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PDF Content Summary: skyline 70 Fluid Head OPERATOR’S MANUAL #1050 Skyline 70 Fluid Head

Features and Controls Sliding Plate Lock Pan Handle Clamp Pan Handle Safety Lock Knob Sliding PlateTilt Lock Pan Lock Threaded Stud Clamp Nut Fig. 1


Features and Controls Sliding Plate Camera Plate Accessory Mounting Tilt Drag Control counter balance tilt Camera Screws Quick Release Knob and Safety Tab pan Counterbalance Selector Pan Drag Control Bubble Level Fig. 2

2 Introduction Safety Instructions

Thank you for purchasing the Skyline 70 Fluid Head. The Skyline 70 Fluid Head has been designed to suit payload capacities of EFP, OB and Studio camera systems. The robust design and construction of the Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers maximum stability, accuracy and durability and includes precision ball bearing mounted Fluid Drag Plate system in the Pan and Tilt assembly to deliver true fluid drag performance over the entire temperature and payload range. The Fluid Drag and the Counterbalance system were designed to provide excellent control and repeatability and offer progressive equal increments of drag and torque. The Skyline 70 Fluid Head also offers Illuminated Pan, Tilt, Counterbalance settings and Bubble level. The Skyline 70 Fluid Head will give best performance when used on Miller Ø150 HD Tripods. This will ensure maximum system stability to suit any professional set-up. The Skyline 70 Fluid Head will suit most industry standard 150 mm tripods as well, please refer to manufactures’ manual for mounting details. Please use this manual to familiarise yourself with the operation of the Skyline 70 Fluid Head and observe these instructions to prevent any damage to your equipment. Ensure that all equipment is operating correctly and free from defects and damage, also please ensure that the tripod is steady, secure and that the bowl is approximately horizontal when attaching the camera. The operator is responsible for the safe operation of this piece of equipment. ⚫ Do not exceed the maximum payload capacity of the Fluid Head. ⚫ Do not leave the camera unattended on the Fluid Head. ⚫ Do not release the SLIDING PLATFORM LOCK whilst the camera is at an angle. ⚫ Do not adjust the tripod whilst the camera is attached to the Fluid Head. ⚫ Ensure PAN HANDLE CLAMP and CLAMP NUT is securely tightened. ⚫ Apply TILT LOCK when adding/removing equipment from the camera or when attaching/removing the camera from the Fluid Head. ⚫ Hold camera securely whilst changing Counterbalance, Pan Drag or Tilt Drag settings. ⚫ Hold the camera securely whilst releasing the RELEASE KNOB. ⚫ Hold camera securely whilst adjusting the CLAMP NUT to level the Fluid Head.


Technical Data Weight 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs) ) ) 7 4 . . Payload Range 4.5 – 37.5 kg (9.9 – 82.5 lbs) 8 7 ( ( 1 8 Maximum Capacity 40 kg (88 lbs) 2 8 2 1 Tilt Drag 7 Selectable fluid drag positions + 0 Tilt Range + 90˚ / -75˚ Tilt Lock Positive Lock caliper brake system plus Safety Lock. Pan Drag 7 Selectable fluid drag positions + 0 Pan Range 360˚ Pan Lock Positive Lock caliper brake system 235 (9.3) ) 1 . 3 ( 8 7 HEIGHT ABOVE BOWL

Counterbalance System 8 Selectable positions (see performance graph)

Camera Platform Quick release camera plate with 120 mm (4.72") travel and 2 x 3/8” camera screws. Mounting Base Ø150 (5.9”) mm Ball Levelling with 3 x M5 holes for Flat Base Mounting. Ball Level Range 15˚ Handle 2 x HD telescopic pan handles with adjustable reach & angle. Temperature range -40˚ C to +65˚ C counter balance 244 (9.6) 148 (5.8)

tilt pan Construction Lightweight diecast Aluminium alloy, moulded reinforced plastics Sealing Water & Dust resistant Finish Matt black (low sheen) durable powder coated with anti-corrosive pre treatment Warranty 3 Years. 150 (5.9) 150 (5.9) Fig. 3


