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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"

Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Reviews

Steady and husky

By Eunice
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-14

I used at my church and the tripod is very steady and it can get some beating!!

A well made tripod for professional grade equipment.

By William
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-30

This was the best value for our use for video taping services and special events from the balcony in the back of our church, as it was sturdy and the panning was fairly smooth. It isn't that well suited for smaller camcorders we found out with our Panasonic HC-VX981 that we use with it as it doesn't tighten up snuggly to the mounting plate, so we added a thin layer of foam between the camcorder and the plate. If the screw was slightly shorter or the rubber pad thicker then it would work better I believe. Another thing I would like to see improved is for the panning to be smoother. We have not had to use the airlift feature of the tripod yet, and it looks like it could do some damage to your face if you didn't have a firm grip on the handle when you loosen the release with a light weight video camera on it. As it is, you probably won't find a better built tripod for what this one sells for. Just be mindful that it is pretty heavy to move around.

Good quality, good price

By Austin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-17

Very good quality, does the job.

I would purchase again.

By Greg
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-14

Very sturdy. Flows beautifully. The camera mount is a little awkward but does not affect performance.Well priced. If I needed another tripod and head I would not look elsewhere.

A few crucial missteps

By Colter
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-09-01

It's solid and stable, can get pretty tall, and has a smooth fluid drag pan if you're into that. The rest ain't so pretty. RE: the fluid drag system. Can smooth out camera moves for those who have some difficulty maintaining a smooth motion manually, but I find the "deadzone" or inertia it creates when starting, stopping, or changing direction during movement is difficult to predict and unintuitive, ruining otherwise simple moves. The Big Issues: the plate-tightening bolt knocks into the camera when you try to tighten the plate to the tripod. You're intended to "ratchet" it down (very odd), but in practice on such a small bolt, this doesn't work. You get a loose plate. Often a loose camera on the plate, if you somehow finagle the plate to stick you've loosened the camera in the process. The plate-tightening bolt also is directly in the way of DSLR battery covers, so even if your DSLR allows battery change without unmounting, this tripod doesn't. The pedestaling feature is sudden and powerful, with an even greater delay in starts/stops than pans and tilts have, and goes up to about 2 feet...I'm not sure when I'd want 2 feet of a crane action to begin with, but I definitely wouldn't want it to start and stop whenever it felt like. You have to apply some real force to get it to start moving downwards. The dolly shakes and rattles when traveling over even low-pile carpet. Not sure if the tripod needs suspension or the wheels need to be softer and thicker (probably), but it's clear in the footage even using Double I.S. Returning this one. Seems like a good deal, but not viable for my needs.

I am impressed

By Jeffrey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-23

I find the Davis & Sandford ProVista Airlift Tripod easy to work with. It helps me greatly with recording my Pastor's sermons.

Excellent Value

By Joey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-28

The tripod is solid and sturdy.� The head is smooth.� My only concern is there is a 1/4" of play when panning.

Good price....good deal.

By Matt
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-11-10

This is a great tripod for the price zone. It's a little heavy, but that is a good thing. Very smooth head, not as great as a $1000 head, but if your on a budget, this is a great pair of sticks. I own three of these monsters.

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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.
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