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Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head

B&H # DAPVT Mfr # PROVISTA12
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Product Highlights
  • Supports Up to 11 lbs (5kg)
  • V12 Fluid Head
  • Geared Center Post
  • Self-aligning Metal Leg Locks
  • Padded Carrying Bag

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Davis & SanfordProVista Tripod with V12 Head
 
4.2

(based on 110 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (45)
  • Professional quality (35)
  • Improves performance (27)
  • Compact (21)
  • Locks in tight (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (14)
  • Jerky movement (6)
  • Difficult to adjust (4)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (37)
  • In the studio (28)
  • Home movies (24)
  • Complex projects (20)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (22), Professional artist (21), Enthusiast (15), Film student (11), Tech savvy (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (62), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Good Tripod

I use this with my Canon GL-2 camcorder as a second camera filming weddings and short films. The tripod is very stable and the fluid head gives smooth pans and tilts. When you...Read complete review

I use this with my Canon GL-2 camcorder as a second camera filming weddings and short films. The tripod is very stable and the fluid head gives smooth pans and tilts. When you set the tripod all adjustments are easily positioned so as not to interfere with movement. The geared center column works quite well. Tighten the center lock and you can still make adjustments if needed. If you provide pro-video, this tripod is well worth the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

The tripod looks professional and supports heavier camcoders. The fluid head is average.The main reason for the low score is that this tripod actually GETS IN ITS OWN WAY!! The fasteners can actually...Read complete review

The tripod looks professional and supports heavier camcoders. The fluid head is average.The main reason for the low score is that this tripod actually GETS IN ITS OWN WAY!! The fasteners can actually be turned in a way that block you from panning the tripod! The second reason for the 1 star is cheap fasteners. I bougt four of these and they all have the same problems. The fasteners are just plain cheap screws. Turn them too far and they fall off. We've lost several of them and had to replace them. In addition, they strip very easily, again, resulting in more replacement parts. [...]I will never buy another tripod form this series.

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5.0

Fantastic Product

By MKProductions

from Brentwood, CA

About Me Aspiring Film Maker

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies
    • Stabilization

    Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

    I run a small independent movie production company, and I use this tripod on a daily basis during my productions. I love it! Great smooth motion in the head, and extremely stable.

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    4.0

    Not bad for the price

    By Lash

    from Sugar Land, TX

    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Lack of instructions

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization

    Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

    Very strong and well built unit. A bit heavy, but that's something I can live with. Tripod takes a bit getting use to, with screws and adjustments. The down side of the tripod is the lack of instructions. The unit is shipped the pan adjustment very thight which causes the unit to stick when moving from side to side. The problem is easily solved. But it took me weeks to find out. There is a shap edge at the bottom of center post the operator should take note of.
    Overall the tripod is very good buy.

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    5.0

    Great tripod/head with a little TLC

    By Squared Circle

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilization

      Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

      I'm going to set this straight from the beginning: this is a great tripod/head system IF you are willing to modify it a little. If you're not mechanically inclined, don't get it. You won't be satisfied with the way the video head functions out of the box. I bought this tripod system because I needed a tall tripod on a budget. I read the other reviews and I knew what to expect. When I got it, it tried it right away and I found the tip/tilt and especially the pan to be way too stiff for a video head. Even after adjusting the hidden tension set screw, it was horribly stiff. What I ended up doing was to take the video head apart and remove the glue like grease with adhesive remover, because it was the only thing that worked. Then I replaced the OEM grease with some quality white lithium grease and reassembled the whole thing. Now everything worked great, except for the panning, that seized after about 5 full turns. I took it apart again and realized why the manufacturer used the sticky stuff: the tension adjuster for the panning is done with an aluminum fork-like part that rubs on an aluminum stud. The original grease prevented metal to metal rubbing, but the light grease did not. All that I had to do was to find a nylon washer that fit the aluminum stud, split it and put it in there with a lot of grease to prevent metal to metal contact. Now it works great, it is very smooth, and for the money I would say it's a great buy. The 2 set screws on the bottom of the head are probably used to hold the head to the tripod. I didn't put them back because the head, if it really is removable, is so tightly affixed to the legs that I don't think it will come apart under any circumstances. They also mess up the panning part of the head, even when tighten just a little.I gave this tripod/head system 5 stars because I wasn't be able to find another sturdy tripod with a decent video head, at this height, for under $. It took me about 2 hours to do all the modifications and now I have a great, tall, stable tripod with a good video head.

