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Vinten VB-AP2M Vision blue Fluid Head & Pozi-Lock Tripod System with Mid-Level Spreader

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Vinten VB-AP2M Vision blue Fluid Head & Pozi-Lock Tripod System with Mid-Level Spreader
Key Features
  • Head Payload: 4.6 to 11 lb
  • Infinitely Adjustable Perfect Balance
  • Lubricated Friction Drag Technology
  • Two-Way Sliding Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
Vinten has designed the VB-AP2M Vision blue Fluid Head & Pozi-Lock Tripod System with Mid-Level Spreader to provide advanced technology and features to users of smaller camcorders and DSLRs. The system has a load capacity of 4.6 to 11 lb, and benefits from infinitely adjustable counterbalance, known as Perfect Balance, and an infinitely adjustable Lubricated Fixture Drag technology. The head mounts to the two-stage Pozi-Lock tripod via the 75mm bowl and offers an adjustable height of 21.7 to 66.7 inches. The legs feature clamp locks for adjustments and a mid-level spreader for additional stability. Additionally, the system comes with a soft case for transport and storage.
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Vinten Vision blue Tripod System Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head
  • 3Vinten 3819-3 Pozi-Loc Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black)
  • 4Vinten V4032-0001 ProTouch Mid-Level Spreader
  • 5Vinten Soft Case for Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8 and 11 Tripods

Vinten has designed the VB-AP2M Vision blue Fluid Head & Pozi-Lock Tripod System with Mid-Level Spreader to provide advanced technology and features to users of smaller camcorders and DSLRs. The system has a load capacity of 4.6 to 11 lb, and benefits from infinitely adjustable counterbalance, known as Perfect Balance, and an infinitely adjustable Lubricated Fixture Drag technology. The head mounts to the two-stage Pozi-Lock tripod via the 75mm bowl and offers an adjustable height of 21.7 to 66.7 inches. The legs feature clamp locks for adjustments and a mid-level spreader for additional stability. Additionally, the system comes with a soft case for transport and storage.

Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head

For users desiring exacting control and support for the lightweight camcorders and DSLRs Vinten has developed the Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head. This model can hold a payload of 4.6-11 lb at a 2.2" center of gravity and has a 75mm ball for leveling when mounted on a tripod. Beyond those basic specifications, the Vision blue offers an infinitely adjustable Perfect Balance system that allows users to set the appropriate amount of counterbalance for their camera system. Combined with the calibrated and infinitely adjustable Lubricated Friction, or LF, Drag technology users will have the ultimate control over their pan and tilt movements.

The head can tilt upward or downward 90° and can pan a full 360°. Also, it comes with a two-way sliding plate with a 1/4" screw and pin assembly for quick mounting of your camera. A single fixed length pan handle is included and can be set up on either the left or right side of the head via rosettes. Additionally, the head weighs 5.3 lb and features an LED illuminated bubble level.

LF Drag technology using a unique lubricant fluid for fine adjustment of drag level to smooth movements as well as allow for a controlled whip pan at any setting.
Operating temperature range of 5 to 86°F.
Accepts optional blueBridge accessory to lower the range of payloads for the Vision blue system.
UPC: 183591820636

Vinten 3819-3 Pozi-Loc Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black)

The Vinten 3819-3 Pozi-Loc tripod is a precision-engineered two-stage, aluminum tripod. It offers a 75mm-bowl and Pozi-Loc leg clamping system. This lightweight, compact tripod is quick and easy to set up and provides excellent operational flexibility.

Aluminum Construction

This tripod is constructed of strong anodized tubular alloy, thermoplastic moldings and die-cast construction, providing the strongest and most durable material for demanding applications.

Pozi-Loc Leg Clamps

The Pozi-Loc system is Vinten's innovative cam-operated clamping system. It ensures tripod reliability and safety and its positive action shows clearly when the tripod is locked.

Black Color

This series of tripod offer a black color sceme for users wanting to change from Vinten's traditional white option.

Clearance

A minimal clearance designed into the mechanical joints keeps the system rigid even when fast panning and tilting are necessary.

Vinten V4032-0001 ProTouch Mid-Level Spreader

The Vinten V4032-0001 is a fully adjustable, mid-level spreader, controlled by three lock knobs. The arms are individually extendable to provide a large spreader radius and facilitate use on uneven ground. The Spread-Loc spreader may be installed on any tripod provided with Spread-Loc attachment points but, is optimized for the Protouch systems.

