This is what the $10,000+ OConnor 1040 tripod looks like

Sep 16, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is what the $10,000+ OConnor 1040 tripod looks like

Sep 16, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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OConnor is a name that’s been held in high regard in Hollywood for years for their fluid video tripod heads. In fact, their inventor, Chadwell O’Connor won Academy Awards for them in 1975 and 1992. Now part of the Vitec group, OConnor has been able to combine their heads with Flowtech legs into a single package. The OConnor 1040 Flowtech. It costs $10,260, and we had to see it for ourselves. So, while we were at IBC 2019, we did. And oh boy, is it a nice tripod.

There are no two ways about this, the OConnor 1040 Flowtech tripod and head is an absolute beast. Of course, for over ten grand, one would hope so. This thing is absolutely rock steady whether it’s at its maximum height or low to the ground, and it can get extremely low.

The kit includes OConnor branded versions of the Flowtech 100 legs, also available under the Sachtler and Vinten brands, along with the OConnor Ultimate 1040 fluid head. The head on its own costs close to $7,500 and supports up to 45lbs and offers full tilt from 90 degrees straight down to straight up. It’s designed for big heavy rigs but is light enough itself to easily transport and adjust, thanks to the carbon fibre construction of the legs.

Like I said, it’s an absolute monster, and likely out of the budgets of 99% of us reading this, but it’s always interesting to see what makes kit like this worth so much money. If you do happen to have ten grand burning a hole in your pocket, though, and you’re looking for a new tripod, the OConnor 1040 tripod head and Flowtech legs are available to pre-order now for $10,260 and are shipping soon.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “This is what the $10,000+ OConnor 1040 tripod looks like”

  1. FairlyReasoner Avatar
    FairlyReasoner

    Is there an iPhone adapter?

  2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Cool, but my cam is less than half the prize of that.

  3. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    I kinda want to borrow one at a show and walk around with a little point and shoot on it.

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      Or phone holder.