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Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head

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Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head

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  • ProVista Tripod
  • FM18 Head
  • Padded Bag

You Pay: $163.99

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The Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 is the ProVista, combined with the FM18 Fluid Video Head. This system provides rigid support for those who need strength more than versatility in height options. It assembles to its working height very quickly thanks to a 75mm claw ball and twist locks which require just half a rotation.

Double strut top leg sections enhance stability
Pivoting rubber feet
Perfect studio tripod for applications of up to 18 lb
Bubble level
Dual adjustable pan handles for greater control
Maximum Height 78.0" (198.1cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 57.0" (145cm)
Minimum Height 35.0" (89cm)
Folded Length 35.0" (89cm)
Load Capacity 18.0 lbs (8.2kg)
Leg Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Snap lock
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Geared (not rapid)
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet No
Head Type Two-way fluid head with quick release
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8 to 3/16" stud
Weight 10.30 lbs (4.67kg)
Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head
  • Tripod
  • Head
  • Padded Case
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Davis & SanfordPROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 119 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (85)
    • Professional quality (81)
    • Improves performance (53)
    • Highly compatible (38)
    • Compact (23)

    Cons

    • Poor design (11)
    • Lacks functionality (4)
    • Poor performance (4)
    • Heavy (3)
    • Heavy bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (70)
    • In the studio (57)
    • Complex projects (35)
    • Home movies (35)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (47), Professional artist (35), Enthusiast (27), Film student (11), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (88)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Home Run for B&H

    Ok, I've been provding professional video services for 9 yrs. I bought the sony HDR HD-1000 (shoulder mount)video camera, so I needed to upgrade my tripod to support the weight. ...Read complete review

    Ok, I've been provding professional video services for 9 yrs. I bought the sony HDR HD-1000 (shoulder mount)video camera, so I needed to upgrade my tripod to support the weight. What CAN I SAY...I looked and looked...and after too many reviews, I settled on this deal. AND LET ME TELL YOU, It is just that...A DEAL. When got it & opened the box, it was instant happiness (It wasn't a case of "you get what you pay for" or junk). The tripod is eye candy (looks professional & like you paid twice as much). It's sturdy, sets up easy & quickly. Even without reading any instructions I was able to grab my camera, load it, and started putting it to the test. Motions are smooth, as fluid heads should be, even at max extention. Does eveything you want a tripod to do; WELL. OH YEA, the dolly, nobody talks about the dolly...simply put, it is ice cream to a chocolate brownie. The tripod case is a nice assessory also. The only con is the head has 5 to 8mm play in the side to side motion. But its not a big deal because it smoothly moves past it (besides the one you get might not have it). Also, adjusting the handles might be aggravating depending on your level of expertise (some screws just seem like am I really suppose to turn this that way). [...] Woooahh, I hope this was helpful.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent for the price

    I bought this tripod for use with my hvx200 and this is a nice tripod but very stiff. I would prefer to not have to loosen screws just to get this to work properly...Read complete review

    I bought this tripod for use with my hvx200 and this is a nice tripod but very stiff. I would prefer to not have to loosen screws just to get this to work properly for me. Since it does what I need it to do I can deal with it. The free dolly works really good, better than I expected actually. Since it locks properly I don't have to worry about going back and forth removing the dolly, and putting it back on.

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    4.0

    Works great

    By Sebastian

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Hard To Remove Fluid Head

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

    This tripod is heavy, and very sturdy. I love it. Only concern is the head is very difficult to remove, even after searching around the internet. I still have not been able to remove it.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Sturdy

    By Healthcare Guy

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • In The Studio

      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

      Great design. Sturdy. Tall. Handles my FS700 like a champ. Comes with a case.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great tripod. Smooth motion

      By stephen

      from Nashville, TN

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

          Very sturdy tripod. Very smooth motion.

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          5.0

          nice tripod

          By steve

          from nor calif

          Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

          I'm sure this will not match up with a $5k tripod, but has a hefty build and nice feel to the fluid head. No squawks yet. :-)

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          5.0

          Now thats a tripod!

          By Artisan711

          from Altoona,Pa

          About Me Hobbyist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

            Really solid tripod. Glad I bought the one with the raising center post I use it all the time. Adjusting each leg to raise a little is a real pain. This seems to be the best for the money. Very happy with it.I also bought a good monopod for run and gun home movies instead of a shoulder rig. This has a large foot print and is a little on the bulky side. Not to heavy to move around, but in crowded rooms not as good as the monopod. The two tripods are the best for covering all my bases.

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            4.0

            It is a great price and good quality

            By Jorge

            from Arlington, TX

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Independent Films

              Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

              How you use the product? For events; Wedding and Quinceañeras.Things that are great about it; I think is a great price for the quality, the tripod is well made.This is my second Davis & Sanford tripod; the first one was PROVISTA7518 purchased on B&H in January 2008. It was a very good option for the price. Two weeks ago the tripod PROVISTA7518 was broken and I contacted TIFFEN. and due to 10 year warranty, they send me the parts (How awesome is that) :D so after this experience I decide to have a new one, the PROVISTA18.. Tried this tripod, it is good!!