Vinten Soft Case for Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8 and 11 Tripods

The Vinten Soft Tripod Case is padded and designed to carry a Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8, or 11 (2-Stage) Tripod System. It has interior and exterior pockets for documents or accessories, multiple handles, and a padded, adjustable shoulder strap.

Soft, durable, padded, and weather-resistant tripod bag
Ribbed interior
Double extra-large zip fobs and full-length zipper for easy access

Pockets

  • Large clear external pocket for document storage
  • Fully zippered internal pockets for storage of pan bars, camera plates, and other accessories
  • Touch-fastening pocket for operation guides
Captive basic head balance instructions

Carrying Options

  • Pair of handles with a touch-fastening comfort grip wrap positioned to balance the system
  • Lightly padded handles at each end
  • Lightly padded adjustable shoulder strap

Compatability

  • Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8 or 11 (2-stage) tripod systems

Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesSliding Balance Plate
Tripod Platform
Base Mount75 mm Half Ball
Pan & Tilt
Drag ControlContinuous
Vertical Tilt+90° to -90°
Panning Range360°
Physical
Load Capacity4.6 to 11 lb / 2.1 to 5 kg at CoG 2.2" / 55 mm
Counter BalanceContinuous
Bubble Level1 x Illuminated
Operating Temperature5 to 86°F / -15 to 30°C
Dimensions5.8 x 5.1 x 4.8" / 14.7 x 13 x 12.2 cm
Weight5.3 lb / 2.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)18.1 x 10 x 8.2"

Vinten 3819-3 Pozi-Loc Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black) Specs

General
Head Mount Type75 mm Bowl
Load Capacity55.1 lb / 25 kg
Maximum Working Height61.5" / 156 cm
Minimum Working Height16.4" / 41.6 cm
Closed Length28" / 71 cm
MaterialsAluminum
Weight7 lb / 3.2 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeRotating Locking Lever
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesSpiked
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)29 x 8 x 8"

Vinten V4032-0001 ProTouch Mid-Level Spreader Specs

ConstructionPlastic/Rubber
TypeMid-Level
AdjustableYes
Minimum Length6.3"
16.2cm
Maximum Length38.4"
97.7cm
Weight1.05 lbs
0.48kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.1 x 4.75 x 4.5"

Vinten Soft Case for Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8 and 11 Tripods Specs

Carrying/Transport OptionsConnecting Handles, End Grab Handle, Shoulder Strap
Type of ClosureZipper
Exterior MaterialPolyester
PaddedYes
Interior Dimensionsø: 8.3 x L: 34.2" / ø: 21.0 x L: 87.0 cm
Weight3.4 lb / 1.6 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)34 x 13 x 2"

Vinten Vision blue Tripod System Reviews

good tripod but man is it heavy and big

By Anonymous
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2014-04-09

Two years ago, when I bought this for $bucks, it was the only decent tripod in town for the smaller cameras. All the reviews were raving about how it compared to the ten thousand dollar tripods. I guess they were all big burly guys, because nobody talked about what this thing weighs. I don't even want to know exactly how many pounds. It's heavy. Does not pick up and move easily. It's a bit of a pain, even though the fluid head is great. And for all the cost of it, the sticks still have plastics parts in important places where they are crucial and can be easily broken. Not sure this was worth the money at all. Great for studio work or some place where you have a static shot.

Compared to Sachtler carbon fiber sticks

By NoCoErik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-03-04

My shooting partner has the Sachtler FSB-6 and carbon fiber leg set. I was VERY jealous of him. But got this instead on a recommendation from B&H. What I like about the Vinten better: * costs less * the legs are MUCH more sturdy * goes higher, goes lower, * spreader goes farther = stability * the head is SOLID and has a larger platform on top * like the large footprint of the rubber feet. Bigger is better. What I like about the Sachtler better: * it is lighter (the specs on the Vinten are off. It weighs 14lbs out of the bag. * the side-load snap plate on the Sachtler head is fantastic and much faster (and fits Manfrotto QR plates) * the legs ARE faster to adjust height since there are only three locks What I don't like about the Vinten: * being British, nearly all the parts are oddball size. The QR plate? Price one. There's nothing else that fits, so you're stuck if you need a second. * the threads out of the half-ballgoodness only knows what they are. I cannot find a bolt to fit them anywhere (needed to put it on a 100mm high HighHat and failed). Even the MFG mechanical specs on it don't match what I actually have. The case is ok. The action on the head is nice, but not much different than the Sachtler counter balance. Do note that as you crank up the counterbalance on the Vinten you DO lose range of motion. A LOT of range at the higher settings. You don't lose that on the Sachtler. I think the low end of the range for perfect balance on the Vinten is about right. You do need at least 3 lbs to get it to sit nice, more is better. So forget a 5D making it balance nicelyit will spring back (but you can always lock it off). Overall, I think it's a great value. Super, super solid legs that are not much heavier than the CF Sachtler ones. The head is nice (but heavy) and works very well.