Operating Instructions The operating instructions are described in six steps. Please read and understand these instructions before using this equipment. Do not omit any steps. 1 Fluid Head Set-up 1.1 Loosen the PAN HANDLE CLAMP fully then rotate the PAN HANDLE until it is approximately perpendicular to the THREADED STUD (fig. 4) and tighten the PAN HANDLE CLAMP - avoid contact wear between the serrations on the Fluid Head and the PAN HANDLE CLAMP, if this occurs then unwind the PAN HANDLE CLAMP further. pan cboalance unter tilt 1.2 Ensure that the TRIPOD BOWL is approximately horizontal. Place the Fluid Head into the TRIPOD BOWL, adjust the BUBBLE LEVEL (fig. 4) such that the bubble is inside the black circle and tighten the CLAMP NUT. 1.3 Set the initial control settings as follows – see Figure 1 & 2: ⚫ Select Counterbalance to position 8 (top setting). ⚫ Select Pan & Tilt Drag to position 0. ⚫ Tighten the PAN LOCK, TILT LOCK and the SLIDING PLATFORM LOCK. Pan Handle Clamp Pan Handle Illumination Button Bubble Level Threaded Stud Clamp Nut Fig. 4


Operating Instructions 2 Camera Set-up 2.1 Remove the CAMERA PLATE by pulling down the SAFETY TAB while rotating the QUICK RELEASE KNOB to the left. The CAMERA PLATE should pop out. 2.2 Refer to the Camera’s owners manual for correct method of attachment to the CAMERA PLATE. 2.3 Attach camera accessories and the battery to the camera, it is recommended to estimate the camera’s Centre of Gravity (C of G) for the purpose of correctly positioning the camera on the CAMERA PLATE. The camera’s C of G can be estimated by placing the camera on to a round rod and then shifting it backwards or forwards until a balance point – C of G - is achieved. It is recommended to identify this point on the camera as it will be useful in step 2.6. 2.4 Attach the CAMERA PLATE to the camera and securely tighten the screws. 2.5 Align the CAMERA PLATE with the SLIDING PLATFORM and slide it in until the safety mechanism is engaged. 2.6 Release the SLIDING PLATFORM LOCK and slide the SLIDING PLATFORM such that the camera’s C of G is directly above the centre axis of the Fluid Head and tighten the SLIDING PLATFORM LOCK (fig.5). If this can not be achieved then reposition the CAMERA PLATE on the Camera – step 2.4. This will ensure that the system has maximum stability. C of G Sliding Plate Sliding Plate Lock Safety Lock Knob Fig. 5


Operating Instructions 3 Counterbalance Control The counterbalance system was designed to neutralise the effect of the camera weight when it is tilted. The Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers an 8 position counterbalance system which can be operated via the COUNTERBALANCE SELECTOR (fig. 2). Counterbalance Performance 300 ) m m 250 ( The COUNTERBALANCE SELECTOR must be operated when the e t a l SLIDING PLATFORM is in a horizontal position. After changing 200 P a the Counterbalance setting it may be necessary to tilt the camera r e back and forth to ensure that the CB spring has engaged. The 150 m a camera must be held securely while changing the Counterbalance C 100 e setting. v o b 3.1 For safety ensure that Counterbalance position 8 is selected. a 50 G 3.2 Hold the camera and release the TILT LOCK, then gently f o 0 tilt the camera from a horizontal position forward then C backward and observe its response. If the Camera ‘Springs Back’ to the horizontal position then a lower Counterbalance setting is required, select Counterbalance position 7 and recheck, select lower setting again if necessary. Correct counterbalance setting has been achieved when minimum effort is required to move the camera over the entire tilt range. TIP Fine tuning can be achieved by adjusting the SLIDING PLATFORM – see step 2.6. 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 Camera Payload (kg) Fig. 6


