For over 50 years Ronford Baker have manufactured Academy Award winning tripods and fluid heads.

Here you will find details of all our camera support equipment including Billet Bazookas, Rolling Spiders, Track, Grip Equipment and Film & Video Accessories.

 
 
History

Ronford-Baker Engineering was formed in 1966 as a collaboration between Ron Ford, who ran a camera rental business and Harry Baker, a talented engineer.

Initially set up as a maintenance facility for cameras and associated equipment, Ronford-Baker soon became known as a place to get ‘specials’ engineered for feature films.  These films included “The Clockwork Orange” and “James Bond”.

One such special request was for an adjustable tripod for the production of “Ryan’s Daughter”. 
It needed to survive daily use submerged in the sea.

Our heavy duty tripod was born!

This internationally Patented, and Academy Award winning, telescopic 4 tube design developed into a full range now used in all aspects of the film and television industry throughout the World.

In the late 1960s fluid heads had only 2 settings, on or off.

 
 

Ronford-Baker Engineering, led by Harry Baker, designed and developed the first fluid head with variable levels of fluid damping.  This Patented design was internationally recognised and as a result received a Technical Oscar.

 
 
 

Ronford Baker
Interview with Jeff Lawrence 2013

The continuing development of the technology led to a whole family of heads:

F2, F3, F4, F7, F15, F15S, F30, mini7.

The introduction of a counterbalance system gave us the ‘2000’ family:

2003, 2004, 2015, 2030


Oskar
 
 
 

Our newest range, the ATLAS, has all the tried and tested attributes that our company was built on, strength, service life and reliability, and adds the functionality demanded by the modern industry – 180 degrees of tilt, variable fluid power  including ‘free’ running, infinitely variable counterbalance, and massive payload capability. All whilst maintaining the effortlessly fluid feel synonymous with Ronford-Baker heads.

Ronford-Baker is still owned and run by the same ‘family’ of hands-on people, who collectively have over 200 years experience in the design, development, manufacture, service and use of camera support equipment.

 
 

 
 

Fluid Heads

Designed and completely manufactured in the UK, Ronford Bakers Internationally Patented fluid heads range from the F7 and Series 200 heads to our newest range, the ATLAS.

As with all our heads the Atlas has all the tried and tested attributes that our company was built on, strength, service life and reliability, and adds the functionality demanded by the modern industry – 180 degrees of tilt, variable fluid power including ‘free’ running, infinitely variable counterbalance, and massive payload capability. 

All whilst maintaining the effortlessly fluid feel synonymous with Ronford-Baker heads.

 
 

Atlas Balanced Fluid Head

The “Atlas” is a completely new design head,with a patented counterbalance system.


Capable of taking camera‘s up to 50 Kgs (110 lbs) @ 30 cm (12“) above the heads pivotal centre. Operated by a single control knob, from 0 – 100 %. Incorporating the well proven Ronford-Baker fluid system, with 15 stages of fluid control, on pan & tilt. With a zero (free) position. These give unprecedented smoothness & accuracy of control & balance under all situations.

 
 
Ronford Baker Atlas
Ronford Baker Atlas
  • Engineered for quality, strength & durability
  • Quick release camera plate. Adjustable for balance with built in safety stops & scale.
  • Arri dovetail plate also available.
  • Panbars in 3 positions, mounted via ratchet discs with telescopic facility.
  • Smooth positive braking on pan & tilt.
  • 2 Spirit levels with “Tritium” light source.
  • 150 m/m ball or Mitchell / Moy fitting.
  • Tilt 180 Degrees
  • Adjustable 360 Deg. pan scale.
  • Front box mount.
  • Eyepiece levelling bracket incorporated in carrying handles.
  • Fully guaranteed.

 
 
 

Atlas 40 Fluid Head

Excellent Fluid Head for Alexa, RED Epics and Sony F55 …etc.

