(50 feet = 15,2m)

Despite the similar reach to the MB52 it’s a totally different crane. The MB50 was designed from the start to handle very heavy head packages (maximum nose load is 80 kg). It’s much stiffer than the MB52 and MB45. Despite it’s reach of 50ft it’s still a very compact crane when retracted, easy to transport and move around on the film set. Short back end of only 2,6 m makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces and allows high tilt angle of up to 53 degrees. There’s also a pair of telescopic rails that extend the back end for additional 1m for more leverage and easier arm control.

Moviebird 50 XL Specifications*

Max. nose load: 80 kg 176 lbs
Max. extension speed: 2,2 m/s 2,2 m/s
Arm weight with Yoke: 930 kg 2050 lbs
Base weight: 300 kg 660 lbs
One counterweight: 22 kg 48,5 lbs
Crane weight incl. counterweight: 2750 kg 6060 lbs
Height: 14,3m 46,9 ft
Overall length: 17,8 m 58,4 ft
Telescopic range: 11,8 m 38,4 ft
Maximum reach: 15,2 m 50,0 ft
Rails: 1,0 m 3,3 ft
Min. door height 2,0 m 6,5 ft

* Specifications may change at any time

The new MovieBird base

The new MovieBird base with a two stage telescopic column will significantly increase the functionality of the MB50XL crane.

The lifting range of 0.8 m allows you to descend to a minimum height of less than 2 m so you could enter through a standard door.At the same time the maximum lifting height is increased to 2.8m which allows a 52 degree angle of inclination and a 46 foot camera height.

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The manufacturer recomends the following safety procedures: in order to reduce the possibility of an accident, every camera crane with arm range above 30 feet (9 meters) should be operated by at least two trained technicians (grips).
In case of MovieBird cranes it concerns models: MB-30, MB-35, MB-45, MB-50XL, MB-52, MB-62.

Useful Files

New Column Base

Column Base (before 2019)

Crane photo:


Photo: Tomasz Marczak

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