Sunwayfoto FB-28i Ball Head

Sunwayfoto FB-28i Ball Head

Sunwayfoto FB-28i Ball Head

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Product Highlights

  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Construction
  • Separate Panning Lock Knob
  • Satin Anodized Surface
  • Integrated Bubble Level
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The FB-28i Ball Head from Sunwayfoto is a compact and lightweight (7.3 oz) Arca-type compatible tripod head with a load capacity of 13.2 lb. It is CNC machined from aircraft-grade aluminum, making it both lightweight and strong.

The ball head has a large locking knob that controls the movement of the ball, and a separate locking knob to control the panning of the head. A scale is located on the base of the head with an index direction mark for accurate panoramic stitches.

A single notch in the head allows the clamp to be tilted 90° to place your camera in portrait orientation.
An integrated bull's eye bubble level assures your camera is level on both the vertical and horizontal axes.
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Sunwayfoto FB-28i Ball Head
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendible to 6 Years with Registration
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    • 1Description
    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Thread Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 26.5 lb / 12 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 1
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.1" / 28 mm
    Dimensions : 1.6 x H: 2.8" / : 40.0 x H: 72.0 mm
    Weight 7.3 oz / 207.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 3.3 x 1.7"
    FB-28i Ball Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but mighty I own numerous Sunwayfoto products and superb design and workmanship are the norm. The lone exception is their first mini ball head model, the FB-28, marred by a ball lock that slipped under light loads. Sunwayfoto designers slunk back to the drawing board and out popped the FB-28i: similar to the ill-fated FB-28 but sporting a vastly improved ball lock. They also added a pan lock and extra letter to the moniker. And the new FB-28i is comely as a ball head can be: flawless finish, perfect milling and a classic design reminiscent of Kirk ball heads. The FB-28i has a standard 3/8 socket for tripod mounting but a 1/4 adapter is included for tripods with the smaller bolt. I installed it on a Gitzo G1028 Mountaineer and ran it through its paces. The bundled 37mm clamp accepted my 6D/24-105 4L with Sunwayfoto Arca plate (PC-6D) and snugged up tight. The metal clamp lock knob is tiny, making gripping and tightening more difficult than larger clamps. I pointed the rig upwards, torqued the ball tension knob and was greeted with a rock solid lock. There's a wee bit of settle but no drifting. Well done the second time around! Grooves on both sides of the clamp allow the use of safety stop screws. The screws catch in the grooves if the jaws are not fully tightened. Clamp jaws are tiny and delicate and can be damaged if dropped while open. I store the clamp closed just in case. I wouldn't mind a little larger clamp, e.g., 50mm, as 37mm is tiny. Ball movements are silky smooth and precise. Drag and lock are controlled with a single large knob, making for fast tweaks. There's plenty of adjustment nuance from loose-as-a-goose to locked tight. It's easy to dial in just enough resistance so it doesn't flop but still moves smoothly. A quick twist and the ball locks solid. A significant improvement over the wimpy lock in the old FB-28. Another improvement is the addition of a pan lock. Loosen to pan smoothly with slight dampening. Tighten slightly for a little drag. Firmly tighten, and it locks albeit can still be moved if you muscle it. The FB-28i comes with illustrated instructions in English and Chinese. And the Englishunlike most Chinese instructionsis clear and thoughtfully written. Workmanship and appearance are gorgeous. I wish the clamp knob was larger but the FB-28i is designed as a micro (table top) tripod head so I can't fault Sunwayfoto much. Obviously, the FB-28i is not a good choice for pro DSLRs or big lenses. However the FB-28i is ideal for mirrorless or small DSLRs and tops off a travel tripod, table top tripod or monopod nicely. And, I'm almost ashamed to admit, works great for selfies on a Traveller monopod!
    Date published: 2015-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Leica like quality. Light and strong. I am getting an ultralight wilderness photography kit together and wanted to replace my old Benro KB0 tripod head with something lighter. I realised I would have to forgo the separate ball friction control but that isn't really much of an issue with this FB-28i head. The ball and locking system is incredibly smooth and secure. What is even more impressive is the pan lock. Releasing it gives a beautifully damped pan reminiscent of a good video pan head. It has almost no detectable play when the lock is released. It doesn't wobble, it just smoothly pans. This is the quality you feel, the quality you see is no less impressive, it has a very high quality matte black finish. This matches the quality of high end camera equipment, like my Sony A7RII and Zeiss Loxia lens for example. It is definitely not expensive though and most importantly if meets my main criterion of being very small and light for a high load rated ball head.
    Date published: 2016-09-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased I have a reversible compact tripod, the Photoclam PT024. I wanted an Arca-compatible head small enough to fold the legs upward 180. The Sunwayfoto Fb-28i works perfectly for that purpose. The legs fit tightly around it and no space is wasted. It is actually a better fit that the Giotto mini head (non-arca) it replaces and it feels sturdier and smoother, due probably to the larger ball sphere. The only improvement I could think of would be to set the two knobs at 120 to each other, instead of 90. That would give a bit more space to the leg that has to fit in between the knobs.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product to upgrade your Manfrotto BeFree travel tripod I bought this head to modify a Manfrotto Be Free carbon travel tripod and switch out their proprietary quick release head. The head fits perfectly on the tripod and with some adjusting, it can still fit in the Manfrotto tripod bag. Relative to strength and holding power, it easily handles my Nikon D750 with L bracket and Nikon 70-300mm lens without slipping. The build and materials appear to be of high quality. So far, I am very pleased with the upgrade I made to my travel tripod and the 4 stars only reflect that I haven't yet pressure tested it in the field.
    Date published: 2017-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Match for Gitzo GT1545T I wanted to buy the new Gitzo Traveler tripod, but together with the new dedicated head it was out of my budget. This head turned out to be the perfect alternative. Much cheaper than the Gitzo one and it still allows the tripod legs to fully fold for transport without removing the head. It is very well built and holds my Fuji X-T2 and lenses with ease.
    Date published: 2017-01-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good lightweight ball head Using it with a lightweight tripod for travel. I am pleased with this ball head except for the screw used to attach the quick release clamp. The screw is not a standard size, smaller than normal. This would make it difficult to replace the clamp with a larger one if you needed something more subtantial. I suppose a washer could be used to adapt the small screw to a full size clamp. Considering its small size the clamp does seem to work well.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality, Good Price Sunwayfoto makes pretty good products and this ballhead is no exception. Its great for lightweight cameras or accessories. It tightens up with precision and is very strong considering the size and weight of it. I use it on my gorilla pod mainly for lights but it is more than sufficient to hold a dslr if necessary.
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but strong This head is perfect for my new Schonfeld KF6615T Carbon fiber tripod. The knobs are a little smaller than I'd like, meaning it requires an extra turn to hold the QR plate, but it turns out not to be a big deal. The ball holds steady. I also liked the Oben BE117T ball head (with bigger knobs) but the Sunway foto was a better fit on the tripod.
    Date published: 2015-12-09
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