Super Jib I


 

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Including:
 
1x Super Jib I
1x platform
1x Super Jib Ring
1x Connection rod
1x Counterweight rod
 
 

Comparison: Vario Jib and Super Jib models

 
 
 
 

Vario Jib S

Vario Jib

Super Jib I

Super Jib II


 

max. length

without extention

0,6 m / 1,97 ft.



with extention (50cm)

1,1 m / 3,6 ft.



with extention (1 m)

not supported

without extention

1,6 m / 5,25 ft.



with extention (50 cm)

2,1 m / 6,89 ft.



with extention (1 m)

2,6 m / 8,5 ft.

Height

max. platform height (with High-Low Rig)

2,35 m / 7,7 ft.


min. platform height (with High-Low Rig)

0,42 m/ 1,38 ft.

max. platform height (with High-Low Rig)

2,43 m / 7,97 ft.


min. platform height (with High-Low Rig)

0,09 m/ 0,3 ft.

 
 
 
 

Remote Head operation

yes

yes

no

no

 
 
 
 

Operation with persons

no

no

yes
up to 1 person

yes
up to 2 persons

 
 
 
 

Extention available

yes
0,5 m / 1,64 ft.

yes
0,5 m / 1,64 ft.
1 m / 3,28 ft.

no

no

 
 
 
 

variable length

yes
0,46 m / 1,5 ft. to 0,6 m / 1,97 ft. (without extention)

yes
1 m / 3,28 ft. to 1,6 m / 5,25 ft. (without extention)

no

no

 
 
 
 

max. payload

50 kg / 110 lbs

80 kg / 176 lbs

130 kg / 287 lbs

200 kg / 440 lbs

 
 
 
 

Dolly compatibility

every Dolly with Euroadapter mount

every Dolly with Euroadapter mount

Super Panther
Panther Classic
Panther Evolution
Panther Evo Plus
Panther Classic Plus

Super Panther
Panther Classic
Panther Evolution
Panther Evo Plus
Panther Classic Plus

 
 
 
 

Steering rod for Super Panther


 

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1x dolly steering rod (compatible with Super Panther dolly)
 
 

Steering rod for Super Panther


 

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Steering rod for Super Panther


 

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1x dolly steering rod (compatible with Super Panther dolly)
 
 

Small steering rod for Super Panther


 

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1x small steering rod (compatible with Super Panther)
 
 

Super Jib II with case


 

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Super Jib I with case


 

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Super Jib I


 

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Super Jib I

 

BREATHTAKING


Even higher. And even lower. Super Jib I.

 
 
perfect for 1 person
 
 
The Super Jib I (100504) extends your dollys maximum height. It is designed to enable an easy workflow for grips and cameramen and it works well with 1 person on it. If necessary (and in compliance with the max. load capacity) you are able to mount a 2. seat or accessories too. A platform with euroadapter mount allows the combination with various accessories like our bazookas for example.
 
 

 

max. payload (center of platform) 130 kg / 287 lbs
range of elevator ca. 135 cm / approx. 4’5”
max. platform height (without High-Low Rig) 200 cm / 6’7”
max. platform height (with High-Low Rig) 235 cm / 7’9”
min. platform height (without High-Low Rig) 42 cm / 17”
min. platform height (with High-Low Rig) 13 cm / 5”
Dolly compatibility Super Panther, Panther Classic, Panther Evolution, Panther Evo Plus, Panther Classic Plus
 
 

FLEXIBLE


No matter which direction.

 

 
 
360°
 
 
With a ring, which is mounted on the dolly, you are able to rotate the Super Jib I by 360°. The counterweight rod and the associated weights (sold separately) allow to balance the Super Jib I.
 
 

HIGH-LOW RIG


(optionally)

 

 
 
up to 3,5 m / 11’5”
 
 
As an option you can equip the Super Jib I with a High-Low Rig (100506) for either shots close to the ground or high shots. Thereby a max. platform height of 235 cm / 7’9” is given. So depending on configuration you have a max. lens height of approx. 3,5 m / 11’5”.
 

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COMPONENTS


Individual parts in overview.

 


 

DESCRIPTION CODE-NR. INCLUDED IN SET (100504)
Super Jib Arm I 108766
Super Jib Ring 108218
Counterweight rod (for 6 weights) 114094
Platform for Super Jib I 112753
Connecting rod Super Jib I 112722
High-Low Rig 100506 X
(sold separately)
 
 

ACCESSORIES


Accessories for your Super Jib I recommended by Panther.

 



177129
Seat arm 10 cm / 4”


177131
Seat arm 20 cm / 8”


177133
Seat arm 30 cm / 12”
 


130276
Seat contour + seat belt, compact


100395
Connecting pin


104378
Weight 15 kg / 33 lbs
 


BZ10-BZ50
Bazooka (10 cm – 50 cm / 3’9” – 19’7”)


107375 + 107374
Bracket with bowl 150 mm


100568 + 100569 + 100573
Cases for Super Jib I (Super Jib, platform and ring)

Super Jib II

 

EXPAND YOUR HORIZON


Get the most out of your Panther Dolly.

 
 
perfect for 2 persons
 
 
The Panther Super Jib II (109796) is the most advanced version of your Panther Dolly. The max. height will be extended enormously. We designed the Super Jib II to enable a strong Jib Arm where 2 persons can sit on (for example cameraman and camera assistant). Max. payload is 200 kg / 440 lbs.
 

