Fancier FC-470A Camera Tripod with Professional Fluid Video Head
The Fancier FC-470a is one of the most professionally featured video tripods in its price range. It includes a 75mm bowl mount for easy level adjustment and a mid-level spreader for added stability. Where it really excels is the included FC-04H fluid head, which offers a number of professional controls generally reserved for far more expensive tripods: fully adjustable pan and tilt drag controls, a vertical counter-balance adjustment control and a bubble level with a built-in light. At minimum drag the head is perfectly loose and smooth, fully capable of rapid moves such as whip pans. At max drag there is just the right amount of resistance but the head is still seamlessly smooth.
The max height of the tripod is an industry standard 1.55m. The tripods legs have three stages and solid knobs for locking them in place. The tripod together with the video head weighs 5.17kg.
The FC-470a is constructed of metal, alluminium alloy and a minimum of plastic components.
It is built to stand up to regular use with the appropriate handling and can be used for light-duty commercial work. While the features and controls of the fluid head make it ideal for any studio or corporate work, the tripod legs are not built for long-term heavy duty use and abuse. For such uses we recommend pairing stronger tripod legs (with a 75mm bowl mount) with the FC-04H head.
Please note that many tripod sellers fail to distinguish between the tripod legs load capacity and the video head load capacity, which are two entirely different things. The FC-470a tripod legs support weights up to 6kg. The FC-04H fluid head is rated for a payload of up to 3-4kg and is designed for small to medium cameras and rigs. While it may be able to hold more weight than this, it is not designed for such heavy payloads.
1.55m Industry Standard Height:
The FC-270a is manufactured and available at three different heights, 1.3m, 1.55m and 1.8m.
We offer the 1.55m version because it is the industry standard height of tripod legs and produces the most balanced functionality. When fully extended, the 1.55m height offers a near perfect shooting height for normal shooting applications, primarily shooting people. The tripod legs are 1.55m fully extended and, with the video head and camera attached, the actually shooting height of your lens is at least 5-10cm taller than 1.55m, resulting in a shooting height of, at minimum, 1.6m.
The 1.3m is too short for shooting human subjects producing a low angle effect. The 1.8m version, when fully extended, is too tall for shooting most people and must be lowered using the bubble level, taking extra setup time. The 1.8m height is not tall enough for proper high angle shots and, when fully extended, positions your camera lens at an awkward height that will generally never be useful. Furthermore, the minimum shooting height of the 1.8m version is .86m, while that of the 1.55m version is .75m. Generally speaking, the extra room to move down (11cm) is more valuable than the extra 25cm of maximum height, particularly as you can always place your 1.55m tripod on a raised level, but you cannot reduce the minimum height of the 1.8m tripod any further.
FC-04H Fluid Video Head
Tripod Legs load capacity: 6kg
FC-02H fluid head load capacity: 3-4kg
Maximum operating height 1.55m.
Minimum operating height: 0.75m.
Folder height: 79cm
Large quick release plate with 1/4inch and 3/8inch male screw threads and Dual-Lock
Strong quick flip leg locking design for fast tripod height adjustment
Continuously variable perfect counterbalance system
Height adjustable mid-level spreader for extra rigidity and stability
Versatile -65 to 90 degree tilt range
360 degree pan range
Safety locking pin prevents camera from sliding off
Pan and tilt drag control with patented 360°and 180°adjustable damping
Fluid damping system ensures smooth pan and tilt camera movements
75mm bowl mount with well positioned built-in bubble level
37cm long handle can be installed on the right or left side of the head
system with a second safety locking pin that prevents equipment from unexpected drops
Ergonomic tripod leg knobs ensure fast height adjustment with strong locking.
Mid-level spreader for added stability
Rubber feet for smooth or uneven ground to prevent skidding
Portable soft case for carrying
Construction: Metal, Aluminum alloy, Plastic Included in Package:
1x Fluid Video Head
1x Handle for Head
1x Aluminum Tripod
1x Soft Case
(1x) Fancier FC-470A Camera Tripod with Professional Fluid Video Head DSLR Camcorder
Please refer to product description.