Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head

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Davis & Sanford
Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head
Key Features
  • Fluid Head with 18 lb Capacity
  • 75mm Claw Ball Leveler
  • Double-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Height Range of 28 to 64"
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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.
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Davis & Sanford ProVista V18 Tripod System Overview

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

Davis & Sanford ProVista V18 Tripod System Specs

Load Capacity18 lb
Ball Base75 mm
Leg ConstructionAluminum
Leg SectionsThree
Leg DiameterDouble-Strut Leg Sections: 0.75" / 19 mm
Middle Leg Section: 1.25" / 32 mm
Quick Release PlateQRFM18
Minimum Height28" / 71.1 cm
Maximum Height64" / 162.6 cm
Folded Length29" / 73.7 cm
Weight12 lb / 5.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight12.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)37 x 7.5 x 7.5"
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I measured 8.6 lb by difference on my bathroom scale (holding vs. not holding it). So it's much heavier than most photography tripods. The claimed "12 lbs" may be the full shipping weight including the carry bag, which is pretty nice, the box itself, internal packing, and a some rounding up. I bought a ballast hammock that velcros onto the three legs, in which I add a 20-lb plate weight (from weightlifting gym gear). This gives extra solidity vs. me incidentally bumping things. It's a good tripod for the price. The fluid heads are a little variable (some fluid is a bit stiff for my tastes), but a good design & build for the money.
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Any tricks for adjusting fluid tension? My first one of these is fine. But my second is too stiff, causing ride-back to every tilt.
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Can you operate tripod with just one handle (right-side)?
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How easy/hard is it to detach a camera from the tripod?
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