Cartoni

For 80 years, Cartoni has been the gold standard in camera support.
  • 80 Years of Design, Innovation & Performance, since 1935 we support your vision
RENATO CARTONI. 1936 shooting a parade.

RENATO CARTONI. 1936 shooting a parade.

History

Reflecting the state of the art in camera support technology, CARTONI offers the widest product range in the industry. 75 years of know-how and experience, innovative solutions, patented technologies and the constant care of serving the professional in any shooting situation with any camera, make CARTONI synonymous with excellence in camera support. CARTONI SpA currently exports from Rome, its Italian headquarters, to sixty countries in five continents, with a network of agents and distributors serving all major international users. CARTONI’s mission is to guarantee the cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.

Technology

Every part of a CARTONI support system originates from technical research that aims for performance perfection: The Fluid Drag System, highlighted by several patents such as the modular labyrinth combination, the variable labyrinth and the planetary fluid control incorporates in the various Fluid Heads. CARTONI camera support heads assure smooth, precise and repeatable movements to a camera. The Counterbalance, with the modular helical spring system, the patented silicon padded variable system or the patented steel cable system allows the perfect counterbalance of the camera throughout the tilt mode. The camera correct centering is possible thanks to the accurate sliding plates hosting the quick release camera attachment. The Easy Readable Settings, all conveniently placed and assisted by digital readout, and the illuminated spirit level, ensure fast and precise set up. The Sturdy Tripods, manufactured in special alloys or carbon fiber composites, guarantee absolute stability and virtually no torque effect with their self-adjusting leg coupling and precise and positive height locks. The Portable, Lightweight and Versatile Pedestals with the innovative pneumatic column design allow for torque-free elevation movement. The extremely stable wheel units in all dollies and pedestals are mounted on 6 high precision bearings, and lockable in 6 positions.

Renato Cartoni shooting in Africa 1935.

Renato Cartoni shooting in Africa 1935.

Who is Cartoni?

In 1935, renowned camera man Renato Cartoni invented the first flywheel pan-head tripod. His new tripod quickly became standard equipment for the documentary and new camera operations of the day. By World War II, most Italian cameramen were equipped with Cartoni Heads and Tripods. When his father retired Guido Cartoni stepped in and turned the small family enterprise into a thriving business. The Cartoni line grew, serving the needs of the expanding film video market. By the 1970s the name Cartoni was know throughout Europe. In 1992, Cartoni U.S.A. opened its doors. Soon after Cartoni introduced the C40S Dutch Head; which gained popularity for commercial, film, music video, and effects works.

Why Cartoni?

Cartoni Has continued to set standards in the industry. In 1992, the academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Cartoni with a Scientific and Engineering Award that reads, “The work of Dr. Cartoni set the standard for one of the most popular methods of achieving selectable and repeatable viscous drag used in the tripod industry.” Today, Cartoni offers a versatile family of camera support products including; the HiDV and Focus for HDV, the Gamma for ENG, the Delta for digital and high definition cameras, the Master for digital cinematography and 16mm cameras, the Sigma for 35mm and studio cameras, the Omega for studio broadcasts, P20, P50, P70, and P90 Pedestals, and the Lambda.

Testimonials

Nancy Schreiber, ASC

"…The CARTONI LASER is quite sturdy and well designed, even though it is small and lightweight. I was particularly impressed with the control I had over both the tilt and pan drag, with a full range of tension settings. This allowed for very smooth and precise moves which were challenging to execute on many tripod heads made for small cameras in the past .This puts the LASER a giant step above other heads that are similar in size and price."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:17:03+00:00
"…The CARTONI LASER is quite sturdy and well designed, even though it is small and lightweight. I was particularly impressed with the control I had over both the tilt and pan drag, with a full range of tension settings. This allowed for very smooth and precise moves which were challenging to execute on many tripod heads made for small cameras in the past .This puts the LASER a giant step above other heads that are similar in size and price."

