July 6, 2016

Even Babies Can Tilt and Pan with the CAM Tank Rocker Plate

This new release from MSE lets you smoothly capture super low angles.

You're probably not about to let a baby handle your camera, but if you want to capture the world from their perspective, the new CAM Tank from Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE) might be your best option.

The low profile plate lets you shoot from a very low angle without sacrificing smooth pans and tilts. The CAM Tank accepts both large camera plates as well as a direct mount, can hold up to 175 lbs., and allows 30 degrees of tilt in both directions and a 360-degree pan. 

Although the entire unit can be mounted onto a fluid head for Dutch angle shots, an MSE press release claims that, when used on its own, it gets your camera a whole foot lower than a fluid head can. This model also improves upon the classic rocker plate by adding more 3/8-16 holes vertically and horizontally on the base. 

The CAM Tank’s $1,450 price tag includes a hard travel case. Although the plate has just been made publicly available, we first encountered it at NAB earlier this year. See it in action starting at 3:19 in the video below:

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No handle to control the moves?
User has to grab the camera itself??

I am wondering if he has ever seen a full rigged cinema camera.

July 6, 2016 at 9:49AM

Steadicam Operator/Owner

Rocker plates don't typically have a pan and tilt handle.

July 6, 2016 at 10:40PM


I do not need "Rocker plates".

For my work I need a smooth head.
A head with either a handle or with a gear+2 cranks.
Or a motorized head which is nice, too.

Everything else makes not much sense to me.
To me, the moves shown here cannot be dosed very well (even with a handle). Watch 04:00.... it just moves around.

But if there is a market, go on.

July 7, 2016 at 7:45AM

Steadicam Operator/Owner

Just watched the video and I think I at first misunderstood what the intended use was.

This seems to be an accessory to a real fluid head or a geared head. Not a replacement. Yes, it can be it's own low angle high-hat. But the main use seem to be intended to be paired with a good fluid or geared head...

So not really what I am after at the moment. But I at least get what the whole point was. But knowing how the internet works I'm betting someone will buy it as a head replacement and complain about how hard it is to get smooth pans with it...

July 13, 2016 at 9:10AM

Johan Malmsten

For the price of some of this equipment it seems more cost effective to invest in a machine shop tools and make your own pieces for specific shots. A wedge of metal for $250; an extra-tilty tilt and pan head for $1450, seriously?

July 14, 2016 at 12:04PM

Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker