FLM LB-15 Leveling Base

FLM LB-15 Leveling Base

FLM LB-15 Leveling Base

B&H # FLLB15 MFR # 12 60 901
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Product Highlights

  • Adjustment Range of +/- 15°
  • Supports 66.1 lb
  • HSA Adapter Slot
  • Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Mount
  • Made in Germany
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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.

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FLM LB-15 Leveling Base
  • Mounting Platform
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    FLM 12 60 901 specs

    Material Aluminum
    Tilt +/- 15°
    Load Capacity 66.1 lb (30.0 kg)
    Bottom Tripod Mount Thread Size Female, 3/8"-16
    Top Mount Thread Size Male, Reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
    Height 1.8" (45.0 mm)
    Diameter 2.4" (60.0 mm)
    Weight 7.8 oz (220.0 g)
    Packaging Infodaquataxwcx
    Package Weight 0.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.5 x 3.9 x 1.8"

    FLM 12 60 901 reviews

    LB-15 Leveling Base is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great, amazing customer service! I travel a lot for video shoots so I need equipment that is lightweight, versatile, and reliable this little guy checks all the boxes. After owning a couple other leveling bases in the past, this is by far the lightest yet sturdiest solution I have found. Note: there is a bubble level attachment included that you don't see in the product pic. It's not completely intuitive how to attach it; there is a little slot in the side of the base and the attachment slides into it. Recently, I lost the mounting screw and I wrote to the FLM website on a weekend, at night, in a panic; I was leaving for an overseas shoot in a week. Within hours, Ari had written me back; he mailed the part express and only charged the shipping. Wow!
    Date published: 2014-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very solid and smooth I use it to level for panoramics. The twist lock allows you to set the tension so you can still move it a little bit and let go and it stays put then when in position twist more and it is a very solid lock. It does not require a large amount of force to lock it tight. The high load rating should give a clue about why this is a nice tool. I find 15 degrees is enough to handle the situations I have encountered so far. They also make a 25 degree unit too. It's all metal and requires no lubrication. For those that want tank like qualities this would be it. I tried other products but they all seemed to slip just before I got it tight. This should handle a big lens unless you really need a gimbal mount.
    Date published: 2014-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2015-04-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very high quality item! This leveling base is a perfect match between a videohead and a tripod without leveling. It has a smooth resistance on the movement of the leveling base, meaning that when you loosen the knob, the leveling base will not just flop to the side. One do not even have to worry about tighten the knob so much, even when mounting on a quite heavy setup. Do think this item is solid as a rock. No problem in harsh winter conditions, due to no sticky residue on the mechanism.
    Date published: 2015-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid German Built Leveling Base At $ cost,it is a very good buy if you need a simple, light weight but solid leveling base; what you may need to add is an additional leveling plate. Used to be a mechanic myself, I can feel immediately that this leveling base is very well engineered and made: easy lock tight but never too loose when unlock. I once purchased a cheap made leveling base at $ with a slim turning arm on the side of the base, frustrated to use and shamefully broken quickly.
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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!
    Date published: 2015-08-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2017-09-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent, but one issue Lightweight, strong. However, to benefit of its strength one needs to tighten up the knob very well. Do it a few times and you will earn a few blisters - the knob is not grippy enough. However I solved the problem by applying plastic tape upon the beautiful but slippery knob.
    Date published: 2014-10-19
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