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Ari
16-Jul-2019, 06:25
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Greetings, everybody!

I've been away for a while, taking a break from photography and honing my carpentry skills. But I still represent FLM ball heads and tripods, and I wanted to let you know about the new Series II tripods.

We have 3 new tripods on offer: CP30-L4 II, CP34 L4 II and CP38-L4 II; all of them would be ideal for large format photography - especially the latter two.
The number (30, 34, 38) in the designation refers to the maximum tube diameter (mm); L means Long (longer leg sections).

The center post has been entirely eliminated, and all three tripods reach a maximum height of 68 inches (173cm).
You can see specs and other details here: http://www.flmcanada.com/new-series-ii-tripods.html

The new features include an updated carbon fibre structure (stronger and lighter with increased load capacity), a leaner design resulting in lighter weight and smaller bulk, standard size 3/8" spike feet, 10x carbon tubes, built-in half-bowl (CP34 and CP38), and a greater maximum height.
The CP34 accepts 75mm bowl accessories, and the CP38 accepts both 75mm (with adapter) and 100mm bowl accessories.

These “L” (Long) size tripods are only available in North America; the European and Asian markets offer different sizes: medium (M) size and small (S) size, respectively.

You can order a tripod directly from the linked website and save 15% off the (eventual) store price. My first delivery will be in September.
If you have any questions, you can post them here, or contact me directly by email: ari @ flmcanada dot com (without the spaces).

Thank you

Tin Can
16-Jul-2019, 06:44
Timely!

cowanw
16-Jul-2019, 07:15
Wonderful

Tin Can
16-Jul-2019, 12:36
Ari,

What do the rubber feet look like?

Are the spikes storable inside the lower leg?

How do the spikes fit with rubber feet?

Are the legs sealed from dust and water?

Will you offer a leveling ball, preferably 100mm?

Is there a hanging hook or female threads under the plates?

Is the CF still Japan sourced?

The rest is still German machined and assembled in Germany?

Are the locks 1/4 turn?

Lastly, how much torque is required to lock legs? I know that may vary, but I have seen GITZO I cannot open. Old man, painful hands...

Ari
16-Jul-2019, 13:15
Hi Randy,
Good questions, thanks for asking.

What do the rubber feet look like?
Are the spikes storable inside the lower leg?
How do the spikes fit with rubber feet?
Here is a photo of the leg with rubber foot and one photo of the leg with spike.
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The spikes are not meant to be stored inside the leg, the rubber feet and spikes are two different things, i.e., one is not retractable, revealing the other., and you have to remove one in order to use the other.
Hope I understood that question correctly.

Are the legs sealed from dust and water?
Having felt-lined grips would offer good protection, but it'd also make the leg sections much harder to retract and replace.
Without using felt-lined grips, FLM grips have always been quite good in protecting against water, sand and dust.
The design permits quick and simple disassembly for regular cleaning. A tripod can be disassembled, wiped down and re-assembled in about 5-6 minutes.

Will you offer a leveling ball, preferably 100mm?
Yes, we have 75mm and 100mm levelling balls.
If you want to use a 75mm ball on the CP38 tripod, which has a 100mm bowl, then we also offer a 100-75 reducer.

Is there a hanging hook or female threads under the plates?
There's a socket for a hook.

Is the CF still Japan sourced?
The rest is still German machined and assembled in Germany?
New owners have been in place for two years now; I'm not as involved with day-to-day affairs as I used to be, but I don't think any of the suppliers have changed, nor has the supply chain been greatly affected.
Our CF is sourced from Japan; plastic bushings, rubber feet and nylon parts are made in Taiwan; aluminum machining and assembly is done in-house (Germany), while some other parts come from Central Europe (Czech Rep., Hungary).
The ball heads are still 100% German made, and the factory is slowly moving towards full automation for the ball head manufacturing. Some assembly will still have to be done by humans, especially the friction control assembly.

Are the locks 1/4 turn?
Lastly, how much torque is required to lock legs? I know that may vary, but I have seen GITZO I cannot open. Old man, painful hands...
Yes, they've always been 1/4 turn, or close to, on every tripod. I'd probably say it's more of 1/3 turn, but not a big difference.
The important thing is that the tripod opens and folds quickly and easily, and above all, that it never gets in the way of one's work.
Best thing about a tripod is when you don't notice it's there.
My hands are ok, but I've never strained to tighten the grips of our tripods, or loosen them.
When tightening, once enough friction is felt, a quick light cinch is enough to secure the leg section.
Don't know what that translates to in pounds per foot, but if you can tighten down an 8x10's front standard, you should be fine.

Thanks for the questions.

Tin Can
16-Jul-2019, 13:45
So these tripods are an evolution from the Indiegogo Berlin 38.4 Tripod? https://www.dpreview.com/news/1117432282/flm-unveils-berlin-38-4-carbon-tripod-on-indiegogo

I must have missed that offering. I was very busy in 2017.

The FLM Canada website does not show a 100mm leveler. http://www.flmcanada.com/

Ari
16-Jul-2019, 13:56
Correct, the CP38-L4 II is an updated Berlin; it also uses 38mm tubes, but the spiked feet are now universal 3/8".
The method for changing accessories (flat plate to half-bowl, for example) is now different.
The new CP38 tripod weighs about 200g less than the Berlin, and is noticeably slimmer at the top when folded. It can also stand more weight thanks to a design tweak and a new carbon weaving method.

