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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 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)
Head
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)
Legs
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 x 7.7 x 7.5"

Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Reviews

Church-stream

By Rev. Barry L.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-08

Fits our canon camera perfect. love the height that it give us. very sturdy.

Very sturdy

By Walter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-15

Solid tripod. Also heavy. I can get smooth shots with the head although it probably isn't the best out there. Takes some practice.

That's Perfect

By Jean-Jose
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-03

This tripod is just I need, robust, versatile and with the tripod dolly it's so good.

Needed a tune-up on arrival

By Phillip
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-29

I bought this tripod to shoot a no-budget indie movie for a local director. I just wanted a fluid head tripod as I couldn’t use my stills tripod and ball head for good results. When this one arrived, the tilt mechanism was a little gritty and would bind when tilting forward more than 45 degrees. I disassembled the head and cleaned out the grease, replaced it with high quality automotive grease and tweaked the angle of the tilt clamp by sandwiching a piece of folded paper between the camera clamp and the two tilt clamp sides. This forces the sides of the tilt clamp to be more parallel to each other and removed the weird granting at full tilt. The pan seemed fine right out of the box. The included carry bag is padded, but the zipper is on the bottom of the bag when carried. I imagine this would lead to premature wear of the zipper by rubbing against the ground, but I have yet to use the bag (and probably never will) so I’m not worried about it. I’ve seen reviews on YouTube that mention a propensity for the leg sections to separate from each other, but I imagine this may be due to rough handling. So far, I’ve had no issues. I will update this review if I encounter problems.

High Quality

By Joaninha
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-10

A very sturdy, easy to maneuver tripod. I'm veryn pleased with this product.

The fluid head is essentially garbage

By Ben
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-05

The legs of this tripod system are fantastic, however the head is completely useless. Panning left and right is fine but attempting any sort of tilting up or down is met with metal scraping on metal. Tiny plastic/metal shavings even start collecting at the base of the tripod when you try, and no matter how much you loosen the fluid system the tilting skids on itself rending any hope of smooth movement impossible. My plan is to keep the legs but buy a new fluid head to screw in.

Smooth and rugged

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-07

Bought three to use with our Canon XA55 camcorders for recording our church events. The tripods are sturdy and the fluid heads are smooth. Love the dolly for changing camera shots and that they give us an additional 5 inches to the camera height.

Tripod Plate

By Heidi
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-25

This is a nice tripod, very sturdy. The main issue I have with it is that it's hard to tighten the shoe on because the knob is a bit tricky to turn. I have to use a philips head screwdriver to tighten it.

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question

Can you bolt an Ikan riser onto this and use a 75 mm ball- leveled head?
Asked by: Jonathan
That would be possible. You could remove the Head on this Tripod and put B&H # IKIKRSR6 on there instead. From there you can use a head with a 75mm ball connection, such as B&H # EIGH03.https://bhpho.to/2ro3GCchttps://bhpho.to/2i4B6hP
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Is there a warranty?
Asked by: Amy V.
This product has a ten year limited warranty.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can you switch or remove the fluid head to use on a slider or replace in general?
Asked by: Anonymous
False answer. I have replaced head.
Answered by: Vitaliy K.
Date published: 2018-08-28

How, exactly, can the fluid head be removed? ...

How, exactly, can the fluid head be removed? Tiffen says it can, but I can't see how.
Asked by: Andrew
Once the pan axis is locked, you will be able to unscrew the fluid head from the center column.
Answered by: Nicholas
Date published: 2021-04-13

Is this a good tripod for a mirrorless camera and ...

Is this a good tripod for a mirrorless camera and teleprompter setup?
Asked by: Allen
For mirrorless it is to heavy tripod. I dont advice this tripod for mirrorless. I use this for mirrorless with camera crane.
Answered by: Henok
Date published: 2021-02-06

question

What is the pan and tilt degree for this tripod?
Asked by: Amy V.
With this tripod you have 90 degrees up and 90 degrees down tilt. Plus you have 360 degrees of pan.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

I just bought the Cobra Crane 5033 Backpackerwill the crane's quick release plate work on this head or do I need to buy an adapter (if it exists)?
Asked by: Derek L.
Why not just use the plates that go come with the sticks? That's what I've always done.
Answered by: Kevin C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

I have a rebel t5i and just got this tripod. The quick release plate blocks my battery door. I have found ways to adjust it so that can open, but am wondering if there are any other fluid head tripods that are as good, but have plates that better fit my camera. Any ideas?
Asked by: Melvin V.
I am afraid this is a fairly common issue. Most tripods, particularly the Provista are rather wide thus causing this problem. The Glide Gear 650 Camera Tripod with Fluid Head might be narrow enough to help. You might consider using a grip to get longer run times out of your batteries. Canon BG-E8 Battery Grip for EOS Rebel T2i, T3i, T4i & T5i. Or finally, you might consider using a cage for it may give enough clearance. Opteka CXS-500 X-Cage Pro with Handgrip and 15mm Rod System for DSLR Cameras.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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