Cartoni has announced the MAXIMA 5.0, a tripod head that has designed specifically to accommodate large, heavy digital cinema camera packages.
The MAXIMA 5.0 is a Flat Mitchell mount tripod head, although it can be adapted to be used with an optional 150mm bowl base.
The tripod head features Cartoni’s patented counterbalance. The MAXIMA 5.0 handles payloads from zero to 50 kg (110 lb) throughout its 180° tilt range. This payload capacity is certainly impressive. The patented continuous fluid drag system allows almost freewheeling to extremely consistent drag for maximum versatility and stable diagonal shots.
The tripod head weighs in at 13 kg (28.6 lb) and it certainly looks to be a nice alternative to offerings from both O’Connor and Sachtler.
The MAXIMA 5.0 knobs and levers have been ergonomically placed for operator ease of use. The tripod head is suitable for studio, location, or outside shooting. The large sliding camera plate is compatible with ARRI, Sony, and O’Connor. The head comes with a telescopic pan bar and a short front pan bar.
Cartoni already has the MAXIMA 30 and MAXIMA 40 heavy-duty tripod heads. The MAXIMA 30 has a payload capacity of 29.9 kg (66 lbs), and the MAXIMA 40 can handle up to 39.92 kg (88 lbs).
There is currently no indication of pricing or availability.