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FEISOLPB-70 Panning Base
 
4.9

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

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    (4)

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    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Durable (16)
  • Compact (12)
  • Smooth movement (7)
  • Lightweight (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (20)
  • Travel (9)
  • Video (9)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Outdoors (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

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5.0

Does exactly what it's designed to do

By James

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

The PB-70 is beautifully made and does exactly what it's supposed to do, with no slop or free play anywhere.  Panning is very smooth and the lock is good and tight.  Construction is very solid and I have no doubt it will outlast me.

The rest of this review probably falls in the "more info than you wanted" category.  The PB-70 is intended to go inbetween your tripod legs and tripod head, and it is threaded accordingly: 3/8-16 female on the bottom, and 3/8-16 male on top.  But that isn't how I want to use it.  I want to put it underneath the quick release clamp of my ball head, to give me "double panning" capability a la Arca Swiss.  For that use the threads are exactly the opposite of what I need.  I could just turn the PB-70 upside down, but I'm trying to do this cleanly.  I looked inside to see what I needed to do.  The PB-70 comes apart after removing the three philips screws on the bottom, all of which were loose.  Both the top and bottom 'body' pieces are threaded with 3/8-16 thru holes.  The bottom one is left empty to attach to the tripod legs, and on the top there is a 3/8-16 bolt (strangely, with a 13mm hex head) threaded in from underneath, leaving about 4 threads protruding from the top to mount your head on.  If I could remove that bolt from the top and put it in the bottom, I'd have what I want.  Unfortunately, the bolt appears to have been installed with Loctite or equivalent, because all my efforts to remove it have failed.  I'm reluctant to disassemble the PB-70 any further, and the standard cure for Loctite, a torch, is out of the question what with all the grease inside.  So I'll use it upside down.  The alternative is to use something like the Manfrotto 120DF gender changer on top (PB-70 plus 120DF would make roughly a 2" tall stack under the QR plate) and a bolt or stud on the bottom, and I may end up doing that so I can read the degree scale on the PB-70, but for the time being I'll just use it upside down.

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5.0

Great build quality.

By In the woods

from Seattle

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

    Large, sturdy, smooth panning base. Makes my mediocre ball head much more functional.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Pefect

    By Glennon Wright

    from Portland, Or

    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

    Such a simple device but works extremely well.

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    5.0

    Strong build

    By Dan

    from Montreal

    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

    Strong part and a very good service from B&H and Purolator.
    Thank you!

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    5.0

    Rock Solid

    By Possum

    from Sydney

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

        Very sturdy and fluid motion (as opposed to some more expensive panning bases I tried).

        If one is to be incredibly picky then it could be a tad lighter but apart from that it is virtually faultless. Its diameter marries perfectly with a range of other tripod attachments I possess.

        An indisputable winner for the price.

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        5.0

        Great for a JIB

        By Christine L.

        from Vancouver, Canada

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

          I bought this panning PB-70 base as a solution for my JIB. I found with my heavy video rig a larger pan and tilt head added too much weight and stressed the JIB. I loose the tilt capability now maintain the flexibility to pan while using the JIB, I find this a big plus for little added weight. I also have a PB-90 on the base of the JIB. These are great bases and I highly recommend them as they can take the load and are solid.

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          5.0

          Works for what I need

          By Jehster

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

              I purchased this so I could place it between my tripod and an equatorial wedge for an astronomy DSLR mount. I wanted to be able to pivot the wedge to point to the celestial pole without moving my tripod. Additionally, it allows me to move my tripod so the legs provide more stability where I need it (based on the wedge angle and location). This does just that for me.

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              5.0

              awesome product

              By panno

              from perryton tx

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                smooth panning,easy to use

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                5.0

                Smooth operator

                By DesMoinesMike

                from Des Moines, IA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                  I got this so I can do panoramic shots with my ball head that didn't have an independent panning function. SO much better than buying a new head. Unless you have a huge tripod this will work fine for size. It's threaded for standard tripod mounting screws.

