New Tripod Systems, Fluid Heads, and Adapters by Sachtler

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For those looking for an updated fluid head and tripod system, Sachtler has just announced new tripod heads, systems, and aktiv accessories. The new FSB 4, FSB 6 Mark II, and FSB 8 Mark II fluid heads and tripod systems help you create smooth moves using a range of camera rig sizes and weights. The new heads include the FSB 6 Mark II and FSB 8 Mark II fluid heads with 17.6 and 26.5 lb weight capacities, respectively, and the new systems include the FSB 4, FSB 6 Mark II, and FSB 8 Mark II heads matched with either aluminum or carbon fiber tripods and mid-level or ground spreaders.

The new FSB 4 tripod systems both feature lightweight carbon fiber tripod legs and options of a ground or mid-level spreader. They support modest payloads of small camcorders or DSLR camera rigs weighing up to 8.8 lb, and the systems extend to a maximum of 68.1". The FSB 4 fluid head is a sideload head with a 75mm leveling ball with integrated flat base, a pan handle, 5 steps of counterbalance, 3 steps of drag, and a -70 to 90° tilt range.

FSB 4
FSB 4

The FSB 6 Mark II fluid head has been redesigned based on Sachtler’s aktiv series, providing smooth, precise movements along with durable components. It features sideload-style mounting with a 75mm leveling ball with integrated flat base,15-step counterbalance, and 3-step drag, and it supports larger loads up to 17.6 lb to accommodate larger cinema camera rigs. There are also systems available with the FSB 6 Mark II that feature carbon fiber or aluminum tripods with ground or mid-level spreaders.

FSB 6 Mark II
FSB 6 Mark II

Also redesigned based on Sachtler’s aktiv fluid heads, the FSB 8 Mark II head features sideload-style mounting with a 75mm leveling ball with integrated flat base, 15-step counterbalance, and 7-step drag, and it supports even larger cinema loads weighing up to 26.5 lb. As with the FSB 6 Mark II, tripod systems are available with the FSB 8 Mark II that feature carbon fiber or aluminum tripods with ground or mid-level spreaders.

FSB 8 Mark II

Newly available accessories that complement the FSB 4, 6 Mark II, and 8 Mark II systems include numerous adapters that allow you to use the FSB heads on the Pedestal C III and Sachtler tripods. A line of aktiv accessories has also been released to adapt 75 and 100mm aktiv heads onto the Pedestal CI and C III, sliders, and Sachtler tripods, such as flowtech 100, ENG 2 CF, ENG 2D , Speedlock CF, Speedlock CF HD, and ENG 2 CF HD.

Sachtler aktiv Slider to 100mm Tripod Adapter and Sachtler Adapter for Pedestal C I/C III with aktiv 75mm Head
Sachtler aktiv Slider to 100mm Tripod Adapter and Sachtler Adapter for Pedestal C I/C III with aktiv 75mm Head

All the systems come with a carry bag to help store and transport your gear. Let us know your thoughts about these new systems or your experience with Sachtler tripod systems in the past, in the Comments section, below.

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