As a Canadian brand producing filmmaking equipment, SHAPE has long been admired for their amazing handles and shoulder rigs… but, with the release of the SVT10K 3-Stage Video Tripod and Fluid Head, SHAPE have officially entered the tripod market. Aimed at the mid-tier market, the tripod itself is an affordable 3-stage tripod system with a 75mm bowl fluid head, offering steady support to filmmakers looking for an inexpensive fluid head tripod.
Shape advertises the SVT10K to support mid-range camera bodies, such as DSLR’s and relatively small camera bodies, yet it can handle fully rigged camera bodies with cages, matte boxes and batteries up to a maximum payload of 10 kilograms or 22 pounds.
In terms of specifications, the tripod features a tilt range of -70 degrees to + 90 degrees and panning rotation of a full 360 degrees. Common to most tripod systems, the SVT10K comes with a pan handle, integrated spirit level and a side lock system for a sliding quick release plate. The legs of the tripod itself are individually adjustable and come with a mid-level spreader to help with stability. It can reach a minimum height of just over 30 inches for those low angle shots, and has a maximum height of around 70 inches. The legs of the tripod feature aluminum spikes, that can be uncovered by simply rotating the rubber feet, and is a feature which can be useful on uneven or icy terrain. One interesting feature on this tripod, that I haven’t seen on many similar products, is the addition of 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 mounts included directly on the fluid head. With these connectors, many peripherals can be mounted directly onto the head itself, and allow for a lot of versatility on your camera setup.
Now, lets talk about the fluid head. The head comes with a 500PLONG sliding quick release plate which has both 1/4″-20 and 3/8′-16 camera screws. As with all half-ball head tripods, the ability to quickly level the head without having to readjust the legs really is a dream – all you need to do is unscrew the bottom locking bolt, adjust the head until it is level, and you’re ready to shoot!
- Camera Payload: 22 lbs (10 kg)
- Tripod Weight: 8.8 lbs (4kg)
- 75mm Half Ball head for leveling
- 3-Stage Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader
- 500PLONG sliding Baseplate
- Ball-head Rubber Feet with aluminum spikes inside
- Integrated Bubble level
- 30 to 70.5’’ Height Range
- Padded Carrying Bag Included
There is a lot of competition out there for mid-level tripods in this price range, but it’s important for customers in the market for a new system to research and, if possible, test out as many tripods as possible, to see what will work best in different shooting situations. The SVT10K retails for around $375 USD.
*Buy the SHAPE SVT10K 75MM Bowl Fluid Head 3-Stage Video Tripod in Canada at Lumio Marketplace.