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FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate

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FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate

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Product Highlights

  • Ballhead with 33 lb Capacity
  • Dual-Caliper Lock for Stability
  • Integrated Panning Base
  • Seamless Friction Controlled Movement
  • QP-144750 Quick Release Plate Included
  • Arca-Swiss Compatible QR System
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The CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate from Feisol is a lighter weight ballhead that inherits the two-locking-system design of previous Fiesol ballhead models. There's one system to lock the ballhead sphere, and a second to lock the base plate for even greater stability. This allows for the added capability of rotating the base plate while maintaining a locked sphere. And the CB-40D is lighter and more compact than its predecessors. It also includes an integrated Panning Base. The CB-40D can be used as a lightweight alternative for heavy-duty tripods, or as a more heavy-duty ballhead option for lighter traveler's tripods. The quick release system is Arca-Swiss compatible.

Ballhead with 33 lb capacity
Dual-caliper lock design for greater stability
Integrated panning base
Seamless friction controlled movement
QP-144750 quick release plate included
Arca-Swiss compatible QR system
Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.57" (40 mm)
Quick Release Yes, Arca-Swiss compatible QR system
Spirit Level Not specified by manufacturer
Tension Control Not specified by manufacturer
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Height 3.74" (9.5 cm)
Maximum Diameter Not specified by manufacturer
Weight 14.81 oz (420 g)
FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate
  • QP-144750 Quick Release Plate
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
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    FEISOLCB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate
     
    4.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong clamp (7)
    • Attaches firmly (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Large range of motion (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid, lightweight ballhead!

      My husband and I were in the market for our first set of tripod legs and ball head to take with us on our vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I'm pretty...Read complete review

      My husband and I were in the market for our first set of tripod legs and ball head to take with us on our vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I'm pretty OCD about things, so I researched everything EXTENSIVELY prior to making this choice. Our criteria were as follows:

      - Lightweight combination of tripod legs and ball head (no more than 3.5 lbs combined) - I carry our camera backpack with all of our gear (and my husband carries our hiking bag with all of our other items), so I needed a combination I would be able to physically lift and carry with us.
      - Arca swiss compatible
      - Quick release plate
      - Head and legs had to be capable of supporting our heaviest lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS) and body (Canon 650D) with no creep.
      - The head needed to be compact enough so that the legs of our Feisol CT-3442 could fold back over it for storage/hiking.

      I was frustrated when first starting my research, because all of the forums I initially found exclusively recommended RRS ball heads, or Photo Clam ball heads, among others. All of which were simply out of the price range we needed.

      Once we chose our tripod legs, I looked through the Feisol website, and this was the ball head that they recommended for those legs. There weren't very many reviews of the ball head on B&H's website (or elsewhere), and even though I typically rely very heavily on reviews, we went out on a limb and purchased this ball head...and we could not be happier with our choice! The operation of it is very smooth (it glides so nicely), it is very sturdy and solid (even though it is very lightweight), and it locks solid (I was never concerned that our camera wasn't surely attached to the tripod legs).

      Our tripod and ball head were lugged EVERYWHERE with us, and were both used daily during our 2 1/2 week vacation, and this head performed like a champ (so did the tripod legs - see my review on that product as well)! It was lightweight enough for me to carry with no issues, yet our heaviest lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS) combined with our camera body (Canon 650D) were no problem for this combination!

      In closing, this has proven to be a fantastic addition to our camera gear, and one we would HIGHLY recommend!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      SPENDING MORE TO SAVE A COUPLE OF BUCKS

      PURCHASED A WIMBERLEY SIDEKICK AND THIS BALL HEAD, WILL NOT SUPORT IT AND A SMALL TELEPHOTO LENS WILL PURCHASE Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1

      PURCHASED A WIMBERLEY SIDEKICK AND THIS BALL HEAD, WILL NOT SUPORT IT AND A SMALL TELEPHOTO LENS WILL PURCHASE Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1

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      5.0

      Another good Feisol product

      By Drew

      from Pinehurst, NC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

        Bought this to use with the Feisol travel tripod. A sturdy winning combination.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Sturdy...But

        By Don

        from Yakima,WA

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography

          Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

          I use this head for a Nikon D600 with anything from a 14mm wide angle to a 400mm f/3.5 w/2x converter. This head locks down tight with no slipping. I find that swiveling the ball around is smooth but hard to feather between too tight and too loose. The mounting clamp came loose from the post, I had to remove the screw and reset it with LocTite. Now the problem seems to be resolved. Overall this ball head does what I want it to do..hold my camera rock solid.

