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Sachtler aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System

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Sachtler aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System
Key Features
  • aktiv8 Sideload Fluid Head
  • flowtech75 Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader, Carry Handle, Bag
  • SpeedSwap Clamp-Style Base
The aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System from Sachtler pairs the activ8 fluid head with the lightweight, carbon fiber flowtech 75 MS tripod with mid-level spreader. This kit offers lightning fast SpeedSwap technology, a sideload camera plate, 15 levels (+0) of counterbalance, 7 levels (+0) of pan and tilt drag, and stable support for camera rigs weighing up to 26.5 lb. A padded carrying bag rounds out this tripod kit.
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Sachtler Aktiv8 Tripod System Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sachtler aktiv8 Sideload Fluid Head with SpeedLevel & 7-Step Drag for Sachtler Tripods (75mm)
  • 3Sachtler Flowtech 75 MS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader and Rubber Feet
  • 4Sachtler Padded Bag for flowtech 75 or TT Tripod with FSB Fluid Head

The aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System from Sachtler pairs the activ8 fluid head with the lightweight, carbon fiber flowtech 75 MS tripod with mid-level spreader. This kit offers lightning fast SpeedSwap technology, a sideload camera plate, 15 levels (+0) of counterbalance, 7 levels (+0) of pan and tilt drag, and stable support for camera rigs weighing up to 26.5 lb. A padded carrying bag rounds out this tripod kit.

Sachtler aktiv8 Sideload Fluid Head with SpeedLevel & 7-Step Drag for Sachtler Tripods (75mm)

The aktiv8 Sideload Fluid Head uses Sachtler's truly innovative SpeedLevel technology to provide almost instant mounting and leveling of your camera rig on Sachtler 75mm tripod legs. The clamp and stud SpeedLevel system saves precious time leveling your camera rig by eliminating the need to screw on a tie-down knob. Designed for documentary, news, and corporate productions, the aktiv8 supports rigs weighing up to 26.5 pounds. This 75mm ball fluid head features 15 steps of counterbalance and seven steps of pan and tilt drag adjustment, plus zero settings for both balance and drag.

The SpeedLevel technology replaces the traditional head screw and tie-down design with a strong clamp built into the head bowl and a stud component that clamps onto your tripod bowl or other mounting platform, such as a slider. Simply grasp the large lever on the head and pull it up to release the clamp, then press it down to lock your head in place. Partially lifting the lever allows you to quickly and easily level the head.

When used with a separately available flowtech tripod, the aktiv8 enables you to spread the legs flat, getting as low to the ground as your head can without a tie-down knob getting in the way. You can also now mount your head directly onto a slider using a separately available aktiv system stud that screws onto support systems with a 3/8"-16 threaded stud.

The PrismBubble level system is pressed once to illuminate the bubble level to be illuminated or pressed twice to light up both the bubble level and the drag settings, a boon when working in darker environments. The bubble level also has a built-in prism, enabling you to more easily level the head when the legs are at set at maximum height or an awkward angle.

Mount your camera using the included Sideload Plate S that has both a 1/4-20 camera screw and a locating pin to prevent twisting. With a sliding range of 4.7", this head balances quickly to accommodate variously configured rigs The Sachtler aktiv8 head also features a detachable pan bar that can be mounted onto the rosettes on either the right or left side of the head.

aktiv Fluid Head Compatibility
The aktiv6 and aktiv8 fluid heads are compatible with Sachtler 75mm tripods (flowtech 75 aktiv, Tripod 75/2 AL, SpeedLock 75, ENG 75/2 D, and DA 75L)
Features
SpeedLevel Technology
Use the large integrated lever to quickly mount, level, and lock the head on your tripod or other base; lift up to release, lift partially to level, and press down to lock the head firmly in place
SpeedSwap Base
Centered around a metal stud, the SpeedSwap base clamps onto any 75mm bowl tripod or to the separately available slider base; additional bases can be purchased separately to fit a second tripod, dolly, or slider
PrismBubble Level
The illuminated PrismBubble is visible from any height or angle, saving you time when leveling at higher or lower positions
26.5 lb Capacity Fluid Head
This 26.5 lb capacity fluid head is suited for larger DSLRs, mirrorless MFT cameras, and pro-style digital cine cameras
Stepped Counterbalance and Drag
15 steps of counterbalance and seven steps of pan and drag plus zero settings for free spins and tilts
Sideload Plate
The sideload plate has 4.7" of travel for balancing your rig and both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws
Sachtler Flowtech 75 MS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader and Rubber Feet

The Sachtler Flowtech 75 MS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader and Rubber Feet eschews the common single or double carbon fiber tube design and instead has redesigned the shape of the legs for improved torsional strength. The legs work weigh just under 7 pounds yet they can support a payload of up to 44 pounds, and extend from a minimum height of 24" to a maximum height of 61" when using the included removable mid-level spreader. Each leg features a single clamping lever that locks and unlocks the sections.

