For many years, EZ FX has made camera jibs for the film and video production industries. The company’s EZ Jib and Junior Jib are used to create sophisticated moving camera shots and also add production value to film sets. The EZ Jib is adaptable to all production environments, whereas the Junior Jib is designed for tight locations like offices and hallways.
Although both units are portable and set up quickly, EZ FX’s customers had wanted the company to make them lighter-weight, less expensive and maintenance-free. To meet this demand, EZ FX decided to replace the jibs’ bronze bushings-which required messy lubricants and frequent maintenance-with plastic plain bearings that are self-lubricating.
Made by igus, the iglide model G300 and M250 plastic bearings enable both jibs to pivot a camera weighing up to 50 pounds in a seesaw motion. The bearings also eliminate metal-on-metal contact, which prevents corrosion between the aluminum rod of the jib and the steel nuts and bolts.
“They offer major cost savings, which is great for us and our customers,” says Steve Bonin, owner of EZ FX.
The EZ Jib allows seven feet of vertical camera movement; the Junior Jib allows three feet. The EZ Jib weighs 24 pounds and has a minimum folded length of 52 inches and maximum height of 10 feet. The Junior Jib weighs 19 pounds and has a minimum folded length of 29 inches and maximum height of 7.5 feet.
For more information on plastic bearings, call 800-521-2747 or visit www.igus.com.