 

max. payload (center of platform) 200 kg / 440 lbs
max. platform height (with High-Low Rig) 243 cm / 8′
min. platform height (with High-Low Rig) 9 cm / 4”
Dolly compatibility Super Panther, Panther Classic, Panther Evolution, Panther Evo Plus, Panther Classic Plus
 

Made with precision: the Super Jib profile prevents torsional and bending moments. Due to integrated T-grooves it is possible to mount accessories (e. g. handles, cable. monitor holder…) very easy.

The black anodized surface prevents disturbing reflections on set.



 

 
 

FLEXIBLE


No matter which direction.

 

 
 
360°
 
 
With a ring, which is mounted on the dolly, you are able to rotate the Super Jib II by 360°. The counterweight rod and the associated weights (sold separately) allow to balance the Super Jib II.
 
 

HIGH-LOW RIG


(optionally)

 

 
 
up to 3,6 m / 11’8”
 
 
As an option you can equip the Super Jib II with a High-Low Rig (109765) for either shots close to the ground or high shots. Thereby a max. platform height of 243 cm / 8” is given. So depending on configuration you have a max. lens height of approx. 360cm / 11’8”.
 

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COMPONENTS


Individual parts in overview..

 

 

DESCRIPTION CODE-NR. INCLUDED IN SET (109796)
Jib Central Pivot Section 109723
Super Jib Ring 108218
Jib Outrigger I 109795
Gewichtshalter (für 3 Gewichtsstangen) 109777
3x counterweight rod (for 4 weights) 113559
plattform for Super Jib II 113414
Connecting rod for Super Jib II 109786
Jib balance rod (short) 109781
Jib balance rod (long) 109783
High-Low Rig 109765 X
(separat erhältlich)
 
 

ACCESSORIES


Accessories for your Super Jib II recommended by Panther.

 



177129
Seat arm 10 cm / 4”


177131
Seat arm 20 cm / 8”


177133
Seat arm 30 cm / 12”
 


130276
Seat contour + seat belt, compact


100395
Connecting pin


104378
Weight 15 kg / 33 lbs
 


BZ10-BZ50
Bazooka (10 cm – 50 cm / 3’9” – 19’7”)


107375 + 107374
Bracket with bowl 150 mm


108872+ 109527 + 108873
Casesfor Super Jib II (Super Jib, accessories, platform and ring)
 

Super Panther III

Super Panther III
 

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Dolly Turnstile


 

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1x Dolly turnstile (suitable for Super Panther, Evolution and Classic dolly)
 
 

Studio wheels soft


 

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8x Studio wheel soft (suitable for Super Panther)
 
 

Panther Prize 2015

PANTHER PRIZE 2015


Congratulations to Michael Binz and his team.

 

 

Congratulations for the Panther Prize 2015 to Michael Binz and his movie “Herman the German”!
The price includes a rental of Panther dolly equipment for his next production.

 

Jury:

The film amused the jury with its witty narrative style. The numerous effective gags keep the audience curious to the end as to how Herman will come to grips with his predicament.
The excellent directing as well as the superb use of lighting gave the film a very professional look. The overall production value and the outstanding cinematography also contributed considerably in impressing the jury.

Steer out extention


 

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suitable for:
 
Super Panther + Mini Panther Base
 

Wireless Handset for Panther Dollies


 
Panthers precision and the wireless know-how from Cmotion lead to the development of the new wireless handset. It is an option/addition for the new Panther Classic Plus Dolly.
The ergonomic wireless remote system is designed to fit also older Panther Dollies, e.g. Super Panther 3.
 
More information you can find here.

Dolly Electric

The electromechanical drive of the Panther Dollieshas proven its high reliability for over 30 years. It was used with the Super Panther for the first time and then continually elaborated over many
dolly generations.
 
For more information please click at one of the following topics:
 

  1. Dolly handset
  2. Combi Charger
  3. Dolly battery
  4. 230V charger
  5. Transformer

 

 

1. DOLLY HANDSET


Code-Nr.: 177648
 
The ergonomic dolly handset:
 

  • rocker switch to move the column
  • Limit programming
  • storable movements

 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Tristar, Super Panther 3.


 

2. COMBI CHARGER


 
Code-Nr.: 155729
 
With the Combi Charger the dolly can be directly connected to an external power source. In addition, two dolly batteries can be charged simultaneously.
 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Tristar, Evolution, Evo Plus, Super Panther 3.


 

3. BATTERY


 
Code-Nr.: 107758
 
Fast and easy: Snap-On Batteries control panel.
 

 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Tristar, Evolution, Evo Plus, Super Panther 3.


 

4. 230V CHARGER


 
Code-Nr.: 155559
 
230V charger for one Dolly battery.
 
Suitable for Dolly batter< (107758).


 

5. Transformer


 
Code-Nr.: 155561
 
Transformer 110V – 230V and multiple socket outlet for two chargers.
 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Tristar, Evolution, Evo Plus, Super Panther 3.

Platforms

Dolly Platforms

1234

Compact platform


Code-Nr.: 105747
Dimensions L x W: 70 x 18 cm | 2’4” x 7”
 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Evolution, Super Panther 3, Buddy and Buddy Plus Dolly.

Roundplatform


Code-Nr.: 105743
Dimensions L x W: 70 x 30 cm | 2’4” x 1′
 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Evolution, Super Panther 3, Buddy and Buddy Plus Dolly.

Running board platform


Code-Nr.: 100483
Dimensions L x W: 30 x 30 cm | 1′ x 1′
 
Suitable for all Dollys.

Ground platform


Code-Nr.: 113265
Dimensions L x W: 62 x 50 cm | 2′ x 1’8”
 
NOTE
 
To use the ground platform you need following accessories twice:

Suitable for Classic Plus, Tristar, Classic, Super Panther 3, Buddy and Buddy Plus Dolly.

