Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Aluminum Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Aluminum Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Aluminum Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head


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  • Load Capacity: 15 lb
  • Max Height: 72"
  • Min Height: 8"
  • Folded Length: 27"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 6.7 lb
  • FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
  • Three Bubble Levels
  • Carrying Case Included
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Davis & Sanford XG overview

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Davis & Sanford's Magnum XG Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head offers solid support for up to 15 lb of gear. It extends from 8" to 72" high and weighs 6.7 lb. The 3-section aluminum legs and 2-section center column provide rapid and secure adjustment, and the rubber feet add stability. A ballast hook allows you to hang equipment or other weight for increased stability, and a tripod bag is included. The included FX12 3-way pan/tilt head has two built-in bubble levels and two handles for smooth pans and tilts.

UPC: 884613006624
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Davis & Sanford Magnum XG Aluminum Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
  • Carrying Case
  • Quick Release Plate for FX12 3-Way Fluid Head
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Davis & Sanford XG specs

    Head Type Pan & Tilt Head
    Camera Mounting Screw Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Plate Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Number of Bubble Level(s) Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Load Capacity 15 lb / 6.8 kg
    Maximum Working Height 72" / 183 m
    Minimum Working Height 8" / 20.3 cm
    Folded Length 27" / 65.58 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 6.7 lb / 3.03 kg
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Bubble Level Yes
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 2
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 28.0 x 10.7 x 5.3"

    Davis & Sanford XG reviews

    Magnum XG Aluminum Tripod with FX12 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 58.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from My Camera fell down I use the tripod for video and photo. To hold my panasonic AG-AC7 that I got from BH and my D300s. The tripod is really steady, the weight is fine for the size, easy and fast to expand and pack away. This would be the perfect tripod, BUT I got to say the tripod-head is terrible unsafe, I was shooting with my d300s and it came down, the tripod-head fell down from the main tube. I was going to return this tripod but I am in Costa Rica and shipping it back is expensive, so I got to glue the head to the tube with some super bonder and some MIG welding. The tube and tripod-head trilling is weak, the tripod can hold 12lbs but the tripod-head cant... is very unsecured for your camera.
    Date published: 2012-09-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid tripod - only a few minor issues This tripod is pretty much rock solid. It has a little bit of weight to it, which is fine, as long as you are not packing it into a remote location. The only noticeable downfalls I have discovered in my limited use thus far (four shoots), is that the pan head does not flow very smoothly (perhaps it just needs to break in), and the quick release lock adjustment actually hits the battery grip when mounted, making it impossible to really wrench it down securely. Perhaps I can sort that out in the near term. Otherwise, the tripod is very good, pretty much comparable in quality to the Manfrotto it replaced.
    Date published: 2014-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from This isn't heavy at all! I was deciding between this and another lighter tripod, but went with this one because it could hold more weight up top. Most of my shoots are outside, so I carry equipment everywhere and this tripod is a breeze! The legs extend and retract fairly quickly. It is also nice that the plate comes off quickly to attach my camera. The only thing I don't like about it is the need for the top handle to be screwed in, just to lock the top in place. (It has been 8 years since I professionally shot, so I am not sure if all tripods are made this way now.) But I am quickly getting used to loosening it and tightening it to get my shots.
    Date published: 2011-02-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sturdy, but issues with release I've used this tripod with several cameras. The quick release doesn't just snap in, it needs to be tightened with a small knob on the side after the camera is placed in. Now, depending on where the mounting screw is on your camera, the camera can get in the way of the tightening knob's grip, so you can't tighten it.There can't be more than an inch and a half or so of space to the left of the mounting hole on the bottom of the camera, or you'll never be able to fully tighten it while it's mounted. If your camera doesn't lead off the left edge when mounted, this isn't an issue. Other than that, the tripod is pretty sturdy, no matter what you've got mounted on it. Built in levels can sometimes be a little hard to read when a camera is mounted, but not terrible.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tripod worked fine for first 6 months, then not. Worked fine for first 6 months. Then about 6 months into using it the legs started slipping down at the adjusting clips. I tightened them with an allen wrench. You have to tighten the leg adjusters pretty good or the legs keep slipping. Now the adjusters for the legs are very hard to open and close, but if you loosen it, the legs slip down. Now today one leg came out of the top socket and I'm having trouble getting it back in properly. And two of the legs that I tightened began slipping down again. Not a happy camper. I am going to call the company and see if they will do anything about this.
    Date published: 2017-01-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent quality I use this product with a Canon EOS 5D MarkII. This tripod upon first inspection, was quite heavy but great quality build. I opened up the package and found the tripod comes unassembled initially. The handles are shipped unassembled. I suggest taking the handles off when you travel with this tripod. they simply unscrew. But not doing so could lead to damage if someone who handles your tripod roughly.When you open the tripod up and extend the legs.. it's about 6 feet tall already and that's great for a tall guy like me.. I'm 6 feet 3 inches tall.
    Date published: 2012-06-23
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Returned this product twice I WISH I could have given this tripod 5 stars! It seems like a great piece of equipment and the features are all there. But the first one I had, within days, I noticed a crack in the hinge above one of the three buttons used to release the ratcheting mechanism (for the independent legs). Sent it back; excited to get the new one. Took it out to show a friend, pushed one of those aforementioned buttons, and it just came right off. Also, the up/down tilt handle juts out directly into your chin when trying to look through the view finder. Other models have it angled slightly downward, probably for that very reason. I didn't give this product a third try; ordered a different tripod (from B&H of course!)
    Date published: 2011-05-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mixed Bag I'm no stranger to Davis & Sanford tripods, having used an earlier Magnum for years (that is no longer in production). This XG tripod body itself works very well, offering more compact stowage than a 6' max height would normally allow. Once assembled, it's very adaptable and quick. Build quality is a step down, but it works well. The head is usable for still shots only, for two reasons. The FX-12 fluid head has a surprisingly lumpy resistance when panning, making good close-in pans impossible. The quick release feature is a total loss. You squeeze a release button to slide in your QR plate, and then rotate a lever to lock it up solidly. But the lever is directly underneath the camera body and can only manage a half-turn before it swings up against the bottom of the camera. In my case, it cannot lock up, allowing the camera to shift during use. Same problem for both the original and spare plates. Who designed this? It relies on accurate head machining that just isn't there, and may not be on yours, either. The narrow-handle wingscrew on the QR plate that holds down the camera does not allow enough torque to discourage the camera from rotating on the plate, given the different friction material here. The head cannot be interchanged with anything else either, so don't plan on changing heads if you don't like it. Its integral sliding post is unusually sloppy upon release, flopping this way or that. The included bag is of good quality but is now so small that all 3 levers must be completely removed and tossed in loose to stow. No separate zippered interior compartment for spare plates or removed levers as before. D&S used to represent decent performance and a great value. My 2004 Magnum had a spare QR plate interchange problem that indicated a lack of quality control checks on inbound parts, but was otherwise very nice. This FX-12 QR design/quality issue makes me urge you to select another model or brand. Or, you can hope you get lucky.
    Date published: 2014-08-09
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