NAB 2019: Cartoni SDS Tripod – Sets up and Folds Instantly

Manios Digital & Film is the exclusive US distributor for Cartoni, manufacturer of the very tripod we use on all of our own shoots. We stopped to speak with Manios about their new Smart Deployment Series of tripods from Cartoni that set up and break down instantly, and even allow you to get close to the ground for super low shots.

Cartoni continues its tradition of innovation and evolution in camera supports with the SDS Smart Deployment Series.
An advanced design concept is woven into a new series of tripods and spreaders; combining stability, performance and versatility with an incredibly simple set-up and take-down so operators will never again miss that magical moment.
On the set or in the field, SDS support systems are the perfect solution when every second counts.
A patented one lock secures all stages simultaneously, reducing opening and closing time over tripods with separate locks for each stage. The second stage opens only after the first stage is fully extended, guaranteeing maximum torsional resistance for improved stability.

This new patented mid-level spreader surpasses conventional spreaders with faster set up, extended high and low positioning, and better adaptability to uneven terrain. Lock buttons on each arm allow spreader position to be set with three simple movements. The sliding mechanism has a serrated edge that permits it to be locked into position without impeding closure. When it’s time to move, simply collapse the tripod’s legs; the spreader closes itself!
A handle placed on the tripod makes short movements easier. Hold the tripod and fluid head in one hand, the camera in the other. When moving longer distances, the handle is helpful in placing the system inside a soft bag or hard shell.
The SDS Tripods are available now starting at $1,235. You can find out more at

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