 


 

Ring platform

 

Code-Nr.: 300434
 
Diameter: Ø 74 cm
 
The new height adjustable ring platform
 
Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Evolution, Super Panther 3.

 


 


 

Platforms for Tristar Dolly

 
12

Platform compact (TRISTAR)


Code-Nr.: 177491
Dimensions L x W: 44 x 14 cm | 17” x 5,5”
 
Suitable for Tristar Dolly.

Platform large (TRISTAR)


Code-Nr.: 177492
Dimensions L x W: 48 x 32 cm | 19” x 12,5”
 
Suitable for Tristar Dolly.

 


 

Platforms for Twister Dolly

 
123

Side platform (TWISTER)


Code-Nr.: 203519
Suitable for Twister Dolly.

Level platform (TWISTER)


Code-Nr.: 169632
 
Suitable for Twister Dolly.

Spindle (TWISTER)


Code-Nr.: 204812
The spindle can used with and wihtout platform.
 
Suitable for Twister & Husky Dolly.

High Low Rig


 

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High Low Rig for Super Jib I.

Wireless Handset

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STAY CONNECTED

Panthers precision and the wireless know-how from Cmotion lead to the development of the new wireless handset. It is an option/addition for the new Panther Classic Plus Dolly.
 

LIMIT AND PROGRAM

During the development it was always a priority for us to take over the proven operation of the standard dolly handset. It is possible to set limits, and easy program movements and repeat them – done with the same operation like the standard handset.


 

EASY

An easy operation of the wireless handset is given by the integrated software. A clear user interface makes it easy to understand the wireless handset. The menu is simple to use and structured clearly.


 

DESIGN

The design will excite you: an ergonomic handset which perfectly fits in your hand. The display is slightly inclined towards the operator to reduce glare and reflections. The rocker for manual operation of the dolly is in the middle of the wireless handset. It allows smooth and controlled movements.
Easy replaceable batteries complete the design perfectly.

 

COMPATIBILITY

We wanted to make a product that is compatible to all our dollies. So besides the design, the software and the functions it was equally as important, to make the wireless handset very compatible.
It will be offered as an option for new Dollies and as an upgrade for existing (also used) Dollies, e.g. Super Panther 3. To do the upgrade, a remote box must be installed in your dolly to connect it with your wireless handset.


 

 

WHAT’S IN THE SET?

Following components are included in the set:
 

  • conversion kit for Panther Dolly
  • wireless hand unit
  • Panther Remote Box
  • 2 batteries
  • charger


Compact platform

compactplatform

Dim. L x W:
2’4” x 7”
70 x 18 cm


Suitable for Classic Plus, Classic, Evolution, Super Panther 3, Buddy Dolly.

Ground platform

groundplatform

Dim. L x W:
2′ x 1’8”
62 x 50 cm


Passend für Classic Plus, Tristar, Classic, Super Panther 3, Buddy Dolly

Product History

1975

Erich Fitz has established his company for the rental of cinematographic equipment. His customers request a dolly easier in handling than those available on the market, a dolly, which can be used on asphalt as well as on tracks. Thus the light-weight dolly is being designed featuring low weight and the possibility to be disassembled for the purpose of transportation.

 

1978

For the light-weight dolly a track system is being developed. The main features of the tube tracks are their robustness and easy handling. They are available up to 2.3 m length and as 1/8 curves with a diameter of 6 m. The tracks are compatible to Elemack tracks.

 

1982

Customers wish to have a dolly, where they can sit beside the camera on a lifting column. The prototype of a column dolly is built. In addition to a comfortable seat on top of the lifting column this dolly gives the cameraman the opportunity to move up and down during shooting. In contrast to a conventional hydraulic system an electro-mechanical drive was chosen. The electrical motor, driving a lifting spindle and a column by means of a V-belt, achieves the goal of a smooth run.

 

1983

The initial problems of the prototype are removed and the dolly is completely revised until it is ready to go into series. A new column guide has been developed and patented. Here the guide rolls are positioned parallel to the column (not crosswise) thus supporting the column by means of a guide rail. This is the only way how large guide rolls (for stability) can be combined with small column dimensions (compact, light). This is the first dolly called Panther.

 

1984

The Panther Dolly has been established on the German market. Many cameramen, however, request higher flexibility with regard to the dolly, which leads to the development of the light-weight jib. The light-weight jib features a compact size and enables the cameraman to move also outside the central column. A smart detail: for adjusting the weight compensation a spindle is being used, which varies the distance between counter weights and swivel in a way that the light-weight jib can be “cranked into balance” – easier and time-saving set-up.

 

1985

Germany’s cameramen feel so comfortable on the Panther dolly, that their assistants wish to “have a ride” together with the cameraman, too. For this purpose the turnstile of the Panther dolly is extended and equipped with a second seat holder. To ensure that the drive can handle this additional load a total of 4 pneumatic springs of 700 N each (before 2 pieces) has been integrated. This modification is convincing and simple at the same time. From now on only the Super Panther Dolly is being demanded.

 

1986

In order to allow more freedom during dolly tracking, the U-Bangi has been designed. For moving this outrigger which is supported with ball bearings enabling also drives at right angle to the tracks. This innovation is e.g. used for table top shootings.
In the same year a connection kit for the light-weight jib becomes available. A rod or a rope connects the light-weight jib with the dolly and its column. The column lift is directly transferred to the light-weight jib enabling programmed camera drives with the light-weight jib. A nice side effect: the camera lift and its speed are doubled.

