Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head

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Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head

B&H # SAFSB8 MFR # 0707
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You Pay: $1,724.00
Product Highlights
  • 75mm Ball
  • 2 lbs to 20 lbs Capacity
  • Compatible with FSB Cell

The Sachtler FSB-8 is a fluid head designed to work with the handheld size of DV, DVCAM, HVX and HDV camcorders. This head offers Sachtler's Sideload mechanism which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 120mm (4.7"). It also features a 10-step counterbalance. This ensures extremely fine and fast balancing.

Frictionless Leak-Proof Fluid Damping
Frictionless leak proof fluid damping with five 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.
Quick Release
The FSB-8 features Sachtler's Sideload mechanism which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 120mm / 4.7".
FSB Cell Compatible
This head is compatible with lightweight and powerful FSB Power Cell.
Load Capacity 20 lbs (9kg)
Diameter/Thread 75mm
Counter Balance System 10 steps
Counter Balance Range 2-20 lbs (0.9-9kg)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate Yes, 4.7" (120mm) Sliding Range
Tilt Drag 5 Steps plus Zero
Tilt Range -75 to +90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance 5 Steps plus Zero
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes / Yes
Temperature Range -40 to +140°F (-40 to +60°C)
Weight 4.7 lbs (2.15kg)
Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head
  • Fluid Head
  • Pan Bar
  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2 Years with Product Registration
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    Sachtler0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves performance (3)
    • Professional quality (3)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Movies (3)
    • Stabilization (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (3)
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    5.0

    Awesome

    By stvk

    from Philadelphia

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects

      Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

      A fantastic fluid head.

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      5.0

      The revolution of a workflow

      By Martin

      from Molde, Norway

      About Me Business Owner, Film Photographer, Producer, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Weight
      • Weight Mountain Use

      Best Uses

      • Cinematography
      • Documentary
      • Independent Films
      • Nature
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

      Incredibly fluid motion, excellent counter balance knob and superfast quick release with Sachtlers own side loading feature!The fact that it takes quick release plates from both Manfrotto and Gitzo makes it even better.I already had a fluid head with great motion before buying the FSB-8, but it was slow and cumbersome to work with. The FSB-8s quick to use counter balance system and blazing fast side loading feature will alone save me the entire investment cost in saved time during filming!

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      4.0

      Improvement over my old head

      By oporornis

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

        I use this head for high-mobility video (wildlife) where light weight is important. Also since a tripod center pole is important, the head has to have a flat base. Believe it or not, this one does. It requires removing a long screw from the bottom. The screw is held with a single nut and with some elbow grease, the nut and screw can be removed with no damage of any kind to the head. A 3/8" female connection on a flat base remains. This head is responsive, has little or no kickback at the end of pans or tilts (unlike my previous lower-priced head), and is a pound lighter. Balancing is easy. Following moving subjects is also. I should have bought this years ago.

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        2.0

        DISAPPOINTING...

        By Sachtler/never again

        from midwest usa

        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy, Videographerphotographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

              ive been using a Vinten Vision 3 with Miller Solo VJ legs for the last 3 years and have been very happy. i knew i would eventually add another pro tripod system in years to come. ive had this idea that someday owning a Sachtler FSB-8 would be the ultimatte even over the Vision 3.i got the FSB-8 a few weeks ago and have to say that after trying it out i was very very disappointed with its performance. didnt like the "feel" of it at all compared to my Vision 3. its a very sterile head and the stepped settings for "drags" was not appealing since you cant really change these settings on the fly without some clunking to settle into their slot. my son who also shoots multicamera gigs with me also didnt care for it.for the price of near $1.600 i expected much more and i decided to RETURN IT.i returned it for (2) Vinten Vision Blue heads (one as a kit for a steal of $1,124.00 and the other head for $697.00. i just recieved the Blue and Vinten legs and and completely happy with this head & legs. it feels just as good as my Vision 3 for less money and far less than the FSB-8 and will accommodate many of my more lightweight cameras as well.you could lay the FSB-8 on a table next to the Vision Blue and offer me my choice for the same low price of the Blue and id take the Blue any and every day of the week.im done with Sachtler forever.

