FLM CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform

FLM CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform

FLM CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform

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FLM CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform

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  • Maximum Load Capacity: 22.0 lb
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The CB-24E Ball Head from FLM is a simple ball head with a mounting platform and a single locking knob that controls 360° panning and tilting. 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. A camera can be attached directly to the ball head, or a quick release system can be added to speed up camera attachment.

UPC: 053661002456
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FLM CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type No Quick Release
    Load Capacity 22 lb / 10 kg
    Number of Bubble Level(s) None
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock No
    Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 0.9" / 24 mm
    Dimensions : 1.4 x H: 2.5" / : 35.0 x H: 63.0 mm
    Weight 4.8 oz / 137.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 3.7 x 2.5"
    CB-24E Ball Head with Mounting Platform is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but strong. I love it! Just as others have stated: small but capable. Excellent value for money. The small mounting platform is removable; 1/4 x 20 female threads on the platform, 1/4 x 20 stud coming out of the ball stem. You can easily screw on your QR clamp of choice, as long as it has a 1/4 x 20 female thread. (Kirk QRC-1 matches nicely.) In stock form, with heavier loads, the cork lining on the supplied platform is a weak point: the sponginess of the cork leads to instability. My solution was to cut a larger diameter center hole, in the cork, then reverse the platform - the other side of the platform is bare metal. With the larger center hole in the cork, the reversed platform mates firmly to the ball stem flange and then you have an all metal contact point for connection to the camera - much more stable. Then you can flip it around again if you mount smaller gear or something that needs the cushion of the cork. And finally, like others have also said, you really have to crank the knob very tight if you want to prevent movement with heavier loads. The knob is slippery: it needs more toothy knurling. This is my new favorite travel light ball head.
    Date published: 2015-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high quality Small& medium format
    Date published: 2008-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high load capacity for its size. I needed a minimalist ballhead with a footprint of 35mm (or less) for use on a TrailPix minimalist tripod for backpacking use. I had used an existing Giottos MH-1304 and tried to crank it down to secure between an APS-C mirrorless to a FF dSLR with f/4 and f/2.8 short pro zooms in angled-down positions. What ended-up happening is that the weight overwhelmed that ballhead and shifted under lock to produce a terrible, to-the-aluminum gouge in the ball. Hence my opting for a FLM CB-24E. Long story short, the FLM-CB-24E is not a particularly smooth nor ergonomic ballhead, but it is one that is solid and will handle a high load with ease when locked down. Its action is fairly binary, or at least you will want to use it that way. If you leave it in the partially-engaged state, it will feel like sandpaper, and I didn't feel like I could depend on constant friction so that the camera didn't flop as you can on a high-quality full-featured head (eg. RRS BH-40). But that's not really the point of a 140g ballhead with neither a pan lock, not to mention a tension adjustment, is it? It is a minimalist ballhead the point of which was that 1) it holds its rated weight with aplomb in any orientation, and 2) it locks/unlocks with ease. It does both well. Sure, the main knob could be more aggressive in its shaping/knurling, but it is sufficient and probably conceived so that it would be difficult to crank it down so tight that locking failure would damage the ball (as it did with my Giottos). I had originally intended to mount a nodal slide or rig up some sort of offset clamp to help balance the fore-aft load on the ballhead, but now I see the CB-24E has made it unnecessary. It can handle the load of normal (24-70mm and 16-35mm) pro zooms on a FF body with ease. Kudos, FLM.
    Date published: 2016-07-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value for the price Amazingly small and compact, easy to manipulate, this centerball will serve you well when the use of a tripod is required. Studio portraits, landscape, night picture, etc.
    Date published: 2009-12-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ball head This is very compact, sturdy, and easy to use. The only downside I can find is that without a great deal of tightening pressure the camera (Leica M 240, not very heavy) will cause the head downward (gravity) to shift slightly when you let go of the camera. Perhaps with a lever style tightening knob instead of circular, you could get enough torque to prevent this. If you tried to move the ball, it is very sturdy, it's just that one little movement when you release the camera from your hands that it shifts, just a little.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small, lightweight and solid Very small but sturdy (I use it to support a Panosaurus with my Canon 7D attached) Great for portability and reducing weight and bulk.
    Date published: 2011-09-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light weight and solid Attached to a table top tripod, it is strong enough to hold a SLR with F2.8 zoom lens.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Premium Quality Ball Head I purchased this to go with the FLM Tabletop Tripod. They make an excellent choice for macro photography or any time a small tripod would work in place of a full sized model.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
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