Avenger, the world’s leading manufacturer of Cinema, Broadcast, Entertainment, Video and Content Creation production equipment announces the launch of Buccaneer.

Avenger’s Buccaneer is a revolutionary heavy-duty cine lighting support created to respond to demands from the industry to provide a low loading height, TÜV certified wind-up stand that achieves a maximum height of 3m/9.84ft.

There has been a huge focus on safety on set of productions in recent years and we’re fully onboard with this!  Avenger’s operator safety has always been our biggest priority, which is why we offer one of the industry’s largest ranges of TÜV, CE and UKCA certified grip and support equipment on the market. This certification offers a guarantee to the user that the product has been thoroughly tested by an impartial external body ensuring they meet the most stringent safety guidelines in order to help protect everyone on set.

So, when we were repeatedly asked by our users for a low loading wind-up stand with a maximum height of 3m/9.84ft that would help improve safety on set by reducing the chance of injury from heavy manual lifting, we put the challenge to our industry leading team of engineers in Italy, the brief included four must-have specifications;

  1. Low loading height of 94cm/3.1ft, eliminating the need for multiple crew members to dangerously lift heavy lights above shoulder height.
  2. 3m/9.84ft maximum height, for optimum light positioning on set
  3. 80kg/176.3lbs max payload, to support the industry’s leading lights
  4. TÜV certified, to assure users we produce the safest supports on the market

After years of development Avenger and the Buccaneer are ready to hoist the anchor and set sail on our voyage to transform the way users work with lighting on set.

The low loading height is achieved by two unique key features: firstly, the reverse folding base and secondly, the multi-sectional collarless column. Combined, these allow the stand to be loaded with a light at a height of just 94cm/3.1ft making this the world’s lowest loading wind-up stand with a max height of 3m/9.84ft.

Once the light is loaded, the base of the stand can be set to operational mode safely using the three levelling legs which also come in handy to compensate for uneven ground conditions.

Not only does the Buccaneer meet the four must-have specifications it also boasts some other high-ranking features too:

Like Avenger’s other industry leading lighting supports; the Long John Silver and Long John Silver Junior the Buccaneer benefits from a dual-handled crank and winch-driven column system inspired by the mast of a ship, which means the payload can be raised and lowered faster than any other stand on the market.

The Buccaneer sits on three braked, puncture-proof foam filled wheels with chunky treads suitable for multiple terrains, plus with each wheel benefiting from multi directional locking, manoeuvring the Buccaneer around set is a breeze, even when fully loaded.

The 28mm (1-1/8”) junior receiver combined with the previously mentioned 80kg/176.3lbs max payload means the Buccaneer is well equipped to support the industry’s heavier lights, to ensure users have all the fire power they need on set.

Like any good pirate worth their salt, the Buccaneer has excellent sea-legs. The low base and wide footprint of 80cm/31.4 inches offer plenty of clearance as well as maximum stability ensures it stands strong even on the high seas!

To ensure all lighting accessories are close on hand for the user, the Buccaneer also features a docking plate for magnetic remote controls and a ballast mounting point to ensure it can be raised off the ground to help keep the decks clear.

For ease of use the folded Buccaneer can easily be stowed away using the mini transportation castors and dual grip handle.

The Buccaneer really is in a class of its own. No other stand available on the market comes close to the treasure chest of features and benefits this innovative lighting support offers, helping it on its mission to revolutionise lighting supports and grip and help keep our users safe!

Available from:  https://www.manfrotto.com/.


Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.