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              5.0

              Super-smooth

              By SurfsUp

              from Honolulu HI

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

                  I upgraded to this fluid head from another one that was in the same general price range. This one is way better, smooth-as-silk pans and tilts, good balance with smaller and heavier cameras. The side-loading feature is very useful, especially when I'm working with less experienced camera operators.

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                  5.0

                  So far so good

                  By ldog

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to operate
                  • SMOOTH

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies

                  Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

                  Replaced a Manfrotto 501 head with this. Couldn't decide between the FSB-6 and 8, but went with the 8 as it has a high load capacity if I ever need one (e.g. new cameras, more elaborate DSLR rigs). weighed both the FSB-6 and 8, and using my kitchen scale the FSB-6 is about 4.9 lbs and the 8 is 5.15 pounds, so pretty negligible weight difference (and different from manufacturer published weight, although I'm using a large kitchen scale so who knows). The 8 has 5 levels of drag as well vs. the 6's 3 levels. I wish the head (or all of these higher-end heads) could be lighter w/o sacrificing performance as I do a lot of work in the high mountains, but that is currently not the case with any of the heads (although the Miller looks like it might be a pound lighter).The ball level is a revelation to me (haven't used one on a video head before - it makes things 1000% easier), but that is not unique the FSB. The actual action of the head is super smooth. I cursed the 501 a couple times on some super slow pans. The FSB feels awesome, and on the slower pans with the drag turned up it makes getting those consistent, super slow pans pretty easy (although it's not completely automatic as you have to apply a consistent pressure). Only a motorized head would probably be a more automatic guarantee of the most smooth, consistent pan, but that's less flexible/portable.Any so far very happy with the purchase. Did a ton of research and on all of the more serious cinemtography forums the Sachtler's get the highest marks from people using all types of heads. Was originally going to get the CineDSLR version (use a 5D MKII now), but didn't see the point in loading it with only 1 pound at a sacrifice of limited high-end load. I bought a [$] tripod, I better have "L" lenses which are mostly heavier than 2 pounds with the camera.I attached a manfrotto quick release device to the FSB plate and it works great for snapping the camera and lenses on and off the stock plate. I hate the old school "need a coin" screws these manufacturers continue to insist on using.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Fluid Head Even for DSLR Video

                  By Scott

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies
                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

                    I shoot with a Canon 5DmkII and had a hard time deciding between this head and the Sachtler CINE-DSLR. In the end I decided to go with the FSB-8 over the Cine for the extra weight capacity on the top end of the scale. You lose a pound on the low end of the scale vs. the CINE-DSLR but gain 9lbs on the top end of the scale. To me that's a more versatile option for future growth of rig or camera. You also get 5 steps of drag control versus 3 on the Cine-DSLR. The counterbalance on the CINE-DSLR can probably be fine tuned for light set ups better but so far I've had no problems balancing a bare 5D with Zeiss ZE 35 which is just a bit over 2lbs.

                    The head is perfectly smooth and a joy to use. If you're upgrading from one of the consumer/prosumer fluid heads you'll see a marked difference in performance. The best way to describe it is that with a head like this you don't have to think about your pans & tilts and can focus on the shot instead of focusing on fighting your head to get a smooth move.

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                    4.0

                    "I recommend it"

                    By komadori_2004

                    from Osaka, Japan

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

                      I use FSB-8 with 800mm lens made by Canon. It is convenient that the head can hold the angle I want to hold.
                      As the lens screws, 1/4 and 3/8, don't have spring washers, I try to pay attention for clenching lens screws. If the screws are fixed without tool, the lens can be shaky. So I try to use 1/4 and 3/8 screws with 800mm lens, and to use a coin to clench the screws.
                      The top plate be released by two times actions and attaching it to the head is only one action. I think it is very convenience, because once the top plate put off the head, and I can set up the lens with the top plate, clenching two screws at easy position. After that, I can take back the lens with the top plate to the head safely. I don't have to seek the screws holes, holding the heavy lens above the eyes level.
                      The price is high but I recommend it.

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                      4.0

                      Quick to aim

                      By Junko & Yuzo

                      from Yokohama. JAPAN

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head:

                      I replace this FSB8 to other head in order to get more stable and quick movement.
                      So far I enjoy this performance, usualy I take photograph for wild birds in the fields and water side.

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