The Sachtler Flowtech 75 tripod is a striking departure from the normal tubular support systems we’ve been using for years. Sachtler have made the most of the possibilities of modern carbon fibre production techniques and have created a tripod that’s optimised for solo shooters.
The legs all lock with one lever, located at the top of the tripod, and when folded they stick together thanks to magnets embedded near the tripod feet. The profile of the legs is designed to offer a flat surface for when you’re carrying the legs on your shoulder, making it more comfortable than tubes.
The profile also helps lateral stiffness for when you’re using the legs with a slider. Sachtler claim the Flowtech 75 is 2.5x stiffer than their previous models.
Changing from spikes to feet is also easier – previous Sachtler tripods required a lot of force to remove the plastic feet. Now it’s possible (well, just about) to take them off with one finger.
The tripod weighs 2.9kg if you remove the optional spreader, and is capable of handling a 20kg payload. That’s a lot of camera, especially for the solo operator Sachtler are targeting with this system, although there’s also a 100mm version in the works for more substantial camera packages.
We’ve been using the Flowtech 75 for our show coverage here at IBC and it’s fair to say the team has been impressed by it – you do need to get used to the new brake system but after that initial period it seems like a solid upgrade to regular tripod legs.