Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head

Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head

Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head

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Product Highlights

  • Suitable for 100mm Bowl Base Tripods
  • Supports Cameras up to 26 lbs
  • Variable Fluid Damping System
  • Patented Variable Counterbalance
  • Lightweight (4.4 lbs)
  • Quick-release Sliding Camera Plate
  • Orientating Pan Bar
  • Illuminated Spirit Level
  • Pan Range - 360°
  • Tilt Range - ± 90°
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Cartoni F125 overview

  • 1Description

The Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head is compatible with 100mm bowl base tripods, and supports cameras weighing up to 26 lbs. Featuring a continuously variable fluid damping system on both pan and tilt movements and a patented variable counterbalance, the unit can be used with all existing ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and DV cameras. The lightweight (4.4 lbs) tripod head is easy to carry.

The Focus HD head comes with a quick-release sliding camera plate, illuminated spirit level, and orientating pan bar, and provides a 360° pan and ± 90° tilt range.

Suitable for 100mm bowl base tripods
Supports cameras weighing up to 26 lbs
Continuously variable fluid damping system on both pan and tilt movements
Patented variable counterbalance expands its range of use to encompass all existing ENG and DV cameras
Lightweight (4.4 lbs)
Comes with a quick-release sliding camera plate, illuminated spirit level, and orientable pan bar
360° pan / ± 90° tilt range
In the Box
Cartoni Focus HD Video Tripod Head
  • 5-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Cartoni F125 specs

    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 100 mm Half Ball
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Continuous
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -90
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Load Capacity 26 lb / 12 kg
    Counter Balance Continuous
    Operating Temperature -40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
    Weight 4.4 lb / 2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.0 x 8.6 x 8.3"

