Los Angeles, CA – The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) is proud to announce the 2017 recipient of the Technical Achievement Award. The Award is given to a manufacturer or technology that has demonstrated superior engineering, advancement of camera operation, and substantial facilitation of the craft. This year’s recipient is DJI’s Ronin 2.
The DJI Ronin 2 was chosen as the 2017 winner because of its impact to many aspects of camera operating. The uniquely versatile 3-axis camera stabilization system can be used on car mounts, cable cam, jib, body worn mounts as a hot head, and even Steadicam. And the adaptability of the equipment improves the ultimate shot while helping to keep production on schedule.
The Society hosted a full day of demonstrations on Saturday, November 11 for the panel of judges comprised of Active SOC members:
- Andrew Ansnick, SOC
- Luke Cormack, SOC
- Richard Davis, SOC
- David Emmerichs
- Eric Fletcher, SOC – Technical Committee Chairperson
- David Frederick, SOC
- Daniel Gold, SOC
- Jamie Hitchcock, SOC
- Lawrence “Doc” Karman, SOC
- Manolo Rojas Moscopulos, SOC
- David Sammons, SOC
“The Society was thrilled with the companies and level of engineering that was submitted. Many factors went into our decision, and the level of competition this year was extraordinary. We thank all the manufacturers for their participation. We believe this year’s recipient is an excellent representative of the technologies that help camera operators create iconic imagery,” said Eric Fletcher, SOC Technical Committee Chair.
The SOC appreciates the following companies for presenting at our 2017 Demo Day:
- BB&S Lightning, AREA 48 Remote Phosphor Softlight, Soft and Studio Models
- Cooke Optics Limited, Cooke / i Technology
- DJI, Inspire 2
- DJI, Ronin 2
- DrivingPlates.com LLC, DrivingPlates.com Plate Rig and Stock Library
- Oppenheimer Camera Products Inc, OppCam Panhandle System
- Preston Cinema Systems, Light Ranger 2
- RED Digital Cinema, RED WEAPON
- Sigma Photo, Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom and Prime product line
We also appreciate all of our SOC members who came out to view the technologies and discuss the equipment with the manufacturers.
The Technical Achievement Award will be presented at our 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards evening on Saturday, February 3, 2018 hosted at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.
For more information about the SOC’s Lifetime Achievement Awards and to purchase your seats for the evening: SOCAwards.com
About the SOC
The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) advances the art, craft, and creative contributions of the Camera Operator.
The SOC is an internationally recognized professional honorary society. The core activities of the Society are the support and furtherance of the position of Camera Operator, developing workshops and educational outreach, producing the annual SOC Award Show, publishing the Society’s magazine Camera Operator and our charitable commitment to The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.