Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

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Product Highlights

  • 18 lb Capacity Fluid Head
  • 12 lb Capacity Tripod Centerpost
  • Sliding Balance Plate
  • Independent Pan & tilt Adjustment
  • 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod
  • Pneumatic Center Post
  • Center Brace
  • 31 to 74" Height Range
  • Dual Pan Handles
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Tripod System With Dolly
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Davis & Sanford Airlift 18 overview

  • 1Description

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.

  • Supports loads up to 18 lb
  • Independent tilt & pan adjustment/locks
  • Dual adjustable and removable pan handles give more control
  • Bubble level
  • 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
UPC: 049383150384
In the Box
Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Davis & Sanford Airlift 18 specs

    Load Capacity Head: 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Tripod Center Post: 12 lb (5.5 kg)
    Maximum Height 72" (182.9 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 61" (154.9 cm)
    Minimum Height 36" (91.5 cm)
    Folded Length 37" (94 cm)
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/Non
    Weight 10.3 lb (4.7 kg)
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
    Balance Plate Sliding
    Tilt Drag Adjustable
    Tilt Range ±90°
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Spring Loaded Counter Balance Adjustable
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Load Capacity 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Material Aluminum
    Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"-16
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Leg Diameter Upper Sections: 0.75" (1.9 cm)
    Lower Section 1.25" (3.2 cm)
    Leg Lock Type Wing nut
    Independent Leg Spread No
    Spiked/Retractable Feet No
    Center Brace Yes
    Center Column Type Pneumatic
    Center Column Sections 1
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.0 x 7.7 x 7.5"

    Davis & Sanford Airlift 18 reviews

    ProVista Airlift Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 228.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth pans and tilts This tripod replaces a 20 year old Bogen. It is used with a Sony VX2100 camcorder. The Bogen was jerky when starting a pan and was ready to be replaced. I shoot weddings and outdoor action as in Old West Recreations. It is heavy and sturdy and the pan and tilt actions are incredibly smooth for a tripod in this price range. I tried it out immediately when it arrived. The carrying bag is a plus, carrying the Bogen I used a folding chair bag. When I'm loaded down with equipment I don't have a free hand to carry a tripod. The Airlift feature isn't useful during shooting as I hoped but does allow a quick changed in height when needed. Also it does scratch easily but so far seems reasonably rugged.
    Date published: 2008-04-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Tripod-Airlift Not So Much For the price, the ProVista Airlift by Davis & Sanford (a division of Tiffen) is a great deal. The FM18 Fluid Head is as good as many far more expensive fluid heads. The tripod comes with a carrying bag (which you will need. . . it's a heavy tripod!) a quick release plate, and even a spare quick release plate. Everything is adjustable and can be locked down. If you are buying this tripod solely for the Airlift feature, don't. It is not smooth enough to achieve any special multi-axis shots (pan/tilt/rise) and even with two operators, one to pan or tilt the camera and one to raise the height using the Airlift, the results are not perfect.
    Date published: 2009-11-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for the price This tripod is heavy and sturdy and the pan and tilt actions are incredibly smooth for a tripod in this price range. I was very excited when I it came and couldn't wait to try it out. I am very happy with the carry case, because my hands are often full with other equipment when I go out on shoots, so being able to put it over a shoulder is nice. Although it is pretty heavy duty for the DSLR camera I bought it for. It does scratch easily, just putting it in the case has scratched it up a bit, but so far seems pretty durable. It is probably a little big and heavy for my needs, but for the price range I am happy with a big heavy tripod.
    Date published: 2010-10-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't recommend this one This is a solidly built tripod, that pans like a dream but I simply can't recommend this product at all. As mentioned by plenty of people here, the Airlift option is a bit of a joke, and no matter how tightly you lock it will sporadically pop up at the worst of times, which is far, far from ideal. The clips on the legs are also incredibly hard to lock, and is a running joke with my assistant and I as to who will have the unenviable task of having to close them at the end of a job, and as a result hurt their hands doing so. There are much better options out there at B & H, I wouldn't be going for this one.
    Date published: 2013-12-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't beat the value I use this tripod at my church in the soundbooth on the countertop. It's just a little too high to use on the countertop but we don't have another option. The fluid head is silky smooth and gives us great smooth movement when following the Pastor. It's very sturdy. I haven't used the pneumatic centerpost because 1. I don't need it since it's on the countertop. and 2. I'm afraid of it after reading other reviews. The rolling casters look awesome and I think they could come in great use one day down the road. Overall, I recomend this product for anyone looking to stay under $200 and wants a tripod they don't have to carry much... cause it is heavy.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tripod of my dreams Not only does this tripod look professional, it is very durable. This is my first tripod with a fluid head, and I notice the difference quite significantly. I am in the middle of a production shoot and I love the fluidity of the panning. I was on a previous shoot few weeks ago and the additional height with the airlift is very useful. After figuring out all the adjustments that come with this tripod, I dont see how I could have done without it. It is on the heavy side, but it's not a problem unless you are carrying all your equipment at once and for a long distance.
    Date published: 2013-04-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value to quality ratio. Not the best tripod in the world, but for the money this thing is great. With some well planned shoots I can see this thing making me some money. Got it as a back up for second camera coverage. Good height to get over crowds. Is a little wobbly full extended on gas lift but can work with it with weddings & conferences (I would hire pro gear for that hollywood shoot). I do like the wheels, they give me the option for some simple tracking shots. Overall, simple good little back up option. Smooth fluid head. Think this will be useful. Once I make mega bucks can re-invest in top quality gear or just hire it & charge back the client (reduce capex).
    Date published: 2011-04-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth Pans I use this for weddings, Graduations, and Recitals and it works great for a tripod in this price range. I couldn't find anything within a 50 bucks that was as appealing as this. I have 3 of these in use weekly. I have one set up with an Panasonic HMC-150 and the other two with Canon 70Ds. So far So good. It is heavy but thats ok and the pnuematic lift is nice except when u have to push it back down. It got stuck when i was unboxing it for the first time and it almost knocked me out when it hit me in the face due do finally coming free lol. I ended up buying two more so i like it.
    Date published: 2014-06-04
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