Davis & Sanford ProVista Airlift 18 Tripod with FM-18 Fluid Head. (Head Supports up to 18 lbs., Tripod 12 lbs., extends 31-68")

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About Davis & Sanford PROVISTA AIRLIFT 18

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Davis & Sanford PROVISTA AIRLIFT 18 Features

  • Perfect for field or studio applications
  • 3-section legs, non glare black anidized aluminum
  • Double-strut top leg section for extra stability
  • Pneumatic cylinder in center post gives smooth and easy "floating action" height adjustment for cameras weighing from 2 to 12 pounds
  • Center brace with lock adds more stability
  • Self aligning metal quick flip leg locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Non skid rubber feet grab any surface
  • Bonus high quality, padded carry bag included
  • Air-18 Tripod Weight: 9 lbs.
  • Fluid head with 18 lb. capacity ensures smooth operation.
  • Sliding quick release plate system affords variable balance control.
  • 2 adjustable removable pan handles provide easy maneuverability.
  • Independent tilt & pan adjustment/locks deliver effortless control.
  • Bubble level for easy leveling
  • Head tilt adjustment: 90 degrees up / 90 degrees down
  • 360 degree pan
  • Platform size: 3.75" X 3.25"
  • FM18 Fluid-Head Weight: 4 pounds

Davis & Sanford PROVISTA AIRLIFT 18 Specifications

Head Type
Fluid Head
Max Height w/extended column
68" - Centerpost adjustment 11"
Max Height w/closed column
Minimum Height
Closed Length
Max Load Capacity
Tripod-12 lbs
Head- 18 lbs
13 lbs. (tripod alone is 9 lbs w/out head)
fluid-smooth 360° panning and 90° up-and-down tilting

Davis & Sanford PROVISTA AIRLIFT 18 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


great product.


from Long Islang,NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very profesional,good stability,great for video.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great value for the money


from Colorado  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've used lots of less expensive tripods over 30 years of shooting stills and videos. When I was ready to upgrade to a truly smooth video tripod, I wanted something that would give pro results without spending a fortune. This tripod is perfect for that. The construction is solid, but light enough to carry into the outback (in the provided bag, no less). Love the two control handles, two bubble levels and the adjustable smoothness of the tilt and pan. Only slight negative: the pneumatic lift is a little "jumpy." It requires a fine adjustment to get a smooth rise. Overall a great purchase.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Davis & Sanford ProVista Air 18 Tripod


from Washington, DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Tripod flaws in head balance: not independent of tripod itself. Poor quality security screws and their position to the head/camera plate, and in arms to tripod.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


A good start built with cumby parts


from San Diego, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The PROVista 7518B tripod is of heavy construction. It is fairly stable without added weight. Panning is smooth. However, Tiffen decided to use the absolute cheapest cast aluminum locks that the company could find. And the result was a product with brittle locks that could easily shatter. Further, Tiffen made no provision for hanging sandbags from the unit. As for feedback to / support from Tiffen's marketing team, forget it. In short, the superior design attributes of the base tripod are lost in the cheap ancillary components used. This is product is a lemon.


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Shopper  where can I find an instruction manual for this tripod?
GROUP L  I don't recall it having one. I own two, they are pretty basic. Attached the cam and shoot...
First Name L  Hello, I need a quick release plate to go with my Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer. Can you give me a suggestion? Thank you very much in advance.
ALFRED C  Unfortunately I no longer have the tripod and can't remember which plate I used on the unit. Wish I could be of more assistance. And just as an after thought, I do remember becoming quite frustrated with the tripod handle locks being much too close to the camera for complete tightening. If I needed to tighten the tripod arm, I had to remove the camera, tighten the arm then return the camera to the tripod. Wish I could be of greater assistance.

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