Sachtler 0407 FSB 6 Fluid Head with Sideload Mechanism

Sachtler 0407 FSB 6 Fluid Head with Sideload Mechanism

Sachtler 0407 FSB 6 Fluid Head with Sideload Mechanism

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Product Highlights

  • 75mm Ball
  • 3.3 to 17.6 lbs Capacity
  • SOOM Modular Construction System
  • Compatible with FSB Cell
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Sachtler FSB 6 Overview

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The Sachtler FSB 6 is a fluid head designed to work with the handheld size of DV, DVCAM, HVX, and HDV camcorders. This head is the only in its class to feature Sachtler's Sideload mechanism, which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 4.7" (120mm). This ensures extremely fine and fast balancing. The head features 10-step counterbalance adjustment for fine tuning your operating.

Frictionless Leak-Proof Fluid Damping
Frictionless leak-proof fluid damping with five levels of drag, for perfect pictures while panning, without jerks and vibrations. Identical across both horizontal and vertical planes, and allows complete disengagement of drag for fast panning.
Quick Release
The FSB 6 features Sachtler's Sideload mechanism, which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 4.7" (120mm).
The FSB 6 features the SOOM modular construction system.
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Sachtler 0407 FSB 6 Fluid Head with Sideload Mechanism
  • Fluid Head
  • Pan Bar
  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty, Extendable to 2-Years with Product Registration
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    Sachtler FSB 6 Specs

    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate, Quick Release
    Balance Plate Sliding Range 4.7" / 120 mm
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 75 mm Half Ball
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Tilt: 3-Step Plus 0
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -75
    Panning Range 360
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Independent Tilt Lock Yes
    Load Capacity 3.3 to 17.6 lb / 1.5 to 8 kg
    Counter Balance Incremental 10-Step
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Operating Temperature -40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
    Weight 5.7 lb / 2.6 kg
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    Package Weight 7.78 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.2 x 10.3 x 8.0"

    Sachtler FSB 6 Reviews

    0407 FSB 6 Fluid Head with Sideload Mechanism is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth, Solid, and Small I have a 25 year old Sachtler Head that is still great but with my HVX 200 I wanted a smaller lighter head. After trying a number of small fluid heads none were as smooth as my old Sachtler. With the FSB-6 I now have a small fluid head every bit as good as the Big Boys this is truly a Pro head which leaves nothing out and worth every penny, do not wast your money or time on a cheaper head for any Pro work you will regret it in the middle of a job. The factory rep was very helpful, I was able to remove the long screw in the bottom centre of the ball so it would fit on Gitzo carbon fiber legs.
    Date published: 2008-07-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't support 6.5 lbs w/o dropping the tilt. I have a Canon 70D w/ Tamron 150-600 lens, total combo weight of 6.5 lbs... and you can't tilt this head beyond 20 or so degrees before the weight of the camera/lens pulls the head over anyway. This is after balancing the camera, and setting the course tilt friction at 3 and the counterbalance dial at TEN! (10)... So in another words... as much resistance against dropping as possible. I have an old Gitzo G1380 head, which I expected this Sachtler to completely CRUSH (Oh I was so excited for this tripod system)... and nope... the OLD (like 12 years) Gitzo is smoother and more precise? Ugh... so disappointed. I guess I'll be looking into the return process, because I thought this would blow my old tripod away in precision and quality, but nope. I'm baffled. The other thing this head does, is when changing setting, there's a clunk when you move the arm... like something must engage after you change the settings. I've been working with Sachtler stuff for years, and always considered it to be the best, but this head is not on the level of the video series heads, and the sticks (I got the package deal from B&H) the sticks are nice, but still not like the heavy-duty sticks I'm used to. I actually don't mind that part, but I thought I was getting a top-grade head with some decent almost free sticks as part of the package, but as it turns out... the relatively small sticks are the best part... the head is (at least for me) a let down... literally.
    Date published: 2017-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Very well made head and works well so far. There is a very small bit of play in the damping that requires keeping pressure on the handle at the end of a pan to avoid a slight bounce back. Be mind full of the weight the rigs used as this is limited to around 13 lbs. Expensive but well made.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Generally Excellent Fluid Head The video head has very robust construction and is a pleasure to operate. I mounted this on a set of Gitzo 6X (G1138) legs with the flat mounting 3/8 base. Used the Acratech leveling base between the FSB6 and the tripod so I didn't lose the simple leveling capabilities. A very nice solid setup with very light weight (8 lbs including the fluid head, leveling base and tripod legs). Most of my video is outdoor so really was looking to minimize weight as best I could. The head comes with the 75mm base and integrated flat base. The center screw on the base has a hex nut allowing removal with a crescent wrench to mount it on the flat base. The screw is set with loctite, so it is best to remove it with an impact wrench if you have one available to minimize stress on the 75mm ball. A crescent wrench will do the trick, but it takes quite a bit of torque. The feel is the silky smooth feel of all of the Sachtler fluid heads. There is only a very slight backlash at the finish that is easy to control by maintaining a slight pressure for a second. The counterbalance system on the head that I received is very good but slightly out of balance with too much reverse pressure (when the camera is aimed down it will come back up unless the center of gravity is moved forward). The side release base is a real pleasure to deal with and very easy to adjust. The lighting on the bubble level works very well (red would be better instead of the yellow-green). Expensive, but worth every penny. Might be better to go with a head that has a greater range of adjustments if your plan is to shoot some types of sporting events. Also, Sachtler will add one year to the warranty if you register on the website - pretty reasonable deal.
    Date published: 2010-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from oh so smooth and adjustable I bought the Sachtler FSB-6 to replace a Miller DS-10 tripod head. The FSB-6 is a big step up. I've only used it two or three times so far, but I'm very happy with it. I'm using with a set of Miller carbon legs, with a Sony HDR-AX2000 camcorder. I shoot a lot of action sports, and so I really like the low drag settings on the FSB-6. I also like that the counterbalance is so adjustable, and that the plate can be moved so far forward and back to get a good balance even when my camera is very front-heavy. And the lighted balance bubble is awesome when working in low light environments.
    Date published: 2012-05-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from mostly OK, but not what I hoped for Although this head is a dramatic step up from my miserable Manfrotto 502 head, the FSB 6 disappoints in a number of areas. Build quality seems good, but both the tilt and band detent dials bind up on occasion. I fear the tilt dial will soon be stuck in one position, so I leave it on the highest drag setting and resist touching it.? The illuminated bubble is a cute feature, but good luck getting it to work. It can take a dozens presses before if finally comes on–I've tried everything from long to short presses, hard and soft presses; it just isn't reliable.? For some reason, setting the ball head into a level position is finicky. The paint on the ball may be causing friction or something, but it just doesn't move into position smoothly. The hit-or-miss illuminated bubble adds to the frustration when working on a dark set. Determining how well a video head can counter balance a load is hard to determine. I'm running a SONY FS5 and range of lenses and a Shogun Inferno. Setting the counter balance to be a touchy process, and I had to buy an extra long QR plate to get my Canon 70-200 lens to work with the system. Had I known I would have invested in a larger capacity head. Lesson learned: don't assume the payload capacity will guarantee the video head will counter balance properly. I recognize that this is a "budget" Sachtler head, but for the price I expect reliable performance. The binding pan and tilt wheels is really annoying. Once it is set up its fine, but getting there can be frustrating. It may be wrong for me to assume with a name like Sachtler this is German engineering, but I was a bit disappointed to find this product is manufactured in Costa Rica (no offense to Costa Ricans!).
    Date published: 2018-04-12
    Date published: 2011-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from smooth & stable I enjoy photographing brids in the filelds and waterside. This head can stabilize my camera equioments but simultaneously easy to chase the movements. Still bids is ok and also for flying birds this head is very much suitable for shooting. This is realy excellent equipmets.
    Date published: 2011-11-09
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    Can this head be mounted atop a Rhino Slider?
    Asked by: Tony
    The ball is flat on the bottom so once you remove the stud it will mount. I use it on a rhino slider all the time.
    Answered by: Bradley
    Date published: 2019-04-06


