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Chapman UK Telescopic Cranes for Hire

The Hydrascope, from Chapman UK is a state of the art telescopic camera crane, designed to meet the needs of film makers creative ambitions in today's modern film and television industry. It is the most flexible crane of its kind in the world, allowing a huge range of camera movement and camera positioning.

The Hydrascope is the only telescopic camera crane that is completely waterproof and requires no rain cover for wet weather work. The watertight design allows for submerged underwater filming and the Hydrascope will accept any underwater camera on Chapman's amphibian three axis remote head. Capable of large payloads up to 230 pounds the Hydrascope is the perfect camera platform for 3D film making. Compatible with any of today's 3D camera systems as well as all existing film and digital video cameras.


"No more drilling and screwing, just reposition the camera and get the next shot"

The Hydrascope range from Chapman UK are state of the art telescopic camera cranes, designed to meet the needs of filmmakers creative ambitions, in today's modern film and television industry. Probably the most flexible camera crane of its kind in the world, allowing a huge range of camera movement and camera positioning.

Hydrascopes can be mounted on Dollies, Vehicles, onto Track and are supplied (as standard) on our CS Wheeled Bases. Flexibility and durability come as standard throughout the range. Watch the Video to see all the features and benefits.

With the Hydrascope there's 'no drilling or screwing' if you want to change camera height or position, just get on with the task of getting your shots quickly and efficiently. All our Hydrascope cranes are supplied with a qualified Hydrascope technician as standard.

Designed with practicality and ease of use in mind, the Hydrascope telescopic camera cranes will save you time and ensure you can create almost any shot you can think of.

Thanks to a precision engineered 3 axis, telescopic arm, height adjustable centre post and (unique to the Hydrascope) four point leveling arms at the base, the Hydrascope is smooth and accurate allowing operators to hit their marks every time.

NOTE: Automatic leveling is available when using any Hydrascope on our Raptor or other tracking vehicles. This works in real time so you can always be sure the crane is level, whether tracking on a slope or filming on boats.

Hydrascope cranes are quick to set-up and are supplied with the Wheeled CS Base as standard. They can be mounted on tracking vehicles, even boats (see photos). They can be supplied with any of our remote heads, subject to your requirements.

The most outstanding feature of the Hydrascope cranes are that they are all completely waterproof (perfect for all weather filming). The only telescopic cranes that don't need covers (see the video) or external power sources, allowing the Hydrascope complete freedom of movement on location at a moments notice. The watertight design allows for submerged underwater filming and the Hydrascope will accept any underwater camera on Chapman's Amphibian Remote Head.

Hydrascopes can easily cope with large camera payloads of 230 pounds, making them a perfect camera platform for 3D film making. Compatible with any of today's 3D camera systems, as well as all existing film and digital cameras.

Click on the links to read more about each of the Hydrascope Cranes and their outstanding features or come and see them up close for yourself. Call us or email to make an appointment, we'd be more than happy to give you a demonstration.

Features:
  • Waterproof design for underwater & wet weather filming (the only crane of this type where no rain cover is needed)
  • Precision engineered for perfectly smooth & accurate movement, hit your marks every time.
  • Hydraulic Telescopic arm & height adjustable centre post (sound safe)
  • Four point centre post leveling system (no other telescopic crane has this feature) fro level filming on slopes or uneven ground.
  • Hydrascopes run under their own power (1x24v battery), no cable power feed required.
  • CS Base can switch from wheels to track in seconds.
  • You can over-sling and under-sling the camera head in an instant on the arm for extra height or to get the camera closer to the ground.
  • A sliding counterweight system, which allows the arm to be submerged underwater and helps to balance the arm, operation requires the lightest touch.
  • Compatible with any Camera system (Film or Digital) and perfect for 3D rigs (Red, Arri Alexa, Sony).
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