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      2.0

      Not so fluid

      By Dio Eno

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Stiff panning

      Best Uses

      • Stabilization

      Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

      I use this product with a DSLR. I could've gone to [@] and gotten a better tripod. The tilt functions at best satisfactorily, however; panning left and right is very stiff. You have exert some force before it will move and when it does it isn't fluid.

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      3.0

      ok for the money

      By parent

      from salinas, ca

      About Me Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

          everything is great about it, except when you are trying to pan the head jolt a bit. Not good when recording a sporting event.

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          4.0

          Awesome Tripod

          By Charles

          from Rigby, ID

          About Me Tech Savvy, Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Bag with Pads for Head
          • Good Stability
          • Good Weight
          • Quick Snap-On
          • Strong Construction
          • Tall

          Cons

          • No Part Breakdown Manual
          • Tight Pan

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

          At first I was amazed at the sturdiness with the leg braces and the snaps. They are a bit stiff too begin with so be careful with your fingers. I use my thumb to open and my palm to close to maximize safety. I use my tripod for videography. The ability to pan and tilt is crucial for static recording. My unit came fairly stiff on the pan. After reading on this particular product, I was able to fix the issue. The nylon screw behind the V12 sticker on the head can be loosened to the level you desire. (Beware that too loose of screw can make the head wobble.) I may loosen everything and clean the "foreign" lubricant and put white grease in its stead. I would recommend consumers who buy this tripod to do those things I have recommended in these comments prior to using professionally or you may have an average experience. I took my tripod out of the box and into the car for a video event and was disappointed. Thank goodness I have multiple days to shoot (re-shoot a musical). Panning was tough, I wished I would have read the reviews better to fix my problem. Now it is a dream tripod at a price that is quite good.

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          4.0

          Nice for the price, but beware...

          By Captain Browncoat

          from VA

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Parent, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good height
          • Good Stability
          • Smooth panning

          Cons

          • Cumbersome
          • Difficult leg locks
          • Poor instructions
          • Tilt drifts

          Best Uses

          • Movies

          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

          I bought one and exchanged it because the pan lock appeared broken. The replacement was nearly as bad where the head panning was terribly stiff. After reading the reviews, I found the cause. The poor instructions included with the tripod don't tell you about the secret tension screws hiding beneith the stickers. Once this matter is resolved, the head works reasonably well, but beware the tilt does drift quickly down to the back. Unless you are aiming downwards, before you let go of the handle, you need to lock the tilt knob or it will drift back. The leg locks are pretty hard on the hands as you'll read in other reviews. Once you adjust the pan problem, and you are aware of the drift issues, all-in-all not a bad tripod for the price. Very tall for those who need height. Quick release plate attached pretty solid. Good video panning once adjusted for a good price on sale for [$]

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          2.0

          Pay heed to "Most-liked Negative Review"

          By Red Diamond

          from Phoenix

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Poor Fluid Head

          Best Uses

          • Stabilization

          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

          You do get what you pay for, but I hoped for a bit more. I liked everything about the unit except:

          1) Fluid head is worst I have ever used. Really, I think it must be made for people who don't know what a fluid head is and don't know any better.

          2) The plastic leg locks will break if you use them much. They'll have to because mine nearly gave me blisters using them. If you shoot video and run 'n gun much, you'll be disappointed and sore. If you just use it for a non-moving cam then maybe OK. I'm returning mine today.

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          4.0

          Tall & Sturdy - Pan stiff until fixed

          By RacerX

          from Orange County, CA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Tall

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

              This thing is tall! Its also heavy. I haven't weighed it but there is no way this is only 9 lbs. Maybe I read it wrong. The pan is way to sticky to start with. The grease they use is like glue. I took it apart, cleaned off their super glue / grease and put some real grease in there. It works perfectly now. The others are correct with regards to the leg snaps. They are not easy and sometimes pinch your fingers but overall this thing is great.

