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Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod

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Product Highlights
  • Fluid Head
  • 65mm Bowl, Accepts up to 75mm Balls
  • 18 lbs Capacity

The Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod is a professional tripod system featuring the FM18 fluid head. This system offers ball head leveling with heads that are equipped with a 65 to 75mm ball.bowl leveling and an 18 lbs capacity.

FM18 Head
This fluid head offers smooth operation, quick release plate balance system and two pan handles.
Tripod Legs
The legs incorporate a 65mm bowl that has been specially formed to allow you to support a ball head with a 65 to 75mm ball.

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General
Load Capacity 18 lbs
8.2kg
Maximum Height 64"
162.5cm
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 28"
71.1cm
Folded Length 34"
86.4cm
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 10.3 lbs
4.7kg
Head
Counter Balance System Sliding Quick Release Plate
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes, sliding
Balance Plate Quick Release
Tilt Drag Yes
Tilt Range 90° Up and Down
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Legs
Material Metal
Head Attachment Fitting 65mm Bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 1/2
Leg Lock Type Quick-Flip
Independent Leg Spread No
Spiked/Retractable Feet Rubber Feet
Center Brace None
Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod
  • Tripod System
  • 2 x Pan Bars
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Bag
  • 10 Year Warranty
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    Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod
     
    4.3

    (based on 91 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (42)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (63)
    • Professional quality (50)
    • Compact (38)
    • Improves performance (34)
    • Highly compatible (31)

    Cons

    • Poor design (6)
    • Heavy (3)
    • Poor performance (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (53)
    • In the studio (32)
    • Complex projects (26)
    • Home movies (26)
    • Outdoors (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (34), Professional artist (21), Enthusiast (19), Film student (15), Professional (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Tall and really short

    I give it five stars based on price and function.

    I have used lots of high-end studio gear, this is a great piece of gear for the price. Does it...Read complete review

    I give it five stars based on price and function.

    I have used lots of high-end studio gear, this is a great piece of gear for the price. Does it compare to a 10,000 head? No. But it gets the job done and well.

    This is being used for a DSLR video, and so this tripod is more than enough.

    The fluid head is very smooth from start, pan to stop. A real winner, add that to the fact you do not need to have a helper to lug around your head and sticks, you really have something.

    A great shot is always about great framing, which means your position. with bigger rigs you are far less likely to pick up and move when the event changes on you.

    Event shooters do not control the area, and must move quickly around around the action, whereas film makers do control the area thus can use better/heavier gear. This rig is a great balance between high quality and weight. You can grab this thing and run with it, studio gear is not going anywhere soon.

    I love the fact that you can get down to within a foot of the ground and shoot. This allows you to get shots of feet, dancing, low shots of cars, etc. Second it is nearly as tall as most of the tallest rigs without that center post issue.

    The legs are fast in and out a real plus for an event shooter. So you can drop it down to get that "hero" shot then quickly stand it back up for a straight shot.

    Cons: With DLSR the whole this is bit light for uneven terrain, so you might want to hang a small sand bag from it in the wind.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Deceiving

    Purchased this tripod after reading these reviews and was a bit disappointed.
    I cannot call myself a professional but had worked with few professional tripods before. This one has a long way...Read complete review

    Purchased this tripod after reading these reviews and was a bit disappointed.
    I cannot call myself a professional but had worked with few professional tripods before. This one has a long way to go to come even near. Considering the price, it is not too bad. The tilt is stiff even when adjustment nut is completely loose and I have a 12lb rig on the top. So there is pretty much no drag adjustments, ether is locked or stiff, nothing else. Panning is not easy ether; it bounces back a bit when stopped, so it takes a lot of effort to do a clean pan without image stabilization.
    The legs look sturdy but still flex a bit, so when the head is locked, touching the handle produces bouncing image like camera is suspended on the spring. (again the rig is about 12lb)
    I might be too picky after trying professional tripods that cost up to ten times more, therefore in conclusion would say that I couldn't find anything better for the money. Overall the sticks are good, the head could be better.

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    5.0

    EXCELLENT Warranty Support!!!

    By LthlWepon

    from Virginia

    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Customer Servic
    • Highly Compatible

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

        I have owned several of these for going on 5 years now. They are used to film high school football games and get some really rough use. One of them had a leg break recently and I contacted the company. The next day I received a response and was asked for a copy of receipt and picture of broken leg. I provided the receipt and picture that same day and they had a new set of legs in the mail to me the following day, that I received in about 3 days I think it was... YOu can not ask for better customer service than that! I am really impressed by how fast they responded and how trouble free the process of getting the legs replaced was!The tripod has worked great for what we use it for and even though the leg broke, these things are really durable. Heck, anything that survives 5 years of use by teenage high school students is tough! LOLWhatever you might think of their products, you can't find fault in their service! They were polite and wasted no time getting the new legs in the mail to me!I would recommend any product these people sell. That kind of customer service is rare...