    Cartoni F125 reviews

    Focus HD Video Tripod Head is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Head I shoot with a SONY Z5U weighing not much over 6 pounds. I wanted a video head that would perform as smoothly and reliably as my Cartoni Laser, but handle a lighter camera. This head feels just as wet as the Laser (which costs twice as much) but has the counter-balance to suite my Z5U. By the way, this head has the same maximum payload of 23 lbs as the Laser. Very nice. My only CON is the plastic lever for the release plate. Plastic??? If it only had the same release mechanism as the Laser I would have given it 5 stars. Still for the money, this is a great head. Very solid. This is a REAL fluid head. Very smooth pans and tilts with no detected back-lash, even at the 590mm end of my zoom.
    Date published: 2011-08-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great head for the money For $, I cannot find an equal. Perfect balance is fantastic, movement is solid with no drifting when the shot settles. Plastic knobs are nerve racking; however, we drug this thing through an intense feature shoot, banging it around in Soledad canyon (outside of LA) with a C300, heavy primes, 2 monitors, and matte box loaded-- with zero issues. The 2nd unit DP also has the same head and he raves about it. For DSLR and small camera platforms, the head feels solid and is reliable. Had it nearly a year with no knob replacements. Lucky, I suppose.
    Date published: 2013-04-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor value This product does not do well in a rental/shared environment whereby newbies will be using it. Plastic knobs break. Metal knobs do not. You will be buying plastic replacement knobs, guaranteed. The camera plate is of an odd size, and costs way too much to replace. But the fatal flaw with this head are the rosettes, left and right, that allow for handle adjustment. Cartoni does them poorly, cast, not machined. They are not replaceable so left and especially right fluid head castings must be replaced. Sachtler does it right with a perfectly formed nylon wavy washer between the mating rosette surfaces. O'Connor does it right with beefy rosettes that are replaceable, though expensive. Even the lowly Manfrotto does rosettes right. They are replaceable and inexpensive. I believe that you get more bang for your buck with Manfrotto, such as the 509HD. Gitzo did it the worst with a fluid head no longer being sold. Their rosettes wore out very quickly and were a real pain to replace. The legs seem to work OK, though you need to adjust the tightening mechanisms a lot. I will never buy another Cartoni product again, unless they address the rosette problem.
    Date published: 2015-10-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Plastic levers!!! Within a year and a half I've replaced the plastic D-shape lever 3 times! The first time I thought was a fluke but the second time I knew it would be a problem. I then treated the unit like if was glass and was very careful but yet again I'm replacing it! Yes, I made sure unit was closed while in the case. Great head but it's as strong as the weakest link. Too bad... I'll be shopping for another unit. Can't take the risk anymore.
    Date published: 2012-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got even better - Perfect This is by far one of the best tripod heads I've used. Even the other $4K + heads are just as good. Very happy with my purchase. Build quality is bullet proof and the drag is amazing. Super smooth and has a little bit of feedback to keep your arms smooth after too much red bull. The lack of documentation is a bummer but you can figure out the head just fine. Cartoni must think if you buy their stuff you already know how to use it. The top plate has a great quick release and is very adjustable. I'm not sure if it's metal or a highly durable composite material. Illumination bubble is nice and bright.
    Date published: 2011-07-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Metal good, plastic bad This head is bomber EXCEPT for all the plastic knobs and levers. I've had this a month and one of the plate locking levers cracked and a spring fell out. Judging by the looks of the assembly this won't be easy to fix.The other criticism I have is the instructions (or lack thereof). It's a one page sheet where the numbers in the diagram don't match the numbered text blocks. Boo!!
    Date published: 2012-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Build, Versatile Value The Good: 1) The 26 lb. rating allows me to attach a 1 to 6 lb camera to a 15 lb IndisliderPro with toplight, wireless mic, and monitor and mount it all with weight limit to spare. 2) Or just future-proofs for any camera setup from 1 to 26 lb. 3) Super-smooth fluid damping really is variable. I put a 1 lb. Canon HD camcorder on it, cranked the damping all the way down and the pan is smooth and the tilt cleanly holds at any angle I want it to stay. 4) Speaking of tilt angle, +90 to -90 degrees beats similar Manfrotto heads. 5) Overall light weight, 4.4 lbs! 6) Looks great attached to my new carbon/magnesium Manfrotto 536 tripod that is 7.2 lbs! (Combined closed length 33 1/2 in, weighs 11.6 lb, camera height ranges from 18 in to nearly 8 feet) 7) Other pluses; 100mm bowl, adj pan arm mounts left or right, lit bubble level stays on plenty long, and of course - stylin' good looks. The Bad: 1) Don't lose the plate. $$$ for what it is. 2) Will make people who spent too much on other heads feel bad.
    Date published: 2011-09-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost 1,000 videos in. Very happy, but with a few cons. I bought 3 of these (for tripod, high hat and Dana dolly) so that we can move quickly throughout the day. Using a C300 fully rigged (primes or zooms, matte box, wireless follow focus, full cage, top handle, small hd 502 with sidefinder, camera battery, ff battery and small hd batteries). Shot almost 1,000 short videos with these 3 heads, constant swapping of the camera back and forth. Love, love, love how smooth these heads are when properly balanced. Don't put too much weight on it. If you don't, you'll love this head. If you do, do your best to balance it and you'll still likely love it. I definitely have too much weight on them. I can balance them quite well most of the time, and get great shots. If you balance it with a lightweight prime then put a heavy zoom, balancing again is a must, and with all the weight we have on it, sometimes not quite doable. We have the Canon 70-200 2.8. Once, the DP didn't bother to balance, turned around for just a second without locking the tilt lock. The camera tilted down quickly enough to snap the small hd sidefinder in two. This was in no way a fault of the head, just bad practice on the DPs part. Cartoni provides balancing instruction. Follow it. It makes a difference. I'm working differently now. Instead of a full-time DP, I work with different freelancers for most every project. I'm finding that they're not bothering to balance the head at all. I think they assume I have it dialed in. Still getting good shots, but I know they would be happier if they bothered to balance. I haven't had a problem with the plastic tilt and pan locks breaking. Of course, I'd prefer metal parts, but this is strong plastic that has held up quite well. I wouldn't by them for a rental house or university, but they hold up well during lots of use by people who actually try to use gear right and take care of it. The only problem I've had with the locks is that when the heads are new, the locks lock somewhere in the middle of the lock range. As the heads break in, they may stop locking securely without proper adjustment. What I mean is, you can push the tilt lock all the way up and the head may still move a little. Easy fix: lock the tilt or pan lock, remove the lever, rotate it to the middle of the range and reinstall it. Had to do that once on all 3 heads and they've worked great ever since. My biggest complaint is that the bubble level is mounted on the removable battery holder for the bubble light. This is a horrible design. Those battery holders have a little play in them, so the bubbles aren't quite accurate. Two of my heads' bubbles are fairly spot on, but one is definitely not. I'm looking to upgrade my camera to a slightly heavier camera, so I'm probably going to replace these now. I'm likely going back with Cartoni heads, just a somewhat heavier duty one since I'm already pushing the weight capacity limitations of this one. To summarize, the only reason I would not buy this head again is if my rig is too heavy for the head.
    Date published: 2017-01-28
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