Bill Brady, Alford Media Services, Inc.

"…It is very important for us to have sturdy and reliable equipment. The CARTONI DELTA and C40S Fluid Heads and Tripods give us a lot of bang for our buck. We’re very happy with these products and would recommend them to anyone."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:04:49+00:00
"…It is very important for us to have sturdy and reliable equipment. The CARTONI DELTA and C40S Fluid Heads and Tripods give us a lot of bang for our buck. We’re very happy with these products and would recommend them to anyone."

Joe Shackleford, Sweetwater Digital

"…CARTONI GAMMA, DELTA, MASTER, SIGMA, OMEGA and P50 Pedestals over the years always delivered top performance; and, last but not least, the after sales service at CARTONI is unsurpassed."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:15:14+00:00
"…CARTONI GAMMA, DELTA, MASTER, SIGMA, OMEGA and P50 Pedestals over the years always delivered top performance; and, last but not least, the after sales service at CARTONI is unsurpassed."

Nigel Cooper, DVuser.com

"…I can guarantee that if you buy any model of CARTONI tripod, you will receive the best after-sales service ever."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:12:23+00:00
"…I can guarantee that if you buy any model of CARTONI tripod, you will receive the best after-sales service ever."

Rodney Charters, ASC/CSC

"...My operators on “24” Guy Skinner on A when he is not HH on his Starglider uses the CARTONI GAMMA for those demanding shots with an 11 to 1 while Jay Herron on B mounts the GAMMA with the 3 to 1 every day. I am extremely happy with the GAMMA for my RED system."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:12:00+00:00
"...My operators on “24” Guy Skinner on A when he is not HH on his Starglider uses the CARTONI GAMMA for those demanding shots with an 11 to 1 while Jay Herron on B mounts the GAMMA with the 3 to 1 every day. I am extremely happy with the GAMMA for my RED system."

John Sharpe, "24" – Key First

"…The LAMBDA is quick to set up and balance. It affords feature shots at a television pace."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:15:37+00:00
"…The LAMBDA is quick to set up and balance. It affords feature shots at a television pace."

Bob Wyatt, Director of Engineering – KSPS-TV

"…KSPS couldn't be more pleased with the purchase of our CARTONI Heads and Pedestals for our Studio conversion to HD. The support and service provided by CARTONI after the purchase has been excellent. Our camera operators find the ease of adjusting the heads for individual preferences to be a pleasant surprise."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:16:27+00:00
"…KSPS couldn't be more pleased with the purchase of our CARTONI Heads and Pedestals for our Studio conversion to HD. The support and service provided by CARTONI after the purchase has been excellent. Our camera operators find the ease of adjusting the heads for individual preferences to be a pleasant surprise."

Mark Irwin, CSC/ASC

"...I have been using the CARTONI SIGMA exclusively for 3 years and I find it to be the most consistent in every situation. With fast action or slow dramatic moves, the pan, tilt and especially counterbalance response is perfect .The convenience and accuracy of the digital readouts is a real bonus on set when conditions change but the biggest plus is the solid, repeatable behavior of the tilt and counterbalance combination. When we change lenses or magazines, I can enter a predetermined setting and just get on with the shot - no need to fuss with dials and cranks. Keep on designing heads like these !"
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:13:39+00:00
"...I have been using the CARTONI SIGMA exclusively for 3 years and I find it to be the most consistent in every situation. With fast action or slow dramatic moves, the pan, tilt and especially counterbalance response is perfect .The convenience and accuracy of the digital readouts is a real bonus on set when conditions change but the biggest plus is the solid, repeatable behavior of the tilt and counterbalance combination. When we change lenses or magazines, I can enter a predetermined setting and just get on with the shot - no need to fuss with dials and cranks. Keep on designing heads like these !"

