Cartoni has been the gold standard in camera support for over 80 years.

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About Cartoni

For more than 75 years, Cartoni SpA has set the international standard for excellence in camera support. Headquartered in Rome, the company serves camera professionals in 60 countries on five continents through its network of sales agents and distributors. Design innovation and manufacturing excellence are hallmarks of Cartoni and built in to every one of its fluid heads, tripods, pedestals and other products. Cartoni service and support are similarly second to none. The recipient of numerous international patents on its technology, Cartoni continues to develop new tools in its mission to guarantee camera operators with the ultimate in quality, reliability and creative freedom.

RENATO CARTONI. 1936 shooting a parade


Cartoni has an unparalleled history of technical innovation. The fluid drag and counterbalance systems built-into its camera heads include a host of patented components for smooth, precise, repeatable performance. Its tripods are manufactured with special alloys or carbon fiber composites for perfect stability, while self-adjusting leg couplings and precise height locks virtually eliminate torque. Pedestals incorporate an innovative pneumatic column design for torque-free elevation movement.


In 1935, renowned cameraman Renato Cartoni invented the first flywheel, pan-head tripod. It quickly became the standard for documentary and news camera operators. By World War II, most Italian cameramen were equipped with Cartoni heads and tripods. Following Renato’s retirement, his son, Guido Cartoni, stepped in and turned the small family enterprise into a thriving, international business. The Cartoni line grew mirroring the expansion of the film and video industry. By the 1970s the name Cartoni was known throughout Europe.

In 1992, Cartoni U.S.A. opened its doors. That same year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized Guido Cartoni with a Sci-Tech Award. It stated that his work “set the standard for one of the most popular methods of achieving selectable and repeatable viscous drag used in the tripod industry.”

Cartoni continues to set new standards for camera support. Its versatile family of camera heads include HiDV and Focus for HDV, Gamma for ENG, Delta for digital and high definition cameras, Master for digital cinematography and 16mm cameras, Sigma for 35mm and studio cameras, and Omega for studio broadcasts. Other products include P20, P50, P70 and P90 pedestals, and the Lambda specialty head.

Renato Cartoni shooting in Africa 1935

The Cartoni Advantage?

Experience – Cartoni has eight decades of engineering experience in developing 21st century technologies.

Responsiveness – Cartoni listens and responds to the needs of working camera operators.

Quality – Its fluid heads feature exquisitely smooth movement and perfect counterbalance. Set up, configuration and operation are simple. They also offer the durability to stand up to the rigors of production and busy shooting schedules.

Value – Feature for feature, Cartoni offers the best value in the market.



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.


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

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