 

1987

The advantages of the light-weight jib connection kit are so evident that it does not take long until a higher payload and more comfort are being requested and the Super Jib is developed. The Super Jib combines all advantages of a computer-controlled Jib-arm drive with the benefits of a mobile platform for the cameraman. From this point 95 % of all Panther dollies ordered are equipped with the Super Jib and dollies already in use are upgraded.

 

1988

For a better and more practical service of the Panther dollies the drive system is changed from analog to digital technology (digital electronics) – the Super Panther II is born. Apart from easier service works, also the reliability can be increased.

 

1990

Profound market research and long-term rental experience led to the development of the Pegasus Crane System. With this camera crane the advantages of the camera cranes Tulip and Cine Jib have been combined in one crane system.
A new patent is given for the Pegasus: the crane arm can be extended at two sides with only one extension. This way a larger platform height can be achieved without increasing the number of counter weights.
The Pegasus crane sets new standards with regard to compact size, easy handling, platform height and safety. The Pegasus crane is the first crane world-wide to receive a safety certificate from the TÜV (Association for Technical Inspection).

 

1991

In order to offer an inexpensive alternative to the Super Panther Dolly the Mini Panther has been developed. This dolly is equipped with the patented column of his big brother and a smaller version of the digital electronic. The motor is smaller and therefore offers no possibility for the cameraman to go along.
Special feature: globally the Mini Panther is the first, separable column dolly. By removing the column the base dolly and the lifting column can be used separately.

 

1992

To close the gap between light-weight dolly and Mini Panther the Pick-up Panther is constructed. With a compact size he offers a platform, which can be used on tracks as well as on studio floor without any change required. The integrated 2-wheel (steer) and 4-wheel (crab) steering allows for the necessary liberty of action on narrow space. Due to the smart arrangement of the combi wheels the Pick-up Panther can be used for the 62 cm standard track as well as for the narrow track of 49 cm by means of a 90° rotation.

 

1993

The necessity of fast camera movement leads to the development of the Super Panther III. A new digital electronic as well as the adjustment of the drive system with 48V allows this dolly to run at double lifting speed and a special Super Jib operation increases the operating comfort and sets new standards. Most of the older dollies are being modified and upgraded to this state.

 

1994

The current market situation shows the requirement of a Super Jib, which can also accommodate two persons on the lifting platform. Additionally many grips state that for some kinds of shootings in studios the Pegasus crane system is too large. Therefore Panther solves both problems by designing the Super Jib II, which can carry two persons in combination with the Super Panther dolly. Its modular system is designed in a way that additional outriggers can be mounted if required – this way the Super Jib II can be used as a platform or remote crane up to 4.5 m height.

 

1995

The usual track available on the market does not meet Panther’s high requirements for the use of dollies and cranes. Therefore Panther decides to promote and sell the Precision Vario Track. This track is suitable for various gauges, possesses high rigidity (I-beam) and is very versatile (e.g. foldable telescope track). In particular the transition from one track to the next is highly precise and unmatched up to that time.

 

1996

The U-Bangi is completely redesigned resulting the new U-Bangi II. Its users are impressed by an integrated swivel, higher stability despite lower weight and the necessary silent running.
At the same time also the U-Bangi Lifter is designed, a completely new kind of camera lifting system, which receives a patent right away. The U-Bangi slide is mounted at the lifter. By means of a steel cable the ends of which are fastened at the U-Bangi, the tracks of the U-Bangi are being moved vertically. This way a 100 % vertical camera movement can be achieved (without “banana effect” of jib arms), while simultaneously lifting and speed are doubled.

 

1997

In order to cover further market requirements Panther purchases the product line of the Swiss company Cinerent Technik AG and starts selling the Cine Jib and the Swiss Jib crane. The Swiss Jib, the first remote crane globally made of carbon fiber reaches the enormous outrigger length of 13 m (42.5ft.) at very low weight due to its material.

 

1998

Valuable input from cinematographers as well as many years of experience from Panther side result in the development of the Evolution Dolly. In order to realize the variety of ideas a completely new dolly needs to be designed. More than fifty suggestions and improvements are being integrated into the Evolution, such as transport weight reduced to 96 kg (210lbs), crab- and steer-steering, new drive system with safety switch and brushless motor, high speed mode, software-supported operating display, etc.
The Precision Vario Tracks are further improved and introduced to the market as MK II. Special features: sturdy vario sleepers, cured surface, end caps made of steel, self-adjusting turnbuckles, practice-oriented lengths.

 

1999

With the Foxy Crane System the gap between the Super Jib II System and the Pegasus crane is being closed and a new standard in the area of compact cranes is set. With only 178 kg (392lbs) weight the Foxy can reach a remote height of 7.3 m or a platform height of 4.7 m. The experts in the field, however, are in particular amazed about the crane column (patent pending), the pyramid, which offers space for all crane elements. The complete crane can be transported, set-up and dismantled by one person only.

 

2000

In the year of the millennium Panther introduces a variety of products to the customers. The range of the Precision Vario Track is expanded by the 3m circle, so that also with little space available circle drives finally become possible. The High-Low Rig for the Evolution and the Super Panther convinces due to increased payload and variable, rotary and height adjustment in high and low position. The first series was quickly sold out during the CINEC exhibition. The operators of the Vario Jib are pleased about the low weight and easy handling. The telescopic arm length of 1m – 1.6m can be increased to 2.6m with an extension. In combination with the Multi Rig the camera mounted can be adjusted in 3 axes.
The product highlight is the completely newly constructed Galaxy Crane. With regard to operating comfort, stability, easy handling and safety this longest remote crane (17.3m/57 ft.) in this compact construction sets a new standard. All outriggers have the same length and have been optimized with regard to practical requirements. Reinforced connection plates can be dismantled without getting jammed. Based upon the same-parts-principle of outrigger, pull rod and anchor plate the set-up becomes easier.