Ronford Baker Atlas 40 Fluid Head
 
 
  • Tilt range + & – 90 degrees
  • Pan range 360 degrees continuous Pan bar mounts.
  • Two on ratchet discs
  • Lifting handles integrated
  • Head bases 150 m/m or Mitchell ( adaptor)
 
 
 
 
  • Stand off protection on both sides of the head.
  • Sand proof sealed.
  • Short plate has 7” / 18 cm movement. The Long plate has 13” / 33 cm movement.
  • Fluid system, 7 steps pan & tilt with zero positions at either end of the scale.
  • Counterbalance can also go into “Free” position.
  • Spirit level with Tritium light source.
  • Adjustable Eyepiece levelling bracket.
  • Smooth positive braking on pan & tilt.
 
 
 

Atlas 30 – Balanced Fluid Head

The “Atlas 30” is a completely new design head, with a patented counterbalance system.

Capable of taking camera‘s up to 30 Kgs (66 lbs) @ 25 cm (10“) above the heads pivotal centre. Operated by a single control knob, from 0 – 100 %.

Incorporating the well proven Ronford-Baker fluid system, with 7 stages of fluid control on pan & tilt. With a zero (free) position.

These give unprecedented smoothness & accuracy of control & balance under all situations.

 
 
  • Tilt range + & – 90 degrees
  • Pan range 360 degrees continuous
  • Pan bar mounts. Two on ratchet discs
  • Lifting handles: Yes
  • Head bases 150 m/m or Mitchell ( adaptor)
  • Stand off protection on both sides of the head.
  • Sand proof sealed.
  • Camera mountings Arri Dovetail slide or 2 x Sliding Quick release plates. Short plate has 7” / 18 cm movement. The Long plate has 13” / 33 cm movement.
  • Fluid system, 7 steps pan & tilt with zero positions at either end of the scale.
Ronford Baker Atlas 30 Balanced Fluid Head
 
 
  • Counterbalance can also go into “Free” position.
  • Spirit level with Tritium light source.
  • Adjustable Eyepiece levelling bracket.
  • Smooth positive braking on pan & tilt.

 
 
 

Atlas 0.4

An excellent head for Arri Alexa & Amira. Red cameras, Sony F5 / 55

 
 
  • Tilt range +&-60⁰
  • Pan range 360⁰ continuous
  • Two telescopic pan bars mounted on Rosettes
  • Head base 150 mm ball or Mitchell
  • Sealed system
  • Camera mounting via Arri Dovetail slide or Large European Quick Release
  • 4 step fluid control
  • 7 step counterbalance control
  • Spirit level
  • Smooth positive braking on pan & tilt
  • Weight 7 Kgs
  • Operating temperature +150⁰ F to 40⁰ F ( +60⁰ C to -40⁰ C )
  • Engineered for quality, strength & durability
  • Fully guaranteed

Atlas 0.4
 
 
 
 
 

Atlas 7

The Ronford-Baker Atlas 7 is a completely new patented design fluid head. Incorporating a strong, rigid design with minimum platform flex, together with the well proven Ronford-Baker fluid system.

 
 
  • Modular construction featuring, identical fluid units for pan, tilt, 3rd & 4th axis.
  • Full 2-3 axes setup in minutes.
  • The fluid units have 15 variations of fluid control, plus zero (fluid free) positions at both ends of the scale.
  • All fluid units are capable of 360º rotation.
  • Joining these units together is simplicity it’s self. Twin tapered dovetails & a simple thumb screw fixing, allows tool free construction.
  • The Atlas 7 can be widened or raised via quick change blocks at 4cm, 8cm and 16cm wide, offering a quick and rigid interface.
  • Camera is mounted via sliding plates of different lengths & styles, including Arri Dovetail, Panavision or Quick Release types.
  • The Platform is vertically balanced by a quick adjusting ratchet mount, with fine tune nodal adjuster.
  • Panbar mounting thru the fluid units centre spindle, with various ratchet mounting. Numerous panbar options.
Ronford Baker Atlas 7
  • Smooth positive braking.
  • Mitchell base as standard with 150 m/m ball option.
  • 2 Spirit levels, 1 in the pan & 1 in the platform.
  • Environmentally sealed.
  • Fully guaranteed.
 
