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Stoltzfus Treks Through Florida Wilds with Sachtler Ace

Valley Cottage, New York: June 12, 2012

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida-based documentary and video producer Elam Stoltzfus, a long-time Sachtler user, recently chose the new Sachtler Ace, from Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company to support his 100-day, 1000-mile trek across the heartland of Florida, for a PBS special. “This is an education and awareness campaign that demonstrates the connection between the landscapes and watersheds,” explains Stoltzfus. “If we show Floridians the panthers, bears, native cultures, ranchlands and rivers and how they are all connected, then they can help us make the Florida Wildlife Corridor conservation project a reality”.

Stoltzfus goes on to explain,“My gear has to be able to stand up to the elements of environmental stress and endurance to capture the images in the wilds of Florida. That’s why I always count on Sachtler. I’ve been using a 7×7 for over 30 years. I’ve had it rebuilt twice and never had a problem. It’s solid and dependable, no matter what I need it to do.

“New on this shoot is the Ace, which is lightweight, easy to set up and a solid support for the smaller Sony FS100 camera. The Sachtler tripod and head setup provides me with a sturdy platform for the various cameras I use. The combination works well in outdoor locations and transports well in traveling situations.

“This shoot required that I put the Sachtler Ace in a variety of challenging situations, including mounting it on our kayak. I was able to fasten it quickly, a great advantage, because we were constantly moving – so we needed efficiency and endurance. I always get that with Sachtler.”

Stoltzfus found that the new patented SA-drag system, which has three horizontal and three vertical steps, allowed him to choose a drag setting that suited every situation he encountered on this trek. He could move from very tight control with more resistance to very loose control with virtually no resistance at all. The five-step counterbalance capability ensured him easy balancing and optimum positioning of the camera.

Stoltzfus’ own Live Oak Production Group will use the footage he captured with the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition Team to release a weekly 1:15 minute – 15 part series for Public Broadcasting System in Florida, as well as a two-hour documentary for national PBS release. For further information on the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, please visit

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During the second day on the Suwannee River, the expedition team continues upstream from a campsite north of the Roline boat launch, through the Suwannee River Water Management District’s Cypress Creek and Roline Conservation Areas. Friends from the Everglades Foundation and Palm Beach Photographic Center came to visit the Roline tract in their helicopter where they provided flights for photography and video. The team crossed into Georgia in the early afternoon and made camp on exposed sandbar just south of Fargo.

¨The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. From January 17 through April 25, 2012, a team of explorers including photographer Carlton Ward Jr, cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, set out to trek 1000 miles in 100 days to showcase the opportunity to protect a connected corridor of natural lands and waters throughout peninsular Florida for the benefit of wildlife and people. Learn more at Photograph by Carlton Ward Jr / Carlton Ward Photography /

For more equipment information visit or contact: Sachtler, 709 Executive Blvd., Valley Cottage, NY 10989, Phone: 845-268-0100, Fax: 845-268-0113, Email:
[box_light]About Sachtler[/box_light]

Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of camera support systems as well as a finely modulated product line of reportage lighting, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast and film applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents.  Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.  For more information on Sachtler, visit

[box_light]About Vitec Videocom[/box_light]

Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

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