Level up and lock your head in an instant.
Unique SpeedLevel™ technology.
Never miss the shot. aktiv™ fluid heads feature revolutionary SpeedLevel™ technology. Release, level, and lock your head tightly into the perfect position without missing a second of action.
Visible from any height or angle - day or night.
Clear confirmation that the camera is level comes from the illuminated PrismBubble visible from any height or angle – day or night.
Capture extreme low-angle shots right down to the ground.
Innovative streamlined mounting system.
Go lower than ever. aktiv™ and flowtech® aktiv combine to provide a flexible one tripod solution delivering the widest height range. With no bowl clamp required, aktiv™ heads allow flowtech® aktiv tripods to go flat to the ground for the perfect low-angle shot.
Switch between tripod and slider in seconds.
Revolutionary SpeedSwap™ system.
Stay fast for ultimate creativity. aktiv™ fluid heads feature the unique SpeedSwap™ system, allowing lightning-fast camera swaps from a tripod to a slider without missing a beat. The perfect camera movement is just a SpeedSwap™ away.
Discover the unique new features that make aktiv the world’s
fastest fluid head in this video tour.
Discover the unique new features that make aktiv the world’s fastest fluid head in this video tour.
Touch & Go VS Sideload
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aktiv fluid head compatibility
aktiv fluid heads are compatible with Sachtler tripods.
To leverage the revolutionary aktiv technology the flowtech®75 tripod has been upgraded to flowtech75 aktiv.
aktiv6, aktiv8 and aktiv8T systems include the new flowtech75 aktiv tripod.
aktiv10T, aktiv12T and aktiv14T are compatible with all 100mm tripods, except HotPod.
Documentary filmmaker Andre Götzmann has been putting two new Sachtler heads through their paces on different types of programmes with different demands on gear.
“If I was only a documentary cameraman then the Sachtler 12 would be perfect for all my work. You can still attach the big lenses to the head, even up to 600mm; on documentaries you tend to have the longer lenses. It’s also light weight which allows you to travel easier.”
Kieran Tynan has been a BBC camera opeator for over 10 years. Now freelance, he works in news, documentary, features, entertainment, reality, commercials, corporate and drama. Kieran has recently been putting the new Sachtler aktiv 12T to the test in fast-paced news situations.
“The weight of it is brilliant! The aktiv12 head can also take a higher payload while being lighter to carry. It makes carrying both much less of a chore and you’re not out of necessity putting it all on your shoulder.”
Geoff Nelson began his freelance camera operating career back in the nineties and is now a hugely experienced ENG broadcast and news cameraman with the gear to get the job done in any weather.
“Once you’ve got the camera balanced on the 14T, you’ve got your drag set and you do some tests for your pan and tilt movement and so on, it’s just there and doesn’t change throughout the day. It’s fantastic.”
Called on by the Montenegro Army to document the delivery of a new fleet of helicopters, Uroš relied on his Sachtler flowtech75 tripod combined with the revolutionary new aktiv8 fluid head and a Syrp Magic Carpet slider to deliver the widest range of shots against the clock.
“I really love to shoot from low angles, this head it really good, because you can pull it off the tripod and put it on the slider in two seconds”
Being able to use a slider makes the picture so much more interesting. With aktiv SpeedSwap it was so fast and easy for us to just lift the lever, take the head off, attach the slider onto the tripod, click the head head onto the slider and we’re ready to go.
“We like to work a lot during golden hour so we have a limited window to catch the best light, so we need to have gear that is fast, aktiv is perfect for this”
When I need to get an interview with a politician, I have just minutes with them, with aktiv there’s no time lost changing shot, the SpeedLevel means I can get three or four shots almost within a minute.
“The range that it enables you to be able to get is just incredible, and that - as a camera operator - means I have no concerns about having time to get that shot – I know with this system I definitely can because it’s so quick and it’s so easy.”