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Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head

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Product Highlights
  • Suitable for 100mm Bowl Base Tripods
  • Supports Cameras up to 26 lbs
  • Variable Fluid Damping System
  • Patented Variable Counterbalance
  • Lightweight (4.4 lbs)
  • Quick-release Sliding Camera Plate
  • Orientating Pan Bar
  • Illuminated Spirit Level
  • Pan Range - 360°
  • Tilt Range - ± 90°

The Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head is compatible with 100mm bowl base tripods, and supports cameras weighing up to 26 lbs. Featuring a continuously variable fluid damping system on both pan and tilt movements and a patented variable counterbalance, the unit can be used with all existing ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and DV cameras. The lightweight (4.4 lbs) tripod head is easy to carry.

The Focus HD head comes with a quick-release sliding camera plate, illuminated spirit level, and orientating pan bar, and provides a 360° pan and ± 90° tilt range.

Suitable for 100mm bowl base tripods
Supports cameras weighing up to 26 lbs
Continuously variable fluid damping system on both pan and tilt movements
Patented variable counterbalance expands its range of use to encompass all existing ENG and DV cameras
Lightweight (4.4 lbs)
Comes with a quick-release sliding camera plate, illuminated spirit level, and orientable pan bar
360° pan / ± 90° tilt range
Payload 26 lbs (12kg)
Pan Range 360°
Tilt Range +/-90°
Counterbalance Continuous
Drag Control Continuous
Bowl Diameter 100mm
Operating Temperature -40 ~ 158°F (-40 ~ +60°C)
Weight 4.4 lb lbs (2 kg)
Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head
  • 5-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    CartoniFocus HD Video Tripod Head
     
    4.1

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (3)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Movies (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent Build, Versatile Value

    The Good:
    1) The 26 lb. rating allows me to attach a 1 to 6 lb camera to a 15 lb IndisliderPro with toplight, wireless mic, and monitor and mount...Read complete review

    The Good:
    1) The 26 lb. rating allows me to attach a 1 to 6 lb camera to a 15 lb IndisliderPro with toplight, wireless mic, and monitor and mount it all with weight limit to spare.
    2) Or just future-proofs for any camera setup from 1 to 26 lb.
    3) Super-smooth fluid damping really is variable. I put a 1 lb. Canon HD camcorder on it, cranked the damping all the way down and the pan is smooth and the tilt cleanly holds at any angle I want it to stay.
    4) Speaking of tilt angle, +90 to -90 degrees beats similar Manfrotto heads.
    5) Overall light weight, 4.4 lbs!
    6) Looks great attached to my new carbon/magnesium Manfrotto 536 tripod that is 7.2 lbs! (Combined closed length 33 1/2 in, weighs 11.6 lb, camera height ranges from 18 in to nearly 8 feet)
    7) Other pluses; 100mm bowl, adj pan arm mounts left or right, lit bubble level stays on plenty long, and of course - stylin' good looks.

    The Bad:
    1) Don't lose the plate. $$$ for what it is.
    2) Will make people who spent too much on other heads feel bad.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Metal good, plastic bad

    This head is bomber EXCEPT for all the plastic knobs and levers. I've had this a month and one of the plate locking levers cracked and a spring fell out. Judging by the looks...Read complete review

    This head is bomber EXCEPT for all the plastic knobs and levers. I've had this a month and one of the plate locking levers cracked and a spring fell out. Judging by the looks of the assembly this won't be easy to fix.The other criticism I have is the instructions (or lack thereof). It's a one page sheet where the numbers in the diagram don't match the numbered text blocks. Boo!!

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    4.0

    Great head for the money

    By Roger the director

    from Texas

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Solid At Any Price

    Cons

    • Plastic Knobs

    Best Uses

    • Movies

    Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

    For $, I cannot find an equal. Perfect balance is fantastic, movement is solid with no drifting when the shot settles. Plastic knobs are nerve racking; however, we drug this thing through an intense feature shoot, banging it around in Soledad canyon (outside of LA) with a C300, heavy primes, 2 monitors, and matte box loaded-- with zero issues. The 2nd unit DP also has the same head and he raves about it. For DSLR and small camera platforms, the head feels solid and is reliable. Had it nearly a year with no knob replacements. Lucky, I suppose.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Time Will Tell

    By McVideo

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    About Me Photojournalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Low Price

    Cons

    • Cheap Materials

    Best Uses

    • Efp
    • ENG

    Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

    For an inexpensive fluid head, it fills the bill. Time will, indeed, tell as to its durability. The design of the tilt lock doesn't exactly inspire confidence. However, a 23lb camera seems to be securely held in place. A nice feature is the way the pan drag is labeled. There's no mistaking it for any other function.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Plastic levers

    By Philipe Ratton

    from All over

    Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

    Great fluid head but the plastic levers are just embarrassing.My tilt lock lever just broke in half.In 6 months of use with no abuse.[*]

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Really fluid!

    By Doug_EX

    from Gaspé, Qc

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Movies

        Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

        This head is so fluid...it's just plain fun working with it. Works well with a DSLR but is capable with full size camcoders as well.

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        3.0

        Metal good, plastic bad

        By little big man

        from Bozeman MT

        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

            Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

            This head is bomber EXCEPT for all the plastic knobs and levers. I've had this a month and one of the plate locking levers cracked and a spring fell out. Judging by the looks of the assembly this won't be easy to fix.The other criticism I have is the instructions (or lack thereof). It's a one page sheet where the numbers in the diagram don't match the numbered text blocks. Boo!!