 
 

Fluid 7 MKIV

The Ronford-Baker Fluid 7 head is designed for use with film or video/EFP cameras. Its two sealed fluid units allow control to be varied through seven stages, from a cushioned free movement to the heaviest control required, by the use of three simple on/off levers. Both pan and tilt actions are continuous through 360 º, depending on the length of the lens and camera. The Fluid 7 can be supplied with a variety of platform widths, quick change spacing blocks and riser plates as illustrated. The platform is adjustable for height to suit the centre of gravity of the camera in use. A second pan bar of the platform, with ratchet adjustment to suit the required height.


Technical Specifications
Operation temperature range
+150ºF to -40ºF (+60ºC to -40ºC)
Weight: 17lb 14oz (8kg) standard

 
 
  • Fluid cushioned free head.
  • Sealed fluid system gives seven degrees of control in both pan and tilt.
  • Smooth accurate braking on pan and tilt.
  • Recessed circular spirit levels.
  • 360º scale on pan.
  • 150mm or Mitchell base, other fittings can be supplied on request.
  • Double taper roller bearings throughout.
  • Camera screw and platform adjust for vertical and horizontal balance.
  • Second pan bar available.

Fluid 7 MKIV
 
 

Transit Case
Rigidised aluminum to suit individual heads.

 
 
 

FLUID 7 Mk IV 3 AXIS HEAD

The Ronford-Baker Fluid 7 3 AXIS Head is designed for use with film or video cameras up to 25KG.

The three fluid units are controlled through seven stages.

All three axes are continuous through 360 degrees.

The head can be adjusted to the cameras centre of gravity.

This unit, with the addition of one angle bracket, is built up from standard F7 head components.

 
 
FLUID 7 Mk IV 3 AXIS HEAD
 
 
 
 
 

Series 2000 Heads

Series 2000 Fluid Heads with Balance Control

Incorporates the will proven Ronford-Baker fluid system operated by a single fluid system control lever with four progressive positions both pan and tilt.
The tilt operation is backed up by a balance control system with an “off” position and three progressive settings operated by a single control lever, giving an unprecedented smoothness and accuracy of control and balance under all situations

Series 2000 Fluid Head 2003
Series 2000 Fluid Head 2003
 
 
Series 2000 Fluid Head 2004
Series 2000 Fluid Head 2004
 

2015
The 2015 head incorporates two sealed fluid units which, by the use of four simple on/off leavers, can be varied from a cushioned free head to the heaviest control required in fifteen stages with a smooth accurate action. The quick release camera plate is infinitely adjustable for camera lens balance, with built-in foolproof safety stops, and scale.

 
 

Tripods

Ronford Baker tripods have been the preferred choice of professional cinematographers for over 40 years. Designed and manufactured from aluminium in Heavy Duty, Medium Duty or Light Weight. Also available in carbon fibre. Tall & Short tripod versions available as well as 2-Stage. Choice of cases and both ground and off ground spreader options to complete the kit.

 
 

Heavy Duty

Head fittings
Mitchell top plate supplied as standard.
150mm bowl can be supplied on request.

Technical Specifications
Materials and Finish
Castings are LM25 anodised, stove enameled black texture. Tubes are 1” dia x 16swg HE30TF alloy, polished and anodized, with nylon wipers and nylon locking pads. Stainless Steel spikes to feet, with rubber covers. Locking levers are anodized and stove enamelled black texture. All steel parts are hardened where necessary, and chrome plated.

Height
With legs spread at 1’6” (45.7cm): closed 3ft’ (91.4cm), fully extended 5’6” (167.6cm).

Weight
22lb (10kg).

Spreader
An infinitely adjustable spreader with a strong elastic clip-down device, which is secured in seconds. Made from high tensile anodized aluminium with large diameter locking hand-wheels to adjust length of spread; steel parts hardened and heavily chromium plated.
Dimensions (center to foot) minimum 1’5” (43cm), maximum 2’1” (64cm).
Weight 4lb 7oz (2kg).