Each leg extends or retracts independently from the other two, and when it is detached from the spreader each leg can pivot without affecting the other legs. This is especially useful when working on rough or uneven terrain. You can remove the spreader completely and lock each leg in one of three positions, so you can work without a spreader if you wish. This enables you to spread the legs extremely wide for low shots, while the tripod legs maintain their torsional stability. The dual spikes at the end of each leg provide extra grip when working on softer ground, and you can snap rubber feet onto the dual spikes for better grip when working on hard or delicate surfaces.

Note:
For select Sachtler 75mm fluid heads
Features
Dual-stage, carbon fiber, 75mm bowl tripod for most Sachtler 75mm fluid heads.
Weighs only 6.4 pounds but supports up to 44 pounds.
The design and construction of the legs provide tremendous torsional stability. In other words, the legs resist twisting when you pan the tripod head.
The included mid-level spreader allows you to work on uneven terrain such as stairs or rocks while preventing the legs from flying apart. When using the mid-level spreader, you can use the included rubber feet to protect delicate surfaces from the tripod's foot spikes.
Each leg features a single clamping lever lock design at the top of the leg, near the 75mm bowl. This allows you to loosen all three leg sections from a single location, saving you time while reducing the wear and tear on your body as you don't have to bend down to loosen a leg lock at the bottom to lower or raise the legs.
The legs incorporate a locking mechanism that enables the legs to move completely freely, suitable when working with a spreader, or to lock at one of three angles, suitable for use when working without a spreader.
When closing the legs, there is room for the mid-level spreader to be folded up while remaining attached. The legs feature a magnetic locking system strong enough to hold them together during transport but allows you to easily release the legs when you want to set them up.
Sachtler Padded Bag for flowtech 75 or TT Tripod with FSB Fluid Head

With dimensions of 36.6 x 7.9 x 9.1", this Padded Bag from Sachtler is designed specifically for carrying a flowtech 75 or TT tripod equipped with an FSB fluid head. It is made with a high-density 900D fabric, which is both flame retardant and water-resistant to help ensure that your equipment stays safe. Additionally, layers of both open-cell and closed-cell foam are used in the construction to protect your gear against small bumps and shocks.

The bag opens via a full-length zipper found at the top, which allows for easy access while shooting. For transport, two straps on each side can be connected to an integrated handgrip for easy carrying. There are also small handles on each side of the bag where the zipper ends, and right next to them are D-rings that can be used to connect an optional shoulder strap. Finally, a clear plastic window on the outside allows you to insert a tag with your name or phone number for easy identification when travelling.

  • Padded bag with dimensions of 36.6 x 7.9 x 9.1", designed for carrying a flowtech 75 or TT tripod with an FSB fluid head
  • 900D water-resistant fabric on the exterior, with layers of foam to help cushion gear against bumps
  • Full-length zipper allows for easy access to the interior compartment
  • Connecting hand straps, side handles, and D-rings available for transport
  • Clear plastic window on one of the sides allows you to insert a name tag for easy identification

Sachtler aktiv8 Sideload Fluid Head with SpeedLevel & 7-Step Drag for Sachtler Tripods (75mm) Specs

Key Specs
Camera Plate Features
Sideload, Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type
Sideload Plate
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
1x 3/8"-16 Male
Base Mount
75 mm Half Ball
Sachtler SpeedSwap
Counter Balance
Continuous 15-Step Plus 0
Drag Type
Fluid
Load Capacity
26.5 lb / 12 kg
Camera Attachment
Camera Plate Features
Sideload, Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type
Sideload Plate
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
1x 3/8"-16 Male
Balance Plate Sliding Range
4.7" / 120 mm
Safety Lock
Yes
Plate Dimensions
5.5 x 2" / 140 x 50 mm
Head
Base Mount
75 mm Half Ball
Sachtler SpeedSwap
Counter Balance
Continuous 15-Step Plus 0
Pan Handle Fittings
2x Rosette
Included Pan Handle Length
16.9" / 430 mm
Bubble Level
1x Illuminated
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control
Pan: Stepped 7-Step Plus 0
Tilt: Stepped 7-Step Plus 0
Drag Type
Fluid
Vertical Tilt
+90° to -70°
Panning Range
360°
Independent Pan Lock
Yes
Independent Tilt Lock
Yes
General
Load Capacity
26.5 lb / 12 kg
Operating Temperature
-8 to 92°F / -40 to 60°C
Weight
6 lb / 2.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
9.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
18 x 10.1 x 8.3"

Sachtler Flowtech 75 MS Carbon Fiber Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader and Rubber Feet Specs

