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Sachtler aktiv8T Touch & Go Fluid Head with SpeedLevel & 7-Step Drag for Sachtler Tripods (75mm)

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Sachtler aktiv8T Touch & Go Fluid Head with SpeedLevel & 7-Step Drag for Sachtler Tripods (75mm)
Key Features
  • 26.5 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Head
  • 75mm Half Ball
  • SpeedSwap Clamp-Style Base
  • SpeedLevel Technology
The aktiv8T 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 larger DSLRs, mirrorless, and digital cine-style cameras, the aktiv8T supports rigs weighing up to 26.5 pounds. This fluid head features 15 steps of counterbalance and seven steps of pan and tilt drag adjustment, plus zero settings for both balance and drag.
In Stock
$2,327.50
Camera Plate Type
Quick Release
Sideload
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Sachtler Aktiv Series Video Head Overview

The aktiv8T 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 larger DSLRs, mirrorless, and digital cine-style cameras, the aktiv8T supports rigs weighing up to 26.5 pounds. This 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 activ8T 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 aktiv8T Touch & Go plate with both 1/4-20" and 3/8"-16 camera screws. A sliding range of 2.4" helps the head to quickly balance variously configured rigs. The Sachtler aktiv8T 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, 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
Touch & Go Plate
The Touch & Go platform provides quick camera mounting with 2.4" of travel for balancing your rig and both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws

Sachtler Aktiv Series Video Head Specs

Key Specs
Camera Plate Features
Quick Release, Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type
Touch & Go Plate S
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
1x 3/8"-16 Male
Base Mount
75 mm Half Ball
Counter Balance
Continuous 15-Step Plus 0
Battery Type
CR2032
Drag Type
Fluid
Load Capacity
26.5 lb / 12 kg
Camera Attachment
Camera Plate Features
Quick Release, Sliding Balance Plate
Camera Plate Type
Touch & Go Plate S
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
1x 3/8"-16 Male
Balance Plate Sliding Range
2.4" / 60 mm
Safety Lock
Yes
Plate Dimensions
2.4 x 1.8" / 62 x 45 mm
Head
Base Mount
75 mm Half Ball
Camera Platform Adjustment
Yes, (2.4" / 60.0 mm)
Counter Balance
Continuous 15-Step Plus 0
Pan Handle Fittings
2x Rosette
Bubble Level
1x Illuminated
Battery Type
CR2032
Height
6.2" / 158.00 mm (Exluding Half Ball)
7.4" / 188.00 mm (Including Half Ball)
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
-40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
Weight
6.2 lb / 2.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
10 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.25 x 9.05 x 6.55"

Sachtler Aktiv Series Video Head Reviews

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Is the maximum drag on the Aktiv8 greater than on ...

Is the maximum drag on the Aktiv8 greater than on the Aktiv6? I know there are more steps, but I want to know about the maximum drag.
Asked by: David
yes, it is not just more steps, the maximum drag is also more
Answered by: Barbara
Date published: 2020-10-14

I have a Gitzo Systematic Series 5 tripod. I can ...

I have a Gitzo Systematic Series 5 tripod. I can use Gitzo 75mm Bowl Head Adapter paired with Sachtler FSB-8. I am thinking to buy AKTIV8T, but wondering if it can fit on my 75mm bowl head adapter?
Asked by: Tu Qiang
I bought it and then returned it. The bowl connector is a little too short so the retainer won't catch in place. If it would be 1/4" longer it will fit. The build of the new fluid head is very nicely built.
Answered by: Tu Qiang
Date published: 2021-06-23

Is there any downside (other than price) for ...

Is there any downside (other than price) for getting a higher payload head like the Aktiv8, but using it mostly with low weight cameras? I want to get a higher payload head just in case I need to use it for a heavy camera rig, but if it is going to make low weight rigs less optimal to use, maybe it’s not the best approach.
Asked by: Thad
No. Other than price, there really are no downsides, as this head is rated for 0 to 26.5 lb / 0 to 12 kg.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-04-05

How tall is this head from the bottom of the pan ...

How tall is this head from the bottom of the pan drag ring to the top most plate?
Asked by: Matt
Unfortunately, this specification is not explicitly provided by manufacturer, and since we have not yet received the product (as of this writing), we are unable to physically verify for your inquiry.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-11-10

What is the main difference between Aktiv8 and ...

What is the main difference between Aktiv8 and Aktiv8"T"? Thanks.
Asked by: Steven
The AKtiv8 and the Aktiv8 T are the same video head with different quick release plates. the T stands for Touch and Go plate. Instead of the sliding quick release plate it uses a plate that snaps into place without sliding.
Answered by: jabarih
Date published: 2021-12-23

To attach this to a Dana Dolly, do I need the ...

To attach this to a Dana Dolly, do I need the 'Dana Dolly 75mm Adapter for Sachtler aktiv6, 8 & 8T' (BH #DAKTIV75A) OR 'Sachtler aktiv Bowl Connector for 75mm Tripod (V2)' (B&H # SAABC75V2)?
Asked by: Michael
To attach this to the Dana Dolly you will need the 75mm adapter for Sachtler aktiv6, 8 & 8T (#DAKTIV75A). You don't need the Sachtler aktiv Bowl Connector because one comes with the aktiv8 head.
Answered by: gracem
Date published: 2022-06-12

does this fit any 75mm tripd leg ?

does this fit any 75mm tripd leg ?
Asked by: Senoga
You will need the Sachtler aktiv Bowl Connector for 75mm Bowl Tripod. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1597846-REG/sachtler_s2080_0001_connector_for_aktiv_75mm.html
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-07-12

I have original FlowTech 75 legs. Why isn't the ...

I have original FlowTech 75 legs. Why isn't the "metal bowl insert" described as included with the aktiv6 head in the "what's in the box" listing? Without that, I can't use aktiv on the FLowTech legs - trust me, I've tried.
Asked by: David
Yeah I did. My point is its NOT in the box. I bought two of them. Shipped them to SachtlerVitek service in Connecticut. They didnt install or upgrade anything. Returned my Aktiv heads. I dont think they have this issue addressed, at least in the US.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2022-04-04
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