Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Overview
Manfrotto's Nitrotech N12 & 536 Carbon Fiber Single Legs Tripod System combines the Nitrotech N12 video head, with its 26.4-pound load capacity, and carbon fiber tripod legs. The head features a continuously variable counterbalance range from 8.8 to 26.4 pounds, and all the controls for the head are located on the left side so you don't have to take your right hand off the pan handle to operate the head.
The tripod legs weigh a mere 7 pounds, yet can support up to 55 pounds. The height range is from 10 to 80", and the legs do not require a spreader yet remain stable from minimum to maximum height. The legs feature a half ball fitting, which requires the inclusion of a flat base to half ball leveling adapter, and you can carry the entire system in the included padded carrying case.
The Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Video Head features an innovative, continuous counterbalance system based on a nitrogen-piston mechanism. Unlike heads with stepped levels of counterbalance, the Nitrotech N12 can be precisely adjusted to the weight of your camera rig. Adjust the counterbalance by twisting the knob on the left side towards the front of the head. The knob itself can be extended with a pull, adding room useful with a wider camera. With a maximum payload capacity of 26.4 pounds, the Nitrotech N12 is designed to be used with a variety of video or DSLR/MFT camera rigs. This 75mm flat-base head can be used with a half-ball adapter (available separately) for maximum flexibility in mounting to tripods, sliders, hi-hats, or other supports.
The Nitrotech N12 includes several pro-style features for reliable, efficient use of the head. The included camera mounting plate locks in from the side, and it has a sliding design to help balance the rig on the head. Smooth panning and tilting moves are enabled by the Nitrotech N12's variable fluid drag systems. A push-button illuminated bubble at the rear of the head lets you see at a glance if the head is leveled. Unlike some other Manfrotto heads, the N12's controls are on the left side of the head, freeing your right hand to operate the panhandle.
Looking to lessen the weight of accessories on your camera rig? Attach your monitor, rangefinder, light, flag, etc. to the 3/8"-threaded Easy Link Connector built into the side of the Nitrotech N12. This transfers the weight of the accessory away from the camera and to the head, making the camera less top-heavy.
536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
The Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has 4-sections and a 75/100 mm half bowl adapter for industry standard fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 536 boasts great stability, high load capability, and light weight.