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FLM CB-32F Ball Head with SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp

BH #FLCB32F40 • MFR #12 32 940
FLM CB-32F Ball Head with SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Friction Memory Ring
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Weight: 11 oz
The FLM CB-32F Ball Head with SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp has friction control to match the tightness of the ball action with the weight of your camera. The head will support up to 44 lb while weighing just 11 ounces. The CB-32F has omni-directional tilting and a 90-degree notch for fast vertical positioning and 360-panning that locks down with a dedicated knob. The head is topped with an SRB-40 quick release that makes mounting and dismounting your camera easy. Camera plates are purchased separately.
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FLM CB-32 F with SRB-40 Overview

The FLM CB-32F Ball Head with SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp has friction control to match the tightness of the ball action with the weight of your camera. The head will support up to 44 lb while weighing just 11 ounces. The CB-32F has omni-directional tilting and a 90-degree notch for fast vertical positioning and 360-panning that locks down with a dedicated knob. The head is topped with an SRB-40 quick release that makes mounting and dismounting your camera easy. Camera plates are purchased separately.

FLM CB-32 F Ball Head

The FLM CB-32 F Ball Head has a maximum load capacity of 44.1 lb. Two locking knobs control the ball head; one knob controls 360° panning and the other controls the friction and movement of the ball. It can be mounted to a tripod, monopod or any other support with a 3/8"-16 male thread. A notch in the head allows the camera to tilt 90° to shoot in portrait orientation.

FLM SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp

The SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp from FLM is a 1.5" open channel clamp that accepts most Arca-type quick release plates. The clamp features a knurled locking knob, a 3/8"-16 bottom mounting thread, and a plate restraining pin.

FLM CB-32 F Ball Head Specs

Key Specs
Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw
1/4"-20 Male
Load Capacity
44.1 lb / 20 kg
Weight
11 oz / 311 g
Head
Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw
1/4"-20 Male
Ball Sphere Diameter
1.26" / 32 mm
General
Load Capacity
44.1 lb / 20 kg
Weight
11 oz / 311 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.5 x 3.7 x 1.8"

FLM SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp Specs

Assembly
Assembly Dimensions
L: 2.2 x W: 1.5 x H: 0.6" / L: 56.0 x W: 38.0 x H: 15.0 mm
General
Quick Release Type
Arca-Type
Tripod Mounting Thread
1x 3/8"-16 Female
Load Capacity
55.1 lb / 25 kg
Weight
2.7 oz / 76.5 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.9 x 3.9 x 1.1"

FLM CB-32 F with SRB-40 Reviews

Just what I wanted, if a bit fiddly.

By Nicholas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-10

I had bought a cheap travel tripod a few years back and was impressed enough with it to make it my main tripod. I was mostly using it with my Micro Four Thirds kit for travel but started using it more and more with my full-frame kit as time went on. A few months back I went to use my 100-400mm lens to get some shots of the moon and the tripod head that came with my cheap tripod had finally met its match. I ordered this tripod head after reading some reviews and I am more than pleased with its holding capacity. Like others, I find the knobs to need many more rotations to tighten and loosen anything but that doesn't bother me too much. The numbered collar around the main adjustment knob I find that I either don't understand how to use properly, or it's just not useful. I tend to ignore it unless I accidentally spin it while wearing gloves. Overall, I would highly recommend this ball head for its holding capacity and build quality.

Solid and compact head but with pan lock issue

By David
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-23

I originally purchased this ball head as a compact and lightweight solution for travel. It is nice fit with my Gitzo 1545 traveler tripod. On the positive side, the ball locks up solidly and the adjustable friction ring works quite well for setting a precise minimum ball resistance. Panning is also nice and smooth. An issue I had, however, was with the panning base lock. Even with considerable turning of the panning lock knob, the base did not lock fully. It tightened considerably but still had noticeable creep when reasonable leverage was applied. In fairness, this may have been a problem with this particular sample. Ultimately, though, I ended up going with the RRS BH-30 as it slightly more compact, smoother, and locks up solidly (both the ball and panning base). The RRS BH-30 does not, however, have the nice friction control function of the FLM CB-32.

44.1 load capacity no way.

By Arthur
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-15

I have Ball heads rated half that and are much stronger, Built very well but no way 44.1 Load capacity.

LOVE THIS BALLHEAD!!!

By TIMOTHY
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-08

I could park my car on this ballhead and it wont move!  Smooth panning and easy release knobs make this my go-to ballhead after spending a couple of years trying to find just the right one.

