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Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System

B&H # SAFSB6ML2CFS Mfr # 0475
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Product Highlights
  • FSB 6 Fluid Head
  • Carbon-Fiber Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Carry Case
  • 13.2 lbs Capacity

The Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System is a carbon-fiber tripod system offering stable movements to deliver the best images possible. This FSB-6 system consists of the FSB-6 fluid head, 2-stage carbon-fiber tripod, mid-level spreader, and case.

Tripod
The Sachtler 4588 Speed Lock 75 carbon-fiber tripod with 75 mm levelling bowl supports up to 44.1 lb (20 kg). Speed Lock tripods feature traditional dual-tube design with a twist; three leg clamps instead of six for rapid setup to catch fast-breaking news.
Frictionless Leak Proof Fluid Damping
Frictionless leak-proof fluid damping with three levels of drag, for perfect pictures while panning, without jerks and vibrations. Identical across both horizontal and vertical planes, and allows complete disengagement of drag for fast panning.
Snap and Go
The FSB-6 head accepts a payload from 1 to 6 kg while using Sachtler's Snap & Go sideload mechanism.
Dynamic Counterbalancing System
The dynamic counterbalancing system compensates for torques as the camera tilts, preventing the camera from inadvertently tipping, and ensuring that it is positioned securely at any tilt angle.
Safe at any Temperature
Operates without any frictions from -40°F to +140°F.
Load Capacity 13.2 lbs (6kg)
Mount/Base 75mm 3" Half Ball
Balance Plate Yes, Fixed
Counterbalance Steps 10
Pan & Tilt Range 360° / +90°-60°
Pan & Tilt Drag 3 Steps plus 0
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / No
Material Carbon Fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Minimum Height 30.3" (77cm)
Maximum Height 63" (160cm)
Folded Length 33.1" (84cm)
Weight 11.2 lbs (5.1kg)
Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System
  • FSB-6 Fluid Head
  • Tripod Legs
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • DV 75 S Padded Bag
  • Single Section Pan Bar
  • Quick-Release / Wedge Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Years with Product Registration
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    Sachtler0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System
     
    4.5

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (30)
    • Lightweight (23)
    • Unfolds quickly (22)
    • Folds away (16)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (24)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Night shots (8)
    • Sports/action (8)
    • Portraits (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (21), Semi-pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This system just feels good!

    Sachtler is revered as an undisputed leader in pro heads and the FSB-6 lives up to the reputation. 3 levels of silky pan and tilt drag goodness, and the carbon fiber stix are...Read complete review

    Sachtler is revered as an undisputed leader in pro heads and the FSB-6 lives up to the reputation. 3 levels of silky pan and tilt drag goodness, and the carbon fiber stix are IMHO worth the extra cash and just ooze that high-tech something. Not sure if they are really lighter than the aluminum but they FEEL lighter. Three tension 'nobs' instead of six is a BIG plus when you're setting up lots of shots in a session! Walk like a man, and get this system. Thank me later.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I regret this purchase

    If you buy this tripod keep glue handy and tools so you can keep it together. For $1,600 plus dollars I was hoping for something secure and trouble free, at least for...Read complete review

    If you buy this tripod keep glue handy and tools so you can keep it together. For $1,600 plus dollars I was hoping for something secure and trouble free, at least for awhile.

    Sachtler doesn't put enough glue in the legs to keep it from coming apart in the field. The cams that tighten the legs constantly need to be adjusted which is a pain to do.

    The head works fine but the legs are junk!

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    3.0

    Nice Tripod

    By Marc

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

      its a good tripod but not great. I love the one button to control both stages in the legs. The spreader is my complaint. Its kind of small and seems like it should extend a little further. Other than that its a good tripod. Love the carbon fiber light weight.

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      5.0

      Great Investment

      By Celtic Semite

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

        Quick setups that are exceptionally smooth and adjustable. As soon as I opened the box, I knew this was a quality product I'd be using for years to come.