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        3.0

        Seems sturdy, but lame design.

        By oahusquid

        from Honolulu, Hawaii

        About Me Hobbyist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Seems Sturdy

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies

        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

        Construction feels sturdy. Unfortunately, you cannot loosen the vertical pan nut, with the right pan handle in place. They hit each other and prevent full rotation. Of course you can remove the right pan handle while adjusting the nut, but that wastes time. Also, depending what kind of camera you mount on the quick release plate, you may have to position it fully forward or back so that you can tighten the screw which keeps the plate from moving forward/backward within the bracket. Again, the screw hits the camera. LAME!!!

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        4.0

        Very Smooth

        By Nathan

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

        I love this tripod. For event shooting, the flexibility this thing allows is fantastic.

        The only drawback is the mounting plate. It's not the best design, but it still works.

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        5.0

        nice sturdy tripod for the price!

        By A/V Reviewer

        from Fredericksburg, VA

        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

          I am using this for video production with a GH2, cage, 7" lcd monitor and other accessories.

          It is nice and sturdy, very solidly made, the bowl and bubble level are very nice in aiding quick leveling, and if you have the Giottos quick release plates, they are interchangeable with the quick release on the tripod.

          There are two things which are not so great:
          1- if you are not using a cage for your camera(especially a GH2), it is very hard to mount the camera as the tightening lever for the quick release hits the body, so make sure you use a cage
          2- The horizontal panning is nice and smooth, but the vertical panning is not as much.

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          5.0

          Quality at a great price

          By aperson

          from Armidale, NSW, Australia

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

              Outstanding value for money. Quality build and smooth operation. Comparable to the 'big names'.

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              4.0

              Great for DSLR video and photography

              By PStew22

              from Burlington, Ontario

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                I have had this product for a couple of weeks and found it to be of good build and has the sturdiness that I was expecting. I tried to find video grounder type tripods locally so I could test them. All I could find was the same brands and models which did not match to my expectations. I love the ball head levelling for quick and easy set up. All the parts are a little stiff (legs, panning) but expect they will loosen up with usage. Keep in mind it is heavy so you will sacrifice hiking mobility but will more than makeup for the stability in this price range. DID I MENTION GREAT VALUE!!

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                5.0

                Great for the price

                By JB

                from New York, NY

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                  I use the tripod primarily for video work with a Canon DSLR. The tripod is sturdy, compact, gets great height and drops close to the floor. In all uses the fluid head maintains a smooth glide.

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                  4.0

                  Solid, sturdy, good value.

                  By T-800

                  from Haifa, Israel

                  About Me Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                    Works as advertised with solid construction and good design. The tripod is light, but not too light that it will fall over from normal wind gusts when it is "naked".

                    The fluid head requires quite a bit of initial force to turn, which can sometimes cause the whole tripod to move. Otherwise its very smooth. The situation improves with some extra weight, and is solved with lots of weight. A weight bag hung from the bottom of the tripod will defintely help.

                    A small annoyance is that the thumb nut used to lock the quick release plate in place is too close to the top, which can make it hard to tighten and release if something (like a camera or baseplate) is on top of it. It should be further away from the top.

                    The shipping price to Israel was equal to that of the tripod itself; way too much. B&H really need to provide a cheaper option than UPS.

                    Overall its a fine product that should get the job done. The tripod also makes a great base for upgrading with a another fluid head if desired.

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                    5.0

                    Great in price range for prosumer video

                    By Wishnever

                    from Sedona, AZ

                    About Me Business Owner, Indie Filmmaker, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • Low Angle

                      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                      I shoot with a Panasonic AG-HPX170 which is 4.5 lbs, and heavier with mic and blimp attached. I am often on location. I love the versatility of this tripod, which allows me to shoot eye-to-eye with tall actors, and yet near the ground for low-angle shots. Suddenly, it's easy to shoot flowers, or through them, or to get that dramatic angle on a fight scene. This tripod is reasonably light. Not a heavy duty studio unit.I absolutely LOVE the leveling function and wish all tripods had them. It saves sooo much time on location. This one is a bit hard to grip and requires some finger strength, instead of being easily grasped in your palm. (Just saying, for those with small hands, but it shouldn't be a barrier.)This is a GREAT value for the money, and in it's class.

