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The Davis & Sanford Provista Grounder Video Tripod is a professional tripod system featuring the FM18 fluid head. This system offers ball head leveling with heads that are equipped with a 65 to 75mm ball and an 18 lbs capacity.
Not bad for the price
We bought this tripod for a camcorder to record our church service from the sound room which is about 75 feet from the pulpit. Since we are using a 25x zoom, a good steady and smooth pan was needed. This tripod has a very smooth pan and does fine for our application except one thing. Our application requires the tripod to be placed on a counter 4 feet high and the the camera mount to be extended and additional 4 feet. This tripod does not have an extending post that can be cranked up so the only option is to extend the legs. But if the legs are extended as far as we need to, one of the legs would be off the counter. There is no control to freeze the angle of the legs to have a stable leg position. The most stable position for the leg angle is to open the legs up until they hit a built-in stop. The old tripod had both a control to freeze the angle of the legs in an extension crank-up post. But the Davis & Sanford tripod has a very superior pan capability over the old Bausch and Lomb tripod. This leg problem is something we are working around and would not be concerned with if the tripod was placed on the floor and not on a counter.
perfect for the price.
If you want a light, flimsy tripod look somewhere else! This thing is a beast compared to my old tripod. It may not be ideal to take backpacking or something. Just about everything on it is metal except for the leg latches and the grips on the handles. I think I like it better with one handle, either way, very happy with this purchase.