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              2.0

              Had to return for an exchange.

              By GS

              from USA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                  Pros:
                  -Tripod is light weight.
                  -Tripod is sturdy and stable.
                  -Has built in bubble level on the base of the legs.

                  Cons:
                  -The tilt up and down on the V12 head is not that great. If you level the head, it will slowly creep upwards a little when you let go of the handle when a camera is attached.
                  - You can tighten further the tilt contrl to prevent the unwanted upward movement, but then it is not as smooth fluid as it should be.
                  - The pan side to side drag is too tight, even when the control is open all the way.
                  - You can remove the V12 sticker on the front of the head to loosen the pan movement which helps, but it also makes the whole head on the tripod woobly.

                  Ive returned the tripod for an exchange for the same model, and hope the new one will be better.

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                  4.0

                  Good Tripod

                  By CA

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                  The only complaint I have about this tripod is that it's a bit difficult to close the lock for the legs.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product

                  By fvick

                  from Wake Forest NC

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                        This is my second Provista tripod. They are able to reach heights that you can't reach with more expensive units. I would buy again and again.

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                        5.0

                        Excellence.

                        By Lamontsplace

                        from Douglas,Ga

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                          Great product. It fits just what I need it for. The case is awesome and professional looking. The black color makes it look chic and bold at the same time.
                          The tripod is light but durable and strong. Te dolly is excellent. Solid wheels that move according to how I move. Very fluid and smooth.
                          This product is the epitome of excellence.
                          Thank you B&H. You guys are the best!

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                          5.0

                          Great Tripod for Great Price

                          By paul

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                          This tripod is great for the price. The pan could be better but maybe b/c it's brand new and needs to be used more. The vertical adjustment takes a while but other than that, it works great!

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                          4.0

                          A really great buy.

                          By Fabby

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Good Footing
                          • Good height
                          • Locks In Tight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                          I love the height of this tripod.It's very sturdy,and will give years of service.For the money I paid for it,it's a great buy.

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                          3.0

                          Respectable value

                          By Al

                          from Ann Arbor, Mi.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                            The tilt on the head is very smooth, but the pan is questionable.

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                            4.0

                            Great Tripod for the price

                            By SWR Video Productions

                            from san diego, ca

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Locks In Tight
                            • Smooth Movement

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Outdoors
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                            This works great for my mini DV canon Gl2, and you can't beat the price for what you get

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                            5.0

                            ProVista Tripod with V12 Head

                            By F Bainto

                            from Calgary

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Good Footing
                            • Locks In Tight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                              This is the tallest tripod I've ever seen so far and it gives me the advantage of taking videos over everyone else in a crowd. It works well with the W3-DOLLY WITH 3 BALL RUBBER WHEELS and the RMVD1 CONTROL L REMOTE COMMANDER plus a Sony CLM-V55 Video Monitor positioned on eye level.

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                              1.0

                              Spend a few more Bucks

                              By NickBen

                              from Midland Park, NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Difficult To Adjust
                                • Flimsy
                                • Heavy
                                • Jerky Movement
                                • Unstable

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                                The best thing about this tripod was the bag it came in. Great for light stands.

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                                4.0

                                Great Tripod!!

                                By Me

                                from New Jersey

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Adjusted
                                • Locks In Tight
                                • Smooth Movement

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head:

                                  Great, great tripod and for the money it's even better, came with a carrying bag, which most i've seen, don't. Came with it's own dolly, which will save you a lot of money and it has a fluid head, which is great, not to mention that it goes all the way to 78" which i haven't seen around yet, not even in the most higher end ones.

                                  Great tripod to get, and i can't leave out to say that it's a sturdy one too. You won't regret buying this one.

                                  Ohh, last, great with panning and tilting.

                                  I'm going to buy a second one, once i get my other NX5.

                                  Fully recommend it.

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