Libec has a few new very interesting (and often quite affordable) support systems in the works. Just introduced in the US, the new Libec TH-X Tripod is updating the incredibly affordable $199 Libec TH-650HD with beefier specifications, while a new monopod, the Libec HFMP Monopod, just introduced at the Inter BEE conference in Japan, promises “hands free” operation.
Announced in September but not yet available stateside, (edit:*now available stateside) the 65mm bowl, 2-stage TH-X Tripod with two-rosette 65mm bowl head is an entry-spec system for low-end pro camera setups or complete still camera rigs with payload capacity of 9.0 lbs. Covering 29.5” to 62.5” in height, there’s tilt of +90° / -80° and sliding plate with a range of ±1.2”. The quick-release plate can also be used with Sachtler and Manfrotto heads.
The TH-X itself weighs 6.9 lbs, and like many of Libec’s support gear, it can also be used with sliders and other support equipment that has flat-base or 3/8″ screws, like Libec’s DL-2RB dolly as well as the Libec ALLEX slider system. Replacing the previous-generation TH-650HD at reduced weight but a much better payload capacity, expanded tilt range, and more, the TH-650HD sells for only $199, so here’s hoping for the same target price point with the new Libec TH-X. The press release and full specs here!
Additionally, below you’ll also see the new Libec HFMP Monopod with 4kg payload and 29” to 69” extension. (HFMP, as in “Hands-Free”, and MP, as in “Monopod”.) Like Manfrotto’s monopods and the recent and very affordable $49 VariPod Monopod from Polaroid, the Libec HFMP Monopod has an articulating base that is easy to toe during filming for extra stability. It can fold up, as well, to achieve the advantage of a monopod, which is of course that it has a small footprint at the base for literally shooting from corners. (Polaroid sent me the VariPod Monopod for a full review; keep your eyes out for one soon.)
The US product page is not up yet but you can see specs here in Japanese at the Libec site Japan. I reviewed their comparatively-affordable SWIFT JIB50 portable crane system with remote-head operation, starting at only $2,250, here, and while I would have loved to have had more time with it to see how it held up over time, it seemed very secure and durable for the price point from the week or so I was able to use it. It was also an incredibly simple system to put up and take down after practice. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the models in person at this year’s NAB in April where Libec usually has a large booth. They have to for all the jibs.
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