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Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod

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Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod
Key Features
  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Sliding Quick Release Plate
  • Adjustable Pan & Tilt Drag
  • Fluid Head
The Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod is a professional tripod system featuring the FM18 fluid head. This system offers ball head leveling with heads that are equipped with a 65 to 75mm ball and an 18 lb capacity.
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Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Overview

The Davis & Sanford PROVISTAGR18 Provista Grounder Video Tripod is a professional tripod system featuring the FM18 fluid head. This system offers ball head leveling with heads that are equipped with a 65 to 75mm ball and an 18 lb capacity.

FM18 Head
This fluid head offers smooth operation, a quick release plate balance system, and two pan handles.
Tripod Legs
The legs incorporate a 65mm bowl that has been specially formed to allow you to support a ball head with a 65 to 75mm ball.

Davis & Sanford ProVista FM18 Tripod System Specs

General
Load Capacity
18 lbs / 8.2 kg
Maximum Height
64" / 162.5 cm
Minimum Height
11.5" / 29.21 cm
Folded Length
34" / 86.4 cm
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated
Yes / No
Weight
10.3 lb / 4.7 kg
Head
Counter Balance System
Sliding Quick Release Plate
Quick Release/Wedge Plate
Yes, Sliding
Balance Plate
Quick Release
Tilt Drag
Yes
Tilt Range
90° Up and Down
Tilt Lock
Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance
Yes
Pan Range
360°
Pan Lock
Yes
Legs
Material
Metal
Head Attachment Fitting
65mm Bowl
Leg Stages/Sections
1 / 2
Leg Lock Type
Quick-Flip
Independent Leg Spread
No
Spiked/Retractable Feet
Rubber Feet
Center Brace
None
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
36 x 7.6 x 7.6"

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

Does this tripod head accept Manfrotto quick release plates?
Asked by: Luke W.
Yes. I use it with a Canon video camera. No issues so far.
Answered by: MALCOLM C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I recently bought this tripod and the head makes ...

I recently bought this tripod and the head makes a loud scraping sound when tilting up and down (even when the drag system is fully released), has anyone else experienced this?
Asked by: Ben
The head shouldn't be making loud scraping sounds.
Answered by: Victor
Date published: 2020-07-17

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
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