Sachtler® and Vinten®, both Vitec Group brands and global industry leaders in camera supports for over 100 years, today announced that their all-new flowtech™ camera tripod technology has been named “Best Tripod of 2017” by world-renowned filmmaker Philip Bloom.
“flowtech instantly became my favourite video tripod the first time I used it,” Bloom said. “The ability to change the height from the three top latches has speeded my ability to get the perfect angle for shots. flowtech also saves my grumbling back from constantly bending down to change the height, as with the traditional tripod adjustments. For these reasons, I named flowtech my Tripod of the Year in my roundup of the best gear of 2017.”
In addition to the flowtech 75 tripod, Sachtler and Vinten have introduced two optional accessories — a detachable carry handle and a compact and lightweight dolly. The flowtech 75 dolly features an integral carry handle and foot-operated brakes for smooth and easy operation, while its foldable design allows it to collapse to a compact and easy-to-transport unit. Weighing in at just 4.7 kilograms, the dolly can support a payload of 40 kg and a build radius of 53 centimetres.
The new flowtech 75 carry handle allows customers to carry their flowtech system securely in one hand and attaches easily to one of the three flowtech accessory docks, making the tripod even more versatile and portable than ever.
“It’s a great honour for flowtech to be singled out by Philip Bloom, whose career spans 27 years creating incredible images on virtually any type of camera. Recognition by Philip speaks volumes about how quickly flowtech has caught on; in fact, we are expanding to a 24-hour manufacturing schedule just to keep up with the demand,” said Tobias Keuthen, director of global product marketing management for Vitec Group. “flowtech is on fire because it fills a niche in the image-creation industry for a tripod that truly transforms the way camera operators work. With flowtech, we’ve thought of every detail of the camera operator’s workflow, and we’ve created a tripod solution that is far easier to use and more versatile than ever before.”
flowtech’s design offers a set of two-stage carbon-fiber tripod legs with an easy-to-remove midlevel spreader, rubber feet, and a payload capacity of 20 kg (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. A unique hinge-lock mechanism allows users to capture extremely low, ground-level shots, removing the need to bring a second set of “baby legs” to each shoot. The exceptional torsional stiffness of flowtech ensures that the tripod will not twist during camera-panning movements, an extremely important consideration in all motion picture productions.