GF-8 Camera Crane

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The GF-8 Crane System has established itself as an industry standard and is probably the most popular rideable and remote crane system available today.


Internationally, the number of satisfied clients continues to grow and uncountable end users can testify to the versatility, stability and durability of the GF-8 Crane System.


Its modern, lightweight design combined with high grade pan & tilt bearing systems provides unmatched ease of movement and steady crane moves.


With the GF-8, all of the same sized extensions, rigging and parallelogram rods are identical.
The result is a logical and easy to understand assembly procedure with almost unlimited versatility in set-up possibilities.

GF-8 camera crane system in action

GF-8 camera crane [max. remote & platform version]

As confirmation of GFM's high manufacturing and safety standards, the TÜV Süddeutschland have safety type tested and approved the GF-8 Crane System according to European guidelines for the scope of application under EC directives especially EC directive 98 / 37 / EC.
This certification is based on state-of-the-art-technology.



The Xten Kit


By adding the Xten Kit, the standard GF-8 Crane can, at any time, be extended to a GF-8 Xten Crane providing extra height and range.


GF-8 camera crane system feature


The GF-8 Xten Crane System is a standard GF-8 Crane plus the Xten Kit. It has a double, rod rigging system, a higher pivot height, an extra weight bucket and a longer rear end section than the standard GF-8.


 

GF-8

GF-8 Xten


Pivot height

Platform operation
       2 pers
       1 pers

Remote operation
       80kg / 176lbs
       50kg / 110lbs
 


1,54m


4.5m / 14' 10"
5.8m / 18' 10"


7.2m / 23' 6"
8m / 26' 2"
 


1,84m


5.6m / 18' 6"
7.3m / 23' 10"


8.7m / 28' 6"
10.6m / 34' 6"
 

GF-8 Xten camera crane system in action

GF-8 Xten camera crane [max. remote & platform version]


The Base Dolly

The GF-8 Standard Base:

with single ended, corrected steering geometry allowing a minimum circular movement of 258cm / 9' 4" inside diameter.

Can roll from floor to standard 62cm / 24,5" track by just clicking on the track wheels.

Levelling legs and adapters to 100cm / 39" track are also available.

 

GF-8 camera crane standard basedolly

The GF-8 Double Ended Steering Base:

offers all the features of the standard base but with double ended steering.

Each end functions independently with a dedicated steering rod for each operator.

Can roll from floor to standard 62cm / 24,5" track by just clicking on the track wheels.

Levelling legs and adapters to 100cm / 39" track are also available.

GF-8 camera crane double ended steering basedolly

The GF-8 Double Ended Connected Steering Base:

offers all the features of the standard base but with GFM's unique connected steering system.

The 3 steering functions are controlled from the rear of the dolly by simply flicking a lever.

You can roll from floor to standard 62cm / 24,5" track by just clicking on the track wheels.

Levelling legs and adapters to 100cm / 39" track are also available.

Provides the utmost in maneuverability.

GF-8 camera crane double ended connected steering basedolly

GF-8 camera crane dolly features

4 x 2 track wheels with Vulkulan coating

Levelling legs and push down wheel brakes

push bar

The GF-8 Base Dolly's, push down wheel brakes help to stop unwanted rolling or moving of the base.

4 x 2 track wheels are available in a special Vulkulan mix which are ideal for fast tracking shots but also provide extremely smooth movement for man riding or remote use. The mounted track wheels don't restrict the wheels when steering. If the ground surface demands it, the track wheels can be removed or added within seconds. Optionally 4 x 4 track wheels are also available in either Vulkulan or Plastic.

Sturdy, hand cranked levelling legs can be attached to each of the base dollies allowing for fast adjustments on uneven surfaces. The position of the levelling jacks increases the footprint of the base.

A special adapter enables connection of the track wheels to run on 100cm/39 inch track rather than the standard 62cm /24,5 inch.

The bases are equipped with fittings for a push bar at either end of the dolly. The telescopic push bar is especially useful for fast tracking shots allowing 2 operators comfortable positioning on either side of the base.


GF-8 camera crane system basedollies

The GF-8 Crane platform can be mounted to all the base dollies transforming them into Track or Western dollies.

The standard GF-8 Column is optionally available as a 2 piece column.

The 2 piece GF-8 Xten Column is optionally available as a 3 piece column.


Setup / Transport


The GF-8 Crane System can be built to adapt to most requirements on almost any location, ranging from jib arm to rideable to remote crane. Numerous man-riding versions and remote versions can be built according to your requirements and imagination.

With the GF-8's angle adjusters there are no dedicated front sections required. Unlike other cranes, the GF-8 has no set nose piece or bucket end.

During assembly you don't need to follow a strict numerical set-up procedure. Version 8, for example, consists of 4 x 150cm (5') and 1 x 100cm (3' 3") extension arms to the front of the crane.The 4 longer arms are identical to each other.

Naturally the parallelogram rods and rigging rods follow the same principal.

GF-8 middle section with pan and tilt lock
GF-8 camera crane system setup

Shorter crane versions can be assembled with either an optional 40cm (1' 6"), 75cm (2' 6") or 100cm (3' 3") as the bucket end rather than the standard 127cm / 4' 2" extension. The front of the arm can be built from the remaining sections.

The angle adjusters are then mounted to either of the ends. As an additional option, for jib arm use, a counterweight rod can be used instead of the counterweight bucket, further increasing the versatility of the GF-8.

In its jib arm configuration, the GF-8 can be mounted on other dollies by using the GFM Euro and Mitchell adapters to GF-8.

It goes without saying that this ultra-modular crane system provides an endless number of camera support possibilities.

GF-8 camera crane system extensions

Modular extensions

GF-8 camera crane in jib arm mode

GF-8 in Jib Arm mode with counterweight rod

All the GF-8 Crane arm components fit on a dedicated transport trolley.
The trolley system protects the parts from unnecessary wear and tear as each piece has its own location on the trolley.
For example, when a short version of the GF-8 is required, all remaining sections, rods etc are left on the trolley for safe keeping.

A custom designed trolley and carriers are also available for the counterweights.

GF-8 camera crane system transport solution
 

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