professional camera support
PROFESSIONAL CAMERA SUPPORT
CARTONI ® / All rights reserved ©
User Manual
Version: 2.0
Issue date: January 2016
CARTONI S.p.A.
Via di Portonaccio, 33/B
00159 - Rome (Italy)
phone. +39 06 4382002
fax. +39 06 43588293
email. cartoni@cartoni.com
www.cartoni.com
USER MANUAL
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INDEX
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Safety & Set up instructions
Operating elements
Procedures
Technical data
Maintenance
Warranty
Accessories & Product line
1. SAFETY & SET UP INSTRUCTIONS
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The FOCUS 12 Fluid Head is the ideal support for the latest smaller, lighter
high-performance cameras weighing from 0 to 12 kg (0 to 26 lbs).
Extremely compact and lightweight, the innovative FOCUS 12 features a
continuously variable fluid damping system on both pan and tilt movements
and an unrivaled patented variable counterbalance which brings its range of
use to cover all existing ENG and lighter high-performance cameras.
The FOCUS 12 head comes equipped with a sliding quick release European
camera plate plate, illuminated spirit level and telescopic pan bar. Its tilting
range is +/- 90° has a perfect response throughout the entire tilt range. This
head interfaces with all 100 mm bowl base tripods and supports.
The extreme ruggedness and versatility together with a superior quality/price
ratio make the FOCUS 12 the best possible support for news Operators and
Videographers.
• Before using the product read this user manual.
• Before installing the Fluid Head on the Tripod check the Tripod stability.
• Verify that the camera payload (including lenses and accessories) is
lower than the maximum capacity of the Fluid Head.
• Before installing the camera make sure that the Fluid Head is in good
conditions and bares no evident damages.
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2. OPERATING ELEMENTS
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2
6
3
4
5
7
6
1. Camera plate
2. Sliding camera platform
3. Pan bar attachment
4. Pan bar extension
5. Pan drag selector
6. Pan brake lever
7. Tilt brake lever
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9
8
7
15
11
12
8. Camera plate release lever
9. Safety button
10. Sliding platform lock
11. Tilt drag selector
12. Illuminated spirit level
13. Counterbalance selector
14. Tie down knob
15. Pan bar
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3. PROCEDURES
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1 - Place the FOCUS 12 on your tripod by loosening the tie-down
knob (14) under the Fluid Head and level using the level bubble (12).
In low light conditions, press button (12) for light.
2 - Connect the pan bar (15) to the Fluid Head tightening the lever (3)
on the pan bar attachment and select your desired operating angle.
The telescopic pan bar length can be adjusted via lever (4).
3 - Lock both pan and tilt brakes (6 & 7), turn both tilt drag selector (11)
and counterbalance knob (13) to the minimum.
4 - Open completely the camera plate lock lever (8) to release the camera
plate (1).
5 - Remove the Camera plate (1) from the sliding camera platform (2) by
squeezing simultaneously camera plate lever (8) and the safety button
(9). Attach the camera plate (1) to the bottom of the camera and
tighten the clamping screw to secure the camera. Try to center the
camera plate on the camera, keeping the center of gravity position
in mind.
6 - Lock the sliding platform lever (10), click the camera into the quick
release sliding platform (2), the plate will lock into place.
7 - Hold the camera in horizontal position with the pan bar (15) and release
the tilt brake lever (7). Release the sliding platform lever (10) and find
the correct center of gravity position, by sliding the camera platform (2)
back and forth until you have achieved the correct balance. Lock the
sliding platform lock (10).
4. TECHNICAL DATA
Minimum Payload Capacity
Maximum Payload Capacity
Weight
Pan Range
Tilt Range
Counterbalance
Fluid Drag
Bowl Diameter
Temperature Range
0 kg
12 kg / 26 lbs
2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
360°
+/-90°
Continuous
Continuous
100 mm
-40°/+60°
5. MAINTENANCE
With indoor use - when needed - just clean the FOCUS 12 and tripod with a
soft cloth. Dirt accumulated during storage may be removed using a brush or
Air spray.
CARTONI products main mechanisms are sealed as they are also built for
professional outdoor use.
However, use under rough conditions will require special care: salt water is
very corrosive and can cause extreme damages. In atempt to avoid further
damage the Fluid Head should be washed off with fresh water at the earliest
opportunity and dried before storage.
Sand and dirt are abrasive and should be removed using a semi-stiff brush or
Air spray.
Disconnect spirit level battery during long term storage.
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6. WARRANTY
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All CARTONI Fluid Heads & Pedestals have a free of charge three (3) year
warranty. Register your product at www.cartoni.com within 30 days from
date of first purchase/invoice to receive further two (2) year warranty for the
unsurpassed free five (5) year warranty.
Tripods, spreaders, dollies and all accessories are guaranteed one (1) year
from the date of first purchase/invoice.
CARTONI warrant that the product supplied will - under proper use - be free
from defects in workmanship and materials and agrees that it will, at its
option, either repair or replace any defective part within duration of
warranty from date of first purchase with no labour charge.
This warranty does not apply to any CARTONI product that has been
damaged in shipping or handling, abused, misused, operated contrary to
instructions for use, neglected, normal wear or tear, modified or changed in
design or construction or serviced by unauthorized parties.
Repairs or misuse by any unauthorized parties will void this warranty.
Warranty claims must be submitted – in writing - to the factory for
verification or to an authorized distributor/dealer designated by CARTONI.
It is the end user’s responsibilty when ordering to ensure that the products
ordered conform to his requirements.
All freight of product to CARTONI must be prepaid. All implied warranties are
limited to the time period set forth herein & subject to change without notice.
No liability can be accepted for any variation.
7. ACCESSORIES & PRODUCT LINE
For the complete Accessories list & Product line please visit CARTONI’s
official website www.cartoni.com.
Every product has an updated list of compatible items sorted by groups, with
descriptions and technical data.
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