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Sunwayfoto DB-36 Ball Head

B&H # SUDB36 Mfr # DB-36
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Separate Tilt, Pan & Friction Controls
  • Arca-Style Clamp
  • Safety Stops on Quick-Release Platform
  • Ellipsoidal Ball for Off-Center Loads
  • Dual Tilt Notches
  • Supports Loads Up to 39.7 lb
  • Weighs Just 0.84 lb

The Sunwayfoto DB-36 Ball Head is an extremely sturdy ball head with an Arca-style clamp, for compatibility with a wide variety of dovetail camera plates. The DB-36 features separate controls for pan lock, tilt lock, and friction, and there are dual tilt grooves to accommodate switching to portrait orientation as well as full 90° front-to-back tilt without needing to alter the head's pan position.

Like other higher-end ball heads, the DB-36 features an ellipsoidal ball that helps it better handle off-center loads – this shape introduces progressive resistance to reduce accidents. But for smoother operation, the aspherical nature of the ball is subtler than that of other heads – the y-axis diameter is only 0.03mm longer than the x-axis diameter (other similar heads typically have a disparity of 0.07mm). The DB-36 supports loads up to 39.6 lb.

Rigorous testing has resulted in a very strong shell. The control knobs of the DB-36 are 100% metal – no plastic or rubber is used. This ensures a smooth operation as well as reliability and durability.

Well-marked components facilitate precise positioning. The tilt lock knob is laser-engraved with marks from 1 to 12, and the pan base features laser-engraved degree markers in increments of 5°. These, combined with the independence of the pan and tilt locks, make the DB-36 well-suited for capturing horizontally overlapping photos in order to create panoramas.

The quick-release clamp is 1.65" (42mm) long and is compatible with Arca-Swiss-style dovetail plates
The clamp assembly, which features a spirit level and safety-stop relief grooves, can be removed and mounted on another ball head, from manufacturers such as Arca-Swiss, RRS, and Kangrinpoche 1
Situated inside the pan lock knob, the friction control knob allows you to handle safely a wide range of load sizes
Load Capacity 39.6 lb (18 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.42" (36mm)
Quick Release Arca-style clamp
Spirit Level Yes
Tension Control Yes
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tilt 90° in two directions (side tilt and front-to-back)
Pan Range 360°
Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Height 3.4" (8.7 cm)
Base Diameter 2.1" (54mm)
Weight 0.84 lb (380 g)
Sunwayfoto DB-36 Ball Head
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty + Additional 18 Months with Online Registration
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