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        5.0

        Excelent quality

        By Rod

        from Caracas Venezuela

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Video

          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

          Great quality, excelent construction and the Fluid head is fantastic!!!!

          To be used in photography and video as well!!!

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          5.0

          Great control

          By Gary

          from Albany, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

            I waited and saved my cash to purchase this great light weight high end tripod and head. The combo work great with my smaller cameras. Now I have that sensitive touch I need for controlled camera moves. I am happy!

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            5.0

            Simply awesome

            By Didier Movies

            from Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

              So far, best tripod I've ever used for this range and weight of camera type ! Far beyond Manfrotto, even if the price if higher then Manrotto, you still pay for quality.

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              5.0

              A Significant Personal Upgrade

              By Chem Todd

              from Princeton, NJ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Smooth

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video

              Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

              I use this head and tripod system with a Canon 5D Mark II for video production. I have upgraded from the Manfrotto 501HDV Head and 546B Tripod. The big, big difference is the video head. The Sachtler FSB-6 head is so smooth, so easily balanced, so easily adjusted -- there are no compromises. The Manfrotto 501HDV had only one setting for counterbalance, while the FSB-6 has ten. I couldn't get the 501HDV to have the exact same feel in tilt and pan -- one was always tighter, so getting a shot that used a combination of tilting and panning took a super steady, well-rehearsed hand. The FSB-6 gives me the consistency I want between tilt and pan. The tripod is satisfyingly stable and I like that a single latch loosens or tightens each leg. The kit includes a great padded bag. Yes, it is expensive, but I feel I'm getting a huge improvement over my previous Manfrotto (only one year old) kit.

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              1.0

              Don't Buy This

              By SC

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                    The FSB head is a work of art but I'm shocked Sachtler put their name behind such a poorly designed tripod. Purchased this combo yesterday and the speed locking system stopped functioning two hours into its first day in the field. I've heard from other colleagues this is a common problem with these stix. In the process of returning this system.

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                    5.0

                    Worth biting the bullet

                    By JFrank

                    from NYC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                      This was a splurge and I got talked into it - or rather got very good advice on why it was worth/better to spend money here instead of cutting a corner or two. Is it pricey? oh yeah. Is it worth it? So far... I've had rock-solid bases in every set-up (and some were horrid 'dash in 1 minute before shoot and GO' ones...where I couldn't even spread the legs as wide as I would have liked for stability's sake). The head is smooth and behaves like a dream.

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                      5.0

                      Good Tripod for DSLR

                      By Jane

                      from Sydney, Australia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Not for very long lenses

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                        I used to shoot 35mm and 16mm music videos, docos, ads, features. So I was comfortable with the much bigger, sturdier (and more expensive) Sachtlers rented for me.

                        So I was a bit underwhelmed at the small size of the FSB 6 when it came out of the box. However it is perfect for what I now want, shooting my own film with the Canon 5D Mk2. It's mobile, lightweight and perfect for shooting solo. I can pick up the sticks, camera and bag easily and just walk off.

                        I'm doing very static shots and so far the long end of the 70mm-200mm is fine, but NOT for pulling focus without a rig - every vibration is seen if you even touch the camera.

                        It gets down nice and low too, removing the need for baby legs. Any lower and I can just go on the ground.

                        I love how the legs just fall to the ground when you hold it up to the height you want and release the legs.

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                        2.0

                        Sachtler 4588 CF legs often slip

                        By Brant

                        from Granville, OH

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Unstable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                          Great fluid head, lightweight, designed for quick setup. However, you'd probably be better off pairing it with a different set of legs.

                          We purchased six of these tripods and two of them have had issues with the legs slipping. Because of the design of the 4588 legs, they cannot be tightened or fixed with a simple hex wrench. Rather, they need to be professionally serviced, which is expensive if the item is no longer under warranty.

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                          5.0

                          Simply Awesome!

