Sachtler FSB 8 Tripod System
Quite a lot of my work these days involves shoots with lightweight HD cameras and although my O’Connor 1030 is a seriously good tripod for my bigger cameras, it’s a bit of overkill for say a Sony PMW-300.
I decided to buy a second tripod system based the following requirements.
- A true fluid head with substantial drag
- Lightweight system with payload flexibility
- A head counterbalance that was above my present requirements
- A sturdy tripod with an impressive maximum and minimum height.
When I started researching lightweight tripod systems, I immediately dismissed Manfrotto and Libec “they fill a place in the market, but it’s not what I’m looking for”.
I field-tested ‘three’ Miller DS20 fluid heads, they all felt different and failed to deliver anything I was accustomed to.
When I tried the Sachtler FSB 8 fluid head I was immediately impressed. It has 0 to 5 grades of fluid damping, a payload of 1-9 kg, ten-steps of counterbalance, all on a 75 mm ball. Having previously purchased Sachtler products, I new that the FSB 8 would have the same Sachtler quality and build as their bigger fluid heads; I wasn’t disappointed.
Sachtler’s 75 mm Speed Lock carbon fibre tripod was the obvious choice for the head FSB 8 fluid head, so I purchased the FSB 8 System, which performs beautifully.
The FSB 8 System cost around £1600 + tax, this combo weighs in at just 5.2kg, which is 3kg less than my Sachtler 18p.
- Payload: 1 – 10 kg / 2 – 22 lbs
- Weight: 5.2 k / 11.4 lbs
- Min height: 95 cm / 37.4 in
- Max height: 158 cm / 62.2 in
- Transport length: 101 cm / 39.8 in
Sachtler FSB 8 T Fluid Head Spec.
- Payload 1-9kg / 2-20Ibs
- Grades of Drag 5 Horizontally, 5 vertically and 0
- Tilt angle +90˚/ -70˚
- Temperature range -40˚C (-40˚F) to 60˚C (140˚F)
- Level bubble Illuminated
- Camera plate slide range 60mm / 2.4 inch
- Camera fitting Touch & Go plate with 1/4“ and 3/8” screw
- Tripod fitting 75mm
- Pan bar 43cm / 16.7” long