Danys Bruyère, Groupe TSF, Paris – France

"…As a rental company, service is very important for us. Our CARTONI SIGMAS have had virtually no service issues in a long time of use and abuse, the SIGMA is very rugged, though gentle, our clients love the smooth linear damping and prefer it to the step by step system for precise movements."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:05:09+00:00
"…As a rental company, service is very important for us. Our CARTONI SIGMAS have had virtually no service issues in a long time of use and abuse, the SIGMA is very rugged, though gentle, our clients love the smooth linear damping and prefer it to the step by step system for precise movements."

Jay Herron, SOC

"…CARTONI is seriously the leader in camera support and make the best fluid heads in the industry."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:13:11+00:00
"…CARTONI is seriously the leader in camera support and make the best fluid heads in the industry."

Bruce DeAragon, 1st camera assistant

"…My SIGMA has withstood the continual daily abuse on “24” series, from pilot through season 4 without fatigue."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:12:50+00:00
"…My SIGMA has withstood the continual daily abuse on “24” series, from pilot through season 4 without fatigue."

Guy Skinner, "24" – "A" Camera Operator

"…Precision, Flexibility and Simplicity, The CARTONI LAMBDA is fast and easy to set up. It operates with comfort, grace and can be positioned and maneuvered in a multitude of ways."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:16:06+00:00
"…Precision, Flexibility and Simplicity, The CARTONI LAMBDA is fast and easy to set up. It operates with comfort, grace and can be positioned and maneuvered in a multitude of ways."

Tommy Mack, Sales Manager – EVS, Inc.

"…From broadcast and HDV to tripped-out Red Cameras, with prompters, matteboxes and souped-up Redrock Micro kits, CARTONI DELTA ROSSO does them all with a solid finesse usually reserved for tripods three times the price."
Cartoni
2015-08-29T19:14:08+00:00
"…From broadcast and HDV to tripped-out Red Cameras, with prompters, matteboxes and souped-up Redrock Micro kits, CARTONI DELTA ROSSO does them all with a solid finesse usually reserved for tripods three times the price."
GUIDO CARTONI with the SMARTHEAD 2013

GUIDO CARTONI with the SMARTHEAD 2013

What is the Cartoni Advantage?

Experience – Cartoni has a combined eight decades of engineering experience with 21st century technologies.

Responsiveness – Cartoni has continually listed and responded to the needs of working camera operators.

Quality – Operations are exquisitely smooth; counterbalance is a breeze in and configuration: controls access and simple to operate. All Cartoni products are built to withstand the rigors of a busy shooting schedule.

Value – Compare, feature by feature and you’ll see that Cartoni represents the best value in the market.

Warranty

CARTONI S.p.A. warrants that this fluid head will be free of defects in workmanship and materials and agrees that it will, at its option, either repair or replace any defective part within 5 years from date of first purchase with no labor charge. Tripods, dollies and all other relevant accessories are guaranteed 1 year from the date of purchase. This warranty does not apply to any CARTONI equipment that is subject to misuse, abnormal service or handling or which has been modified or changed in design or construction. Warranty claims must be submitted to the factory for verification or to an authorized distributor designated by CARTONI S.p.A. in writing. Repairs by any unauthorized parties will void this warranty. CARTONI S.p.A. shall not be liable for incidental or consequential damages. All shipments of equipment to CARTONI S.p.A. must be prepaid and insured during the warranty period.

Products

Manios Digital & Film is the exclusive distributor for Cartoni products.
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Brochures

Cartoni Product Overview

Systems for Lightway ENG Digital Cinema and Broadcast up to 50 lbs

FOCUS Family
General Info: FOCUS 8, FOCUS 12, FOCUS 18 and FOCUS 22

 

Systems for EFP, OB and Studio style shooting with camera packages weighing up to 209 pounds

Master Series of Broadcast Heads

Maxima Heads for Digital Cinema

Lambda Nodal Heads

Other Fluid Heads
C20S
Airfloater

Pedestals
P20 Pedestal
P70 Pedestal
P90 Pedestal

Accessories
JibO

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