Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head

Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head

Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head

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  • 75mm Ball
  • 2 lbs to 20 lbs Capacity
  • Compatible with FSB Cell
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Sachtler FSB 8 Overview

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The Sachtler FSB-8 is a fluid head designed to work with the handheld size of DV, DVCAM, HVX and HDV camcorders. This head offers Sachtler's Sideload mechanism which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 120mm (4.7"). It also features a 10-step counterbalance. This ensures extremely fine and fast balancing.

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-8 features Sachtler's Sideload mechanism which boasts an exceptionally large sliding range of 120mm / 4.7".
FSB Cell Compatible
This head is compatible with lightweight and powerful FSB Power Cell.
In the Box
Sachtler 0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head
  • 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 8 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: 5-Step Plus 0
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -75
    Panning Range 360
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Independent Tilt Lock Yes
    Load Capacity 20 lb / 9 kg
    Counter Balance Incremental 10-Step (2 to 20 lb / 0.9 to 9 kg)
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Operating Temperature -40 to 140°F / -40 to 60°C
    Weight 4.7 lb / 2.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.94 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.25 x 10.3 x 8.05"

    Sachtler FSB 8 Reviews

    0707 FSB-8 Fluid Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Improvement over my old head I use this head for high-mobility video (wildlife) where light weight is important. Also since a tripod center pole is important, the head has to have a flat base. Believe it or not, this one does. It requires removing a long screw from the bottom. The screw is held with a single nut and with some elbow grease, the nut and screw can be removed with no damage of any kind to the head. A 3/8 female connection on a flat base remains. This head is responsive, has little or no kickback at the end of pans or tilts (unlike my previous lower-priced head), and is a pound lighter. Balancing is easy. Following moving subjects is also. I should have bought this years ago.
    Date published: 2013-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfied so far I purchased a 0707 FSB-8 as my first fluid head for DSLR video use as an upgrade to the ball head I was previously using. While it was an expensive purchase for me and more than I need right now I would rather pay once for a high quality tool that I shouldn't have any need to replace for a long time as my needs expand. At the moment I have the FSB-8 mounted on a Gitzo Series 5 Tripod using a Gitzo 75mm Bowl Head Adapter. I originally used a Sachtler 165 DSLR Plate to mount my EOS 5D3 but now use a RRS PC-PRO clamp and RRS L-Plate to mount my EOS 5D3 on the standard Sachtler plate and that feels a lot more solidly mounted.
    Date published: 2015-03-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fluid Head Even for DSLR Video I shoot with a Canon 5DmkII and had a hard time deciding between this head and the Sachtler CINE-DSLR. In the end I decided to go with the FSB-8 over the Cine for the extra weight capacity on the top end of the scale. You lose a pound on the low end of the scale vs. the CINE-DSLR but gain 9lbs on the top end of the scale. To me that's a more versatile option for future growth of rig or camera. You also get 5 steps of drag control versus 3 on the Cine-DSLR. The counterbalance on the CINE-DSLR can probably be fine tuned for light set ups better but so far I've had no problems balancing a bare 5D with Zeiss ZE 35 which is just a bit over 2lbs. The head is perfectly smooth and a joy to use. If you're upgrading from one of the consumer/prosumer fluid heads you'll see a marked difference in performance. The best way to describe it is that with a head like this you don't have to think about your pans & tilts and can focus on the shot instead of focusing on fighting your head to get a smooth move.
    Date published: 2011-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The revolution of a workflow Incredibly fluid motion, excellent counter balance knob and superfast quick release with Sachtlers own side loading feature!The fact that it takes quick release plates from both Manfrotto and Gitzo makes it even better.I already had a fluid head with great motion before buying the FSB-8, but it was slow and cumbersome to work with. The FSB-8s quick to use counter balance system and blazing fast side loading feature will alone save me the entire investment cost in saved time during filming!
    Date published: 2013-12-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I recommend it I use FSB-8 with 800mm lens made by Canon. It is convenient that the head can hold the angle I want to hold. As the lens screws, 1/4 and 3/8, don't have spring washers, I try to pay attention for clenching lens screws. If the screws are fixed without tool, the lens can be shaky. So I try to use 1/4 and 3/8 screws with 800mm lens, and to use a coin to clench the screws. The top plate be released by two times actions and attaching it to the head is only one action. I think it is very convenience, because once the top plate put off the head, and I can set up the lens with the top plate, clenching two screws at easy position. After that, I can take back the lens with the top plate to the head safely. I don't have to seek the screws holes, holding the heavy lens above the eyes level. The price is high but I recommend it.
    Date published: 2010-08-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good Replaced a Manfrotto 501 head with this. Couldn't decide between the FSB-6 and 8, but went with the 8 as it has a high load capacity if I ever need one (e.g. new cameras, more elaborate DSLR rigs). weighed both the FSB-6 and 8, and using my kitchen scale the FSB-6 is about 4.9 lbs and the 8 is 5.15 pounds, so pretty negligible weight difference (and different from manufacturer published weight, although I'm using a large kitchen scale so who knows). The 8 has 5 levels of drag as well vs. the 6's 3 levels. I wish the head (or all of these higher-end heads) could be lighter w/o sacrificing performance as I do a lot of work in the high mountains, but that is currently not the case with any of the heads (although the Miller looks like it might be a pound lighter).The ball level is a revelation to me (haven't used one on a video head before - it makes things 1000% easier), but that is not unique the FSB. The actual action of the head is super smooth. I cursed the 501 a couple times on some super slow pans. The FSB feels awesome, and on the slower pans with the drag turned up it makes getting those consistent, super slow pans pretty easy (although it's not completely automatic as you have to apply a consistent pressure). Only a motorized head would probably be a more automatic guarantee of the most smooth, consistent pan, but that's less flexible/portable.Any so far very happy with the purchase. Did a ton of research and on all of the more serious cinemtography forums the Sachtler's get the highest marks from people using all types of heads. Was originally going to get the CineDSLR version (use a 5D MKII now), but didn't see the point in loading it with only 1 pound at a sacrifice of limited high-end load. I bought a $ tripod, I better have L lenses which are mostly heavier than 2 pounds with the camera.I attached a manfrotto quick release device to the FSB plate and it works great for snapping the camera and lenses on and off the stock plate. I hate the old school need a coin screws these manufacturers continue to insist on using.
    Date published: 2011-03-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from DISAPPOINTING... ive been using a Vinten Vision 3 with Miller Solo VJ legs for the last 3 years and have been very happy. i knew i would eventually add another pro tripod system in years to come. ive had this idea that someday owning a Sachtler FSB-8 would be the ultimatte even over the Vision 3.i got the FSB-8 a few weeks ago and have to say that after trying it out i was very very disappointed with its performance. didnt like the feel of it at all compared to my Vision 3. its a very sterile head and the stepped settings for drags was not appealing since you cant really change these settings on the fly without some clunking to settle into their slot. my son who also shoots multicamera gigs with me also didnt care for it.for the price of near $1.600 i expected much more and i decided to RETURN IT.i returned it for (2) Vinten Vision Blue heads (one as a kit for a steal of $1,124.00 and the other head for $697.00. i just recieved the Blue and Vinten legs and and completely happy with this head & legs. it feels just as good as my Vision 3 for less money and far less than the FSB-8 and will accommodate many of my more lightweight cameras as could lay the FSB-8 on a table next to the Vision Blue and offer me my choice for the same low price of the Blue and id take the Blue any and every day of the done with Sachtler forever.
    Date published: 2011-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super-smooth I upgraded to this fluid head from another one that was in the same general price range. This one is way better, smooth-as-silk pans and tilts, good balance with smaller and heavier cameras. The side-loading feature is very useful, especially when I'm working with less experienced camera operators.
    Date published: 2011-03-14
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    While using the Sachtler FSB-8, what is the range of leveling from the Gitzo 75mm bowl adapter with the Gitzo series 5 tripod?
    Asked by: Jonathan
    The Gitzo 75mm Bowl Adapter will allow you to connect 75mm ball tripods to the Gitzo Series 5 Tripods. While we have no specific information on the range of leveling it should work in the same way as it would if the head was connected to a tripod that already has a 75mm bowl.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27

