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Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head

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Davis & Sanford
Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head
Key Features
  • Supports Up to 11 lbs (5kg)
  • V12 Fluid Head
  • Geared Center Post
  • Self-aligning Metal Leg Locks
The Davis and Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head is a black aluminum tripod system that features the V12 fluid video head and double-strut top legs, offering rigid support for a variety of applications. With its self-locking geared center post, it achieves a maximum height of 78" and is capable of supporting cameras weighing up to 11 lbs. A built-in center brace and non-skid rubber feet further keep your camera grounded, making this affordable, lightweight tripod ideal for educational, industrial, and other field or studio applications.
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Davis & Sanford ProVista V12 Tripod System Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dual-strut Design
  • 3Extra Stability
  • 4Elevation Adjustment
  • 5Capacity

The Davis and Sanford ProVista Tripod with V12 Head is a black aluminum tripod system that features the V12 fluid video head and double-strut top legs, offering rigid support for a variety of applications. With its self-locking geared center post, it achieves a maximum height of 78" and is capable of supporting cameras weighing up to 11 lbs. A built-in center brace and non-skid rubber feet further keep your camera grounded, making this affordable, lightweight tripod ideal for educational, industrial, and other field or studio applications.

Dual-strut Design

Updated dual strut video design with geared center post is offered in this model for field, studio, educational or industrial applications.

Extra Stability

The double-strut top leg section for extra stability consists of two sections at 3/4" diameter, and one section of 1-1/4" diameter tubing.

Elevation Adjustment

A self-locking gear mechanism provides precise, silky smooth, "No-Drift" elevation adjustment.

Capacity

This system handles mid-sized camcorders up to 11 lbs (5kg).

Davis & Sanford ProVista V12 Tripod System Specs

Maximum Height78.0" (198 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended56.0" (142.2 cm)
Minimum Height31.0" (78.7 cm)
Folded Length34.0" (86 cm)
Load Capacity11 lbs (5 kg)
Leg Stages/Sections2/3
Leg Lock TypeQuick Flip
Center BraceYes
Spiked FeetRubber Feet
Head TypeV12
Camera Tie-Down Screw1/4"-20
Head Mount Thread Size3/8"-16 for mounting V12 head to tripod
Leveling Bubble/IlluminatedNo
Weight9.0 lbs (4.1 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)37 x 8 x 7.5"

Davis & Sanford ProVista V12 Tripod System Reviews

Fantastic Product

By MKProductions
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-06-05

I run a small independent movie production company, and I use this tripod on a daily basis during my productions. I love it! Great smooth motion in the head, and extremely stable.

Awesome Tripod

By Charles
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-28

At first I was amazed at the sturdiness with the leg braces and the snaps. They are a bit stiff too begin with so be careful with your fingers. I use my thumb to open and my palm to close to maximize safety. I use my tripod for videography. The ability to pan and tilt is crucial for static recording. My unit came fairly stiff on the pan. After reading on this particular product, I was able to fix the issue. The nylon screw behind the V12 sticker on the head can be loosened to the level you desire. (Beware that too loose of screw can make the head wobble.) I may loosen everything and clean the foreign lubricant and put white grease in its stead. I would recommend consumers who buy this tripod to do those things I have recommended in these comments prior to using professionally or you may have an average experience. I took my tripod out of the box and into the car for a video event and was disappointed. Thank goodness I have multiple days to shoot (re-shoot a musical). Panning was tough, I wished I would have read the reviews better to fix my problem. Now it is a dream tripod at a price that is quite good.

Nice for the price, but beware...

By CaptainBrowncoat
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-25

I bought one and exchanged it because the pan lock appeared broken. The replacement was nearly as bad where the head panning was terribly stiff. After reading the reviews, I found the cause. The poor instructions included with the tripod don't tell you about the secret tension screws hiding beneith the stickers. Once this matter is resolved, the head works reasonably well, but beware the tilt does drift quickly down to the back. Unless you are aiming downwards, before you let go of the handle, you need to lock the tilt knob or it will drift back. The leg locks are pretty hard on the hands as you'll read in other reviews. Once you adjust the pan problem, and you are aware of the drift issues, all-in-all not a bad tripod for the price. Very tall for those who need height. Quick release plate attached pretty solid. Good video panning once adjusted for a good price on sale for $

Pay heed to Most-liked Negative Review

By Red Diamond
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-20

You do get what you pay for, but I hoped for a bit more. I liked everything about the unit except: 1) Fluid head is worst I have ever used. Really, I think it must be made for people who don't know what a fluid head is and don't know any better. 2) The plastic leg locks will break if you use them much. They'll have to because mine nearly gave me blisters using them. If you shoot video and run 'n gun much, you'll be disappointed and sore. If you just use it for a non-moving cam then maybe OK. I'm returning mine today.

Not bad for the price

By Lash
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2012-06-04

Very strong and well built unit. A bit heavy, but that's something I can live with. Tripod takes a bit getting use to, with screws and adjustments. The down side of the tripod is the lack of instructions. The unit is shipped the pan adjustment very thight which causes the unit to stick when moving from side to side. The problem is easily solved. But it took me weeks to find out. There is a shap edge at the bottom of center post the operator should take note of. Overall the tripod is very good buy.

Great tripod/head with a little TLC

By mibor
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-05-14

I'm going to set this straight from the beginning: this is a great tripod/head system IF you are willing to modify it a little. If you're not mechanically inclined, don't get it. You won't be satisfied with the way the video head functions out of the box. I bought this tripod system because I needed a tall tripod on a budget. I read the other reviews and I knew what to expect. When I got it, it tried it right away and I found the tip/tilt and especially the pan to be way too stiff for a video head. Even after adjusting the hidden tension set screw, it was horribly stiff. What I ended up doing was to take the video head apart and remove the glue like grease with adhesive remover, because it was the only thing that worked. Then I replaced the OEM grease with some quality white lithium grease and reassembled the whole thing. Now everything worked great, except for the panning, that seized after about 5 full turns. I took it apart again and realized why the manufacturer used the sticky stuff: the tension adjuster for the panning is done with an aluminum fork-like part that rubs on an aluminum stud. The original grease prevented metal to metal rubbing, but the light grease did not. All that I had to do was to find a nylon washer that fit the aluminum stud, split it and put it in there with a lot of grease to prevent metal to metal contact. Now it works great, it is very smooth, and for the money I would say it's a great buy. The 2 set screws on the bottom of the head are probably used to hold the head to the tripod. I didn't put them back because the head, if it really is removable, is so tightly affixed to the legs that I don't think it will come apart under any circumstances. They also mess up the panning part of the head, even when tighten just a little.I gave this tripod/head system 5 stars because I wasn't be able to find another sturdy tripod with a decent video head, at this height, for under $. It took me about 2 hours to do all the modifications and now I have a great, tall, stable tripod with a good video head.

Not so fluid

By Dio Eno
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2012-04-19

I use this product with a DSLR. I could've gone to @ and gotten a better tripod. The tilt functions at best satisfactorily, however; panning left and right is very stiff. You have exert some force before it will move and when it does it isn't fluid.

ok for the money

By Pete
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-28

everything is great about it, except when you are trying to pan the head jolt a bit. Not good when recording a sporting event.

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