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                      4.0

                      Great Tripod

                      By The Tag Popper

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                        I use this product to stablize my Canon 5D. Love how close it gets to the ground. Great fluid motions. Love that it comes with 2 shoe mounts

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                        5.0

                        PROVISTAGR18 Review

                        By Mike Campbell

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                          I have to say this is one of the best Tripod stand that I have ever bought. I love the dual handle system and it makes it seamless in moving side to side. The FM18 fluid head is the main reason why I bought this stand as it was recommended by another photography friend of mine. Thanks for the great product and B&H really has the best pricing on all things that keep me going in my business.

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                          5.0

                          Good Tripod

                          By Rob

                          from Texas

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Lightweight
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                            We wanted a tripod thet worked well and didn't cost a fortune. This tripod meets both those criteria.

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                            3.0

                            Middle of the Road

                            By Matt

                            from Orlando, FL

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality
                            • Poor Design

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                            This turned out to be a middle of the road tripod. The head is poorly assembled making the head itself off-level so I have to use a level line to set up the shot prior to recording. Some of the adjustment handles actually hit and get in the way of each other. On the pros side, the fluid head is rather smooth with enough tension to keep a panning shot clean. Also, the elevation of the tripod is good and the adjustability of the legs is more than expected. Paired with the universal dolly, its a good little system.

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                            1.0

                            Piece of DUST

                            By Ta

                            from Calgary, AB

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Can't Hold Weight
                              • Cannot Hold Weight
                              • Poor Design
                              • Poor Performance

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                One of the pegs on this thing just lost its grip all of a sudden and my camera (5D Mark iii with 16-35mmL 2.8) Smashed on the ground. What a joke. This tripod literally resulted in me snapping my lens in half. THERE IS NO WAY IT CAN HANDLE 18 pounds. DO not buy this if you ever want to add a slider or anything somewhat heavy on it. I am going to email [*] and Davis & Sanford about this

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                                4.0

                                What I expected

                                By Jon

                                from San Diego,CA

                                About Me Business Owner

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                  This is a good tripod for this price point. I have only tested it and not shot with it yet but it seems sturdy and the fluid head is pretty smooth. I am happy with my purchase.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Value

                                  By Nomad Cecil

                                  from Colorado Springs, CO

                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Complex Projects
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                  I shoot DSLR video. This tripod is a bit of overkill for my use, however I selected this model because it has the best bang for the buck. After comparing some reviews and using a Davis and Sanford tripod for a film in Nepal, I was sold. You could save $50 and get something cheaper, but the pan and tilt and ball head of this tripod is of much higher quality than anything you could get cheaper.
                                  At first the pan and tilt was a bit stiff, but after an hour of use it loosened up to be perfect. The independent legs add another step to setup, but make working on uneven surfaces easier. The leg buckles are also a bit stiff and can be a pain (literally) but you know that this is a VERY SECURE system.
                                  If your wanting to get a GREAT video tripod for a budget, look no further than the Davis and Sanford line. Its worth it to spend a few extra $ if you are looking at the cheaper models. If you are looking at the far more pricy manfrotto models but want to get a good product and save cash, this is the way to go.

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                                  4.0

                                  good deal for the money

                                  By Michael G

                                  from Bend, OR

                                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible

                                  Cons

                                  • Head Either Locked Or Fre

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                  I bought this to take to Uganda to shoot a doc. The first one delivered had a leg that would not lock, but B&H was immediately on the case and rushed me one out so that I could have it before I left. Thanks B&H.

                                  For the money it is a great deal. My chief complaint is the lack of range on the pan and tilt. Pretty much either locked or totally loose. Everything else works pretty well.

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                                  5.0

                                  Tripod

                                  By Video Labs

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                    Great value. Professional equipment that does the job. Why spend $1000 when this more cost effective model more than holds its own.

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                                    5.0

                                    An excellant tripod - great value

                                    By E

                                    from Cincinnati, OH

                                    About Me Business Owner

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • Independent Films
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                      This product works great but came with one bent bolt for the arms. I sent info on this to the manufacturer but did not any response.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good quality for the price

                                      By JLC

                                      from Austin, TX

                                      About Me Independent Filmmaker

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance

                                      Cons

                                      • Bag is too small

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Independent Films
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod:

                                      I don't have complaints on performance. The pan and tilt actions both functioned well for me. I've used heads that were smoother, but they were a lot more expensive. The bag that comes with tripod only stores the legs and handles. If you have the head attached, it won't fit in the bag. Even if it did, the bag wouldn't protect the head very well. Currently, I store and travel with the head in a separate case. But I have a feeling that assembling and disassembling the tripod each time will get old. I don't really see this as a big enough reason to dismiss this tripod.

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