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By TeaCat

              from Madison, WI

              About Me Film Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                    I must say that I have never tried a tripod that is higher end so this is the opinion of a tripod newbie, but I am kind of blown away by how nice this is considering the price. I even showed it to a videographer friend who has been in the game a number of years and she was impressed. Mine works great, and it perfect for me for now. I am giving it 5 stars based on the value of quality in relation to price. I know there are nicer tripods for more money but this is a great deal.

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                    4.0

                    Nice piece

                    By Soli Lama

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                      This thing is a tank for the money. Very happy so far.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best Tripod/Fluid Head for the Money.

                      By Danger Man

                      from Rupert, VT

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                        Quick set up, sturdy on both even and uneven ground - indoors & out.
                        smooth pan and tilt, easy up and down. My advise is to play with the tensions in the head a bit before you shoot and make adjustments beforehand. Like it better than Manfrottos costing twice as much.

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                        4.0

                        Not Bad For Price

                        By Tripod

                        from Texas

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Able To Adjust Height
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Knobs Maybe Easy To Break
                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                        I am using this product for video and photo cameras. It is able to handle the weight of these items with no problem. The only complaint is how the tilt tension knob is located. It is right under the right handle. You either have to adjust it before you put the handle on or just go with it. This design is pretty bad. However this is the only flaw I have seen with the tripod.

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                        5.0

                        Great Product at a great price

                        By Marrera

                        from Houston

                        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                        • Lacks Functionality

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                        Perfect for filming a short movie.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        dope

                        By ducks

                        from toronto

                        About Me Business Owner

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                            product is awesome, more impressed with b&h shipping the product so quick, im in toronto canada, so easy to order when they include custom duties in the total, thanks again!!

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                            5.0

                            Super tri pod!

                            By tom at Reflections Video Productions

                            from mission Viejo Ca.

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                              Heavy duty tri pod that extends to new heights...amazing!

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              great!!

                              By axel

                              from puerto rico

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Professional Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Complex Projects
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

                                Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                for the money, no better choise. great product!

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Good for the price

                                By John

                                from New York, NY

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • In The Studio

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                  The bag is flimsy, so I'd recommend getting another one - had a clip snap while it was over my shoulder, and it's oddly balanced anyway. But with that out of the way - this is a pretty solid tripod, especially for the price. No drag control, but it is a pretty good "happy medium" when unlocked. Big tilt-lock handle, which is nice. Overall, I like it for the price. I would like to see a smaller camera plate, though - this one, when placed "properly," blocks battery access on some cameras. No big deal when using it while powered, but a minor annoyance.

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                                  4.0

                                  Took a chance

                                  By alixua

                                  from louisville, ky

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavier Than Expected
                                  • Poor Design
                                  • Very heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                    Did other reviews say it's heavy? Because it is. Also, youtube reviewers warned that it's not as smooth tilting up and down, and that's true, but it's just barely noticeable. If you have OCD, avoid this product. Some of the handles run into each other, like when I pan I occasionally hit the metal arm that raises and lowers the middle pole. So there are some design flaws. But I'm giving it a generous number of stars because it's a HUGE improvement from my $20 tripod, and it looks very professional. Just, so so heavy. My little Canon Vixia camcorder looks a little dumb on top. But It'll support heavier accessories, which is good because I plan to add more in the future.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good call

                                    By Photo21

                                    from Charleston, SC

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Photography

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                    I bought this as an additional fluid head tripod, and so far I like the durability of it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Second Time Around

                                    By The Editor

                                    from San Antonio, TX

                                    About Me Business Owner, Cinematographer, Educated, Film School Educated

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • None

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                    The Provista 18 Tripod with the Davis & Sanford FM18 Fluid Video Head is my second Davis & Sanford tripod setup I own. I also own the Davis & Sanford 75mm ProVista Tripod and W3 Dolly. The Davis & Sanford Tripods are very sturdy and professional looking. They absolutely perform flawlessly time and time again. The adjustable dual control arms allow custom placement for operational comfort. The price point on the tripod makes it a very affordable piece of equipment and the construction and design allows for long usability.

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                                    5.0

                                    Not a bad unit for the money

                                    By diskette515

                                    from West Palm Beach, FL

                                    About Me Hobbyist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Independent Films

                                      Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                      Compared to the $ tripod I was using this is a real "Pro" upgrade. So far the only thing I noticed was that the 360 axis has about a 1/2" "Free Spot" with no tension when you first start to pan left or right, other than that tripod does what it claims. I really like the 78" height as I film a lot of live bands and it really gets up over people's heads in front of you.

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                                      5.0

                                      This Tripod is a Steal

                                      By Neal the Satisfied

                                      from Cedar City, UT

                                      About Me Business Owner, Film Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Complex Projects
                                        • Home Movies
                                        • In The Studio

                                        Comments about Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 ProVista Tripod with FM18 Head:

                                        We are a new company and have had to use this tripod in several different types of locations, and situtations. It has functioned superbly in each adventure. It is well built, sturdy and easy to use. An expensive tripod and head are probably but for the money this one rocks.

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