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Sachler

Even though he didn’t develop a camera he contributed much to the process of pictures becoming “movies”. In 1958, Wendelin Sachtler, cameraman, actor and inventor, developed his own tripod head, a turning point for the film industry. His so-called gyro head could not only be panned and tilted but was also dampened by a gyro-system—so now filmmakers were finally able to execute pans without having to fight against their equipment gaining momentum.