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Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

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Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head
Key Features
  • 18 lb Capacity Fluid Head
  • 12 lb Capacity Tripod Centerpost
  • Sliding Balance Plate
  • Independent Pan & tilt Adjustment
The Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift with FM18 Fluid Head provides rigid support for loads from 2 to 18 lb. The tripod features a center post which supports up to 12 lb. The FM18 Fluid Head offers independent pan and tilt adjustment and includes a sliding quick release plate for camera attachment and balancing, and two removable pan handles. The ProVista Airlift tripod version features a pneumatic cylinder in the center post which provides smooth and easy height adjustment. It assembles to its working height quickly thanks to self-aligning metal quick-flip locks. It reaches a maximum height of 74" with the center column extended and has a minimum height of 31". With double-strut top leg sections for extra stability, a center brace with lock, and non-skid rubber feet, this tripod is suitable for field, studio, educational or industrial applications.
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Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Overview

The Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift with FM18 Fluid Head provides rigid support for loads from 2 to 18 lb. The tripod features a center post which supports up to 12 lb. The FM18 Fluid Head offers independent pan and tilt adjustment and includes a sliding quick release plate for camera attachment and balancing, and two removable pan handles. The ProVista Airlift tripod version features a pneumatic cylinder in the center post which provides smooth and easy height adjustment. It assembles to its working height quickly thanks to self-aligning metal quick-flip locks. It reaches a maximum height of 74" with the center column extended and has a minimum height of 31". With double-strut top leg sections for extra stability, a center brace with lock, and non-skid rubber feet, this tripod is suitable for field, studio, educational or industrial applications.

Head

  • Supports loads up to 18 lb
  • Independent tilt & pan adjustment/locks
  • Dual adjustable and removable pan handles give more control
  • Bubble level

Tripod

  • Center post supports up to 12 lb
  • Double strut top leg sections
  • Air cushioned center column gives precision control
  • 31" to 74" height range (with center column fully extended)
  • Center brace with lock adds more stability
  • Self-aligning metal quick-flip leg locks
  • Rubber feet

Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Specs

General
Load CapacityHead: 18 lb (8.2 kg)
Tripod Center Post: 12 lb (5.5 kg)
Maximum Height72" (182.9 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended61" (154.9 cm)
Minimum Height36" (91.5 cm)
Folded Length37" (94 cm)
Leveling Bubble/IlluminatedYes/Non
Weight10.3 lb (4.7 kg)
Head
Quick Release/Wedge PlateYes
Balance PlateSliding
Tilt DragAdjustable
Tilt Range±90°
Tilt LockYes
Spring Loaded Counter BalanceAdjustable
Pan Range360°
Pan LockYes
Load Capacity18 lb (8.2 kg)
Legs
MaterialAluminum
Head Attachment Fitting3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections2/3
Leg DiameterUpper Sections: 0.75" (1.9 cm)
Lower Section 1.25" (3.2 cm)
Leg Lock TypeWing nut
Independent Leg SpreadNo
Spiked/Retractable FeetNo
Center BraceYes
Center Column TypePneumatic
Center Column Sections1
Packaging Info
Package Weight15.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)40 x 7.7 x 7.5"
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Can you bolt an Ikan riser onto this and use a 75 mm ball- leveled head?
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What is the difference between this one and the Provista18 with FM18 head?
Asked by: Nicholas T.
This is an airlift tripod, the center post is pneumatic, meaning it is cushioned by air. A heavy camera will not cause the center post to drop.
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Date published: 2018-08-27

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Can you remove the fluid head from this tripod and place it on another set of legs? I would like to get a different set of legs for travel use that are lighter and then use this in the studio and hopefully share the fluid head back and fourth.
Asked by: Spencer C.
The head is removable. Loosen the allen keys beneath the center post cap then twist to remove.
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Slider
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I recently got this tripod and the handle on the right side - where it's attached - blocks the motion for 2 other functions. I cannot turn the plate lock dial, or the tilt lock dial because the handle attachment is in the way. I feel like I am missing something because it's so strange. Does anyone know what the deal is with this?
Asked by: Margo C.
Pull the knob out and twist it so you will be able to adjust it
Answered by: SCOTT Y.
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Some reviews have noted that this tripod comes with a spare quick release plate in addition to the one already attached to the tripod. Is this fact true, or would I have to purchase another quick release plate separately to have two plates?
Asked by: Anonymous
It does come with a spare release plate. There is a pouch inside the carry bag and it's usually located there.
Answered by: Kendra B.
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Can it be leveled at the head? I.E. - not just by adjusting legs
Asked by: Jim H.
This tripod cannot be leveled at the head. In order to do that, you need a tripod with a ball claw such as <a href= http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1240923-REG/davis_sanford_provista7518b_75mm_pro_vista_video.html target= _blank >http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1240923-REG/davis_sanford_provista7518b_75mm_pro_vista_video.html</a>
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Does the Quick Release accept Arca Swiss plates?
Asked by: Anonymous
will this work with the Nikon D5000
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