Baby Tripod
As above, but height range from 1’8” (50.8cm) to 3’ (91.4cm)
Weight 18lb (8kg).

Transit Cases Specification
Moulded black grain AVS.
Dimensions 42” x 12” x 11” (105cm x 30cm x 27.5cm) standard.
26” x 12” x 11” (65cm x 30cm x 27.5cm) baby.
Weight 11lb (5kg) standard, 8lb (3.5kg) baby.

 
 
Ronford Baker Heavy Duty
 
 
 

Medium Duty

Head fittings
150cm bowl supplied as standard. Mitchell plate or 100cm bowl supplied to order.

Technical Specifications
Materials and Finish
Castings are LM25 anodised, stove enamelled black texture.
Tubes are ¾” dia x 16swg HE30TF alloy, polished and anodised, with nylon wipers and nylon locking pads. Stainless Steel spikes to feet, with rubber covers.
Locking levers are anodised and stove enamelled black texture. All steel parts are hardened where necessary, and chrome plated.

Height
With legs spread at 1’6” (45.7cm): closed 3ft’ (91.4cm), fully extended 5’6” (167.6cm).

Weight
14lb (6.5kg).

Spreader
An infinitely adjustable spreader, integral tripod, with a strong elastic clip-down device, which is secured in seconds. Made from high tensile anodised aluminium with large diameter locking hand-wheels to adjust length of spread; steel parts hardened and heavily chromium plated.
Dimensions (centre to foot) minimum 1’5” (43cm), maximum 2’1” (64cm).
Weight 4lb 7oz (2kg).

Baby Tripod
As above, but height range from 1’8” (50.8cm) to 3’ (91.4cm) Weight 11lb (5kg).

Transit Cases Specification
Moulded black grain AVS. Dimensions 42” x 12” x 11” (105cm x 30cm x 27.5cm) standard. 26” x 12” x 11” (65cm x 30cm x 27.5cm) baby.
Weight 11lb (5kg) standard, 6lb (2.7kg) baby.

Ronford Baker Medium Duty
 
 
 

Low Angle

Head castings
150cm or 100mm bowl. Other fittings can be supplied on request.

Stirrup Casings
Pivot from head and terminate in very efficient nylon cam clamps operated by large diameter handwheels, make the changeover from one set of legs to another a matter of seconds. The combination of legs covers any height from floor to 2’ 11” (88.9cm).

Technical Specifications
Materials
Manufactured from LM25 alloy castings and high tensile alloy tube.

Finish
Castings are anodised and stove enameled black texture. Tubes are polished and satin anodised. Steel parts are chromium plated. Tie down points are provided on head and bottom of telescopic legs.

Height
Low angle 7 ½” (19.5cm). Stub legs 13 ½” (34.29cm).
Telescopic legs max. 2’ 11” (88.9cm), min 2’ (60.98cm).

Net Weight
Head and stirrups only 5lb 2oz (2.32kg)
Steel Feet 14oz (0.39kg)
Stub legs 12oz (0.34kg)
Telescopic legs 3lb 4oz (1.47kg)
Limpets 6lb 10oz (3kg)
Total weight 10lb (4.5kg)

Ronford Baker Low Angle
 
 

Transit Cases Specification
Rigidised aluminum.
Dimensions 21¼” x 13¼” x 10¼” (54cm x 37cm x 26cm) standard. 26” x 12” x 11” (65cm x 30cm x 27.5cm) baby.
Weight 14lb (6kg).

 
 
 

Sliders

Ultra high precision slider available in in lengths from 25” to 96”.  Supplied with precision ground stainless steel runners and rollers, 360 degree lockable rotation and adjustable magnetic stops.  Mitchell, 150m/m or 100m/m top fittings, support bars and slider friction units also available.

The Ronford-Baker Slider is available in many lengths and can be made to your specific requirements.

The slider is CNC machined from high tensile aluminium stress relieved ‘Tooling Plate’, and anodised to suit. Designed for maximised
carriage travel, with a minimum height of 4 ¾” (12 cm). Mitchell to Mitchell fitting, with an overall width of just 10″ (25 cm). The whole unit has a lockable rotation of 360 degrees.

