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Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Red Lock Tripod System

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Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head with Red Lock Tripod System
Key Features
  • Focus 8 Fluid Head with 75mm Bowl Base
  • Red Lock 3-Tube Aluminum Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader, Sliding Camera Plate
  • 18 lb Maximum Load, 63.5" Maximum Height
The Focus 8 Fluid Head with Red Lock Tripod System from Cartoni includes the Focus 8 fluid head, Red Lock three-section tripod legs, a mid-level spreader, and a soft carry case. The system is designed for camera rigs weighing up to 18 pounds.
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Cartoni Focus 8 Tripod System Overview

The Focus 8 Fluid Head with Red Lock Tripod System from Cartoni includes the Focus 8 fluid head, Red Lock three-section tripod legs, a mid-level spreader, and a soft carry case. The system is designed for camera rigs weighing up to 18 pounds.

The Focus 8 features a convertible 75/100mm bowl base with the included adapter ring, providing a wide support that makes it suitable for larger cameras. The three-section Red Lock legs feature a minimum height of 20", a maximum height of 58", and a transport length of 30", and the legs utilize flip locks to secure the sections in place. The tripod features spikes and rubber feet that hook on for balancing on different surfaces.

Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head

The lightweight Focus 8 Fluid Head from Cartoni is designed to support small rigs that weigh up to 18 lb. The Focus 8 features a fluid damping system, a 75mm ball base, a bubble level, and a telescoping pan bar, and it weighs only 4 lb.

The Focus 8 incorporates the same type of sliding quick release plate as on Sachtler Ace and Manfrotto video heads, and it features +/-90° tilt motion and 360° panning with individual pan and tilt locks. Its fluid design results in smooth, continuous drag, providing damping and dynamic counterbalance throughout its movement.

Quick Features

  • 75mm base
  • Supports loads between 0 and 18 lb
  • Balance along entire +/-90° tilt range
  • Quick release sliding plate system compatible with Sachtler Ace and Manfrotto video heads
  • Independent pan and tilt locks
  • Continuous counterbalance and drag
  • Includes a pan bar
UPC: 810054630326

Cartoni Red Lock 3-Tube Aluminum Tripod

The Red Lock 3-Tube Aluminum Tripod from Cartoni is designed for use with camera rigs weighing up to 132.3 lb. It features a convertible 75/100mm bowl base with the included adapter ring and provides a wide support that makes it suitable for fluid heads such as the Focus 8, 10, or 12, and for midsize to larger cameras.

The three-section legs feature a minimum height of 20.5", a maximum height of 58.3", and a transport length of 29.9", and the legs utilize flip locks to secure the sections in place. The spiked feet allow you to balance the tripod on rough surfaces. The tripod legs weigh 8.8 lb.

Three-section, two-stage, three-tube aluminum tripod legs
Compatible with all ENG and HD camera rigs weighing up to 132.3 lb
Efficiently interfaces with 75 or 100mm bowl-based fluid heads such as the Focus 8, 10, or 12
Spiked feet for rough surfaces
UPC: 810054630487

Cartoni Focus 8 Fluid Head Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesSliding Balance Plate
Tripod Platform
Base Mount75 mm Half Ball
Pan & Tilt
Drag TypeFluid
Vertical Tilt+90° to -90°
Panning Range360°
Independent Pan LockYes
Independent Tilt LockYes
Physical
MaterialAluminum
Load Capacity18 lb / 8.16 kg
Counter BalanceContinuous
Pan Handle Fittings1 x Fixed
Bubble Level1
Base Diameter2.95" / 75 mm
Operating Temperature-40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
Weight4 lb / 1.81 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.115 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)20 x 8.7 x 8.4"

Cartoni Red Lock 3-Tube Aluminum Tripod Specs

General
Head Mount Type75/100 mm Bowl
Load Capacity132.3 lb / 60.0 kg
Maximum Working Height58.3" / 148.1 cm
Minimum Working Height20.5" / 52.1 cm
Closed Length29.9" / 75.9 cm
MaterialsAluminum
Bubble LevelNo
Weight8.8 lb / 4.0 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesSpiked
Packaging Info
Package Weight8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)37 x 8.6 x 8.5"

Cartoni Focus 8 Tripod System Reviews

Fantastic legs, head is okay

By Ian
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-02

Definitely recommend the legs, which are lightweight and easy to use (and I love the ring that lets you quickly pull the legs in), the head leaves a bit to be desired. Decently smooth but I wish it was stepped instead of stepless drag -- hard to feel where my drag is at.