    Will this video head work with the Ace M GS ...

    Will this video head work with the Ace M GS Tripod?
    Asked by: Craig
    Not familiar with this tripod. But if the tripod has a 75mm bowl, this head should fit and work just fine.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-05-24


    Thinking of moving up from some manfrotto heads. Manfrotto uses two different rosette patterns for their panbars. Is the sachtler pattern the same as either of the manfrotto?
    Asked by: Grant
    Manfrotto and Sachtler Tripods will have different rosette patterns for different pan bars. They will nto be cross compatible.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    I need to replace the 75mm bowl with a 100mm bowl to work with my Manfrotto 542 a.r.t. Will the Diameter of the 100mm bowl fit flush with the base of the head or will it stick further out from the head?
    Asked by: Eric K.
    The 100mm ball base will not fit properly in a 75mm bowl and therefore we do not recommend it.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this head fit on the 75mm Benro Dual Stage tripod legs?
    Asked by: John W.
    The tripod is 75mm and the head is 75mm so we see no reason it will not work.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Is this video head capable of controlled slow panning at 20x zoom?
    Asked by: William
    This is a high quality fluid head. As the operator, if you can pan smoothly with a 20x zoom, the head can certainly handle it too. If you can't, it won't be the head's fault.
    Answered by: MARK P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    does this come with the plate?
    Asked by: matt t.
    Answered by: Sanford G.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Will this head be able to hold a c300 mkii with a 70-200 and audio accessories?
    Asked by: tom L.
    Absolutely. My rig I've built up is at lest 12lbs I'm guessing more. The counterbalance in this head is abundant. I can see how some might want more fluid drag adjustment, but let's face it, small platform tripods with a light payload can only handle so much. I'm pleased with this head.
    Answered by: Thomas S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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