Feisol CB-50DC Review

The Feisol CB-50DC is unique in being the only head that is advertised to be made with carbon fiber.

NameFeisol CB-50DC
TypeBall Head
Stiffness About Vertical Axis5400 +/- 65 Nm/rad
Stiffness About Radial Axis4297 +/- 25 Nm/rad
Retail Price$190
Weight1.24 lbs (0.562 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating41 lbs (0.25kgs)
Maximum Height4.0 in (10.2 cm)
Base Diameter2.5 in (6.4 cm)
Ball Diameter50 mm
Tension Controlyes
Panning Lockyes
Quick ReleaseArca Clamp

The stiffness numbers for the CB-50DC are okay, but not class leading.  Given the spectacular performance from the larger Feisol CB-70D, I had higher expectations for the CB-50DC.  Clearly the basic design, which both share is strong.  We naturally expect smaller diameter heads to be less stiff, but usually they perform more similarly from a stiffness/weight perspective.  My best guess for the discrepancy is that the CB-50DC has a much smaller neck (the post the connects the ball and the clamp).  This wouldn’t be the first time we have seen performance impacted by such a design choice.

Given the carbon fiber exterior, the CB-50DC isn’t particularly light.  That’s not terribly surprising, since the carbon fiber is just that, an exterior.  The head, like most others, is made entirely of aluminum with steel fittings.  The carbon fiber surround simply looks kinda neat and feels nicer on the hands in cold weather.  The carbon fiber here is mostly a gimmick, but hey, its original and people like gimmicks.