 

2002

Panther Broadcast is founded and a completely new range of products is launched in the same year. Top of the line glides the Pixy Crane which can be extended from a small jib arm to an 11m crane depending on the customers budget and needs.
Two new compact dollies are introduced: the foldable Husky Dolly which is engineered in such an ingenious way that it can serve as a transport cart for camera cases when folded. The so called Roller Plate is specially developed for news crews so that they don’t have to do without camera moves. The aluminum platform weighs in at a mere 7 kg and comes with all standard mounts. Paired with a second roller plate it can handle cameraman plus tripod.
The Romy light – an on board camera light which has already been most successful worldwide for 10 years – is now manufactured and sold by Panther Broadcast.
New Precision Steel Tracks and the Wall Spreader Spanning System complete the product boost in 2002.

 

2003

The price policy within the movie branch causes the demand for a fully-fledged, but cost-efficient dolly. So the Panther Classic Dolly is introduced as little brother of the established Evolution Dolly and immediately becomes a bestseller. Delivery times of several months could unfortunately not be avoided during its first year of production. The Classic convinces users with its simple, but robust technology and a very good price-performance ratio.
For detailed close-up shots the macro-plate is the perfect tool to exactly position or traverse the camera during the shot. Combined with Fluid or Gear heads the product is particularly suitable for commercial shots.

 

2004

The Cable Head offers a cost-efficient alternative to conventional remote heads. With its Teflon-coated cable controls smooth camera moves can be carried out even in the face of extreme weather conditions, since this ingeniously simple remote solution works without electrical power.
The Multi Mount has three vacuum suction pads and offers the possibility to mount a camera on difficult surfaces such as e.g. a car or a window pane. The stability of the suction pads and the connecting elements even allows to mount a remote head.
The Colibry tripod serves as camera stabilization system. It absorbs the movements of the cameraman and enables jerk-free shots. This year’s product highlight is the portfolio of Fluid Heads and Tripods introduced during the IBC. Both, the T4 and the T6 cover the area of compact DV cameras. The T10 has been developed for standard ENG cameras. For EFP or 16 and 35 mm the T45 is available. Finally the 3-axes head L40 with its modular design rounds off the portfolio. The figures in the product name refer to the corresponding weight class. The “star” of this product family of light-weight, fluid-damped swivel/tilt-heads is the Panther Fluid Head X15 combining the best of two design philosophies:
Weight balancing: continuous without limitation of the tilt angle
“Step&Spin” damping system: continuous and step by step

 

2005

The new developed Foxy Advanced crane has a total boom length of 14 meter/46 ft. – so again, a length ahead of its competitors.

The X15 Fluid Head is awarded with “DIL Award” as best camera support of the year.

 

2006

The advantages of the Pick Up Dolly (2-wheel/4-Wheel steering) and the Mini Base (universal Dolly) are combined in the new Buddy Dolly. It takes the place of both products.

 

The Evo Plus is the consequent development of the Evolution Dolly. It offers a robust crab and steer mechanism and a reliable electronics.

 

Worldwide customers of the popular Foxy Crane are asking for more payload and even more hight.  Panther´s answer is the Foxy Advanced Crane System.

During Cinec 2006 the Foxy Advanced crane is awarded with the Cinec Award.

 

2008

The Trixy Remote Head goes now into series production after it has been presented as a prototype in 2007. The first time, a Remote Head in the mid price range offers 3 axis with slip rings. Separate lens motors makes this BC Head also suitable for film.

 

The Twister Dolly convinces at a glance the professionals. It offers innovative ergonomics with its unique stage platform and combined wheels with 3 steering modes (front / rear / round-a-round).
During Cinec 2008 the Twister Dolly is nominated for the Cinec Award.

2009

The patented High Low Turnstile is a game-changing innovation which gives more flexibility to the dolly and saves time on set.

 

2010

The highest model of Panther dolly fleet is the Tristar Dolly. Camera hight is lower compared to a scissor dolly due to its unique 3-stage column. An integrated HighLowTurnstile and a new platform system makes this top model attractive.

The battery operated VacuRigg makes driving shots safe due to an automatic pump system. Innovative tube clamps are suitable for different tube diameters and boosts flexibility.

 

2011

Three Products in one- the JibGlider. A Slider converts on tripods to a Glider and with the Jib kit to a Jibarm.

 

2012

Detailed improvements for the PixyPlus camera crane like precision bearings making pan movements easier.

ClassicPlus Dolly is filling up the gap between Classic and Tristar dolly. This successor gathered knowhow for 30 years.

6 product categories are combined in the FlexGripKit system. Most innovative are ball wheels which enables the “freestyle” steering in table dolly mode.

P1 Dolly follows the trend of inexpensive and lightweight cameras and sets a new standard for dollies. Its Column is compact in size (20x20cm/8×8´´) and extremely low in weight (29kg/65lbs).

The electric drive concept was adopted from Panther Classic Dolly, despite that P1 costs only Eur. 4.995,-.

Catwheel Dolly was especially designed for the upcoming DSLR user. It features an unique user concept and weighs only 6 kg/13lbs.

