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.


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  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.

Constant research and the direct input from the end-user are the secrets of our success.



  Quotes  |

“…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.

Bill Brady, Alford Media Services, Inc.

“…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.”

Danys Bruyère, Groupe TSF, Paris – France

“…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.”

Rodney Charters, ASC/CSC

"…I can guarantee that if you buy any model of CARTONI  tripod, you will receive the best after-sales service ever."

 Nigel Cooper,  DVuser.com

“…My SIGMA has withstood the continual daily abuse on “24” series, from pilot through season 4 without fatigue.”

Bruce DeAragon, 1st  camera assistant

“…CARTONI is seriously the leader in camera support and make the best fluid heads in the industry”.

Jay Herron, SOC

"...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 ! ”.

Mark Irwin, CSC/ASC

“…From broadcast & HDV to tripped-out Red Cameras, with prompters, matteboxes & souped-up Redrock Micro kits, CARTONI DELTA ROSSO does them all with a solid finesse usually reserved for tripods three times the price.”
Tommy Mack, Sales Manager - EVS, Inc.

“…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”.

Nancy Schreiber,  ASC

“…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."

Joe Shackleford, Sweetwater Digital

“…The LAMBDA is quick to set up and balance. It affords feature shots at a television pace”.

John Sharpe, “24” - Key First

“…Precision, Flexibility & 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”.

Guy Skinner, “24” – “A” Camera Operator

“…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”.

Bob Wyatt, Director of Engineering - KSPS-TV


  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 frorn 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 equiprnent to CARTONI S.p.A. must be prepaid and insured during the warranty period.

Top reasons to buy CARTONI  |

CARTONI is renowned to be one of the world leaders in camera support business, remaining the only wide range Professional Support company that designs, engineers, manufactures and assembles in Europe, with pride from its Rome (Italy) plant since 1935. CARTONI uses only unionized labour and undertakes a special care for energy saving and environment and is certified ISO 2001 and prides itself on its engineering ability, innovative and leading technology.

CARTONI reached its leading position as a pre-eminent brand for camera support equipment on the international market by offering the widest range - from the smallest DV camera to the largest Imax 75mm camera - of technologically superior, rugged Fluid Camera Supports and systems with a variety of 17 different Fluid Heads calibrated in capacity and performance for all shooting needs; including tripods in different sizes, both in aluminum and carbon fiber, spreaders, dollies, pneumatic columns, pedestals, jibs, transport cases and a plurality of smaller accessories.

CARTONI’s direct competitors are producing or outsourcing components out of Asia or 3rd world countries. CARTONI does not outsource from other countries to reduce industrial costs and bets on Italian quality and flexibility, improving internal logistic with accurate industrial planning with no compromise on fair labor, ethical behavior to employees, clients, environment.


CARTONI owns and uses 22 different patents, registered in Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, United States, China and India on Fluid Action and Counterbalance Systems


CARTONICustomer Service is committed to provide valueadded services to customers worldwide, including attitude knowledge, technical support and quality of service and stands behind each Professional Fluid Head with an unprecendented 5 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.

CARTONI products are fully inter-operative with the Industry professional equipment.

CARTONIs mission is to guarantee the Cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.