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Tiffen Unveils Redesigned Magnum Tripod and Head

The re-engineered Magnum XG13 has a switchable counterbalance

The Tiffen Company, a manufacturer and distributor of accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, unveiled its redesigned Davis & Sanford Magnum XG13 Tripod and FX13 Head.

The Magnum XG13 Tripod’s new design includes high-quality aluminum alloy that is precisely machined to offer the quality and strength demanded by photographers and videographers, according to the company.

“The re-engineered Magnum XG13 is the digital imaging industry’s first advanced DSLR/video tripod developed with a switchable counterbalance to prevent the common problem of camera dumping with the freedom to unlock the balance and fully control the camera movement,” said Steve Tiffen, the company’s president and CEO.

The tripod is manufactured with a powder-coated and anodized finish to resist abrasion under heavy use and to offer users the best durability and portability available, Tiffen says.

In addition, the Davis & Sanford tripod’s switchable counterbalance helps keep a camera stable on the platform while the photographer/videographer’s hands are not controlling the camera, the company says. Users also have the option to turn off the counterbalance to enhance certain shooting styles, the company says.

The FX13 Head is manufactured with the new Davis & Sanford advanced, built-in fluid system. The fluid system is ideal for DSLR shoots in video mode as well as shooting stills of fast-moving subjects like birds. The FX13 Head also incorporates a switchable counterbalance system to prevent camera dumping and a long and short quick-release plate for video and still photography variable balance control.

Made of high-quality, low-weight aluminum alloy, the FX13 can carry a capacity of up to 13 pounds. The head has three spirit levels to ensure perfect leveling and an ergonomically designed single pan-and-tilt handle for maximum comfort. The three-way head has 360-degree pan, 90-degree down and 60-degree upward tilt plus landscape and portrait tilt mode.

The Magnum XG13 Tripod aluminum alloy legs have also been redesigned to offer better ergonomics of the leg-angle release mechanism, and improved quick action leg locks, the company says. The leg ranges from a maximum working height of 72 inches to as low as eight inches.

The Magnum XG13 provides speedy setup coupled with added security and quick action, lever-type leg locks, a low-angle adapter and leg warmers. The tripod is ideal for use with DSLR cameras, medium-format camcorders or scope use, the firm says.