Sachtler and Vinten have introduced Flowtech, a new camera tripod technology with quick release brakes and adjustable levers that enables camera operators to set up and begin using the tripod in an instant. The new tripod will be shown at IBC 2017.
Sachtler and Vinten, both Vitec Group brands, said Flowtech technology offers a set of two-stage carbon-fiber tripod legs with a removable midlevel spreader, rubber feet and a payload capacity of 44 pounds. Quick-release brakes located at the top of the tripod enable all the legs to be deployed simultaneously and adjust automatically to the ground's surface, eliminating the need for operators to bend over or manually adjust multiple brakes on each leg.
Lightweight and easy to transport, the Flowtech 75 was designed to be carried comfortably on the camera operator's shoulder, with magnetic locks ensuring that the tripod legs are stable during transport.
"In the arctic, from atop mountains, on the beach or in the sea, Flowtech has been used and tested in every environment you can imagine. We believe it's the next evolution in tripod technology and it promises to transform the way camera operators work," said Tobias Keuthen, director of product marketing.
"With the world's fastest-deploying tripod legs, this fantastic carbon-fiber product combines the speed and portability of a Sachtler tripod with the torsional rigidity of a Vinten. It's easier and faster to deploy and adjust than any other tripod, enabling our users to capture the big shot quickly and giving them the reliability and performance they expect from both of these market-leading companies."
Flowtech 75 can be deployed as low as 10 inches and as high as 60 inches without the detachable spreader, and between 25 inches to 62 inches with the spreader. A hinge-lock mechanism allows users to capture low, ground-level shots removing the need to bring a second set of baby legs to each shoot.
The torsional stiffness of Flowtech ensures that the tripod will not twist during camera panning movements, an important consideration in all motion picture productions.
After more than 30,000 lab-testing cycles, in which the tripod was repeatedly deployed, and 1.5 million clamp operations on the test endurance rig, the companies determined that Flowtech exceeded the stringent performance targets for both the Sachtler and Vinten brands.
Flowtech 75 is compatible with all major 75-mm fluid heads and is suited for fluid heads from the Sachtler or Vinten product families. The Flowtech 75 tripod is priced at $1,050.
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