The Italian tripod manufacturer Cartoni has just announced four new products ahead of IBC 2019: two tripods and two tripod heads. Among these products, there is an exciting set of lightweight tripod legs: RED LOCK. This tripod for camera operators on the go weights only 6.5 lbs/ 3 kg but can support up to 132 lbs / 60 kg. Let’s take a closer look at these new products. Oh, and if you haven’t done so, please take a moment to watch our video which we visited the Cartoni family tripod factory facility and saw how their tripods are made.
Cartoni RED LOCK Tripod Legs
The latest addition in the Cartoni line of tripods is a lightweight set of sticks called the RED LOCK. With a weight of only 6.5 lbs / 3 kg, this aluminum tripod looks perfect for indie filmmakers and one-man-band shooters. But don’t let this two-stage tripod fool you, as it can support an incredible amount of weight, up to 132 lbs / 60 kg.
In terms of height, it measures 77 cm when fully folded. By pulling the two red levers, you can extend it to a maximum height of 153 cm / 60 inches. If you need to go low to the ground, you can quickly spread the legs thanks to the Smart Spreader and go as low as 50 cm / 19 inches. At the bottom of the tripod legs, there are integrated spike feet for shooting on uneven terrains. Also, the tripod comes with newly design rubber feet.
There are no words on pricing from Cartoni except that it should be “surprisingly affordable” and will ship by the end of this year.
Cartoni MAXIMA 5.0
Amongst the new products, there is also a new 5.0 version of the famous MAXIMA tripod head. These MAXIMA Flat Mitchell / 150mm bowl base tripod heads are mostly used on feature films and high-end projects. The MAXIMA 5.0 features Cartoni’s patented counterbalance and can support a payload from 0 kg up to 50 kg.
The great thing with MAXIMA tripod heads compared to O’Connor ones, for example, is that all the controls are on the operator side (and the locks/knobs are silent). The rather long and sizeable sliding camera plate on top of the tripod head is compatible with ARRI, Sony, and O’Connor ones. The head comes with a telescopic pan bar and a short front pan bar.
No words on pricing from Cartoni yet, but these MAXIMA tripod heads are usually aimed at rental houses as they are in the $10.000 range. The MAXIMA 5.0 will be available at the end of the year.
Cartoni Master 25 and S200
A much more affordable tripod head has also been announced, the Cartoni Master 25. This lightweight tripod head has a payload capacity of up to 30 kg / 66 lbs. It will be available in black & gold design and grey anodized aluminum.
Finally, there is a new set of sticks aimed at sport and event shooters, the Cartoni Sport 200 tripod legs. It is made of aluminum, and the legs are angular, which should provide better sturdiness compared to standard tubes. The S200 weighs 10.5 kg / 23 lbs and can support every camera packages on the market with a payload capacity of up to 200 kg / 441 lbs. It accepts classic Mitchell flat base tripod heads.
No words on pricing on any of these products, but they should ship by the end of the year. We will make sure to take a closer look at all of Cartoni’s new products during IBC 2019.
What do you think of this new RED LOCK tripod legs? Have you ever used a Cartoni MAXIMA tripod head? Let us know in the comments down below!