for easy storage and protection.
Carabiners in picture are not included.
The Micro Adjust Systemutilizes durable nylon webbing to make quick micro-adjustments to the angle of your shot.
The Black Diamond Carabiner™is the best mini-carabiner out there and is manufactured in the USA by the great companyBlack Diamond™. It's made of strong plastic, has a reliable gate, and comes in an assortment of colors. The carabiner makes for an easy connection point between the Micro Adjust System and the Cable Slip.
The Cable Slip secures the Control Cable for different Boom lengths and it holds the cable in place during storage.
The Control Cable is a Petzl™ airline cord which is sheathed with the high strength synthetic fiber, Dyneema, giving it excellent abrasion resistance. It also eliminates the need for a second boom arm, thus lessening the weight of the crane.
The Quick Release Connection Pins are zinc coated, giving them excellent rust resistance along with being slick–making them quick and easy to use. They have a shear strength of 4,300 pounds. The pins have leashes so you’ll never lose them.
Blue 6061 Anodized Aluminum Component Pieces with White Graphics offer a high strength-to-weight ratio and a corrosion-weather resistance. The anodizing gives the components the nice color, hardens the aluminum, and increases the longevity of the parts. The graphics are lasered onto the components and clearly labeled for reliable setup.
The Rock Bag is made of durable ripstop nylon, which is the same fabric as your backpack. Stowage instructions are screen-printed on the bag and it has a zippered compartment to hold extra screws or tools. It can act as a counterweight bag allowing you to use things among your surroundings such as rocks, snow, or water bottles. Not having to haul the counterweight in your pack means further distances covered in a shorter period of time. It has webbing loops that slip over the jib handle or use your own carabiners (not included) to hang the bag. It's also the protective case for the component parts – Camera Tower, Jib Handle, and Extension Plate.
The Tool-less Setup gives you the ability to easily setup and breakdown the jib in just minutes.
What you see above stows into 2 packable sections giving you various options as to how you want to pack it in or on your backpack. The 28" (71.12 cm) boom breakdown length allows for super easy storage in your travel or expedition bag – you’ll hardly know it’s there. It can also fit in most tripod cases along with the tripods. The Rock Bag securely holds your components and packs to 11" x 3 ½" (27.94 x 8.89 cm). The Rock Bag can also clip around the boom.
The Bonus Boom Protective Sleeve is made from 5mm stretch Neoprene and is similar to a fly fishing pole holder. It has a balanced strap for carrying, and the zippered end gives you a quick in-and-out access. It stores the Boom and the Cable Support. Also, there's enough room to keep your ball head attached to the Camera Seat.
“People asked for it, 'Keep it ultralight, but give us the ability to fly our gimbals–give us the tool to knock it outta' the park!' I'm stoked to raise the bar as to what's possible with the Feather Crane, and I can't wait to see what people do with it!"