Tiffen Company Execs Take Home Scientific and Tech Academy Award

Steven Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik of The Tiffen Company were honored with the Scientific and Technical Academy Award of Commendation during the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on February 7. Portions of the evening’s event will be included in the Oscars telecast on Sunday, February 22. Steve Tiffen, Jeff Cohen, and Michael Fecik were recognized for their efforts in developing dye-based filters that reduce infrared contamination when neutral density filters are used with digital cameras.

“The Tiffen Company identified the problem and rapidly engineered a series of absorptive filters that ameliorated infrared artifacts with lenses of all focal lengths,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences cited in its official press release. “These widely adopted filters allow cinematographers to work as they have done with film-based technology.”

The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards acknowledge industry experts whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures. Tiffen pioneers Steve Tiffen, Jeff Cohen and Michael Fecik are the only recipients of this year’s Academy Award of Commendation.

“We sincerely thank the members of the Academy for bestowing this tremendous honor upon us,” says Steve Tiffen. “We stand committed to continuing to support this industry that we love, and we find it so wonderfully pleasing that in this world of digital technology, Tiffen optical filters are recognized as a staple for professional imagemakers across the globe.”

The Academy honored 21 scientific and technical achievements in total at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 7, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. The full list of honorees can be viewed HERE.

Tiffen neutral density filters are instrumental in reducing the amount of light passing through a camera’s lens without changing the color of the scene. Designed with brightly lit conditions in mind, these filters help prevent overexposure during tricky shots. They also allow for proper exposure at a wider lens opening, reducing the depth-of-field to highlight a key subject while keeping the foreground and/or background out of focus.

Steadicam SOLO Now Shipping
In other Tiffen Company news, the Steadicam SOLO camera stabilizer is now available. Suited for both DSLRs and camcorders, the SOLO can be used handheld, as a monopod, or with a Steadicam arm and vest. Its sleek and lightweight frame makes it the ideal stabilizer for DSLR videography, and its durability matches that of the larger, professional-grade Steadicam models.

The Steadicam SOLO

The Steadicam SOLO

Capable of being folded to a compact 25 x 6 inch profile, the system readily supports cameras weighing up to 10 lbs. The closely engineered three-axis gimbal design enables the most precise movements and high stability demanded by professional operators, while the ergonomic foam handle and grips – which control the four-section telescopic post – provide a high level of comfort during the most challenging of operations. Bringing versatility to the set, the SOLO easily converts to a monopod mode for shooting from confined spaces.

Other features include a quick-release camera mounting plate, push-on lock, push button release, positive positioning clamping, standard ¼-20 and ⅜-16 camera mounting, and simple dual knob fore-aft vernier adjustment.

The Steadicam SOLO is available as an upgradeable hand-held camera stabilizer or as a complete system with sled, arm and vest. Steadicam SOLO is now available for just $499.00 USD.

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