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Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate and Stabilo Carbon Fiber Tripod (75mm)

Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate and Stabilo Carbon Fiber Tripod (75mm)

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Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate and Stabilo Carbon Fiber Tripod (75mm)

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  • Focus 8 Fluid Head (75mm), 127 Parts
  • 0 - 17.7 lb Capacity
  • Standard Side Load Plate System
  • Stabilo 8.8 - 72" Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Carry Case
  • Perfect Balance Along +/-90° Tilt
  • Labyrinth Modular "True" Fluid Drag
  • Continuous Counterbalance and Drag
  • Rotating Grip Leg Locks
  • Made and Hand-Assembled in Italy
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  • 1Description

Featuring the lightweight 75mm Focus 8 Fluid Head with a Side Load Plate System, this Cartoni Kit is designed for entry-level users who shoot with up to 17.7 lb of load. The Focus 8 provides perfect balance along its entire +/-90° tilt range, and features continuous counterbalance adjustment.

The kit also includes the Stabilo 75mm Carbon Fiber Three-Stage Tripod Legs, which feature 8.8 - 72" height adjustment and rotating grip leg locks; and a soft carry case with a foam interior, leather handles, shoulder strap, and exterior pockets. Everything is designed, manufactured, and assembled at the Cartoni factory in Rome, Italy. The Focus 8 Fluid Head comes with the peace-of-mind of a five-year warranty, and all the other items retain their standard one-year warranty.

The Focus 8 consists of 127 parts, machined or cast to micrometric precision and hand-assembled and adjusted to precision by one engineer at a time. A follow-up to the Cartoni Focus HD head and an evolution of the original Focus head, the Focus 8 integrates a new composite material in many parts that allows for a solid build while keeping the weight down. Of course, it also features Cartoni's renowned counterbalance and very smooth, "true" fluid drag. The Focus 8 uses the same patented spring-loaded counterbalance system used in the original Focus head. This Focus 8 also retains the standard side load plate system used in the previous Focus models.

The new composite material that's used is a sophisticated non-metal that's much stronger than aluminum, and yet lighter. It is used in the tilt fluid knobs, pan fluid gears, and other parts throughout the body. This composite is also highly resistant to the stress of weight, bending, rubbing, and extreme temperatures, so where it's used in the mechanisms of the head it actually provides for more stress endurance, in addition to saving weight. This composite is the result of a collaboration between Cartoni and the Department of Physics and Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome.

The Focus 8 features a Cartoni-patented labyrinth modular fluid drag system, which consists of individual pan and tilt modules. Each module contains two main sections that have thin concentric rings inside them. The rings in one section interact with the rings in the other, with aerospace industry silicon paste fluid between them that provides resistance. The two sections are never fully disengaged from one another, so movement is always smooth and with no play. With there being separate pan and tilt modules, pan drag and tilt drag are accordingly independent, yet work together to allow smooth, uninterrupted motion in any direction. Cartoni performs a laser-assisted, diagonal movement test on every head to ensure that there isn't even the slightest digression from a straight-line movement.

The pan drag control is a large ring in the center of the head that's easy to use even without looking. This and all other controls are designed with ergonomic grips that will feel secure between your fingers. A pan bar is included that can be attached to a rosette adapter on either side of the head, and additional pan bars are available and sold separately.

Kit Contents
  • Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate System (75mm)
  • Stabilo 75mm Three-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Soft carry case
Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate System
  • 75mm Ball base
  • Supports loads between 0 and 17.7 lb
  • Perfect balance along entire +/-90° tilt range
  • Standard side load plate system retained from previous Focus heads
  • Incorporates a sophisticated lightweight, extremely hard, and highly stress-resistant new composite material
  • Labyrinth modular "true" fluid drag system
  • Independent pan and tilt drag, with no play
  • Continuous counterbalance and drag
  • 127 Parts designed, manufactured, and hand-assembled at the Cartoni factory in Italy
  • Five-year warranty
  • Large pan drag ring in the center
  • Ergonomic grips on all controls
  • Includes a pan bar attachable on either side
Stabilo 75mm Tripod Legs
  • Three-stage carbon fiber tripod
  • 88 lb Load capacity
  • 8.8" Minimum height
  • 72" Maximum height
  • 25" Folded length
  • Three rotating grips on each leg, with each leg able to lock at three different spread angles
In the Box
Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate and Stabilo Carbon Fiber Tripod (75mm)
  • Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate System
  • A500 Quick Release Plate
  • Stabilo 75mm 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Lightweight Soft Case for 2 Stage Systems
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty for the Focus 8 Fluid Head
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty for the Other Kit Contents
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Focus 8 Fluid Head with Side Load Plate System
    Ball Diameter 75 mm
    Load Capacity 0 - 17.7 lb (0 - 8 kg)
    Pan Range 360°
    Tilt Range +/- 90°
    Counterbalance Continuous
    Fluid Drag Continuous
    Camera Attachment Side load quick release plate system
    Side load plate included
    Material Magnesium and lightweight composite
    Temperature Range -40 to 140°F (-40 to 60°C)
    Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Stabilo 75mm Three-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod
    Material Aluminum
    Bowl Diameter 75 mm
    Load Capacity 88 lb (40 kg)
    Minimum Height 8.8" (22.5 cm)
    Maximum Height 72" (183 cm)
    Leg Stages 3
    Leg Lock Type Three rotating grips on each leg, and each leg able to lock at three different spread angles
    Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
    Folded/Transport Length 25" (64 cm)
    Weight 6.6 lb (3 kg)

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