Key Specs
Load Capacity
44.1 lb / 20 kg
Head Mount Type
75 mm Bowl
Maximum Working Height
60.24" / 153 cm (without Spreader)
Minimum Working Height
10.24" / 26 cm (without Spreader)
Closed Length
26.8" / 68 cm
Materials
Aluminum, Carbon Fiber
Leg Lock Type
Flip Lock
Leg Sections
3
Feet Features
Rubber, Removable, Spiked
General
Load Capacity
44.1 lb / 20 kg
Head Mount Type
75 mm Bowl
Maximum Working Height
60.24" / 153 cm (without Spreader)
Max Height without Center Column
60.2" / 153 cm (without Spreader)
Minimum Working Height
10.24" / 26 cm (without Spreader)
Closed Length
26.8" / 68 cm
Materials
Aluminum, Carbon Fiber
Operating Temperature
-40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
Weight
6.4 lb / 2.9 kg
Legs
Leg Lock Type
Flip Lock
Leg Positions
3 Positions
Independent Leg Spread
Yes
Leg Sections
3
Bubble Level
No
Feet Features
Rubber, Removable, Spiked
Spreader
Mid-Level, Ground (Included)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
28 x 7 x 6"

Sachtler Padded Bag for flowtech 75 or TT Tripod with FSB Fluid Head Specs

Key Specs
Color
Black
Weight
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Features
ATA Compliant
No
Bottle Pocket
No
Pressure/Purge Valve
No
General
Materials
Exterior: Nylon
Padded Interior
Yes
Weight
Not Specified by Manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight
4.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
36.5 x 9 x 6.8"

Sachtler Aktiv8 Tripod System Reviews

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Can you use this without the spreader?

Can you use this without the spreader?
Asked by: Jason
Yes, this tripod can be used with out the spreader.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-06-16

Is AKTIV8 Sachtler appropriate for a PXW-Z750 ...

Is AKTIV8 Sachtler appropriate for a PXW-Z750 with 5 pound lens with a 96w battery? Wondering if I need to step up to Aktiv10.
Asked by: benjamin
The Sachtler aktiv8 will support up to 26lb payload weight. The Camera is 9lbs and the lens is 5lbs. You would still have room for more equipment. I think the Active8 would be fine. But the Aktiv10 would also support up to 26lb payloads however it has a more stable strong 100mm bowl fitting for the head. The Aktiv8 head would be amaller at 75mm.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-07-11

what is the total net weight on this package ...

what is the total net weight on this package (bag, legs, spreader, head)?
Asked by: benjamin
The total shipping weight of the Sachtler aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System is 22.50 lb.
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2022-07-11

Does the Aktiv8 head work with VCT-14 quick ...

Does the Aktiv8 head work with VCT-14 quick release plate? Old school Sony, has 1/4 and 3/8 screws. How does the pin work with that?
Asked by: Kevin
Yes, the Sony VCT-14 plate will mount onto the Sachtler's aktiv8 quick release plate. The Sony plate has a series of 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 ports underneath that are spaced out so that the pin will sit in the 3/8"-16 port when screwing in the 1/4"-20. Apart from that, the aktiv8 main feature is centered around how the head mounts and clamps onto the tripod legs. This is a perfect setup for integrating with a VCT style workflow.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-08-17

Has anyone used the Aktiv8 for long lens (500mm+) ...

Has anyone used the Aktiv8 for long lens (500mm+) videography? at that focal length can you achieve shake-free pans?
Asked by: Russell
The Sachtler aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System, will easily perform shake free pans with long lenses and heavy systems.
Answered by: JonathanS
Date published: 2024-01-23

Is the aktiv8 compatible with 120mm Manfrotto ...

Is the aktiv8 compatible with 120mm Manfrotto base plates (Manfrotto 502AH), or does it use proprietary base plates?
Asked by: Jesse
If these are the same sideload plates as the previous Sachtlers, then yes I've seen people using manfrotto QR plates with them!
Answered by: Phil
Date published: 2021-04-23

How does this tripod/head perform in harsher ...

How does this tripod/head perform in harsher conditions? Sand, salt water, cold temperatures?
Asked by: Greg
Sachtler aktiv8 flowtech75 MS Tripod System has been tested and preforms well in all conditions, after contact with salt water, I suggest washing and drying it down.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-09-07

What arri dovetail plate is compatible with the ...

What arri dovetail plate is compatible with the aktiv line?
Asked by: Min
When working with Arri Dovetail plates they should all be universally compatible for mounting on the Sachtler Aktiv heads. Dovetail plates have multiple 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads to allow you to attach the Aktiv head plate to the dovetail plate. Also, if you are looking for a replacement plate for the Aktiv8 head it is listed below. Sachtler Sideload Plate S/Ace Tripod QR Plate BH #SAWPDV1
Answered by: Chris H
Date published: 2023-12-12
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