Lab test performed by Álvaro Bernal
Today we are trying out the Sachtler Flowtech 75 Tripod. The first thing that strikes me is why nobody invented one beforehand. Its system is revolutionary and each time you try it, you never want to go back to other systems.
The Flowtech 75 forms part of a series of tripods in which we logically find different heights and weight handling capabilities, though this unit displays a proper balance for many current cameras and recording styles.
The most eye-catching aspect is the quick release legs so that the desired height can be achieved. The three locks (just one for each leg) can be released with ease thus endowing the tripod with a good size and hold them in place. Supported on the ground, we simply have to move upwards without concern for which segments of the leg are stretched. This unit reaches a maximum height of 153 and a minimum of 26 without the central triangle. To this, we must logically add the height required by the tripod’s ball-head. With the central triangle that provides stability in circumstances requiring greater loads, the distances range from 63 to 157 cms. The mechanism to take “low shots” and leave the tripod almost at ground level is similarly comfortable and allows for the legs to be wholly opened, as well as offering pre-set positions.
The carbon tripod weighs just 2.9 kilos and can withstand a weight of up to 20 kilos, a more than respectable rate. Likewise, the rubber feet that can be removed, are very comfortable and offer excellent “grip” to the floor in testing conditions, such as on slopes, slippery surfaces etc. The idea I wish to transmit is that you overlook the typical inconveniences when setting up the tripod and just start shooting, which is what we all want in the end.
Other pertinent data is the measurement of the tripod’s ball-head, at 75mm and a closed length for easy transportability of 68 cms which means it takes up little space in the boot of a car or can be simply carried over-the-shoulder in its flexible carry-pack. My summary is clear, try it out, all tripods should be like this.