These industry standard, hybrid fibre, HD camera cables use Lemo SMPTE304 connectors and miniature SMPTE cable, specifically for use with Steadycam systems. They are assembled to order by Canford, usually on short lead times. The cables, which are generically referred to as SMPTE311M, incorporate two singlemode fibres, two power conductors and two low-voltage conductors, laid up around a stainless-steel strength member, with a copper braid plus a rugged, abrasion-resistant jacket.
The Lemo 3K.93C stainless steel connectors incorporate the highly-reliable Lemo push-pull latching system and are suitable for up to 20,000 mating cycles. With correct care and cleaning, the fibre contacts are also suitable for this level of endurance.
This miniature version of the SMPTE cable is designed for short length Steadycam applications, and has a 4.8mm jacket.
FGW: Cable plug with cable gland.
PGW:Cable socket with cable gland.
Canford's fibre termination facility is certified by Lemo for termination of the Lemo SMPTE304 connectors.
As part of our final test process Canford carry out both insertion and return loss measurement, as well as interferometry measurement on all Fibre terminations. Although some termination facilities do not use interferometry and rely merely on insertion and return loss testing to determine results Canford will always carry out interferometry as standard. Test results including 3D imagery of terminations can be supplied upon request.
Interferometry measures three critical dimensions required for continued reliability, end shape (radius of curvature measured in mm), the polished apex offset (measured in um) and fibre height (measured in nm). These three parameters all fall within tight industry standards which guarantees reliability when mating random connectors.