The OConnor O-Box WM is a two-stage wide-angle mattebox designed around the 16:9 format full- size sensor. Surprisingly compact, it accommodates lenses up to 18mm (and in some cases wider). This precision mechanical device adeptly accepts up to three filters: two in top-loading filter frames (two 4×4” and two 4×5.65 inch frames are included). The rear frame is rotatable 360 degrees. A third 138mm round filter sleekly fits in the bellows.
Constructed of OConnor’s proprietary rugged composite, the sunshade is lightweight yet substantially stronger and more impact-resistant than existing units. This translates to fewer sunshade replacements arising from the rigors of professional production environments.
The O-Box WM is the first commercially produced mattebox to have integrated handgrip interfaces. While traditionally operators have used the sunshade as a handle, this precarious handling is remedied by OConnor’s O-Grips that can be conveniently attached directly to the O-Box support cage in three locations: camera left, right or bottom center. The bottom center position is particularly useful for small setups such as with HDSLR cameras. That’s when the O-Grips can turn into a pistol-style grip for the operator’s right hand while the follow focus handwheel is in their left.
The O-Box WM can be clamped directly onto lenses with outer diameters of 150mm or less, and can also be supported by the removable 15mm LWS rod bracket. Studio 15mm and 19mm mounting options are also possible via industry standard adapters.
The O-Box WM Kit includes: the WM Mattebox including the Wide Mini Sunshade made of proprietary composite material with two stages; front fixed/ rear rotatable 360 degrees, two top-loading 4×4” filter frames, two 4×5.65” size filter frames and a provision for a third 138mm filter, top flag and mounting bracket. To prepare for any configuration, OConnor offers optional items including: Side flags, retaining brackets, a bottom bracket and flag. Another handy accessory is the universal mask set that clips into place within the sunshade. Popular bellows step-down rings to 80mm are also available.
For more information about the O-Box WM, CFF-1 Follow Focus or O-Grips Handgrip system go to www.ocon.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow the company on Twitter; or contact OConnor, 2701 N. Ontario St, Burbank, CA 91504, Phone: 818-847-8666, Fax: 818-847-1205.
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.
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.
More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.