Excellent Value! Rock Solid!

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-02

Extremely well made. The 32 size is ideal on small to medium tripods and monopods. No problem mounting RRS bracket or any Arca-Swiss mount. Rock solid stability. I replaced a small Manfrotto ball head with this, and no regrets! It can support up to my D810 + 70-200/4 without fuss. The tightening screw allows for good grip so that you could mount a 702-00 f2.8 setup without any issues.

Rotating knobs

By Gleb
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-30

It really take 4-5 full revolution of every knob to tighten things. Too much work for your hands, increasing effort to achieve the lock, uncertainty whether you fully locked the thing or there are few more pushes needed to be applied and it also take that much more time to catch the moment. Otherwise very solid and quite a compact design.

A precision ball head built to last

By Mark
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-26

The FLM CB-32F II ball head performs way above its relatively small size and light weight.  It holds my Nikon D810 w/ AFS Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G lens solidly in position without creep or sag.  Ball motion is very precise and nicely damped in feel.  The panning base on my example locks tightly (some reviewers have commented that theirs do not lock fully).  Build quality and fit/finish are typical FLM:  tight tolerances, low-key finish and appearance, along with a real sense of heft and solidity despite the minimal 11 oz weight;  this head feels as though it will provide many years of reliable service.  Note that the camera plate restraining pin function depends on the camera plate used (it doesn't restrain an RRS plate, but that's less important to me as the QR clamp still holds the plate securely in place). Special mention goes to the dedicated friction control ring just inside the ball lock knob:  it’s a luxury to be able to set friction very precisely with just two fingers remaining on the same axis!  If you have ever struggled with those fingernail-activated, tiny friction-control dials inset on the outer face of many ball control knobs, this feature alone is worth the price.   Two ergonomic refinements would be nice additions for the FLM CB-32F II.  The pan-lock knob could be placed a bit farther out from the ball head base; while this is personal preference, it’s worth noting for users with large hands.  Also, the metal control knobs could be more comfortable to the touch:  placing the raised knob ribbing closer together would likely improve surface feel.  As a landscape photographer I tend to “set it and forget it” while awaiting changing conditions, but for high-volume users this might be a factor:  as the control knobs on the FLM CB-32F II do require more turning to lock and unlock than a simple quarter or half-turn, frequent adjustments mean skin contact with metal surfaces which, while not rough in feel, certainly are less pleasant to grasp than the more common knurled rubber.  FLM uses metal control knobs for long-term durability, which is logical; however, FLM’s Canada rep has agreed that there is room for (possible) refinement on both the pan-lock knob placement and control knob surfaces. Overall, the FLM CB-32F II is a fine ball head, with high-strength-to-weight and a precision feel.   It looks great and functions well on my full-size FLM CP34-L4II tripod, and would pair nicely with a smaller setup for travelling.  Highly recommended; just consider how frequently you’ll be working those metal control knobs (there are more of them on the larger models).

Very good for my needs

By Raymond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-05

Used with a FLM L-Bracket, my Sony sits well with a Canon TS-L 24mm. Easy to install, it feels sturdy, and yet, it is not a heavy add-up to the tripod.

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question

Will The Sirui TY70-2 Arca-Type Pro Quick Release Plate work on this ball head?
Asked by: Tracy
Yes, the Sirui TY70-2 Arca Type Pro Quick Release Plate will work on this ball head.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2019-02-14

Is the SRB-40 clamp removable?

Is the SRB-40 clamp removable?
Asked by: Alex
Yes, the FLM SRB-40 Clamp is removable.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2023-03-09

question

Is the plate Arca Swiss compatible?
Asked by: Yap J.
Yes.
Answered by: Daniel M.
Date published: 2019-03-29

question

The CB-32 F Ball Head has a camera thread of 1/4 -20. But the SRB-40 Quick Release Clamp has a Thread Size of 3/8 -16. How are these two joined?
Asked by: Enrique
If your purchase the head with the SRB-40, it comes attached. If you purchase them separately, FLM Canada provides a video on their site that will show how to attach the QR to the head. The name of the video is Glue QR Clamp to Ball Head
Answered by: David E.
Date published: 2019-06-08

question

Would this be compatible with a L-Bracket having arca-swiss dovetail type quick release?
Asked by: JORGE
Yes, I use it with the ProMedia L-Bracket for Nikon D850, and it works perfectly.
Answered by: Brian
Date published: 2019-02-14
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