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                  4.0

                  The best pano head for the money

                  By oltmansphotdesigns

                  from Sunny FT Lauderdale, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                    What I wanted was a, light weight, 360 pano head, with a locking devise, that I could attach to my camera for use in a vertical stance. I picked this product because I though it would be just what I needed. It was the least expensive pano head I could find with the features I needed most. When I got it I opened the box up and was very impressed with how small and lightweight it was. The rotating head worked very smoothly and the locking screw was nice and big so I could grab it with my big fingers without feeling I was going to break it the first time I used it. This was the perfect pano head until I tried to put it to use on my camera. It had a ¼-20 screw instead of the 3/8-16 that is standard for all tripods.Looking back on the B & H site I saw the error I made. The product information clearly stated that this pano head only came with the ¼-20 screw.This was not a good thing because I didn't want to repack it for a return plus the other pano heads I saw on B & H and other sites that had the features I needed for this head where way more expensive (like add another $ to the price tag).I was not ready to give up this head so I decided to take it apart and see if there was a way to fix this problem. As soon as I got it opened I discovered, first how well made this pano head is, and second how easy it was going to be to fix this very small problem. All I needed to do was change the 1/4 -20 screw out and add a Stainless Steel 1/4" to 3/8" Tripod Adapter/Bushing. Once I did that I just added a 3/8-16 tripod screw and the pano head was ready for use.It now works perfect and for a lot less money then the other pano heads.Thanks B & H.

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                    5.0

                    Panning base

                    By AZ hunter

                    from Phoenix,AZ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Price
                    • Smooth Operation

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                    Use on my tripod for spotting scope while hunting. Operates smoothly and a great price. Would recommend.

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                    4.0

                    Suggestions for video pan misleading.

                    By MattinSTL

                    from Saint Louis, MO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Durable
                    • Well Constructed

                    Cons

                    • No Variable Friction

                    Best Uses

                    • Adds Pan To Ball Head
                    • Adds Pan To Joystick
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                    Feisol has another fan of their nicely made product. I'll likely buy the larger brother, the PB-90 as well as another of this model for other tripods, but the reviews I read suggesting you can partially tighten the knob to get a friction controlled pan like you would with a regular tripod head? I can't imagine anyone saying this has much experience with tripod heads. I have several heads at all levels and even my 2-axis manfrotto head, intended for stills only, has more friction control. Comparing this to a standard video head, EVEN A CHEAP ONE, there's no comparison. With the PB-70 I just bought, the knob suddenly prevents panning... there's no gradual tightening which slows panning down. The base either spins freely or it doesn't spin at all without force (not friction). The point of this base is to give you panning ability to a ball-head or joystick head, where you want to maintain your level plane as you recompose a shot. Again, it's NICE... I LIKE IT... but it only offers one very loose panning speed.

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                    5.0

                    Tbe BESR for the Money

                    By timbo762

                    from Lake Havasu, AZ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                      Typical Feisol quality. Looks great with very smooth pan action. Nothing else comes close at this price point.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent panning base!

                      By TomE

                      from Miami, FL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                        I bought this panning base for use with a Foba Mini-Superball. I though the relatively low price would mean compromised performance, but what a surprise. It's the equivalent of high-cost equipment: ultra smooth with secure locking - the perfect complement to my Foba ball head. I highly recommend it.

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                        5.0

                        Great addition

                        By RDN

                        from SC, Mi

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                          I have one of Manfrotto's best monopods, but I always thought it would be nice to allow the head to pan, if I choose, instead of leaving that function to the ball joint near the bottom of the 'pod. Presto! By adding this well-machined little beauty just beneath the video head, I now have that option. It's built very solidly, with some comforting weight behind it, and because the monopod is no lightweight, this little bit of added heft is fine with me. Pans are smooth and steady after adjusting the tightening knob . Very impressed with the unit in particular, and Feisol in general. The price is attractive as well!

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                          5.0

                          Smooth Movement; Quality Construction

                          By Eric

                          from South Florida

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                            The base has a nice and smooth movement and lick marks at all 360 degrees. The locking know is tight and keeps the base from spinning with my DLSR attached to the tripod and slung over my shoulder.

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                            5.0

                            Smooth Movement

                            By Eric

                            from South Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                              Works great. Has smooth movement and 360 tick marks on the base. The tightening know works well and keeps the base from rotating when the camera is attached and slung over my shoulder still on the tripod.

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                              5.0

                              Nice unit

                              By Jonathan

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                                  Quality product for the right price. Locks easily and pans smoothly.

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                                  5.0

                                  I am very impressed

                                  By miko

                                  from Jacksonville, FL

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action

                                    Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                                    Adding this panning base to my ball head has seriously upgraded my tripod

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                                    5.0

                                    Just what is needed

                                    By Onemanband

                                    from Ashland, OR

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base:

                                      Small, lite, sturdy. Perfect camera mount for a slider

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                                      • No

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