    Does this accept ARRI dovetail plates?
    Asked by: Benjamin P.
    It does not. This tripod head works with the Sachtler Sideload Plate S/Ace Tripod QR Plate B&H # SAWPDV1.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-01-06


    Does this head have a flat base for mounting on sliders?
    Asked by: Alex G.
    the bottom of the 75 mm ball is flat so I often mount it on sliders. You'll need to take off the stud first.
    Answered by: Bradley
    Date published: 2019-03-06


    I've got Gitzo 2531 leveling tripod. Is this head compatible? I've got a ball head for stills but I'm looking for a fluid head for video. The whole camera/lens/battery shebang is no heavier than 11 lbs. Thanks - any insight appreciated.
    Asked by: Jane G.
    Hi Jane, I just bought the FSB 6 to use with my 8 lb., very long digiscoping system, and it was very limited in the settings I could use. I had to use the drag setting on the highest drag in order to help the counter balance. I contacted Sachtler in EU and they put me in contact with Vinten in the U.S., and they were nice enough to allow me to try an FSB 8 and the Vinten Vision Blue. The FSB8 was okay. I LOVED the Vision Blue but it wasn't quite robust enough for my system. I ended up returning the FSB 6 and I bought the Vision Blue3. The only challenge was that even though I have the RRS TVC-33 legs with a 75mm bowl, the leveling didn't work as the part of the handle that comes in contact with the tripod from underneath was too big. A machinist friend of mine is modifying it as I write this so it will be compatible. I wrote the company in the UK, and the threaded rod that comes out of the Vision Blue and VB3 is NOT removable, so it would not work with your tripod legs. You would need to check, but I do think the rod on the FSB heads is removable, but with an 11 lb. system I would guess that the FSB8 would be the way to go, not the 6. I absolutely love the Vision Blue3 that I ended up with, but note it is special order and not returnable at B&H. If you have an opportunity, I would strongly recommend trying both the Sachtlers and Vintens before you purchase. I hope that helps!
    Answered by: Tara T.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Would this head fit on the carbon fibre legs that came with my manfrotto 504hd kit? It has the 75mm bowl setup
    Asked by: chris w.
    I am not sure which specific Manfrotto legs came with your kit, but since the Manfrotto 504 head is 75mm, it's safe to say that the legs are going to have a 75mm bowl as well which would fit this Sachtler head.
    Answered by: Muriel A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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