Cartoni, the world leader is camera support, marks its 80th anniversary this year. Cartoni was founded in 1935, when cinematographer Renato Cartoni invented the first flywheel, pan-head tripod. His invention quickly became the standard for documentary and news operations and by World War II, most Italian cameramen were equipped with Cartoni heads and tripods.
Under the leadership of Renato’s son, Guido Cartoni, the company became a thriving, By the 1970s, it Cartoni products were in use across Europe and became synonymous with innovation, quality and performance. Cartoni USA launched in 1990. Two years later, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Cartoni with a Scientific & Technical Award, noting, “The work of Dr. Cartoni set the standard for one of the most popular methods of achieving selectable and repeatable viscous drag used in the tripod industry.”
Today, Cartoni offers a versatile family of camera support products including HiDV and Focus for HDV, Gamma for ENG, the for digital and high definition cameras, Master for digital cinematography and 16mm cameras, Sigma for 35mm and studio cameras, Omega for studio broadcast, as well as a wide variety of tripods, pedestals and specialty camera supports. All systems come with Cartoni’s unprecedented 5-year warranty against defects in material and workmanship.
“Cartoni represents the pinnacle in camera support,” says Cartoni USA president Steve Manios. “The company holds 33 patents and is committed to the highest standards for design and manufacturing. And now, with our 80 Years, it’s the best time ever to step up to Cartoni!”
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