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Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm)

B&H # SADV12SB Mfr # 1205
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You Pay: $3,443.00
Product Highlights
  • Supports 2-31 lbs (1-14 kg)
  • SPEEDBALANCE Technology
  • Step Switching
  • Touch & Go Plate

The Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head with a 100 mm bowl and integrated flat base fitting, and a load capacity of up to 31 lbs (14kg), is the choice for the professional videographer utilizing heavy camcorders who demands the smoothest pans and tilts as well as rapid setup. It features a 12-step counterbalance system with a 2.8" (70mm) sliding plate for perfect balance, and 5 steps of drag plus zero in both axes for whip pans. The Touch & Go quick-release system makes mounting and takedown a nonissue: no fumbling, no struggling, no worries. For complete flexibility and ease of operation in unforgiving circumstances, the DV-12SB is a sound choice.

Stepped counterbalance and fluid drag systems facilitate rapid, accurate setups
Illuminated bubble level is adjustable between 20 and 45 seconds
Touch & Go quick release system ensures rapid, accurate, and secure camera mounting
Load Capacity 2.2 - 31 lbs (1 - 14 kg)
Diameter/Thread 100mm 4" Half Ball
Counter Balance System Torsion Springs
Counter Balance Range 12 Steps
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes (Cat #1063)
Balance Plate Yes, 2.8" (70mm) Sliding Range
Tilt Drag 5 steps plus zero
Tilt Range +90 to -75°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance 5 steps plus zero
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / Illuminated
Temperature Range -40 to 140°F
Height 7" (17.7 cm)
Weight 6 lbs (2.7kg)
Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm)
  • Single Section Pan Bar (DV-100)
  • Quick Release / Wedge Plate (#1063)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Years with Product Registration
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    SachtlerDV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm)
     
    4.8

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Improves performance (5)
    • Professional quality (5)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (4)
      • In the studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional artist (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      5.0

      great mid-size option

      By Erik

      from Chicago

      About Me Camera Operator, Cinematographer, DP, Professional Artist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

        Having been spoiled over the years by one of the larger Video 18 model heads, I was slightly tentative, but hey, it's a Sachtler fluid head. Much to my relief and happiness, this thing is great!

        Even with "only" 5 steps of drag control each way, it is butter-smooth, even with low-weight rigs. Sometimes putting a small rig on a large support system causes issues, but this thing reacts perfectly no matter the weight. It works great on my jib and allows me to use anything and everything, from my small DSLR to large broadcast rigs with my network clients and the 31 lb capacity is conservative, I'd say. That being said, anything much more than that and you're looking at a whole different beast anyway.

        If you don't absolutely NEED the higher payload capacity and/or the 7-step drag control of the larger heads, this is an excellent head!

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        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Tom

        from LA, CA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

          This is my 2nd sachtler head. I love it. Very smooth. I use the big Oconners when it comes to much heavier cameras, but for anything from ENG to canon dslrs-i wouldn't want anyhthing else. It's not a light tiny thing, but I don't mind lugging more weight knowing I have a great head that can fly just about any camera I'll throw at it. I also love that they took a hint from bogen and let you screw the extra baseplate screws into the head for safekeeping, they were always disappearing on my older model sachtler head.

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          5.0

          Top-quality medium size head

          By bsatchfield

          from Tampa Bay, Florida

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality
          • Top Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

            Sachtler makes some of the best camera heads around. This is my third Sachtler head purchase and this will be used with a RED Epic. Everything about the Sachtler brand is quality. Great fluid motion, plenty of adjustability, sturdy, durable, ergonomic. The Sachtler heads are expensive but will probably last you a lifetime if not abused.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fluid Head is Great

            By RQ the engineer

            from Corpus Christi, TX

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Complex Projects

              Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

              The head is compact yet holds up great. Smoothe operation and very sturdy. I expect the head to be inservice for many years just like the rest of the Sachtler products.

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              4.0

              smooth

              By Laet

              from Perth, Australia

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Improves Performance
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

                great fluid head. I work a lot with excam and 35mm adapter and it is great for it. Love my new head so far

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sachtler DV12SB

                By D

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Video Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Wide weight range

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • ENG-EFP

                  Comments about Sachtler DV 12SB Fluid Head (100mm):

                  I have owned a Sachtler 25 for many years, but with new smaller cameras I no longer needed the heavy support. I also got tired of lugging around a 45 pound tripod, so I sold the 25 and have bought the DV12. As advertised it will support cameras from 3 to 30 pounds. I have used it with a Betacam and with a Panasonic DVX100A which pretty much runs that weight range. It works fine with both cameras. I do miss the 7x7 subtle adjustments of the 25 with the Betacam, as the DV12 is a 5x5. The Speed Balance is great and does adjust between my two cameras in seconds.

                  I also have a Manfrotto 501 and wanted a better fluid head for use with the light camera. I'll keep that as a backup

                  • How long have you owned it:
                  • A month or less

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