Company History

The Sixties

In the sixties Erich Fitz realizes his childhood dream: already at the age of 8 he wanted to make moving pictures able to trigger strong emotions. After a period at Arri’s camera assembly gathering knowledge about cameras he started to work as camera assistant and later as cameraman.

Learning about the requirements of the various production companies gives birth to the idea of founding the company Filmgeräteverleih Waltraut Fitz GbR.

 

1972

Later, in 1972, a partner joined the company.
Many years of hard work without free weekends and vacation finally pay off. Erich Fitz quits his job as cameraman, which he has carried out in parallel, as the professional rental company begins to prosper despite the overwhelming competition.
After a short period of time already 4 persons are working in this company. The team tries to differ from competing companies by responding to special customer requirements. For a special shooting on a ship the first dolly is built. It is further developed resulting in the light-weight dolly, which has been successful on the market until today.

The success achieved is the motivation for further developments. Initial experience can be gathered by modifying and changing Elemack camera dollies according to practice requirements.

 

1982

Based upon market requirements globally the first computer-controlled, electro-mechanical camera dolly has been designed. The first prototype is finished in 1982.

 

1983

An employee compares the smooth, silent, but at the same time powerful movements of the dolly with a Panther – the new name of the dolly is born.
The 2nd prototype is already used at the set and the complete movie “Never-ending story” is shot with this dolly in the Bavaria Studios in Munich.
Quickly the advantages of the Panther in comparison to competing dollies become a topic in the movie branch worldwide.

 

1986

In 1986 a separate sales company is registered, which is also named “Panther”.

 

1987

The “Panther Corporation of America” is founded in 1987 – a sales and rental subsidiary in Hollywood run by Florian Granderath.

 

1988

Erich Fitz wants to be more independent and increasingly relies on resources of his own. He cancels the contracts with third party vendors and founds the HTG High Tech Gerätebau GmbH in 1988. From now on HTG serves as exclusive system supplier for Panther.

 

1990

In 1990 both companies, Panther and HTG move to Oberhaching, Grünwalder Weg 28c – at that time plenty of room was available for both companies.

At the same time Panther takes over the leadership in the European market with regard to turnover, quantities and technology.

In 1990, as well, the “Super Panther” is awarded the technical Oscar (A.M.P.A.S.) in Hollywood. New, innovative products such as the Pegasus crane are successfully introduced to the market.

In the meantime Erich Fitz separated from his former business partners and can pursue his own visions of progress and expansion.

 

1991

In 1991 Panther’s Rental department is restructured and after another few years subsidiaries in Prague and Hamburg can be opened up. Thanks to highly motivated and engaged employees the rental departments are among the most successful in Germany and the Czech Republic today.

 

1997

In 1997 Erich Fitz takes over the competing companies Cinerent in Zurich with the products Cine-Jib and Swiss-jib and Filmtechnik Rose, another rental company, in Hamburg.

 

1998

In 1998 Panther Sales and Rental and HTG Gerätebau have already 70 employees. Due to the high quality standard HTG has managed to become an A-supplier of complex High-Tech machines for renowned companies, e.g. in the field of manufacturing bills, credit cards, compact disks etc.

International prices such as the “Golden Frog” or the “Cinec Award” are awarded to Panther for special performances and developments in cinematography.

The premises soon become too small, new floor space has to be rented. Therefore in 1999 decision is made to construct a new building, which offers enough space to unite all departments under one roof.

 

2001

This year Panther GmbH and HTG GmbH move into the new building, which has been designed and built as wished by Erich Fitz and his employees. In the meantime the company has 120 employees.

 

2002

Panther Broadcast is founded to better support the video industry. The division starts out with a whole range of new gear. All new products originate under the supervision of Andy Fitz the son of founder Erich Fitz, while the recently returned Florian Granderath takes care of marketing.

Panther Rental open their first sound stage next door to the rental outlet.

For the second time the “Cinec Award” goes to Panther for their Galaxy crane system.

 

2004

Panther Broadcast launches a line of fluid heads and tripods excelled by the unique X 15 fluid head providing continuous balance and drag.

 

2005

Panther buys all rental equipment from Cinecam and Cinelight and is integrated in the Panther Rental Department.

 

2006

Panther receives its third Cinec Award for the Foxy Advanced Crane System. It becomes a hot sellng item due to good price-performance ratio.

 

2008

Panther celebrates during Cinec its 25th anniversary and the thousands Dolly with electromechanical column. Finally Design of Trixy RemoteHead and Twister Dolly is presented.
The staff of Panther Group of companies with its daughter HighTechGerätebau GmbH and the offices in Prague and Hamburg counts nearly 200.

 

2009

Many used Panther Dollies gets modified by „the best invention for years“, the High-Low-Turnstile.

 

2010

Despite of the world economic crisis, Panther developed a completely new Dolly, the Tristar.

 

2011

The Entrepreneur family Fitz makes an extensive strategic decision and stops the Rental business. They don´t want to compete in rental business with there customers any longer. Panther sells its Rental department Prague to Arri.

 

2012

Panther sells its Rental departments in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin to Bavaria Studio Group. The strategic decision of 2011 is finalized.
Andy Fitz buys from his family the company´s shares and is now single shareholder of Panther GmbH.
Successful operation of PixyPlus Crane during Olympic games in London.

 

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Lightweight Jib

 

UNIVERSAL

The Panther Lightweight Jib is a very universal jib arm that can be mounted on all Panther Dollies.
In connection with the Super Panther, Panther Evolution or Classic and Classic Plus it is possible to stand on a running board platform and move with the column.
In this case the camera operator has to compensate the lift differences which the Lightweight Jib causes (more than the column) by bending his knees.
For this, you will need as accessories the Lightweight Jib A-Round Kit (alternatively: cable) and, if required, the a Holding Bracket with seat-extension and running board platform.