 
 

Ultra high precision, ground stainless steel runners and rollers.

  • 360 degree lockable rotation
  • ‘Soft stop’ adjustable buffers or adjustable magnetic stops
  • Available in length from 640 mm (25″) to 2440 mm (8’)
  • ‘Tritium’ spirit level
  • Mitchell to Mitchell fitting & 150m/m Bowl available for top
  • Linear damper available

The RB Slider is available in different sizes. Starting at 25″ and then available at 35″, 42″, 48″, 72″ and 96″

 
 
Ronford Baker Sliders
 
 
 

Motorised Slider

How do they shoot those silky-smooth timelapse travelling shots? Or a precisely moving, gliding tabletop product shot?

Sliders are great, but they’re only as smooth as the finesse with which you can operate them. For really smooth slider moves, the trick is to be sure you’re using the new Ronford-Baker Motorised Slider.

Its controller is a zoom control-sized hand unit that you can program for feathered starts and stops.

The motor moves a 4-keyed Mitchell mount along the slider with a toothed belt at speeds from fast 1 ft/sec to slow 1 ft/min. You can add the Motorised Unit to existing Ronford Sliders, or order the complete set. It’s available in lengths from 25” to 96”, and custom lengths as well.

Motorised Slider Specification
Max Load: approx. 70 kg
Top speed: 1 foot per second (1 meter in 3 seconds)
Min speed: approx. 1 meter in 3 minutes
Weight of Slider Motor unit: 6 kg
Voltage: 24 – 36 V

  • Programmable soft stops with adjustable
    feathered starts and stops
  • Adjustable speed and direction
  • Easily fitted onto any Ronford-Baker slider.
  • Hand Controller can be fitted with rosette for pan bar mounting
  • Precision ground stainless steel runners and rollers
 
 
Ronford Baker Motorised Slider

Slider Specification
Lengths: 25, 35, 42, 48, 72, 96 inches,
and custom sizes
Mount: Mitchell Flat Base, 150 mm or
100 mm Bowl
Minimum height: 4 ¾” (12 cm).
Overall width of slider: 10” (25 cm).
Rotation: lockable rotation of 360 degrees

 
 
 

Track

 
 

Precision Stainless Steel Track is available in 8’, 6’, 4’, 3’, 2’ and 1’ straight sections. 12’, 18’ and 24’ Curve sections also available.  1 metre centre Crane Track, Super Techno 30 and 50 Track supplied.

 
 
Ronfor Baker Track
 
 
 

Ronford Baker “I” BEAM SYSTEM

“I” BEAM SYSTEM

The Applebeam system is a time saving support method incorporating alloy extrusions and scaffold tubing.
Being fully adjustable they can be set up to suit both Crane track and dolly tracks, or used as a simple rostrum.

 
 
 

Billet Bazooka

 
 

Patented Mitchell fitting Bazooka Base which incorporates massive strength, a stable build platform, fast construction and ultra-versatility into its modular design. Fixed or Adjustable Riser options. Castor & Track Skate Wheels available.

International Patent Applied For. Application No. PCT.GB 02/003825

Massive strength, stable build platform, fast construction, ultra-versatile, modular design, no cost constraint design. The main design points we set ourselves when we started work on a new system three years ago.

Since then, a couple of sets prototypes, days and weeks of real world and simulated testing, we now have what we believe to be the best bazooka system available – anywhere.

A new connection.

We have taken another look at how we join the elements of camera supports together.

The EuroBoss, with it‘s 100 mm diameter mating face is just not strong enough, put together a boss-type bazooka column of more than 600 mm, add a large fluid head or gears and see how much flex you‘ve put up with.

The 7“ Mitchell fitting is very strong, but too time consuming to assemble, how often has that nut been cursed by the grip? Who then needs to find a Tommy bar or seat riser to ‘hammer’ it tight.

Our patented connection starts with a ‘true’ Mitchell top fitting, adds a quickly removable tri-point adaptor, and with it‘s opposite becomes a fast, familiar, very secure fitting.

