Assemble cameras, lenses and attachments

Business Sectors (Suites): Camera
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about assembling cameras, lenses and attachments.  This can apply to digital or film cameras.  This could apply to any type of production including feature films, TV dramas, commercials, documentaries, sports coverage, outside broadcast and live or stage events.  This could apply on a multi or single camera shoot. 

It includes checking the availability and condition of lenses, filters and accessories, mounting and levelling camera bodies, assembling body components, securing lenses, assembling mechanical and electrical attachments, checking the balance of heads and adjusting apertures and shutter angles.

This standard is relevant to anyone who assembles cameras, lenses and attachments including those working as 1st Assistants, Focus pullers, Camera assistants or Camera operators.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​check that all required lenses, filters and accessories are available and in the required condition
  2. use the correct tools to assemble cameras, lenses and attachments
  3. mount camera bodies on the correct heads in line with production requirements
  4. level cameras through 360 degrees
  5. check that all pan and tilt locks, fluid head controls and platform and centre locks are secure
  6. assemble camera body components in required configurations
  7. secure lenses in mounts in line with manufacturers' instructions, fitting supports when required
  8. assemble mechanical and electrical attachments in line with production requirements
  9. ensure that camera heads balance once lenses and accessories have been attached
  10. position cameras and mounts in the correct positions for shooting
  11. adjust apertures and shutter angles to specified settings
  12. communicate with other people and departments when required for your work
  13. report any problems to relevant people and suggest suitable solutions
  14. work in line with health and safety requirements

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​key characteristics of current cameras, lenses and attachments and major obsolescent models
  2. camera handling techniques and tools and the implications of damage to cameras
  3. cleaning and maintenance procedures and materials for the camera equipment in use including cleanliness of all glass surfaces
  4. how to check the required condition of lenses and filters including that they are clean and scratch free and that irises function
  5. how to assemble camera body components
  6. the function of pan and tilt locks, fluid head controls and platform and centre locks  and how to maintain and store fluid heads
  7. how to secure lenses without damaging rims
  8. mechanical and electrical attachments including focus and zoom motors
  9. how to attach matte boxes without causing vignetting
  10. how to attach filters in the correct alignment
  11. recording media required for camera type and how to attach it or load it including how to format digital recording media
  12. how to tactfully suggest solutions to any problems or restrictions
  13. the role of others involved and when to liaise with them including directors of photography, camera operators, directors and 2nd camera assistants
  14. any special requirements to ensure the safety and security of equipment when left unattended
  15. relevant manufacturers' instructions for the equipment in use
  16. the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals

SOC Code



camera; lenses; assemble; attachments; camera models; camera equipment;