Founded in 1958 by Wendelin Sachtler, Sachtler are a German company that manufactures camera support and lighting equipment for the broadcast film and audio industry. Sachtler are credited with many innovations including in 1958 the world’s first tripod head, a gyroscopic head providing smooth camera operation.
In 1995 Sachtler became part of the UK based Vitec Group, a world leader in the provision of equipment, services and solutions to the film, entertainment and photographic industries.
Sachtler still manufacture camera equipment in Munich and have 150 employees in their production plants in Germany, Costa Rica and the UK.
Sachtler have three divisions; camera support, including tripods, tripod heads, fluid heads and pedestals, reporter lighting, including LED, daylight and tungsten options and camera stability systems. There is also a Wendelin Sachtler academy, in Germany, designed to improve education and nurture innovation.
A wide range of Sachtler heads and tripods are used in the movie and TV industries and recent innovations have included the Soom. Launched in 2007 the Soom is a multifunctional camera support system, with a tripod, Trispread, HI pod and Tube, providing stability and ease of use across the industry. The technology permits easy upgrades for HD, 3D and MiniDV capability ensuring the attraction of the unit across the whole broadcasting industry.
In 1992 Sachtler was awarded the Academy Award for scientific and engineering excellence.
Other recent products include the ACE M tripod system allowing for ease of portability and operation and highly effective camera stability.