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Since 1935, out of Rome, CARTONI SpA designs, manufactures and markets high-end Professional Camera Supports and accessories for the Motion Picture and Television industries.

Internationally recognized in the industry as a pre-eminent brand for camera support equipment, CARTONI prides itself on its engineering ability, innovative and leading technology.

Starting in the thirties with Renato CARTONI (a.i.c.) who invented the Gyro Head and later with his son, Guido, founder of the present structure in 1962, CARTONI has incessantly introduced highly engineered, patented Professional Camera Support systems that have become industry standards.

In 1992 Guido CARTONI was presented a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (ampas) for his pioneering work in developing the Technology in fluid tripod heads. Later, in 1995 he was awarded the ATIC Technical Award from Associazione Tecnica Italiana Cine-televisione in Rome and in 1999, the SOC Technical Achievement from Society of Operating Cameramen in Los Angeles.

Constant innovation has ensured the company’s success. CARTONI owns and uses 33 different patents on Fluid Action Counterbalance Systems and tripods, registered in Italy, Europe, United States, China and India.

Top reasons to buy a CARTONI Camera Support:

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 33 different patents, registered in Italy, United Kingdom, Germany & all other CEE countries, United States, China (PRC) and India on Fluid Action and Counterbalance Systems

CARTONI’s Customer Service is committed to provide value added services to customers worldwide, including attitude knowledge, technical support and quality of service and stands behind each Professional Fluid Head with an unsurpassed 5 year guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.

CARTONI products are fully inter-operative with the Industry professional equipment. CARTONI’s mission is to guarantee the Cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.

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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.


CARTONI distributes in Italy following brands:

  Partner Products Description Info
Logo Partner Cineroid Cine & Video Accessories Cine & Video Accessories and LED lights Website
Logo Partner Easyrig Portable Camera Supports Portable Camera Supports Website
Logo Partner Hedén Zoom Motors Zoom Motors Website
Logo Partner Steadicam Camera Stabilisers Camera Stabilisers Website
Logo Partner Transvideo LCD Monitors LCD Monitors Website
Logo Partner Tiffen Glass Filters Glass Filters Website
Logo Partner Angénieux Zoom Lenses Zoom Lenses Website
Logo Partner Schneider Optics Lenses Lenses Website
Logo Partner Chrosziel Cine & Video Accessories Cine & Video Accessories Website
Logo Partner Betz tools Steadicam and Gimbals Steadicam and Gimbals Website
  • Colt Seman
    DOP, Director, Producer

    “Lambda is a tool that has its place, no other system in the world works as easily and perfectly. Shots can be designed and shaped better because of the that system.”

  • Frank Lozano
    Photographer, Director, Producer

    A couple of years ago, Frank finally got a Cartoni from Band Pro in Burbank, and after using it the first day, he was sold on it. “With all the money I spent on inferior tripods, I could have purchased several Cartonis,” he says.
     “If I had just invested sooner, I would have saved myself tons of frustration with shots I didn’t like or could not use because the sticks were cheap,” says Frank. “It is so nice to shoot with a tripod that is solid, steady, and reliable.”

  • Chris Clark
    Engineering Manager at Racetech, UK

    “After extensive field testing, we found the Cartoni products to be a perfect choice. In this application, we need gear that is robust, and performs reliably and consistently. We found the Cartoni products matched our needs in this respect and were capable of supporting a variety of camera combinations, including our 107x 4K Fuji lenses,”

  • Matthew Oakes
    Cameraman with RaceTech, UK with over 30 years experience

    “Found Cartoni kit to be extremely robust, well-made and exceptionally smooth in operation. After a considerable number of years working in outside broadcast using fluid heads I can say that once the set up is correct the heads are extremely smooth and very nice to use, they are a great addition to an outside broadcast company”

  • Darrell Wenhardt
    President of CBT Systems

    “We had a history with CARTONI from our previous success with YouTube Production Studios in New York and Los Angeles, where we have both the large P-90 Pedestals and the smaller P-20 Pedestals.  We chose CARTONI for two reasons: one is because of the high quality and reliability of the equipment, and number two is because of the incredible service.”