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Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System

B&H # SAFSB4MLS MFR # 0372
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Product Highlights
  • FSB-4 Fluid Head
  • ENG 75 L Tripod
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Carry Case
  • 8.8 lbs Capacity

The Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 is an aluminum tripod system offering stable movements for the best images possible. This FSB-4 system consists of the FSB-4 fluid head, 1-stage aluminum tripod mid-level spreader and case.

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-4 head accepts a payload from 0 to 4kg while using Sachtler's Snap & Go sideload mechanism.
Dynamic Counterbalancing System
The ten step 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.
Tripod
The aluminum tripod offers the Touch & Go system and was designed with small camcorders in mind.

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General
Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4kg)
Maximum Height 62.2" (158cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 37.4" (95 cm)
Transport Length 39.8" (101 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / No
Weight 10.6 lbs (4.8kg)
Head
Counter Balance System 5 Step
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate Yes Sliding 120mm
Tilt Drag 3 Levels of Drag
Tilt Range 90° Up and 70° Down
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance 3 Levels of Drag
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 75mm Bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 1/2
Leg Lock Type Speed Lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Spiked with Rubber Feet
Center Brace Mid-Level
Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System
  • FSB-4 Fluid Head
  • Aluminum Tripod Legs
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Soft Carrying Case
  • Single Section Pan Bar
  • Quick Release / Wedge Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Years with Product Registration
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    Sachtler0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System
     
    4.5

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Professional quality (21)
    • Improves performance (15)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Compact (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent films (16)
      • In the studio (11)
      • Complex projects (8)
      • Home movies (3)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Business owner (12), Professional artist (10), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (22)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      best tripod for the price

      After months of researching, looking at different tripods on the market, I decided to purchase the Sachtler FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System. I've used a variety of different tripods and for the price...Read complete review

      After months of researching, looking at different tripods on the market, I decided to purchase the Sachtler FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System. I've used a variety of different tripods and for the price this system performs equally or better than some of the more expensive higher priced tripods. This will be a part of my kit for the next ten to fifteen years.

      Performance: Outstanding.

      The fluid head in my opinion is "exceptional". Pans and tilts are effortless. The quality is superior in craftsmanship and engineering. Working mostly outdoors in rugged terrain, this system is easy to set-up and is built tough.

      Once again, Sachtler lives up to their high quality standards with this tripod system.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Poor construction & non-existent support

      Bought this tripod about a year ago, and within the first few weeks the legs came apart. In addition, the handle cannot be tightened enough to keep it from slipping during panning. I...Read complete review

      Bought this tripod about a year ago, and within the first few weeks the legs came apart. In addition, the handle cannot be tightened enough to keep it from slipping during panning. I recently sent the tripod into Vitec Videocom for repair of these two items, and apparently it has gone into a black hole. Vitec is refusing to respond to any e-mail or phone inquiries so have no idea if I'm ever getting it back. Even repeated messages to Sachtler to get them to step in and help have been ignored. Clearly, Sachtler is having both quality control issues, support, and customer service issues. Recommend you buy another brand.

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      1.0

      Poor construction & non-existent support

      By Marty

      from Leesburg, VA

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Non-existent Support
        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

          Bought this tripod about a year ago, and within the first few weeks the legs came apart. In addition, the handle cannot be tightened enough to keep it from slipping during panning. I recently sent the tripod into Vitec Videocom for repair of these two items, and apparently it has gone into a black hole. Vitec is refusing to respond to any e-mail or phone inquiries so have no idea if I'm ever getting it back. Even repeated messages to Sachtler to get them to step in and help have been ignored. Clearly, Sachtler is having both quality control issues, support, and customer service issues. Recommend you buy another brand.

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          5.0

          Great Tripod, Worth the money!

          By Reid

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

            Nice compact design, comes in a convenient shoulder bag. Smooth, fluid tripod head. Overall worth the money for the bang you get.

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            5.0

            Good solid intermediate tripod

            By cvid

            from Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Improves Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                Tripod used with a smaller camcorder. Relatively easy to set up. Balancing camera is quite easy. The drag settings are very useful. Once balanced and using drag settings, camera pans and tilts without extra movement.