                          By GLD

                          from Shanghai, China

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Smooth PT action
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • All

                            Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                            Very simple to use. Outstanding design and quality; lightweight; very fast to erect; and most importantly, pan & tilt action smooth and professional even at the highest zoom settings. having spent a lot of money trying to find robust tripods with excellent PT qualities, I finally found it. Wished I started here first!!

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                            4.0

                            They fixed it

                            By Daryl Hunter

                            from Irwin, Idaho

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                              I wrote a previous review where I would not recommend this tripod. Since then, B&H discontinued this tripod for awhile and Sachtler had me send the tripod to them and they fixed it. Since then I have been a happy customer.

                              They had a problem on the production line and fixed the problem. I hope they learned their lesson

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                              5.0

                              Awsesome Tripod

                              By B-Man

                              from Northern California

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Video

                                Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                This is an excellent tripod. I debated for a long time whether or not to buy this tripod or a cheaper Manfrotto tripod like the 504HD. While I am sure the Manfrotto is a great tripod, from what I have read, the Sachtler has much more potential. I am looking to grow my rig and I don't want something that is going to have to be replaced shortly down the road.

                                The quality of the head is noticed immediately. The legs are also very sturdy although the mid-level spreader is a little clunky. I highly recommend this tripod if you are working with an HDSLR and want to have a pretty beefed up rig. I currently use it with a 7D, matte box with filters and a follow focus. I plan to add an EVF and the ability to make it a shoulder rig also.

                                Great Tripod, Highly recommended.

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                                5.0

                                Finally a tripod I can be proud of.

                                By T-Rod

                                from Miami Lakes, FL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                  Got into professional video 4 years ago and purchased an inferior tripod, what a difference the FSB-6 makes. Now my pans and zooms are smooth and sweet. Very professional tripod.

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                                  5.0

                                  A Solid Tripod!

                                  By Cut Wing Productions

                                  from Elkhorn. WI

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                    I have worked with a number of tripods and this is by far the best one I have ever used. I shoot with a Sony PMW-EX1R and this tripod has allowed me to have very smooth pans, along with stable stationary shots. In the case of this tripod I can honestly say that you get what you pay for.

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                                    5.0

                                    Professional tripod!

                                    By Danton

                                    from Santa Monica, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                        Sachtler is definitely a great way to go if you are looking for a professional style tripod. I was trying to be economical, but not cut back on quality. I compared this head to the Bogen 504HD head and found this to be far superior in terms of build quality and smoothness. This is a tripod that will last a life time. Very happy with it.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great sachtler lightweight tripod

                                        By f22imager

                                        from Kelowna, B,.C. Canada

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Folds Small
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                          As always a fantastic product from Sachtler. Smooth pans and tilts and the lighted bubble level is bonus in low light. Great set up and legs are rock solid . . . all around excellent!

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                                          5.0

                                          Fantastic!!

                                          By Steveo

                                          from PA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                          • Expensive

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                          What a great kit! I struggled with the decision and finally decided to plunk down the money for this even though it was more money than I had planned.

                                          I am not disappointed. Extremely well made, easy to balance, and works great with my DSLR setup.

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                                          5.0

                                          It is a Sachtler baby!

                                          By Ed

                                          from sf, CA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Resale value
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Pro cinema
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                          I use this as my personal tripod for super 8, super 16mm, and for digital dslr cameras. I like the fact that is small enough to fit in a bag and easy to set up but powerful for sure and with a real fluid head movement.

                                          I cannot think of anything bad about it other than I am not too crazy about the mid level spreader but other than that is a dream come true.

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                                          5.0

                                          IT IS A SACHTLER BABY!

                                          By usumacinta

                                          from SF

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good investment proof
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                          • None

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Filmamking
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System:

                                          All you need for a personal tripod. May be a bid heavy for some (I am a strong guy) IT DOES HAVE an illuminated bubble! [...] Overall very happy! after a long research I made the right decision.See my unpacking video on U Tube: FSB 6 UNBOXING

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