Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

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Product Highlights

  • Fluid Head with 18 lb Capacity
  • 75mm Claw Ball Leveler
  • Double-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Height Range of 28 to 64"
  • Metal Quick-Flip Leg Locks
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Rubber Leg Tips
  • Dual Pan Bar Handles
  • Padded Carrying Case
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Davis & Sanford 7518B Overview

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From the field to the studio, the David & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head provides stable support for videographers working with larger camcorders weighing up to 18 lb. The aluminum alloy legs feature double-strut top leg sections for extra stability, and a 75mm claw ball leveler for the V18 Fluid Head. An included mid-level spreader adds additional leg rigidity, while large rubber leg tips provide a secure grip on a variety of surfaces. The system offers a height range of 28 to 64" and folds down to 29" for storage inside the included padded carrying case. Dual pan bar handles for the fluid head are provided.

Key Features
  • V18 Fluid Head with 18 lb load capacity
  • Aluminum tripod with double-strut top leg section of stability
  • 75mm claw ball leveler with 3/8"-16 stud
  • Mid-level spreader
  • Height range from 28 to 64"
  • Self-aligning metal quick-flip leg locks
  • Dual pan bar handles
  • Large rubber leg tips for superior grip in a variety of surfaces
  • Padded carrying case
UPC: 049383056334
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Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head
  • 7518B Tripod
  • V18 Fluid Head
  • Quick Release Plate for V18 Head
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Davis & Sanford 7518B Specs

    Load Capacity 18 lb
    Ball Base 75 mm
    Leg Construction Aluminum
    Leg Sections Three
    Leg Diameter Double-Strut Leg Sections: 0.75" (19 mm)
    Middle Leg Section: 1.25" (32 mm)
    Quick Release Plate QRFM18
    Minimum Height 28" (71.1 cm)
    Maximum Height 64" (162.6 cm)
    Folded Length 29" (73.7 cm)
    Weight 12 lb (5.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 12.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 37.0 x 7.5 x 7.5"

    Davis & Sanford 7518B Reviews

    Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 608.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEET STICKS!! I have been working with Provista7518 tripods for years. The new V18 head is an improvement over the FM18 or FM18-2 head. The head tilt lock is much easier to adjust and lock than the prior versions. The quick release lock has been changed to make it much easier to mount and dismount cameras. The pan and tilt is very smooth and there is no jumping. The snap leg locks work quickly and lock tight. It still comes with 2 adjustable handles and a nice padded tripod bag. The Tripod is very strong and it does feel a little lighter than the older Provista's. This tripod is a good value
    Date published: 2016-04-07
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor Choice I bought this as a newbie without putting my camera on itfirst. I have the Canon XH A1, and it will not tighten onthe head because the tightener gets stuck under the camera. Also, the 1st time I took it out on a shoot, a part broke.The manufacturer was kind enough to replace it, but reallydidn't solve the problem with tightening the camera to thehead. I have a $3,500 camera, and I'm nervous every time Itilt it on the Davis & Sanford. I'm going to try to sell itand go with a Manfrotto. Expertise: Novice Problems Encountered: Broken parts, hard to extend, camera doesn't tighten ontothe head, heavy. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Velbon DF 60
    Date published: 2007-12-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy. Don't even consider. This product is garbage. Within a couple months the teeth for the tilt handles both stripped out and the screw got bent. The tripod was on top of everything in my vehicle at the time. Also, the tilt adjustment handle broke off. I contacted the company for repair. I included pictures in emails so they could see the problems. They only sent a screw. Of course I complained about this and then they told me I had to send it back in for repair. I even had to request them to send me a shipping label. After it was picked up by UPS, it took them over a month to get it back to me. Don't throw your money away on this. Spend more and get a better tripod.
    Date published: 2012-02-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't let the looks fool you. I used this tripod with my Panasonic DVX100a. The first week or two were GREAT. I was very impressed, but things went downhill fast. -The left pan handle came detached due to the handle support being cracked. -One of the leg clips BROKE OFF during a shoot. I was then unable to get the high angle I needed, because the leg wouldn't stay in place. -Worst of all the head has become loose. Something seems to be stripped. The head wobbles, making the tripod un usabale. Time to see how good their 10 year warrenty is. I hope to be upgrading to a Bogen/Manfrotto before next snowboard season, I simply cannot have an unreliable tripod.
    Date published: 2009-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Bang for your buck When I read the other reviews I was skeptical at first because someone said it has an odor so I went down and purchased it and the odor that it had was actually the temp coating used to protect goods from saltwater during import a smell that most of us are familiar with but let's get pass that because the smell goes away when you sit the tripod in the open air. The tripod has a smooth flow of motion given for a great picture when panning in any direction. I must say that I saved a lot of money on this product and I was so impressed that I went back to purchased another one for my two camera angle.
    Date published: 2008-09-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Choice for Canon XL-2 I use this tripod with my Canon XL-2 filming wedding videos, short films etc. The tripod gives tight, smooth pans and tilts and is very stable. The XL-2 is front heavy because the image stabilization is in the lens, which requires a strong tripod to not have jitter when panning/tilting. This is definately the tripod to use. Once you set the adjustments you can move them completely out of the way. It's not that heavy, if you carry groceries from your car, you can carry this with the neat bag it comes with. If you are in pro-video, this tripod is well worth the money.
    Date published: 2008-09-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy but very sturdy tripod This tripod is on the heavy side. It's easy to use and very strong. With all the legs lengthened, the tripod is quite tall on its own. The snaps that locks the tripod legs seem very tight and hard to open and close. You need A LOT of hand and finger strength to unlock and lock the legs. It comes with 2 QR plates, hex tool, and a carrying bag, which is very useful. It's not quite designed for DSLRs because the knob that locks the QR plate down will hit your camera's battery door. I simply reversed the whole tripod and handles to solve it, having the built in levelling bubble face away from me, while all the locking mechanisms are on my left instead. Great product for a nice price.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great tripod - almost This product was purchased primarily for video work and was everything I had hoped it would be - except for one major flaw that really should be addressed by the manufacturer. The tripod itself is very sturdy, the fluid head is smooth, the leg locks positive, and the W3-Dolly that came as part of the BH package was a very useful addition. All in all, a great value. BUT...the tripod uses a plastic molding for the leg guide and to attach the spreader to the legs. The clevis portion of this molding snaps off with very little pressure, leaving spreader unconnected and the tripod useless unless mounted on the dolly to constrain the flopping leg. One of these moldings was broken when we opened the box. I'm sure that BH would have taken care of this with absolutely no problem but the same thing would have happened again, probably at a very inconvienent time. For most users this would have been a major problem but, as I liked the construction of the rest of the tripod very much, we went into our machine shop and made three new leg guide/clevises out of billet aluminum. End of problem and we now have a great tripod. But not many users will have a full machine shop at their disposal.
    Date published: 2009-01-21
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