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Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit

B&H # DAPVTFM18K (B&H Kit)
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You Pay: $173.95
Product Highlights
  • 18 lb Capacity Fluid Head
  • Quick Release Plate & Balance System
  • Quick Snap Leg Locks
  • Dual Strut Leg Construction
  • W3 Dolly Compatible with Any Tripod
  • Black Non-Glare Anodized Finish
  • Padded Carrying Case
The Davis & Sanford Provista Grounder Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit from B&H is a professional tripod system that transforms to meet your needs.

The FM18 head utilizes a quick release balancing plate to balance cameras of all sizes, which allows you to focus on where the dolly is going rather than if the camera is falling over.

The dolly provides smooth professional tracking with the ability to swivel that can only be achieved without a dolly track. The Provista tripod has a dual strut leg construction for added stability for static shots. With an 18 pound capacity fluid head, a very stable tripod, a folding dolly, and a padded carrying bag this kit has everything a professional needs in a portable and reliable package.

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Davis & SanfordProvista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Highly compatible (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      5.0

      Second Provista

      By The Editor

      from San Antonio, TX

      About Me Business Owner, DP, Executive Editor, Executive producer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

        This is the second Provista tripod setup I have bought. I also have the Davis & Sanford 75mm Provista 75XB tripod and dolly set. These tripods are great field and studio tripods. Both the 75XB and the Provista 18 tripods are sturdily built and with the FM18 head that supports up to 18 pounds assures the professional and the amateur a smooth tilt and pan every time.

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        5.0

        "This is a great product"

        By Randy

        from York PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

            Great product, I should have made that visit a long time ago, B@H is amazing and I Tripode is amazing.

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            5.0

            Great for the price!

            By WP's

            from Northern MN

            Verified Reviewer

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                  Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

                  I've used this for small commercial productions, events and weddings.

                  This is probably the best out there for the price. The fluid head moves nicely. The dolly kit works well (if you're on smooth flooring of course) the wheels lock down and release nicely. It probably deserves 4 stars, but for the price I give it a bonus star.

                  A few negatives:

                  Many of the nuts for tightening things down are in poor locations and badly designed. The "quick release" nut for example, will hit equipment as you're trying to tighten it or loosen it, not to mention the plate needs some convincing to get it to slide out.

                  Would've been nice for the carrying bag to be able to fit the dolly kit as well, oh,so close! You can get it in there if you don't zip the bag all the way.

                  To voice what other reviewers have stated:
                  The clasps can be a little difficult to lock down depending on the position of the legs. The center post does have a very sharp edge, if it's cranked up you should not carry the tripod by it. I plan to hit it with a file to take care of that because it's too easy to forget, and a nice slice on your hand is not a good way to finish out a shoot... blood everywhere, pain, no access to first aid supplies, etc...

                  Over all, the negatives are nothing I can't work around, or find ways to "fix", and the price makes easy to put up with them.

                  It does what it needs to do well; smooth and controllable pan and tilt function, stable and holds up the camera... If any footage gets ruined it will not be the fault of the tripod...

                  I've only had it for a month so we'll see how it holds up, but so far happy with the purchase.

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                  4.0

                  Very impressed

                  By NC

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Produces High Quality Film

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentaries
                    • HD Shooting
                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

                    I shoot weddings and documentaries and prefer steady camera but need something I can move around quickly and I thought this tripod really suited my needs. It's alittle heavy but not bulky. I can lift it and lower it and pack it up quickly and easily. It also came with a carrying bag! The only thing to watch out for is when you raise the head, be careful of the neck, it has a sharp edge and I sliced my finger on it. Not a bad injury just at a bad time so, carful how you hold it. Once you know about that, it's easy to avoid. All in all a great tripod for the cost.

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                    4.0

                    The Provista Video Tripod, FM18

                    By Billy J.

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Produces High Quality Film

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • HD Shooting
                      • Shooting Indoors

                      Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

                      The Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit by Davis & Sanford.
                      Great tripod, a little heavy, but great for a studio, if you do a lot of studio work this is a good tripod for you, strong and reliable.
                      Nice Universal Dolly.

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                      4.0

                      Good solid piece of equipment, but...

                      By Mo

                      from Beckley, WV

                      About Me Pro Multimedia Specialist, Tech Savvy

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Heavy Good For Video
                      • Heavy-good For Video
                      • Solid construction

                      Cons

                      • Knobs Bump Against Frame
                      • Leg Locks Hard To Close

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford Provista Video Tripod, FM18 Fluid Head & W3 Universal Dolly Kit:

                        This is a solid tripod and will do the job for me. However, some reviews of similar tripods from this manufacturer had warned of the flip locks. I will add my voice to that chorus. The thing is sturdy and hopefully will serve me well. But the flip levers on the leg joints are difficult to close and a couple of the levers require so much torque that I am afraid I will either break one or break a finger bone trying. [My plan now is to throw a pair of rawhide gloves in the kit to protect my delicate bits from injury.] Also, many of the tightening handles/knobs — for the fluid head, the elevator, the cross brace — are set in such a way that when you turn them, they bump against other parts as they go. They tighten and loosen alright, but it's a little annoying.

                        One other little annoyance (but not a deal breaker) is the case for the tripod had some cuts in the fabric, both outside and also in an interior spot where the head had apparently rubbed through.

                        All that said, the thing works well, including the FM18 fluid head, which is smooth as silk, and the included dolly, which is well-made and rolls cleanly. So, unless something just snaps before the requisite time, I'm going to keep it and see how it goes.

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