Put the two elements together, spin down the knurled nut – don‘t even go hand tight, and pull the lock-lever. that‘s it. The lock-lever then folds up out of the way. All of the parts in our new bazooka system, from base to leveler, use this connection method.

The Base
Any camera support can only be as strong as its base – obvious really. So why continue to build from flimsy, Euro Boss type bases?

We have produced an ultra-strong Mitchell base, deep section legs

Modular Design – All the legs and ends are interchangeable

Use up to three, 200 mm long sections on each leg or just use the ends. There‘s even a 100 mm section and hinge joint, the combinations are endless

Any of the levelling jacks can easily be replaced by scaffold tubes – securely held by the built-in clamps. Uses no tools to change its configuration.

Castor wheels and skate bogies are also available

The Riser Elements
We believe our low-weight riser elements to be the strongest, most rigid available. A set of 5 elements of 100, 150, 200, 400 and 800 mm in length give the widest range of size combinations for the minimum number of pieces.

Three-leg design using a custom extrusion, CNC machined billet alloy components and high-tensile stainless steel provide massive strength, high torsional rigidity and no rust. The no-welding construction allows for easy repair.

Adjustable Risers
Strong, rigid, as light as possible – a common design theme.

Our new wind-up risers are made in the same way as the rest of the system. CNC machined billet alloys, high tensile stainless steel, special metal treatments.

High payload capacity.
No tools required to either fit or adjust.
Optimised gearbox ratio allows easy height adjust under full load – without affecting the level. Available in two height ranges, 300 to 410 mm and 600 to 1000 mm.

The Leveller
Our new 4-way combi leveller, designed with multiple base options including Bazooka, Mitchell and Euro fittings designed to level the camera as quick and intuitive as possible.

A design that provides a firm, stable Mitchell fitting at angles up to 15 degrees all ways. Uses straight levels that are only affected by one adjuster. Gives side access to the Mitchell top fitting, with minimum overall height.

Dolly Systems
By incorporating the ‘T’ Section with your Bazooka System you can convert the base into a dolly.

 

 

4 Way Combi Leveller
There are 3 available bases, Euro, Mitchell and Bazooka Style, all fit into a Peli 1610 case.

Ronford Baker Billet Bazooka
 
 
 

Universal Rolling Spider

 
 

This rolling spider will carry almost unlimited weight & any make of tripod, & remain absolutely rigid in operation. It folds flat & locks for carrying and there is a central mounting position, to fit a “European Coupling”. Standard Rolling Spider is supplied with castors wheels for use on level floors. The Universal Rolling Spider is also supplied with quickly detachable skateboard wheels for use on track.

This unit fits into a “Peli Case 1600 ” including both sets of wheels & a “Trailing Arm” for curves.

For use with castors on level floors, or with skateboard wheels on track.
Built from high tensile alloy box sections, black anodised. Centre casting painted black.
This rolling spider will carry almost unlimited weight & any make of tripod, & remain absolutely rigid in operation. It folds flat & locks for carrying.
This unit fits into a “Peli Case 1600 ” including both sets of wheels & a “Trailing Arm”.
Both castors & skateboard wheels are attached to the Rolling Spider by a thumbscrew, & are Quickly Detachable.
The “Trailing Arm” enables the Rolling spider to be used on curved track.
There is a central mounting position, to fit a “European Coupling”.

WEIGHT
6 Kgs. With one set of wheels attached.
10 Kgs. With both sets of wheels & Trailing arm.
16 Kgs. Complete in it’s case.

CASE SIZE
21 cm x 50 cm x 61 cm.

Ronford Baker Universal Rolling Spider
 
 
 
 
 

Standard Rolling Spider

 
 

Built from high tensile alloy box sections, satin anodised. This rolling spider will carry almost unlimited weight and any make of tripod, and remain absolutely rigid in operation. It folds flat and locks for carrying or storage and is easily set up ready for use.

Weight 15lb 7oz (7kg).

Ronford Baker Standard Rolling Spider