The LB-15 Leveling Base from FLM can support up to 66.1 lb and is meant to be paired with a panning head enabling you to level your camera for accurate panoramas. It can tilt 15° in any direction and has a slot for the HSA-45 or HSA-80 adapter allowing you to add a bubble level. The top mount is a reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 thread so you can attach a panning head or a camera to the base.
- Adjustment Range of +/- 15°
- Supports 66.1 lb
- HSA Adapter Slot
- Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Mount
FLM LB-15 Overview
FLM LB-15 Specs
66.1 lb (30.0 kg)
|Bottom Tripod Mount Thread Size
|Top Mount Thread Size
Male, Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
1.8" (45.0 mm)
2.4" (60.0 mm)
7.8 oz (220.0 g)
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
4.5 x 3.9 x 1.8"
FLM LB-15 Reviews
Solid Leveling Base
Well made leveling base that I use with my FLM tripod. It adequately supports my Nikon Z6 with the 70-200 f 2.8 S lens. The only thing it lacks is built in leveling bubble. The HSA-45 flash shoe adapter with leveling bubble is OK but a built in bubble level would be much nicer.
LIGHT AND SMALL
This leveler is light and compact. It is made in Germany and the workmanship is top notch. If you can afford it, it is the best.
Awesome addition to any non-ball tripod head
If you have a basic tripod/head that is non-leveling and would like to upgrade to a ball head tripod (but don't want to spend money on a whole new setup), this is the best 100 bucks you could spend. Well made and affordable!
Excellent design and construction
After ruining some panoramic shots when I thought I'd got my tripod-legs level (oops, not quite), I knew it was time for a leveling base. This works really well. The 15 degrees of movement is welcome. It holds a good weight. I use it between an Induro CT314 tripod and a Manfrotto 410 geared head. The construction and design is excellent. It didn't budge when tightened in the field. The low profile is also useful.
Decent Leveling Base with one Major Issue
I purchased this leveling base to install on a Manfrotto XPROB tripod, along with Manfrotto 502AH Video Head. I am re-purposing the photography tripod for video. The goal was to make leveling easier for horizontal and vertical panning video shots. Overall the head is nice to look at. You can feel and see the engineering and the great design. It works fine with a video head and camera. It would be nice if it were a beefier 70mm-80mm in diameter, rather than 60mm. I cannot say if it will hold the advertised 66 Lbs. We put a 15 Lb slider on it and it moved around some with little force. Granted force was applied on a moment arm. The problem I have with this leveling base I consider to be a major design flaw: the tightening handle is too small in diameter and difficult to grip - making it hard to tighten adequately. What we did was wrap several heavy duty rubber bands around it. They allow for a much better grip and tightening. I was happy to buy the item since it was made in Germany and not China! With all the engineering and unique design they put into this, you'd think they'd consider just putting an adequate handle on there rather than an aesthetically pleasing one. Well guys, we covered your pretty handle in rubber bands - but hey, at least we kept it and didn't have to return the leveling base!
Exceptional Leveling Base...
A good leveling base is essential for panorama, landscape, and long-lens shooting. A poor quality leveling base can slip and eventually lose the ability to hold position altogether. The unique design of the FLM leveling base ensures secure holding, even of heavy head loads, and the hold does not deteriorate over time. Bests base of this type I have found.
Decent leveler, but doubt it will hold 66 lbs
Okay, everyone is complaining about the knob. I believe the reason FLM did that is so you won't overtighten the knob. I tried the rubber band covering the slippery ridges on the knob so I could tighten it more technique. That works. Can I still move my Wimberley Gimbal head after tightening? Yup. So, here's my issue. My Gimbal head is fine as long as it's in the normal use position with a vertical tripod. When I want to move the whole setup, I'll position the camera and lens so they align with the tripod legs vertically and then tighten the gimbal knobs. Then I attempt to carry the tripod on my shoulder. As the tripod and camera go horizontal, the leveling base will clunk down under the weight. My camera, lens, and the Wimberley gimbal head weigh less than 15 lbs. I also have the Acratech leveling base. It has a better knob for tightening...but when I attempt the same tripod/camera carry with it...I get exactly the same results. CLUNK.
Good quality, difficult to effectively tighten
As with most FLM gear, the fit/finish and quality of material is top-notch, however - the tightening knob is designed to fit the style of the FLM gear, and is not very grippy. As a consequence, it is very difficult to tighten the knob sufficiently to absolutely prevent movement, and this is NOT good, especially for anyone mounting a heavy camera/lens setup on top. It is unfortunate, because the high weight capacity, and the 3/8 inch screw are appealing aspects of this leveling base-but the poor ability to tighten the base makes me give this a 3-star rating. It would be nice if FLM would provide a grippy rubber cover - or better yet, provide a lever tightening option rather than the round knob. If they'd come out with that, I'd give this a 5-star rating.