Miller Tripods, under the Miller Cine brand, announced its new CinX 8 and CinX 9 large fluid heads and CinX 20, 23, and 25 smaller fluid heads just prior to NAB 2023. We caught up with Miller at the show to ask them more about the CinX 9.
These new models complete Miller’s Fluid head offering for the cinema industry where the aim was to cover every potential application. The CinX range now comprises eight different fluid heads.
I previously reviewed the CinX 5 way back in 2019. You can read that review here.
CinX 8 & CinX 9
The new CinX 8 and CinX 9 join the existing CinX 3, 5 and 7, which are mid-sized fluid heads. The CinX 8 and 9 have a capacity of 40kg / 88lbs, and both employ an ARRI-compatible side-loading camera plate. The CinX 8 is fitted with a 150mm, low profile clawball and the CinX 9 has a flat base, which may be attached to a Mitchell flat base adaptor or a 150mm clawball.
Both heads have 16 positions of counterbalance steps and a 7+0 position pan and tilt fluid drag system. They are constructed out of lightweight, high-strength die-cast alloy and rigid composite polymers. This keeps them relatively lightweight and compact for their size and payload capacities.
The CinX 8 and 9 both come with sturdy pan handles to reduce flex under heavy drag. The side-loading ARRI-compatible camera plate with 150mm of travel, can help speed up the setup of most rig configurations. Accessory mounting brackets, compatible with ARRI fittings, may also be mounted in two locations on the pan section of the head.
CinX 20, 23 and 25
Also new to the lineup are the CinX 20, 23 and 25. They feature up to a 14kg / 30.8 lbs payload capacity and employ Miller’s new Versa universal camera plate. The CinX 20 and 23 are fitted with a 75mm clawball while the CinX 25 employs a 100 mm clawball. These tripods are essentially the same as the previous ArtX heads, except for having the new Versa universal camera plate.
All three fluid heads have 16 positions of counterbalance. The CinX 20 has a payload capacity of 0-8kg / 17.6 lbs and 3+0 pan and tilt (P&T) soft drag positions. The CinX 23 boasts of 0-10kg capacity, and 3+0 heavier P&T positions. The CinX 25 has a capacity of 14kg / 30.8lbs and 5+0 P+T positions.
All CinX models employ the Miller Right Feel smooth start and soft stop technology and they are claimed to have well-balanced diagonal drag transitions and consistent drag resistance over a wide range of temperatures. The CinX 8 and 9 feature illuminated rear-mounted controls and a bubble level, enabling operators to make adjustments in dimly lit conditions, without having to feel their way around or use a torch light.
The CinX range comes with the Miller Gold 3-year factory warranty.
Price & Availability
The CinX 9 will retail for around $10,000 USD and it will start shipping in July.