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          • No

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          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          SPENDING MORE TO SAVE A COUPLE OF BUCKS

          By TURNER

          from CANADA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                PURCHASED A WIMBERLEY SIDEKICK AND THIS BALL HEAD, WILL NOT SUPORT IT AND A SMALL TELEPHOTO LENS WILL PURCHASE Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1

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                • No

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                5.0

                Top quality gear

                By Drdemoya

                from Florida

                Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                This is a all around pro ball head. Light and strong. Must have if need a tripod for your photography.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice ballhead

                By Captain Hero Number One

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                    The first time I took this ballhead out, I tripped on some slippery rocks and it came crashing down with me. It hit the ground (rock) pretty hard. One of the knobs got a little scuffed up, but the functionality remained the same, which is very very good. This is a a very smooth, well constructed ballhead. It's far superior to my manfrotto 488 RC4. I use it with the fuji x system, and it locks down any combination of that gear with absolutely no problem. Great buy compared to some of the other high end brands out there. (*ahem* RRS)

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Solid Ballhead

                    By Bryan K.

                    from Houston, TX

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Studio

                      Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                      I purchased this ballhead a couple months ago to use for an outdoor trip plus some studio work. So far it has worked like a champ. Very solid when locked down. Now that I am used to it, I also like the feisol system with lock and tension.I used it with a Canon system and their 70-300L glass as the heaviest combination and it held solid.I gave it 4 stars because of an issue when I got it. It comes locked down, and you have to go through and lossen it. When doing so at one point you loosen the tension so I rotated it until it stopped, only it never got loose. Finally after some emails with Feisol, I just cranked really hard past the stopping point (where the rubber grip started spinning loose) and it broke free and kept turning more. After that it worked great, but a frustrating start with it.

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                      • No

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Solid, lightweight ballhead!

                      By Mike & Kelly B.

                      from Maryland

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                        My husband and I were in the market for our first set of tripod legs and ball head to take with us on our vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I'm pretty OCD about things, so I researched everything EXTENSIVELY prior to making this choice. Our criteria were as follows:

                        - Lightweight combination of tripod legs and ball head (no more than 3.5 lbs combined) - I carry our camera backpack with all of our gear (and my husband carries our hiking bag with all of our other items), so I needed a combination I would be able to physically lift and carry with us.
                        - Arca swiss compatible
                        - Quick release plate
                        - Head and legs had to be capable of supporting our heaviest lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS) and body (Canon 650D) with no creep.
                        - The head needed to be compact enough so that the legs of our Feisol CT-3442 could fold back over it for storage/hiking.

                        I was frustrated when first starting my research, because all of the forums I initially found exclusively recommended RRS ball heads, or Photo Clam ball heads, among others. All of which were simply out of the price range we needed.

                        Once we chose our tripod legs, I looked through the Feisol website, and this was the ball head that they recommended for those legs. There weren't very many reviews of the ball head on B&H's website (or elsewhere), and even though I typically rely very heavily on reviews, we went out on a limb and purchased this ball head...and we could not be happier with our choice! The operation of it is very smooth (it glides so nicely), it is very sturdy and solid (even though it is very lightweight), and it locks solid (I was never concerned that our camera wasn't surely attached to the tripod legs).

                        Our tripod and ball head were lugged EVERYWHERE with us, and were both used daily during our 2 1/2 week vacation, and this head performed like a champ (so did the tripod legs - see my review on that product as well)! It was lightweight enough for me to carry with no issues, yet our heaviest lens (Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS) combined with our camera body (Canon 650D) were no problem for this combination!

                        In closing, this has proven to be a fantastic addition to our camera gear, and one we would HIGHLY recommend!

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Feisol CB-40D tripod head is superb

                        By Baz

                        from Evanston, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                          Product is used with my Manfrotto 754 carbon fiber tripod for landscape and portrait photography. The double locking system absolutely prevents slippage of either camera or large lens.
                          Great that Feisol supplied an extra quick release plate which I use for long lenses, in addition to my Really Right Stuff plate for the camera.
                          Construction and design are first rate, and at a reasonable price. Very impressed.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Changing my photography

                          By JustinR

                          from Federal Way, WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                            As a caveat: this is my first ballhead, so take it with a grain of salt. I've been using a pan and tilt head or years, but this is so much easier to sdjust, I find myself wanting to use my tripod more often, which is, of course, improving my photography. The friction is easily adjustable to support the camera even when not clamped down, and the clamp is not difficult to crank down. I'm using this with Feisol CT-3442 legs, Canon EOS-6D, and lenses up to 70-200 f/2.8L.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Super Buy for the $

                            By Fred Jr.

                            from Greenville SC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                              Great ball head for the $ invested. Tight and holds camera very steady. Good size. The tension knob is a little close to the pan knob but workable. Would buy again. Great head.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent head

                              By Jorge

                              from Barcelona, Spain

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Control Knobs
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                              • No bubble
                              • Unclear Friction Control

                              Best Uses

                              • General Outdoor Use
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel

                              Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                              this head is perfect for a mid to large size carbon tripod, and works perfectly even with heavy medium format cameras such as the pentax 67. you don't need a bigger one. the control knobs are big and well located and work intuitively very well. I use it on a carbon fiber benro m-257 n6, which is a very very decent gitzo imitation.it lacks of any bubble level, which is a pity. the friction control only works when the head is locked, which takes a while to realize. but these are minor problems and this is a very good piece of equipment, sober, functional, straight, very photographic so to speak, and of course much less expensive that the somewhat over-rated arca swiss, achratech, rrs, kirk, markins etc ballheads, which are of course good stuff, but overpriced to some extent.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Feisol CB40 ballhead

                              By Joe

                              from Westwood,NJ

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about FEISOL CB-40D Ballhead with QP-144750 Release Plate:

                                I am currently using this ballhead on a monopod. So far it has worked out very good. My camera feels very well locked down. It just takes a while to get used to how it works best. I am in the process of looking at better plates that are wider or maybe an L-bracket plate.

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