Sachtler today officially unveiled the 100 version of its popular Flowtech tripod. We already had the opportunity to try out the Flowtech 100 during a first test shoot: Here is everything you need to know about the new Flowtech100. First of all the Tech-Specs:
The new Sachtler Flowtech100 has the same innovative features as its 75 counterpart. These include the new Quick Release Brakes, which are located just below the half-shell and allow very fast setups, the so-called "Hinge Locks", which are used for the Juastage of the spreader, and the newly developed tripod feet, which are now much easier to change.
For us the most important innovation on the Flowtech100 is the reduced weight. Sachtler has actually managed to reduce the weight of the Flowtech 100 this time (compared to the Flowtech 75) compared to the 100 Speedlock CF version. In the slashCAM editorial office we weighed 4,120g incl. feet and middle spreader (4,431g for the Speedlock CF 100) and 3,472g without middle spreader (3,681g Speedlock CF100).
The new Flowtech100 has a maximum payload of 30 kg and is below the 100cc Speedlock CF (40kg) - but it can be pulled out a good 5cm longer (the figures on the Sachtler side, which both see at max 155cm, are not correct here).
Another strength of the Flowtech construction is the minimal extension. The Flowtechs can also be used very close to the ground without a middle spreader. The Flowtech100 is no exception here. Sachtler specifies a minimum height of 26cm for both Flowtechs, which is quite possible.
We had already briefly used the new Flowtech100 at our shoot with Sony Venice, where it kept our 12kg camera setup in combination with the FSB 10 without any problems. A detailed test will appear after the IBC on slashCAM.
The Sachtler Flowtech100 is currently listed at dealers for 3.451 Euro and should be available in 2-4 weeks.