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The Shark Antenna mount, which is designed to attach log periodic (that is, shark fin) antennas as well as wireless receivers, IFB and video receiver antennas, and microphones. Please click image for larger view.
K-Tek, the company known for its boom poles and audio support products, introduced a range of gear at NAB 2012. First was its Shark Antenna mount, which is designed to attach log periodic (that is, shark fin) antennas as well as wireless receivers, IFB and video receiver antennas, and microphones.

This versatile mounting tool -- available in T Shark and L Shark models -- features multiple 3/8 x 16 threaded studs that are movable along an aluminum tube with adjustable mounting rings.

The T Shark's bracket in the center of the 4' tube length can be fixed on a standard boom pole or any standard 3/8 x 16 threaded stud. The L Shark has a bracket on one side of a 3' long tube, allowing the antenna mount to sit comfortably over a sound cart. The mounting bracket for each model has a cold shoe with a 5/8 x 27 removable threaded stud, making it ideal for most IFB antennas.

Each model comes with two mounting rings that can be tightened to secure it to the aluminum tube. Users can attach multiple shark fin antennas via two 3/8 x 16 threaded studs situated 180-degrees from each other. Mounting Rings are also available separately.

K-Tek Tadpole Please click image for larger view.
K-Tek has also reached out to cinematographers using today's new tiny form-factor cameras such as the GoPro and the Apple iPhone.

K-Tek Tadpoles feature a tilting Ball & Socket head for precise positioning and shooting, and extendable Tadpoles let the cameraperson get closer to the action, up and over crowds, one-handed and with steadier movement. Tadpoles pack up really small and can extend up to 6'7". Constructed of the same material as K-Tek's boom poles, Tadpoles are available in four models: 7.5", 2', 3', and 6'7."

The new Mini-Tadpole features a mini-ball head and a ¼ x 20 female thread on the base. The fixed length, 7-½" Mini-Tadpole is targeted at use with the iPhone when paired with the new K-Tek Tripod Mount Case.

K-Tek's new small camera handgrip, which features a fixed ¼ x 20 thread on top of a foam-covered graphite tube, is a practical and cost-effective way to hold a small camera. K-Tek's Norbert Sport Junior is aimed for use with the 3D GoPro, GoPro or iPhone and includes two foam-covered side graphite handles and a frame. Norbert Sport Junior and the small camera handgrip (KCAMH) also work with the new K-Tek Tripod Mount iPhone Case that features two, threaded ¼ x 20 aluminum holes.

Also at NAB 2012, K-Tek unveiled the K-Tek Tripod Mount Case for the iPhone4/4S, which enables this smart phone to accept a range of K-Tek's video accessories and professional tripods. The machined aluminum tripod mount case features two threaded aluminum 1/4x20-mounting points, and is made from a solid block of aluminum, designed to be durable and rugged. It is available in black or brushed gray.

K-Tek has wisely created some professional level tools for the GoPro and iPhone. GoPro had a hugely popular showing at NAB 2012, proving that this camera has moved into the mainstream. The millions of Apple iPhones around the world ensures that a growing number of people will use it as a video camera. When they do, K-Tek will be one of a handful of companies out there offering professional tools.


K-Tek has wisely created some professional level tools for the iPhone and GoPro. Click individual images for larger view.










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