                Recommended highly as an intermediate tripod. A bit light. Turn cranks to release legs not quite proefessional. Bettger than most light tripods.

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                5.0

                Its a Sachtler

                By DSLR Interview Guy

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                  I bought this tripod to use for DSLR video work. I've worked with the bigger Sachtler heads in the past and love how smoothness and solidity of the pans. Tripod itself leaves a little to be desired. Its a tad light. Overall though this system does a great job for what I needed.

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                  3.0

                  good head, average sticks

                  By Sam

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Professional Artist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                        giving this 3 stars for the sticks-- the plastic turn cranks are annoying, and no match for the speed / simplicity of the carbon fiber, single-lever sticks.

                        the head is great, i prefer the plate system to the more expensive sachtler models, as the plate is compatible with the manfrotto plate, which i use on a slider and a monopod as well. so the same plate interfaces with these three tools, saving time that would otherwise be spent attaching different plates to the camera.

                        i also own the fsb-4 head on the carbon fiber sticks and those are very easy to use, as the single leg lever really makes operation simple. after using the carbon fiber sticks i have a hard time using any other.

                        currently using these sticks (and others) on documentary video production with canon c100, c300 and 5d cameras.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Tripod, Very Satisfied!

                        By Burrito Special

                        from Alma,Mi

                        About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Funny Looking, Great Personality, Hobbyist, Professional Artist, Waiter

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Put Away
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio
                          • Music videos
                          • Sports Highlights
                          • Stage Plays
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                          I've been using this tripod for about two weeks straight, and I can simply say I love it. That way it feels, the way it looks, its awesome! It came with a broken foot when it arrived, but b&h send me a replacement in less than a week. Very satisfied!

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                          4.0

                          Good Tripod - but beware.

                          By Phocussed

                          from Pasadena, CA

                          About Me Business Owner, professional photographer, Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fluid Head Very Smooth
                          • Nice Bag
                          • Well made

                          Cons

                          • Legs A Little Shaky
                          • Wish The Capacity As 10lb

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                          I got this tripod for my DSLR Video Rig. The head is really nice, but the legs are a little shaky. I ended up hanging a 5lb. sandbag from the spreaders for more stability.

                          This is a great unit if your rig is below its 8.8lb. max capacity. I am really pushing the limits with my d800, cage, monitor, mic and pre-amp. The next jump up in sticks and head is out of my budget, but I considered returning this tripod to upgrade.

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                          4.0

                          FSB-4 Tripod Review

                          By Joah

                          from Minneapolis, MN

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                          • Pricey / Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                          I use this tripod for video with Canon DSLR cameras, 5D Mark II & 6D. I love having smooth pans and tilts and the FSB-4 head delivers! When it arrived the screw that connects the head to the sticks was loose. It tightens and levels fine but when I spend $[$]+ on a tripod I expect it to all be solid.The biggest downside here is its overpriced because its Sachtler but thats why I got it ;) Manfrotto has some good products too and and if you need to save money dont feel to bad you wont be missing that much. After all its not the gear but how you use it that matters. If you have the money for it you will be very satisfied with this tripod.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic tripod for the money!

                          By RJL

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          About Me Educational Technology, Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Complex Projects
                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

                            Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                            I worked with Sachtler hot-pods for years in the broadcast industry, so I hoped to find something from Sachtler that was more reasonably priced to purchase for my new job. (Higher Ed)

                            As other reviewers have stated, the head on this is amazing for the price - the sticks are average, but do the job. The money your spending is all going to the head anyway, you could put it on better sticks down the line if necessary, but the sticks it comes with more than do the job.

                            We're using it with the Panasonic HPX 170, and it is perfect for that size camera. I wouldn't put a shoulder mount ENG camera on it, but with a smaller form factor camera it's perfect. Easy controls, amazing fluid movements, and not too heavy.

                            Nice heavy carry-bag too. This is a great tripod for the cost!

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                            4.0

                            Great Tripod for small cameras

                            By lon Van Wyck

                            from Boise Idaho

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                              great for any small camera. Light weight for people on the run. easy to set up and take down.

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                              5.0

                              excellent product

                              By Alex Contador

                              from DC

                              About Me Professional Artist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Independent Films

                                Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                Lightweight and very reliable.