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Plastic levers!!!

            By Regan

            from North Bay, ON

            About Me Film Professional

            Pros

              Cons

              • Weak Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                Within a year and a half I've replaced the plastic D-shape lever 3 times! The first time I thought was a fluke but the second time I knew it would be a problem. I then treated the unit like if was glass and was very careful but yet again I'm replacing it! Yes, I made sure unit was closed while in the case. Great head but it's as strong as the weakest link. Too bad... I'll be shopping for another unit. Can't take the risk anymore.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Image Generation

                from Minneapolis, MN

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                      This is how a counter-balancing system is supposed to work! You can dial in exactly how much resistance you need, and then when you tilt, the camera stays at that angle. Works beautifully for light or heavy set-ups, which is perfect for my range of cameras. I also like that the camera and plate can be shifted forward or back somewhat for easy balancing before being locked in. Very happy with this head, wish I had gotten it long ago.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Great head/plastic levers are PITIFUL!

                      By cliffyballgame

                      from cincinnati, oh

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                        I've had this head with carbon fiber legs for about a year now. The plastic tilt-lock lever has broken as well as the mounting shoe release lever. I've tried to contact Cartoni BUT HAVE HEARD NOTHING BACK. So get the tripod (I love it and deserves 5-stars but the support is why it gets three) but be careful with the levers.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great for the price

                        By DZ

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies

                            Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                            For the price, this is a nice head that does the job well. It lacks the robustness of more expensive heads, but it still holds up. Treat it like it's worth more and it'll be a lasting gem in your collection.

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                            4.0

                            Good but overpriced

                            By Max

                            from Chicago, IL

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                  Good solid product, but a bit overpriced for what it is. For this kind of money I'd like to see something more refined. Performance is pretty good, but I wouldn't say it's a dream to work with.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great choice

                                  By Red

                                  from Moscow, Russia

                                  Verified Buyer

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                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                        Great head for great price.
                                        Lightweight and easy to carry together with tripod.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Cartoni delivers

                                        By J Raph

                                        from Los Angeles, CA

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • High Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                            What can I say, there's something about Cartoni's hand crafted feel which gives their products soul.

                                            The action on this head is really fantastic and performs admirably. Best head I've found for the price.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business
                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Excellent Build, Versatile Value

                                            By Johnny U

                                            from Arlington, VA

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                                  The Good:
                                                  1) The 26 lb. rating allows me to attach a 1 to 6 lb camera to a 15 lb IndisliderPro with toplight, wireless mic, and monitor and mount it all with weight limit to spare.
                                                  2) Or just future-proofs for any camera setup from 1 to 26 lb.
                                                  3) Super-smooth fluid damping really is variable. I put a 1 lb. Canon HD camcorder on it, cranked the damping all the way down and the pan is smooth and the tilt cleanly holds at any angle I want it to stay.
                                                  4) Speaking of tilt angle, +90 to -90 degrees beats similar Manfrotto heads.
                                                  5) Overall light weight, 4.4 lbs!
                                                  6) Looks great attached to my new carbon/magnesium Manfrotto 536 tripod that is 7.2 lbs! (Combined closed length 33 1/2 in, weighs 11.6 lb, camera height ranges from 18 in to nearly 8 feet)
                                                  7) Other pluses; 100mm bowl, adj pan arm mounts left or right, lit bubble level stays on plenty long, and of course - stylin' good looks.

                                                  The Bad:
                                                  1) Don't lose the plate. $$$ for what it is.
                                                  2) Will make people who spent too much on other heads feel bad.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  Solid Head

                                                  By Aaron from Oregon

                                                  from Klamath Falls, OR

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                                        I shoot with a SONY Z5U weighing not much over 6 pounds. I wanted a video head that would perform as smoothly and reliably as my Cartoni Laser, but handle a lighter camera. This head feels just as "wet" as the Laser (which costs twice as much) but has the counter-balance to suite my Z5U. By the way, this head has the same maximum payload of 23 lbs as the Laser. Very nice. My only CON is the plastic lever for the release plate. Plastic??? If it only had the same release mechanism as the Laser I would have given it 5 stars. Still for the money, this is a great head. Very solid. This is a REAL fluid head. Very smooth pans and tilts with no detected back-lash, even at the 590mm end of my zoom.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business
                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                        • No

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Got even better - Perfect

                                                        By Inspirit Films

                                                        from Los Angeles, CA

                                                        About Me Film Professional

                                                        Verified Reviewer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Good Stability
                                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Movies
                                                          • Studio

                                                          Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                                          This is by far one of the best tripod heads I've used. Even the other $4K + heads are just as good. Very happy with my purchase.

                                                          Build quality is bullet proof and the drag is amazing. Super smooth and has a little bit of feedback to keep your arms smooth after too much red bull.

                                                          The lack of documentation is a bummer but you can figure out the head just fine. Cartoni must think if you buy their stuff you already know how to use it.

                                                          The top plate has a great quick release and is very adjustable. I'm not sure if it's metal or a highly durable composite material. Illumination bubble is nice and bright.

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                                                          • No

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                                                          5.0

                                                          excellent value

                                                          By heath

                                                          from wilmington nc

                                                          About Me Film Professional

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Lightweight

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head:

                                                              i really like this head. counterbalance is nice. head is compact but not tiny. very light. pan bar a bit minimal and tilt lock not the greatest, especially if your rig hasn't been balanced yet. however, these are minor complaints considering this head stacks up very well compared to heads costing two or three times as much.

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