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chucks 11-12-2009 11:38 PM

Adjusting drag on fluid head
 
Is there anyway to adjust the amount of drag or resistance on the Davis/Sanford fluid tripod head? The one I have works too stiff when I pan and the tripod slides across the floor when I pan. I use a Canon XHA1 camcorder on the tripod.

Jason Schneider 11-13-2009 08:33 AM

Adjusting drag on Davis & Sanford fluid head tripods
 
The most popular Davis & Sanford fluid head tripod is the FM-18, which is factory set up to pan properly with relatively heavy cameras up to 18 pounds. This tripod has an internal adjustment that will allow you to reduce the amount of damping (drag) to accommodate lighter cameras like yours. Please contact Leigh Boden, our resident tripod expert, and he will tell you precisely how to do it yourself without having to send it in. Good luck, and best regards.

chucks 11-13-2009 11:56 AM

Thank you for the information. How do I contact Leigh Boden?

lboden 02-18-2010 07:57 AM

tripod help
 
Hi Chuck:
My name is Leigh Boden , Product Manager for tripods at Tiffen. You can contact me at [email]lboden@tiffen.com[/email] or you can call me at 800 645 2522 x 3228.
Leigh
[QUOTE=chucks;1096]Is there anyway to adjust the amount of drag or resistance on the Davis/Sanford fluid tripod head? The one I have works too stiff when I pan and the tripod slides across the floor when I pan. I use a Canon XHA1 camcorder on the tripod.[/QUOTE]

coaxord09 02-21-2010 06:33 PM

Adjusting drag on fluid head
 
I have been looking at camcorder fluid heads suitable for mounting on either of my existing tripods Gitzo 1325, 1228. Most camcorders weigh between one and two pounds. Most fluid heads are rated to carry a lot more than this, two pounds being at the low end of the load weight for most. What are the disadvantages in using a head rated for significantly more weight than necessary other than the obvious cost and weight? Is there a good fluid head costing less than the average camcorder suitable for the 1-2 lb camcorder? I am not adverse to spending some money for a good one; cameras come and go but tripods/heads are forever.

Thanks
Paul Kerfoot

Jason Schneider 02-24-2010 09:58 AM

Fluid head for lightweight cameras/camcorders
 
For your use profile we strongly recommend the Davis & Sanford FM18 head. Although it is good for up to 18 pounds, it can be used for very lightweight cameras as well and will give excellent smooth movements. Lots of people have written in to let us know how perfect the FM18 is on lightweight cameras. Good luck, and good shooting. Best regards, Jason Schneider


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