Operating Instructions 4 Pan / Tilt Drag Control The Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers 7 selectable positions of fluid drag + zero setting in the Pan and Tilt. The settings are equally stepped from light drag in position 1 up to heavy drag in position 7, the drag plates are completely disengaged in position zero. • Do not Pan or Tilt the Fluid Head whilst adjusting PAN or TILT DRAG CONTROL or whilst the PAN & TIL DRAG CONTROL is between settings. • The drag setting can be changed at any tilt or pan angle. 5 Pan / Tilt Lock Control The Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers high capacity caliper disc brake system to hold the Fluid Head in a fixed pan and/or tilt position. Camera position will not change when applying or releasing the Pan / Tilt locks. • Do not pan or tilt the Fluid Head whilst the PAN or the TILT LOCK is partially applied. 6 Illumination The Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers illumination of the PAN, TILT, COUNTERBALANCE CONTROLS AND BUBBLE LEVEL when the low ambient light conditions exist. Illumination can be achieved by pressing the ILLUMINATION BUTTON once. The light will switch off after 10 seconds. Illumination Button cboaulance nter tilt Tilt Drag Control Bubble Level Counterbalance Selector pan Pan Drag Control Fig. 7


Maintenance The Skyline 70 Fluid Head offers high quality surface coatings. Miller recommends keeping the Fluid Head clean at all times by using soft brushes and lint free cloth to wipe over the surfaces. • Do not immerse the Fluid Head in any liquid. • Do not use stiff brushes, abrasives, harsh detergents and solvents. Battery Replacement The Skyline 70 Fluid Head uses a single GP23A type - 12 Volt battery for Illumination. Miller recommends the following batteries to provide long life performance – GP23A, Duracell MN21/23 or Vinnic L1028. 1 Using a Phillips Head #1 screw driver, remove the RETAINING SCREWS and the BATTERY DOOR. 2 Using a small flat screw driver remove the battery. 3 Align the new battery as shown on the back of the BATTERY DOOR and place into the BATTERY HOUSING, then push down the battery into place. A small flat screw driver may be used to push down the battery into the BATTERY HOUSING. 4 Align the BATTERY DOOR into the body then tighten the screws lightly. Battery Battery Cover Illumination Button Battery Housing Retaining Screws Fig. 8

9 Storage Service, Sales and Support

The Skyline 70 Fluid Head can be stored for extended periods; Miller recommends storage in a Miller Soft Case and the following: • Remove battery. • Clean the external surfaces. • Keep in a dry place away from direct sunlight. • Loosen off PAN & TILT LOCK. Spare Parts and Accessories ITEM ITEM NO. Battery 12V P3798 Camera screw 3/8” P0037 Camera screw 1/4” P0036 HD pan handle telescopic 698 Mitchell flat base adapter 1225 Accessory mounting block 1265 Camera plate ARRI 1060 Warranty Please refer to warranty card for complete details. Miller Authorised Service Agents must carry out all service and repair work. Failure to observe this requirement may void warranty. It is advisable to notify Miller or a Miller Authorised Service Agent if a change of performance is observed as a result of dropping or rough usage. For information regarding sales and service of Miller products or for your nearest Miller representative please contact us via our website or at the following: MILLER CAMERA SUPPORT EQUIPMENT 30 Hotham Parade, Artarmon, Sydney, NSW 2064 Australia Tel: +61 2 9439 6377 Fax: +61 2 9438 2819 Email: MILLER Camera Support (LLC) USA 216 Little Falls Road, (Unit 2) Cedar Grove, New Jersey 07009 USA Tel: (973) 857 8300 Fax: (973) 857 8188 Email: MILLER FLUID HEADS (EUROPE) LTD. Unit 12A, Shepperton Business Park Govett Avenue, Shepperton, Middlesex TW17 8BA United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1243 555255 Fax: +44 (0)1243 555 001 Email:

10 MILLER CAMERA SUPPORT EQUIPMENT 30 Hotham Parade Artarmon, Sydney NSW, 2064, Australia Tel: +61 2 9439 6377 Fax: +61 2 9438 2819 Email: D8765-4







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