By Nino Leitner
A while ago, I found myself in a nondescript office building in the East of England, attending a press event of what Sachtler’s and Vinten’s mother company Vitec called “a revolution”. That’s quite a statement for something as “boring” as a tripod – but I think it’s fair to say that we all were in for a ride. It was clear from the start that they must have something good up their sleeve considering all the buzz of the event and the sheer cost of flying everyone out.
And then they pulled it out. Yep, the trip was worth it.
Repositioning the quick deploy levers
The Sachtler Flowtech 75 tripod (also sold as a Vinten Flowtech 75 version with black instead of red levers on top) is a three-stage tripod that looks very unlike any tripod legs I’ve seen before. They legs have an unusually shaped, very wide profile, and do away with the standard round profile we’ve come to expect from tripods forever now. They are made of carbon fibre, and very noticeably at the top, there are the three quick deployment levers right next to each other, situated right around the 75mm bowl, easy to open at once with two hands while holding the tripod head at the same time.
It’s something that really needs no further explanation once you’ve seen it in its brilliance. Yet they still to fill a day of press briefings – but I thought then and there that it’s great for them that any further explanation was completely unnecessary. Every camera person who ever worked with a camera tripod will understand in an instant how much time the repositioning would save them in → continue…
From:: Cinema 5d