The Sunwayfoto FB-44 Ball Head is an extremely sturdy ball head with an Arca-style clamp, for compatibility with a wide variety of dovetail camera plates. Compared to the previous DB line of ball heads, the FB-44 is 2.3 oz lighter, has a base diameter that's 0.27" smaller, and is 0.08" shorter, but, with 20% greater locking strength in the ball head ball and 50% greater locking strength in the pan base. It features separate controls for pan lock, tilt lock, and friction and has two removable bubble levels that can be mounted on different sides of the clamp.
Like other higher-end ball heads, the FB-44 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 FB-44 supports loads up to 66.13 lb.
Rigorous testing has resulted in a very strong shell. The control knobs of the FB-44 are 100% metal – no plastic or rubber is used. This ensures a smooth operation as well as reliability and durability.
- The quick-release clamp is compatible with Arca-Swiss-style dovetail plates
- Situated inside the pan lock knob, the friction control knob allows you to handle safely a wide range of load sizes
- Compared to previous DB series ball heads, the FB-44 has a smaller diameter, is shorter and lighter, but has increased locking strenth in the ball and in the pan base