Society of Camera Operators Announces the 2017 Technical Achievement Recipient

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 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 LLC, Plate Rig and Stock Library
Oppenheimer Camera Products Inc, OppCam Panhandle SystemPreston 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:

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