The Sachtler Story
Even though he didn’t develop a camera, Wendelin Sachtler, cameraman, actor, and inventor, made a significant contribution to the process of pictures becoming “movies”.
In 1958 he developed his own tripod head, a turning point for the film industry. His so-called gyro head could not only be panned and tilted but was also dampened by a gyro-system. Filmmakers were now finally able to execute pans without having to fight against their equipment gaining momentum.
Wendelin Sachtler develops his first tripod head, using a ground-breaking gyro-system to allow filmmakers to easily execute pans and tilts. Sachtler was a man of many talents. An actor, cameraman and inventor, he knew exactly what filmmakers needed from their gear. The company he founded has kept his vision at the heart of everything they do.
Sachtler develops its first fluid heads with lubrication grease dampening.
After extensive experiments and trials, Sachtler patents its legendary permanent-sealed damping system. The use of hermetically sealed modules makes the system much more resistant to external factors than other alternatives.
In a year of major breakthroughs, in 1978, Sachtler introduced its first carbon fibre tripods and its Panorama head 7+7 with seven-stage damping and counterbalance. As more and more camera teams make the switch to electronic cameras, lightweight and reliable products like this become increasingly popular.
Sachtler unveils the first daylight luminaire with 125W. Filmmakers and broadcasters now have a mobile source of flicker-free light.
Sachtler makes its complete range of daylight and tungsten luminaires available for the first time.
Sachtler becomes part of The Vitec Group, a leading global provider of premium branded products and solutions to the “image capture and content creation” market.
In another year of ground-breaking innovation, Sachtler makes headlines with the release of the starter system Artemis DVPro FX, the ACT 2 vest and ACT 2 spring arm. Rounding off an amazing year, next comes the SOOM multifunctional camera support tool along with a range of compatible products: the FSB heads, the battery concept FSB CELL and the Reporter 8LED.
In partnership with sister brand Vinten, Sachtler launches the award-winning flowtech®. A versatile, lightweight tripod that is easier and faster to deploy and adjust than any other tripod. Leveraging the best from both brands, the revolutionary technology combines the speed of deployment of Sachtler with the torsional rigidity of Vinten.
An inventive mind
60 years on, Wendelin Sachtler's inventive mind and guiding principles are the very foundation on which the philosophy Sachtler is based. The company remains true to its founder’s values. Today, as in the past, the film and television industries equate Sachtler with quality, reliability and innovation. Through constant advances in product development and continual investments in the most modern manufacturing processes, Sachtler has maintained its standing in the industry for more than six decades.