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Tiffen Davis & Sanford ProVista 7518 Tripod and Head, 75 Video Tripod With FM-18 Fluid Head. (Head Supports up to 18 lbs., Tripods 25 lbs.)

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  • Perfect for field, studio, educational or industrial applications
  • For video cameras & mini-DV's weighing up to 18 lbs
  • Heavy duty, double-strut, 3- section tripod and fluid head
  • Fluid Head w/18 lb capacity ensures smooth operation
  • Sliding quick release plate system affords variable balance control
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 20 inches ; 10 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00009UTCA
  • Item model number: S-005129
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

Alfred Hitchcock once said, "In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director." Beyond the director is the person holding the camera, often the director. The Tiffen Davis & Sanford ProVista 7518 Video Tripod and Head is the tool the budding director needs.

The ProVista 7518 Tripod is designed for videographers who need a heavy-duty tripod for a variety of field, studio, educational, and industrial applications. It supports cameras weighing up to 18 pounds. The ProVista is a three-section aluminum tripod with a non-glare black anodized finish. Quick release leg locks are easy to use even in the cold. For fast setup, the locks flip open and close with only a half twist. The top-leg section of the tripod has double-strut construction for stability. A 75 millimeter claw ball adds mobility and stability to your shooting. The 3/8"-16 mounting screw will accept most professional tripod heads. The rubber feet provide traction on any surface, indoors and out. Maximum height for the ProVista is 64 inches, minimum height is 31 inches. Tripod weight without a head is 8 pounds.Matched up perfectly to the ProVista 7518 tripod is the FM18 Fluid Head, which can also hold up to 18 pounds. Designed for heavy-duty use with Mini DVs and large camcorders, offering fluid-smooth 360 panning and 90 up-and-down tilting. Separate, easy-grip knobs lock and unlock the panning and tilting mechanism.

Mid level spreader included adds additional support Rubber feet grab any surface. Non-glare black anodized finish Maximum Height - 64 Maximum Load - 18 lbs. Minimum Height - 28 Tripod Weight - 10 lbs. 3 oz. Includes FM18 Head Fluid head with 18 pound capacity ensures smooth operation. Sliding quick release plate system affords variable balance control. 2 adjustable removable pan handles provide easy maneuverability. Independent tilt

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This is a very sturdy tripod.
Joe
The head is very smooth when doing vertical moments, but a bit tight when panning.
Wayne M. Clark
Highly recommend this product ,no more cheap tripods for me!!!
J.A

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Gburzynski on March 28, 2007
We have a closet full of broken and worn out tripods. Heads go bad, legs no longer hold up. NOT THIS ONE!!

I am fully confident that I could mount a heavy machine gun to this tripod. Built with heavy duty materials. Precision construction, just like the Steadicam Merlin (we have one of those too) that is made by the same company. 10 Year warrantee, and when you see this beast in person, you will understand why. Simply put, the last tripod you will ever buy. Fluid Pan head is ridiculously smooth and ALL METAL!. Comes with a nice heavy duty body bag. I first saw this bad boy on display in the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, and tried to buy the display model on the spot.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By J. Lent on July 6, 2007
Top end quality. Tough powder coated legs, aluminum castings. Shipping weight is 11 pounds -- B and H included at no extra cost a 3" wheeled dolly and two extra quick-connect plates. Very smooth action on legs, silky glide on extra heavy duty fluid head. I've used O'connors and Millers costing 1,000 smackers, and this head is just as good if not better. Ball leveling and bubble; locks down TIGHT too. Balancing cam is easy and fast. Comes with heavy duty black ballistic nylon bag (which is even lined with sateen fabric and has two zipper compartments and tote strap). The "blue bag" from that Vermont company alone is $200. Very pleased with the excellent construction and fast service and extras from B and H. This pod's a definite winner in all aspects so far. Comes with 10 year warranty so be sure to save the proof of purchase invoice and register the product. Even comes with allen wrench to tighten head screws if necessary. Highly recommend this fine product.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By G_S_ on February 22, 2008
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I bought two of these tripods for my Canon XL-H1s. I was looking for the cheapest tripod that would support the weight.

The tripod comes with a bag, carrying strap, and an extra mounting plate. Another review mentioned a missing alan wrench. I didn't see anywhere that said it came with one, or why you'd even need one.

Another review mentioned poor design on the mounting plate, but it worked just fine for me. You unscrew the tab on the right and hold down on the button on the left, and it slides right out. Then you screw it in just like pretty much any other plate.

It comes with two handles, but you'll want to remove the right one if you want to tilt the camera up and down, as the handle gets in the way of the knob that controls that.

If you're looking for a professional fluid head, you'll want to buy or rent one of those $1000+ tripods. But this one is more than adequate for projects where the fluid movement isn't going to make or break your film.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John L. Mondelli on July 4, 2006
After dealing with cheap tripods from local camera and electronics stores I finally decided I needed to get a REAL tripod that would pan, tilt and STAND UP properly. This tripod is a thing of beauty. The best $200 I ever spent on Amazon! If you're tired of your piece of trash tripod and need something that will WORK PROFESSIONALY then this is what you need!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kate Stokes VINE VOICE on March 26, 2008
This tripod is much better than expected, and much more professional than expected. This is a high-quality item and I am very happy with it. In addition, I will say it is bigger and heavier than expected! I thought it would be a little more portable since it comes with a carrying case, but trust me folks you won't be taking this monster very many places! If you ask, however, I would rather have an item of professional and rugged construction than portability, assuming they are mutually exclusive. So bottom line this is an awesome tripod that gets the job done but not very portable at all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By smasty on November 4, 2007
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I'm really impressed with this tripod. I've been using an $1100 Manfrotto tripod, so I was skeptical about spending $200. The fluid head moves very smoothly and with the lock adjustments tight it simulates a drag adjustment. The ball setting for the head allows a super quick adjustment for level---easy to see with the bullseye level attached to the head. Just unscrew the vertical bar under the head and the ball rotates in its base to any desired angle. The tripod shipped with an extra mounting plate, but the allen wrench that was supposed to be in the bag is not in the bag. The carry bag is very nice.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on November 3, 2007
The first time I went out on a shoot, I had a heck of a time mounting the camera to this tripod. The screws would not rotate completely because they were too close to the camera. The plate was poorly design as well at the mount. the tripod otherwise is very stable and smooth. I am thinking about trying to get a custom fit just so I can easily mount my camera to this unit without spending so much time. I am surprised others did not mention this huge flaw in their own reviews. This is the worst mount I have ever used. On a good note, this tripod came with a camera bag and dolly, if purchased via BH Photo.

Update after about 6 months

I had to get a part sawed off in order to rotate so that the plates would lock in a tight fit. Ever since I was able to mount without problems.

I took the tripod in the field and the legs fell while the camera was mounted. I didn't realize that the legs were screwed together and needed a star key for adjustments. I had what every AV Tech lives by, DUCK TAPE, and literally had to duck tape the legs so they wouldn't fall.

I wouldn't recommend this tripod because of the many flaws. I should have purchaed a Bogen. I have a Bogen that was soaked in Katrina waters for 2 weeks and still work. Just wanted to save some money and saw good reviews for this tripod so went ahead and purchased it. Big mistake.
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