 

FLEXIBILITY

Instead of an Euromount we designed a new Tube Adapter which gives you even more flexibility. So you can use all Panther accessories of the Vario Rig System and your creativity knows no limits.
You can use double Euroadapters, tube, offset bracket, double bracket or other accessories – with the new Tube Adapter all your requirements are covered on set!
 
Existing Lightweight Jibs can be upgraded.

Classic Plus

 

CLASSIC PLUS CAMERA DOLLY

The reason why we are better than others is simple. We do it because of passion.

 
 

 

FROM THE INVENTOR OF
THE ELECTRO-MECHANICAL
DOLLY

The new Classic Plus camera dolly is the successor of the worldwide loved Classic Dolly. The operators love the Classic and with the new Classic Plus a new standard was set. The dolly is based on a rugged, almost maintenance free and sturdy design. The central column configuration of the Classic PLUS Dolly provides its user with easy operation and unconstrained versatility already in his basic configuration.

 

All control elements are coloured to be easily recongized and easy to handle. The bolts can be fixed in „open“ position and can be adapted to the tracks perfectly – especially in curves.

The ergonomic design facilitates intuitive working. Switch-over is completely done without tools. So the Classic Plus can be operated in narrow gauge (36 cm) or in wide gauge (62 cm) by using the locking pin.


 

DESIGNED FOR GRIPS

Every person is different. Everyone has different needs and expectations.
To offer something for all Grips, each dolly can be configured individually – starting with the handsets.

 

 

Function has top priority on every development. A modern design completes the product and makes it perfect.
Therefore, our handsets are loaded with many useful features, and due to the ergonomic design it feels great in your hand.

 

 
STANDARD HANDSET WIRELESS HANDSET
rocker for manual operating
set limits
store and replay movements
wireless operation X
coloured display with user interface X
fine adjustment of the column speed in 12 steps X
included in dolly package X
 

STAY CONNECTED

Panthers precision and the wireless know-how from Cmotion lead to the development of the new wireless handset. It is an option/addition for the new Panther Classic Plus Dolly. An easy operation of the wireless handset is given by the integrated software. A clear user interface makes it easy to understand the wireless handset. The menu is simple to use and structured clearly.
 
The rocker for manual operation of the dolly is in the middle of the wireless handset. It allows smooth and controlled movements.
Easy replaceable batteries complete the design perfectly.
 
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DIFFERENT STEERING OPTIONS


Designed by our engineers. Perfected by Grips.

 

STEERING ROD

Included is the steering rod. To provide maximum flexibility, it can be inserted in all 4 wheel arms. Further small steering rods (129832) can be ordered additionally.

 


 

STEER OUT EXTENTION

To maneuver the dolly with more distance the steer out extention is the perfect solution, because it increases legroom. In addition to that the steer out extention prevents a rotating by central pushing.


Another big advantage in comparison to other manufacturers is, that the steer out extention is removable. It can also be mounted on all 4 sides of the dolly. So you are able to remove it, when it is not used.

The dolly can be furthermore operated easily, because the handset has its’ place in the steering rod.

 


 

FOLDABLE PUSHBAR

The foldable and laterally telescopic pushbar (301342) is perfect for a dolly operation on tracks. Central pushing and pushing from side without rotating the dolly (operation on ground) is possible. Particularly in track operation it is a big advantage because the Grip can push the dolly beside the track without “strumbling” over the tracks.



The foldable push bar can also be mounted on all 4 sides of the dolly. It is mounted tool free via a bracket (113272).


 

THE ONE AND ONLY REAL CRAB + STEER MECHANISM

Invented, patented and loved worldwide.

 
Additionally to “Crab” (4-wheel steering) we invented another steering mode: “Steer” (2-wheel steering). The biggest point of difference of our patented Crab + Steer mechanism are perfect, mathematically calculated elliptical steering sprockets. Other dolly manufacturers just can bring the wheels in a parallel position. With our elliptical steering sprockets the wheels are in a steering geometry.
 

 
This steering geometry ensures perfect and smooth circular curves without drift, noise, high rolling resistance or even blocking wheels. Other dollys are not able to move the dollys in tight curves, because the wheels’ position is parallel and so it blocks!

Changing Steering mode is easily done by shifting the blue “Crab + Steer” lever.


 

THE PATENTED HIGH-LOW TURNSTILE


We are not just producing. We invent.

 

 

By far the best turnstile: the patented High-Low turnstile. It owns a huge range of functions and is loved by all our customers.

The turnstile can be rotated by 360 degrees and interlocked playfree through a gear tooth system. The height of the seat can be regulated easily, by pressing a button, to ensure maximum comfort for the cameraman.
Disturbing rotation sound is removed due to a brass bushing (sound recording on set).


 
The mounted bowl or mitchell can be rotated by 360 degrees in 16 different tilt positions (every 22,5°).
A second seat, for example for the camera assistant, is implemented with a few simple steps.
 

With the High-Low turnstile you can change fast between the highest position (ca. 1,70 m / 5,6” – with tube extention over 2 m / 6,6”) and the ground level positionwithout removing the camera or the fluid head.

A transport of many accessories is not necessary. The optional accessories, the tube extention with its tube connector, as well as the 80 mm diameter clamp ring, can be stored in a parking position on the dolly.





THe mounted 80 mm diameter tube can be rotated by 360 degrees. Change between High Shot and Low Shot is done very fast – without removing the camera!


