With the ever-changing landscape of the media world, having durable, yet easy-to-use equipment is paramount. For videographers and camera operators, even something as simple as a cable can play a vital role. That’s why Canare SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Optic (HFO) SMPTE ST304 and ST311 cable assemblies have become the industry standard. Designed for broadcast and A/V professionals, the SMPTE HFO cables are also available as slim, lightweight, and durable tactical solutions, to stand up to the toughest environments.

Popular with major news and sports networks, Canare’s SMPTE HFO cables come standard in 9 mm (LF-2SM9N), with 7 mm patch cable (LF-2SM7N) and 7 mm or 9 mm tactical (LF-2SM7T and LF-2SM9T) options also available. Canare designed the cable jacket of the tactical options to have superior flexibility and mechanical properties that provides both crush and impact resistance.

“Manufactured in Japan, Canare’s SMPTE HFO cables have become the industry standard across the global broadcast and live event industry,” says Shinichi Minowa, CEO for Americas, Canare Corporation of America. “The cables are a popular solution for operators of the industry’s leading camera brands. Further, the Canare SMPTE HFO cables offer users affordable pricing, reliable availability, complete cable and connector assemblies and custom-length options with quick turnarounds.”

Canare offers two types of tactical HFO SMPTE camera cables. Its standard 9.2 mm (LF-2SM9T) is a great upgrade or replacement for  standard camera cables and is available in custom lengths of up to 300 meters. The 7.1 mm (LF-2SM7T) is a lightweight alternative, great for patching or shorter cable runs of up to 100 meters. Both cables offer a 1x O.D. (Outside Diameter) bend radius. Canare’s tactical cables also feature a crush and impact resistant outer jacket. Completed assemblies for both cables are available in standard and custom lengths, and are assembled in the United States. Canare also offers cable reels for easy deploying and storing of its cables.

All Canare cables come with a one-year warranty. For added security, Canare also manufactures an HFO SMPTE Cable Tester, which is especially helpful for A/V pros that need to troubleshoot while on location. In addition, Canare is the only manufacturer to build both its cables and connectors, providing  customers with a one-stop-solution for their A/V cable needs. The SMPTE HFO cables are compatible with various industry-leading camera manufacturers, including Blackmagic, Grass Valley, Hitachi, Ikegami, JVC Professional, Panavision, and Sony, among others.

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