Doesn't live up to promises

By Mike
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-28

I was looking to add another 75mm fluid head for lightweight cameras and was swayed by the Focus 8 claims for 0-17.7 continuous counterbalance, the Cartoni reputation, and the low price. I ended up returning the unit as the counterbalance was defective and there were other reasons it didn't meet my needs - here's why: 1) The single-stage tripod is nice, quick release locks for the legs are positive & fast, but maximum height is limited and resistance to torsional force is mediocre, e.g. not up to a Manfrotto 535 at similar height. Suggestion to Cartoni - increase the size & length of the aluminum tubing even if it means more weight - it can't cost you much more. 2) The pan arm is MUCH too heavy for the very low end of the weight scale for which the Focus 8 should be optimized. It is the same part used on the Focus 12 etc. This is mainly due to the telescoping section, which is aluminum and a larger diameter than the spindly tripod legs! It can be pulled off entirely, which helps alot since the front part of the arm is a composite material and is long enough. Problem now is the lack of a grip and the ugliness of it! Cartoni should simply add a grip to this piece and forget about the heavy telescoping arm for this size tripod! 3) The QR plate is okay, but being made of the composite material it has a very textured surface which doesn't slide smoothly like plates from Manfrotto, Sachtler, Gitzo, etc. The video pin / 1/4 screw assembly is well designed to minimize rotational play within the plate, but the bottom of the screw is recessed underneath in such a way to not allow tightening by hand - requiring a coin or tool even just to start the process. 4) The small size of the platform limits the range of motion of the plate and may make balancing certain equipment difficult. In fact, I found certain reasonable equipment combinations which would not balance. 5) Critically, and one of the reasons I am returning the unit, is that the counterbalance at a particular setting is inconsistent over a modest range of angles. With the plate assembly perfectly balanced and the counterbalance at a compromise setting, at 40 degrees tilt forward the spring would let the camera fall forward, but at 10 degrees tilt forward the spring would bring the camera back to a level position. This could be overcome by increasing the drag but obviates the claimed advantage of a perfect balance. 6) The operation of the continuous balance adjustment turned out to be less desirable than preset counterbalances for fast operation, as it is difficult to get back to a predetermined position. It takes almost 20 rotations to adjust from minimum to maximum counterbalance, or vice versa,which translates into easily 50 if not 80 turns of the wrist, enough to feel your wrist even just for one direction of travel! Similarly, although the number of turns is more limited, the lack of drag settings also translates into slower and less repeatable operation. Gone is my envy of continuous adjustment! 7) The other critical, show-stopper issue was also related to counterbalance. In the case of a very light camera (a mirrorless with a fast prime moderate telephoto lens) the heavy end of the pan arm completely overwhelms the range of balance available on the small platform and it was not possible to balance the plate. With the extra segment of the pan arm removed (as described above), it was possible to balance the camera assembly, BUT the head showed an entirely asymmetric counterbalance. With the counterbalance all the way down (which is NOT the claimed 0 pounds!) the spring would catch the fall of the camera forward at perhaps 50 degrees, but not at all a fall backwards. This asymmetric spring behavior coupled with the other counterbalance anomaly could drive any operator aiming to get perfect balance crazy and in any case waste time and distract from the business of shooting. 8) Insertion of the QR plate was inconsistent, sometimes requiring me to press the release button with one hand during this sensitive task. I finally figured out this would happen when the release knob was only moderately loosened - enough to allow the plate to slide out freely but tending to catch the safety stopper when inserting. Twisting the plate slightly when inserting circumvents this effect, but this technique cannot possibly be good for the mechanism in the long term. This is just one example of the kind of quirky and unrefined behavior which in sum makes me feel that this Cartoni is a less than professional piece of equipment. 9) Maximum tilt drag is insufficient to prevent even modest size cameras from falling and I would have preferred a wider range of settings. 10) The overall finish and quality of materials is at best a medium grade, far better than Benro heads I've tried (so perfectly fine for all you Benro fans out there), but not up to the level of even the Ace series from Sachtler. If you enjoy fine equipment, you may not enjoy this head. In summary, this head failed to live up to its claims and failed to match the level of performance of a Sachtler Ace L, at least in my mind. Most likely my quest for another 75mm head will go back to Sachtler, and at this price point that would mean one of the Ace models.

The drag function is weak

By Douglas
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-02

Says continuously variable but when cranked up enough to get a fair amount of drag it starts to feel sticky more like the lock is on instead of smooth drag. I have a Cartoni Laser head that I have had for about 10 years that is one of the best heads I have ever used- super smooth, rugged and weather resistant. I need a good lighter head and the Focus 8 didn't work for me.

Solid Sticks

By Darrel B.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-06-06

The fluid head is smooth as butter. I'm using it for my Ursa Mini Pro and it balances perfectly. The legs are solid, and the feet are stable. Feels well-built, like the Ferrari of Tripods that it is!

Professional tripods

By Nabil Saidi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-13

Cartoon is the old and famous brand of tripods in the world

Most Durable Fluid Head

By mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-01

The Cartoni Focus 8 is my second favorite fluid head after the heavier duty Cartoni Gamma Head which I have owned since 1998. The Gamma is for larger cameras and the Focus 8 covers the smaller cameras used today. It has continuously variable drag settings on both pan and tilt unlike the limited stepped settings of it's competitors. It also has a balance setting for tilt that is easy to setup. I also like the 5 year warranty which most likely may never get used since my Cartoni Gamma is still working well after 19 years without any major issues.

Good head, excellent legs

By Mark
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-19

I was surprised to discover the exterior shell of the head was constructed of plastic. I never saw any mention of that in the reviews and it does make it feel, well, plasticky. Nevertheless, it's a good design, I like the quality of the movement, and I love legs -- setup is super quick and the strap to pull the legs together when you fold them up is a really nice touch.

must have item

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-27

good

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Can this be mounted on a flat-base like the Cartoni Focus HD? By removing the spriggot underneath the base of the head with pliers?
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