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

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

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


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Product Highlights

  • Head Payload: 4.6 to 11 lb
  • Infinitely Adjustable Perfect Balance
  • Lubricated Friction Drag Technology
  • Two-Way Sliding Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 75mm Ball
  • Two-Stage Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader
  • Height Range: 21.7 to 66.7"
  • Pozi-Loc Leg Clamps
  • Soft Case
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Vinten VB-AP2M overview

  • 1Description

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.

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

  • 3358-3 Soft Tripod Case (Open Box)

    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
    • 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
    • Vinten Vision 3, 6, 8 or 11 (2-stage) tripod systems
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • 3219-110 Fixed Length Pan Bar
  • 3330-30 Bowl Clamp Knob Assembly
  • Camera Mounting Plate for Vision blue Series and 3AS/5AS Heads
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Tripod Legs
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Set of three rubber feet
  • Spreader
  • 1 Year Warranty with Options for 2 Years
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Vision blue Pan and Tilt Fluid Video Head
    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 75 mm Half Ball
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Continuous
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -90
    Panning Range 360
    Load Capacity 4.6 to 11 lb / 2.1 to 5 kg at CoG 2.2" / 55 mm
    Counter Balance Continuous
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Operating Temperature 5 to 86°F / -15 to 30°C
    Dimensions 5.8 x 5.1 x 4.8" / 14.7 x 13 x 12.2 cm
    Weight 5.3 lb / 2.4 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 10.0 x 8.2"
  • 3819-3 Pozi-Loc Aluminum Tripod Legs (Black)
    Head Mount Type 75 mm Bowl
    Load Capacity 55.1 lb / 25 kg
    Maximum Working Height 61.5" / 156 cm
    Minimum Working Height 16.4" / 41.6 cm
    Folded Length 28" / 71 cm
    Materials Aluminum
    Weight 7 lb / 3.2 kg
    Leg Lock Type Rotating Locking Lever
    Leg Sections 3
    Feet Features Spiked
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 29.0 x 8.0 x 8.0"
  • V4032-0001 ProTouch Mid-Level Spreader
    Construction Plastic/Rubber
    Type Mid-Level
    Adjustable Yes
    Minimum Length 6.3"
    Maximum Length 38.4"
    Weight 1.05 lbs
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.1 x 4.75 x 4.5"
  • 3358-3 Soft Tripod Case (Open Box)
    Carrying/Transport Options Connecting Handles, End Grab Handle, Shoulder Strap
    Type of Closure Zipper
    Exterior Material Polyester
    Padded Yes
    Interior Dimensions : 8.3 x L: 34.2" / : 21.0 x L: 87.0 cm
    Weight 3.4 lb / 1.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 34.0 x 13.0 x 2.0"

Vinten VB-AP2M reviews

VB-AP2M Vision blue Fluid Head & Pozi-Lock Tripod System with Mid-Level Spreader is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good tripod but man is it heavy and big 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.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is Your Best Friend 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.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod for an HPX-250 Having recently purchased a Panasonic HPX-250 I needed a better set of sticks for it. I had been using a Manfroto rig for a while but it just wasn't smooth enough. While the Manfroto is fine for our in-studio stuff with a teleprompter The Vision Blue has become our workhorse for EGN field recording. In the past I have spent a lot of time with a Sachtler and truly feel it is the best, but the Vision Blue is just a good for a small format camera, and at a much lower price point. The head is as smooth as silk and with Vinten's perfect balance system you can truly use the drag controls for what they were intended for. I would have no problem at all recommending the Vision Blue to any professional camera operator.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooooooooooooooth! I run my own production company and was due for a tripod upgrade. After much research and debate I decided on the Vision Blue. ... I've used it on a few shoots now and it works very well. The Perfect Balance setup is a time saver when trying to grab shots at a moments notice. Doing pans, tilts, moving shots or any combination while zooming in or out are effortless. The legs are easy to set up and sturdy, I just wish they were carbon fiber. Overall a good buy, it won't let you down.
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compared to Sachtler carbon fiber sticks 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.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth! This tripod is fantastic! It's easy to set up and break down, very sturdy, and most importantly, the head is incredibly smooth. The illuminating bubble leveler is a great addition. The mid-level spreader adds stability but a little tricky to use at first. The only issue I have had is that mine arrived with a crack in the ball mount clamp. This led to it being shattered the first time the head was removed and placed on a crane. I spoke with customer service at Vinten though and they were very easy to deal with and sent a replacement part immediately and I was able to begin using the tripod again quickly. I highly recommend this tripod, but definitely check all the parts to make sure everything is good before getting rid of your old tripod and using this in the field.
Date published: 2012-05-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Value I spent hours researching this and without a doubt, it's a clear value winner in the tripod category. You cannot buy a better video tripod on a dollar-by-dollar basis. It's good enough for any professional shoot. But, the point of buying this is really to minimize your load - so it's obviously best to use it with smaller cameras. Worth noting that the head is built to counterbalance more than to solidly lock off. If you're within the weight limit it's great. For example: it works beautifully a canon XF300. But you will be seriously uneasy using it with a standard broadcast camera, or (god forbid) a teleprompter. One unexpected downside is the plates can be difficult to source and are expensive.
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great overall 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.
Date published: 2013-08-07
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