 

FEATURES



75-150mm bowl or mitchell


2 cameras for e. g. 3D shots


2. seat for e. g. camera assistant
 


integraded flat clamp screw for fluid heads


integraded allen key


seat adjustable is very comfortable via a button
 


shots near to the ground possible (additional accessory needed: Lowshot plate (107104))


fast and tool free change between High Shot and Low Shot


360 degrees rotating bowl or mitchell
(locks every 22,5 degrees = 16 tilt positions)
 

UNIQUE PLATFORMS


Many options, creatively combined. Maximum comfort for the cameraman.

 

 
 

The lightweight, but though very stable platform system from Panther has been proven many years on set. The Grips and cameramen are loving the versatility of the platforms, because on every side of the dolly you can mount different platforms.

Also combinations are possible. On request every platform can be personalized with various threads and bores.



 

Compact platform
105747
Dim. L x W: 70 x 18 cm / 2,4” x 7”
Round platform
105743
Dim. L x W: 70 x 30 cm / 2,4” x 1′
Ground platform
113265
Dim. L x W: 62 x 50 cm / 2′ x 1,8”
 


 

Due to a unique and easy locking system the platforms are mounted very fast.

A big advantage over conventional dollies: also in platform operation the carrying handles of the dolly are free and are not necessary for mounting platforms.



 

GROUND PLATFORM

The ground platform expands the base of the dolly enormous. It’s perfect for use with jib arms because the cameraman can comfortable use the Dolly and simultaneously operate the jib arm. A height adjustment of the ground platform is implemented quickly. That provides maximum flexibility.

Despite its’ lighweight own weight the ground platform has a payload of up to 120kg!


versatile combination possible
height adjustable
versatile use
bracket, tubes and support are sold separately
 


 

RING PLATFORM

For even more comfort, a height adjustable ring platform (300434) is available. It was designed to provide the maximum column drive without restrictions. Ideal for the cameraman to make it easier to turn around the dolly with the High-Low turnstile.


 

POWERFUL. AND SIMPLE.

Durable · Robust · Stable · Simple: The Panther Dolly battery with “Snap-On” mechanism

 

Our long-lasting dolly battery (107758) has proven itself many times on set by stability, robust housing and the popular “snap-on mechanism”. An integrated button with indicator allows you to control always the batterys’ charging status.
 

SNAP-ON

The snap-on mechanism has been designed to fix the batteries without any tools. The battery is “clipped” to the dolly with a quick handle and does not have to be additionally tightened.


 

H-WHEELS


Precise manufactured for optimal smoothness.

 

 
With our dolly H-Wheels it is so easy to move the dolly on tracks without lifting.
Special rubbers used for studio and track wheels ensure smooth driving and low running resistance. All single wheels and even the complete combi wheel can be changed quickly and easily due to dove tail connections.

You can choose between different pneupatic and studio wheels:
 

H-Pneumatic wheel with brake disc
Payload: 200 kg / 450 lbs
(138802)
H-Studio wheel (soft) with brake disc
Payload: 350 kg / 780 lbs
(138843)
H-Studio wheel (hard) with brake disc
Payload: 600 kg / 1330 lbs
(143200)
 


 


 

A separately sold wheel stand (175520) with an integrated wheel changing tool (100453) facilitates your work on set and the transport enormously. So you can quickly switch between pneumatic and studio wheels, and the wheels which are not used at the moment are safely stowed on the wheel stand.


 

TRANSPORT


By far the lightest of its kind.

 


 
Due to lightweight building the complete dolly can be carried without problem with the opational carrying bars (300430). Transport weight of the dolly (body and column) is approx. 90 kg. 45 kg per person.

For larger distances a transport cart is available.


 

THINK FORWARD: COMPATIBILITY

Take advantage of the variety of products and accessories for the Classic Plus.

 

 
Our accessories for Panther dollies don’t ends with platforms. A variety of products and accessories can be used to correspond exactly to the requirements on the set.
 


 

VARIO JIB

 


The Panther Vario Jib S or the Vario Jib allows you to supplement your Classic Plus with a few functions. Telescopic arms on both sides make the Vario Jib a universal piece of equipment for many shots.
 
learn more about Vario Jib S

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SUPER JIB II

The Panther Super Jib II is the most advanced expansion stage of the Classic Plus. The jib arm extends the height of the dolly enormous. Two persons (e. g. cameraman + assistant) can sit on the Super Jib II.

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The Panther Classic’s design concept is as simple as it is robust. This means longevity and practically maintenance-free operation. The electro-mechanical drive has proved itself over decades. It is not only quiet, but has also in practice shown itself to be extremely reliable and durable. As a result, the maintenance and repair costs and are very low. The Classic in its basic model already has much to offer. With its CPU-controlled center column and its pivoting wheel arms, it can be easily adapted to many diverse shot angles. Together with the Panther Classic accessory program, you can realize almost any shot with only one dolly system.


The Panther Classic has many possible wheel configurations. The dolly efficiently adapts to different situations, due to the wheel arms’ quick-locks. It doesn’t matter whether the dolly is on studio floor, tracks or ice. The Panther Classic can be steered on all 4 wheel arms due to its symmetric geometry.


The track wheels of the Panther Classic fit perfect to different tube diameters. The Panther Classic enables maneuvering on track circles of smallest radius.


Reliability of Panthers electromechanically Dolly drive concept has been proofed for over 30 years. It started at Super Panther Dolly and has been improved for many Dolly generations. High quality materials and precision machined components guarantee longevity, durability and necessary stability on set.

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