Ace M und Ace L in Kenia – Dokumentation für Hilfsorganisation

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Für sein Fotobuch „Chokoras – Die Straßenkinder von Kitale“ reiste Werner Lebert schon mehrmals nach Kenia, um dort das Leben obdachloser Kinder zu fotografieren. Als er letzten Sommer wieder nach Kenia flog, hatte er eine neue Idee im Gepäck: Zusammen mit kenianschen Kollegen wollte er eine 30-minütige Dokumenation unter dem selben Titel drehen. Dafür besuchte Lebert die Orte Lodwar, Laokol und Kitale in Nordwestkenia und stellte dort seine Ausrüstung vor große Herausforderungen: geprägt von einer Halbwüste ist das Klima vor Ort extrem trocken und heiß. Seinen Kamera-Support musste er leicht transportieren und schnell auf- und wieder abbauen können. Er entschied sich deshalb gleich für zwei Stativsysteme aus dem Hause Sachtler: die leichten und robusten Stativsysteme Ace M MS und Ace L MS CF.

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„Die Dokumentation ist für mich eine neue Möglichkeit, auf die Ungerechtigkeit in Kenia aufmerksam zu machen.“

Werner Lebert

Easy operation

"For me, the documentary is a new way to draw attention to the injustice in Kenya," says the photographer and cinematographer. "With the two tripod systems, I was always well-equipped. In rain or heat and dust, they performed perfectly." Due to its 7-step counterbalance with a payload range of zero to six kilograms (13 lbs), Ace L manages well and therefore fitted perfectly to Lebert's Panasonic AG-AF101.

Lebert was able to quickly and easily balance his camera set-up and control it easily with the patented SA-drag™ damping system. "The pans with the Ace L tripod head were wonderfully smooth", says Lebert. "My Kenyan camera operators were also able to intuitively work with the equipment and absolutely thrilled by the quality of the German fluid head. The low weight enabled my team to quickly and easily transport the tripod from one location to the next."

All-round talent

Werner Lebert is an all-rounder. After his training as a toolmaker, he had his first experience with the film and photography industry in 1984 and photographed various sporting events for Competitor Magazine for several years. In recent years, however, he has changed his focus to socio-critical issues. The injustice faced by thousands of children in Africa drive his current work. The robust Ace M tripod system came in handy for Werner Lebert's photographs in Kenya. Using a DSLR-full-frame Nikon D3S with a weight of 1.4 kilograms (3 lbs), he was able to capture moving snapshots of the street children's lives. With the 5-step counterbalance, his set-up was always perfectly balanced and enabled professional working conditions. "With various competing products, I have often had my fingers caught when adjusting the height. With the Sachtler tripod systems, however, this is no problem at all," says Lebert describing his work with Ace L and Ace M. "They are simply top-quality products! With such equipment, work is even more rewarding."

Werner Lebert's documentary can be seen on his website next year and is to be used for public relations purposes for the aid organization Child Welfare Society of Kenya. Donations for the film will provide some children with an education and a normal life.