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                                5.0

                                great tripod

                                By Marc

                                from Central Florida

                                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Lightweight
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                    I use this tripod with a DSLR and it works very well. It's light weight and the head is smooth. The only thing I don't like is the inability to get low to the ground; otherwise, it's a great production tool.

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                                    4.0

                                    Big bang for buck

                                    By brynsank

                                    from Texas

                                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                    Pros

                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Event videography
                                      • Independent Films

                                      Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                      I use this combo with a number of my systems - Sony NX5 and DSLR as well as for mounting my Kessler Pocket Dolly on. All round it's a great tripod for the price. It's the cheapest one I've ever bought and I rather expected to be disappointed but fortunately was not! I have only two complaints. The first is very minor in that I wish the leg-locking knobs were larger. They are quite small and a little fiddly but certainly not a deal breaker. The second I think is a little more important and that is the mid-level spreader is far too limited in its spread and also has no quick-release function if you want to remove it. If these two things were fixed I would give it 5 stars.

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                                      5.0

                                      Sachtler nuff said.

                                      By Hollywood

                                      from Bridgewater NJ

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Performance
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                          Short Films, Wedding & Event Videography.. Lightweight cameras this head is the best for your your money,

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                                          4.0

                                          A great value

                                          By Graham DP

                                          from Charlotte

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact Design
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Professional Quality

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Independent Films
                                            • In The Studio

                                            Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                            This is the best small video tripod for the money.

                                            - it's a little lightweight - keep some sandbags around.

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                                            5.0

                                            This is the real deal!

                                            By ravilla

                                            from Washington

                                            About Me Serious amateur

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Professional Quality
                                            • Smooth

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                                For years I have owned inferior tripods that despite saying they were fluid heads, did not offer smooth pans. I finally forked over the cash for a real pro quality tripod and I am not disappointed! At a shoot of a jazz concert, I was able to pan/tilt smoothly without a hint of sticking or backlash.

                                                The manual that comes with the tripod is very badly translated into English and it is not very comprehensive. Go to Youtube and watch some of the videos on the FSB-4 to learn how to set up the head properly.

                                                This tripod is rather long when folded up and it is heavy, so I wouldn't want to have to carry it for long. But the tripod legs are very solid and there is no twisting when you start a pan.

                                                So I am very happy with the tripod and am looking forward to being able to use it for a long, long time.

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent tripod

                                                By Norimaki

                                                from Venice CA

                                                About Me Business Owner

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Compact Design
                                                • Easy To Use
                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Professional Quality

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Independent Films

                                                  Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                                  Even though this is low end of Sachtler tripod system
                                                  but it's so great. light weight but solid well made
                                                  head and legs.
                                                  This is a excellent tripod for HDV camera.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  Good DSLR tripod

                                                  By Focus313

                                                  from Detroit

                                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Compact Design
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Lightweight
                                                  • Professional Quality

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                                      I'm a professional videographer using this for DSLR shooting. This is a quality tri-pod and prefer this to the Manfrotto 504 equivalent. Solid build.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great tripod

                                                      By Media Dude

                                                      from Indianapolis, IN

                                                      About Me Media Producer, Photographer

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Compact Design
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Improves Performance
                                                      • Lightweight
                                                      • Professional Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Complex Projects
                                                      • In The Studio
                                                      • Location shoots

                                                      Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                                      We have been using the same Bogen tripods for 15 years. We updated to the Sachtler and WOW. The quick release legs are easy and quick. Love the fluid head and the level adjustment could be any easier to adjust. Well worth spending the extra for a great tripod.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Awesome piece of equipment

                                                      By Jean

                                                      from Montreal

                                                      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Highly Compatible
                                                      • Improves Performance
                                                      • Professional Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • DSLR light camera video

                                                        Comments about Sachtler 0372 FSB-4 Aluminum Tripod System:

                                                        I use the FSB4 with a dslr camera and a light setup. The head is really fluid and helps me get great shots. Legs are somewhat heavy, but it gives the whole thing a good stability. It comes in a really well made Petrol bag with extra cushion for the head. I am really glad I ponied up for it as I dont expect I'll have to upgrade anytime soon.

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