Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head

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Product Highlights

  • 31-78" Height Adjustment
  • 18 lb Payload
  • 3-Section Legs, Geared Center Column
  • Extra Stable Dual-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Two Adjustable Pan Handles
  • Center Brace with Lock
  • Pivoting Rubber Feet for Any Surface
  • Self-Aligning Metal Snap Leg Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Padded Carry Case Included
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Tripod System With Dolly

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Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 overview

  • 1Description

The Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 includes the ProVista tripod legs and removable FM18 Fluid Video Head. This system provides rigid support for those who need strength more than versatility in height options. It assembles to its working height very quickly thanks to a 75mm claw ball and twist locks which require just half a rotation.

31-78" height adjustment
18 lb payload
3-section legs; double-strut top leg section for extra stability
Center brace with lock
Pivoting rubber feet for use on any surface
Two adjustable pan handles for greater control
Bubble level
Anodized aluminum construction
UPC: 049383135633
In the Box
Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head
  • 2 x Pan Bars
  • Padded Carry Case
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 specs

    Tripod Legs
    Material of Construction Non-glare, black-anodized aluminum
    Maximum Height 78" (198 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 57" (145 cm)
    Minimum Height 31" (79 cm)
    Folded Length 34" (86 cm)
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Leg Lock Type Snap lock
    Independent Leg Spread No
    Center Column Type 1-section, geared
    Center Brace Yes, with lock
    Spiked Feet No
    Fluid Head
    Payload 18 lb (8.2 kg)
    Head Type Two-way fluid head with quick release
    Head Mount Thread Size 3/8-16" stud
    Combined Legs and Head Measurements
    Weight 10 lb (4.5 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 8.0 x 8.0"

    Davis & Sanford PROVISTA18 reviews

    ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 144.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tall stable tripod I had another Davis and Sanford tripod with same head but it was about 60 and I needed something taller. This is tall enough for my needs, specially with dolly I get another 6 inch of height. It is very stable and smooth head. It is on the heavy side though, but all sturdy tripods are like this. Note it comes with 2 plates, they are very similar to Giottos MH621 Quick Release Adapter with Short Sliding Plate camera mount, but the Giottos plate will fit on the tripod quick release but the tripod plate will NOT fit on giottos quick release. I used Dremel to round up the notch under the tripod plate and now it fits the Giottos quick release as well.
    Date published: 2015-03-26
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very dissapointed. I have a 10 Lb. Sony AX2000. I got this tripod to replace my 5 year old one. The description says the tripod is for cameras of all sizes UP TO 18 pounds. Upon first test I found the tripod to be way too stiff in pan and tilt. I had to hold the tripod still with my free hand or leg or it would tip/turn due to this. Contacting the manufacturer the said that is because the FM18 head is for 18 pound cameras and would have to be repacked with grease to work properly with my camera. They will do it free of charge but I had to pay shipping. The shipping had to be UPS and costs over $30. This should be advertised for cameras of 30 Lb. so others do not get in this situation.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Home Run for B&H Ok, I've been provding professional video services for 9 yrs. I bought the sony HDR HD-1000 (shoulder mount)video camera, so I needed to upgrade my tripod to support the weight. What CAN I SAY...I looked and looked...and after too many reviews, I settled on this deal. AND LET ME TELL YOU, It is just that...A DEAL. When got it & opened the box, it was instant happiness (It wasn't a case of you get what you pay for or junk). The tripod is eye candy (looks professional & like you paid twice as much). It's sturdy, sets up easy & quickly. Even without reading any instructions I was able to grab my camera, load it, and started putting it to the test. Motions are smooth, as fluid heads should be, even at max extention. Does eveything you want a tripod to do; WELL. OH YEA, the dolly, nobody talks about the dolly...simply put, it is ice cream to a chocolate brownie. The tripod case is a nice assessory also. The only con is the head has 5 to 8mm play in the side to side motion. But its not a big deal because it smoothly moves past it (besides the one you get might not have it). Also, adjusting the handles might be aggravating depending on your level of expertise (some screws just seem like am I really suppose to turn this that way). ... Woooahh, I hope this was helpful.
    Date published: 2010-02-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, questionable manufacture The tripod is great. It works very well, pans very smoothly, is heavy and substantial, and for the money is excellent. I have recommended it to friends. Unfortunately, the tripod came with the threads in the head stripped out, preventing me from tightening the head to the center post. Davis and Sanford sent a replacement part, but again, the threads are cut too loosely and I expect them to strip like the original (I didn't strip themthey came stripped). I'll be installing a helicoil with properly fitting steel threads to avoid it failing during a shoot. Customer support was curt but efficient, requiring only a photograph confirming the defect. Great value.
    Date published: 2010-09-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Took a chance Did other reviews say it's heavy? Because it is. Also, youtube reviewers warned that it's not as smooth tilting up and down, and that's true, but it's just barely noticeable. If you have OCD, avoid this product. Some of the handles run into each other, like when I pan I occasionally hit the metal arm that raises and lowers the middle pole. So there are some design flaws. But I'm giving it a generous number of stars because it's a HUGE improvement from my $20 tripod, and it looks very professional. Just, so so heavy. My little Canon Vixia camcorder looks a little dumb on top. But It'll support heavier accessories, which is good because I plan to add more in the future.
    Date published: 2014-05-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great with annoying features The function of this tripod is everything it claims to be. Perfect pans, etc... Would certainly recommend it. But the annoying thing is that, as others have said, some of the most useful tighten/loosen knobs are impossible to use because of the design of the tripod. For example, In order to adjust the tighten/loosen knob of the vertical movement of the fluid head, you have to completely take off the right arm handle of the tripod. It's def. a good deal for the money, but be prepared to be annoyed.
    Date published: 2015-04-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sturdy constructions Filming fast action sports. It's got great height for shooting over people's heads if you're on the sidelines. Just wish they'd make 'this' tripod with a ball head so the adjustment to leveling would be easier than adjusting the legs. Also, the panning tilt is extremely tight - was lifting 2 legs the tripod off the ground a few times when tilting up and down it's so tight - needed to spray lubricant in the head to loosen it up a bit it was so tight! After a few times using it I've gotten used to it and it seems to be loosening up now. This is heavy compared to my other tripod, but I'm good with that - I need it to last a long time. The construction of this tripod feels like it's well made.
    Date published: 2015-04-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a Manfrotto I got this tripod with the intention of using it for stationary interview shots and to use it with a glidetrack. While I'm pleased with the sturdy feel and weight of the tripod, the quick release head is sticky and poorly designed. When I want to grab my camera off the tripod, I don't want to have to fiddle with it. Second, I like that the tripod has two handles, but my right handle is permanently stuck and not adjustable. I'm going to have to find someone much stronger than me to loosen it up. I like that it came with a carrying case for the price, and I like that it came with a set of wheels.
    Date published: 2012-11-04
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