Great legs

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-30

Fantastic tripod system, I've owned Sachtler 20 & 30's and for the buck this is by far the best deal out there, very smooth head, great design and a fantastic deal from B & H

Stunning

By Old Bull
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-01-30

Head - Heavy, sturdy, smooth, professional quality. No whip-back on pans. Reliable partner in shooting where you have no attention on the tripod because you know it will always perform for you. Trustworthy. Variable pan and tilt drag by wheels, easy to find by touch and can be effortlessly adjusted while shooting. No clicks or steps on drag controls, infinitely variable in the slightest increments. Blue LED on level bubble, auto turns off in 20 sec. Runs on miniature 12 v battery. Looks cool. Functions perfectly. Exquisite manufacturing, beautiful design. Legs - Pozilock locks are very tight and positive. A little stiff now, but that's ok as I think they will loosen up a bit with more use. Very sturdy. Easy to drop legs on set up. Tripod opens up for very low position for ground-level shots. Very sturdy. When camera is in full zoom at 22x, tripod head and legs hold it steady so virtually no movement on image. Using Panny 160A, loaded (with battery, LED, 7 monitor with its battery, shot gun, cables, shoe adapters, articulating arm and wireless receiver.) Holds all steady. Spreader - Mid-level spreader has markings along the top of arms so you can see to what degree each extension is opened to match all three to the same length. Adjustable with locking wheels on each arm. Again, very well constructed, easy to use and adjust. Bag - Bag is beautiful and fits the system well, not too big, not too tight. Two inside pockets. One easily fits pan handle. Smaller pocket holds accessories. Zippers are heavy duty. Large outside clear plastic document sleeve holds paperwork, manual, if you want. (I'm currently not using it.) Love this system. Will be using it for a long time. A keeper.

Amazing

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-01-29

Professional Videographer. Exceptionally smooth. Exceptionally sturdy. Exceptionally accurate. I've been in this racket for 35 years and never had a better tripod and head,

This is Your Best Friend

By BitterJester
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-10-01

Sure, it's great to have a camera with the bells and whistles, but you need to put it on something that lets your camera shine. The Vision Blue has been in use with our company for 2 years and I'll be buying its the big brother, soon. With an HPX250, C300, or other lighter weight camera, this tripod, if set properly, means smooth pans and tilts and crisp stops wether you're at 18mm or 200mm. We shoot a mix of subjects, but I really appreciate it most when shooting live performance because it allows me to follow the subject and never have to fight the head. I'll never go back to the lower end Manfrotto tripods. As compared to Sachtler, I think it it comes down to preference, and I still like the Vinten better.

Great overall

By Indefilm
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2013-08-07

I took my time searching for a new tripod in this price range and felt that the Vinten Vision Blue was the direction I wanted to go. I wasn't dissapointed at all with the smooth panning of the Vision Blue head. It is butter! The plate easily attached to my current C300 rig and was ready to use. The only grip that I have about this head is that the locking mechanism on the back which is called perfect balance isn't working for my camera. No matter how I position it on the tripod it doesn't fully stop the camera from slowly dropping. Even if I dile it in 100% it doesn't hold. That's a huge dissapointment and I'm considering a return for that reason alone. We'll see, maybe it's a defect on this particular head.

Great value

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2013-06-18

I own an old vision 10 and protouch 10, and this vision blue blows them away!

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question

It states operating temp Up to 86F !!What happens at 90F+, as it is in Southern California quite often in the summer? Thank you,Peter
Asked by: Anonymous
The operating temperature of 5 to 86F is what is stated by the manufacturer.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Does the Vision Blue System come with a camera mounting plate or is that extra?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, the Vinten comes with a mounting plate. I purchased the Vinten VB-AP2M Vision Blue System and I am very pleased with its performance and price when compared to the Manfrotto 502A Fluid Head System and the Benro H8 Video Tripod Kit both of which I returned do to their poor performance.I could not get a proper counter balance with the Mafrotto, or the Benro, both of which had backlash issues. Vintens are worth every dime!Go to youtube, type in Vinten Vision Blue in the search at the top. Select the Vinten Vision Blue video posted 4 years ago with roughly 8000 views to see how wonderful this investment is!
Answered by: Daniel S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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