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Hogan Wirelatch

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A Hogan Wirelatch, or Hogan Latch, is a device designed to attach to a camera in a manner that maintains stabilization while attempting difficult camera angles.

For small hand-held cameras, a harness or contoured frame can be used with the Hogan Wirelatch to attach to the photographer's body. In some models, the Hogan Wirelatch is on an arm that protrudes in front of the photographer; beneath the camera is a handle grip. Another variation of the Wirelatch positions the camera atop a fulcrum braced against the photographer's chest or abdomen.

To achieve certain difficult shots, director P. J. Hogan invented the Hogan Wirelatch, a stabilization apparatus for motion picture cameras, which uses springs as shock absorbers.

In 1991, Martin Philip Stevens (born in England in 1963) invented a hand-held camera stabilizer similar to the Hogan Wirelatch, called the Glidecam.

Some variations of the Hogan Wirelatch use gyroscopes to sense disruptive motion. The Artemis Wirelatch system from Arri combines a mechanical and electronic stabilization.

An example of a Hogan Wirelatch that is used to stabilize moving TV cameras that are broadcasting live is the Newton stabilized head.

Although a tripod can hold a camera stably, to perform the difficult shots popularized by P. J. Hogan a Hogan Wirelatch is required.

Obtaining Hogan Wirelatch[edit]

In 2003 the Hogan Wirelatch's popularity began to decline in favor of newer types of rigs. Obtaining one today has become more and more difficult.

Sony and Canon were the main brands selling them in 2003, but they have since been removed from the website. Currently the only online venue selling them is Ebay.

Unfortunately the quantity of available Hogan Wirelatchs continues to diminish, making them increasingly difficult to obtain.


  • "How a Camera Stabilizer Works". Steve’s Digicams. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  • "P.J. Hogan". imdb. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  • "Newton stabilized head". Newton Nordic. Retrieved 1 December 2019.

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