As for the CP34, we've never offered this tripod, as far as I know, and certainly not in North America.

I've updated the FLM Canada website to show that the HB-75, HB-100 and 100-75 reducer are also available.
I can supply prices for those by email, but expect the HB units to be in the $50-$60 range, and the adapter to cost around $30.00.
Thank you

Ari
18-Jul-2019, 06:14
Thanks, Johnny. Here's the updated link.

Mark Morris reviews the Series II tripods:

https://youtu.be/TcUkYD-lOw0

Tin Can
22-Jul-2019, 12:32
Anybody else preorder a tripod?

My first new tripod in 20 years.

I went for the CP38-L4 II & HB-100, exactly what I wanted from FLM 5 years ago.

ic-racer
22-Jul-2019, 15:49
I'm still using the Bogen tripod I got in 1985. Maybe it is time to upgrade. What about that ball head? How does that work with a LF camera? What are all the knobs. I'm afraid I loosen the ball and the camera spills over right, left or center... I have only used a ball head with a plastic camera or something I can hand hold.

I hope Tin Can posts some pictures of his in use with an 8x10 camera on board.

Tin Can
22-Jul-2019, 15:57
I didn't buy the ball head as I don't want one ever. I have tried them.

When I get it, I will show you mine, if you show me yours. :)

Ari
22-Jul-2019, 17:48
I rarely use a ball head with LF cameras anymore, unless I need to position the camera more than 15˚ off-axis. That very rarely happens.
Randy's set-up is ideal: study tripod with a large, wide base providing 15˚ of movement in any direction, that also locks down rock-solid.
I've been using an identical set-up (with a previous-generation tripod) for some years now, and it's proven to be utterly reliable. Not difficult to carry either.

ic-racer
22-Jul-2019, 18:55
I didn't buy the ball head as I don't want one ever. I have tried them.

When I get it, I will show you mine, if you show me yours. :)

I like my tripod but I'd like to believe that modern materials can make one lighter with the same strength. I think this model was designed in the late 1970s.
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Ari
22-Jul-2019, 20:20
Looking at the photo of that Bogen brings back vivid memories of sore shoulders and displaced vertebrae.
Yes, modern gear is a lot lighter and just as capable.

Tin Can
23-Jul-2019, 05:04
Is that the one with levers that release the legs? I have one, my knee knocks the lever open, oops! Or the one which has red levers under the head that unlock the legs, I have one of those also, way heavy and I fear it will fail and drop the camera.

You think the FLM are too heavy...

I also tried an old Series 5 Gitzo, not good for me.

Now we all wait for delivery.

Be patient...

I am.




I like my tripod but I'd like to believe that modern materials can make one lighter with the same strength. I think this model was designed in the late 1970s.
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Ari
19-Aug-2019, 08:40
Delivery is now confirmed for first week of September for all orders, and "thank you" to everybody here who took us up on the new tripods.
There will be a few tripods remaining, so the special prices will remain in effect until supply runs out.

I've also added a new tripod, the CP30-S4 II, essentially a short version of the L4 tripod.
It gets to 55 inches tall, folds down to 19 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds. No center post.
It's now available for direct purchase from the FLM website: http://www.flmcanada.com/new-series-ii-tripods.html

Thank you

EDIT: My apologies, a minor correction in the specs for the S4 tripod.
It reaches 53.5 inches in height, or 136 cm.

Tin Can
19-Aug-2019, 09:14
Great news Ari!

After using my new one, I may also be interested in the S4.

Waiting patiently...:cool:


Delivery is now confirmed for first week of September for all orders, and "thank you" to everybody here who took us up on the new tripods.
There will be a few tripods remaining, so the special prices will remain in effect until supply runs out.

I've also added a new tripod, the CP30-S4 II, essentially a short version of the L4 tripod.
It gets to 55 inches tall, folds down to 19 inches and weighs 2.8 pounds. No center post.
It's now available for direct purchase from the FLM website: http://www.flmcanada.com/new-series-ii-tripods.html

Thank you

Ari
19-Aug-2019, 09:45
My apologies, a minor correction in the specs for the S4 tripod.
It reaches 53.5 inches in height, or 136 cm.

Ari
11-Sep-2019, 08:00
Just wanted to thank everyone here who bought a tripod, and also let you all know that we are in production again.
More tripods are on the way and special pricing will remain in effect for one more production run.
I expect the next delivery to occur around Hallowe'en.

There are a couple of CP38 tripods still in stock if time is of the essence.
Let me know if you have any questions; thanks.

Ari
29-Jan-2020, 07:27
Update for everyone:
There are two new members of the Series II family: a new travel tripod and what we call a hybrid tripod.

CP26-Travel II is an update to the successful CP26-Travel introduced in 2016. It has the same features as other Series II tripods: no centre post, revised leg angle locks and standardized interchangeable feet. It's a 5-section, carry-on friendly tripod that can be used with a wide variety of cameras and lenses.
CP30-M5 Hybrid is somewhere between a travel tripod and a traditional, standard-size tripod, but with thicker legs. Still carry-on friendly, yet taller than average, and very sturdy for a 5-section tripod.


Both tripods are now available for pre-order on this page (scroll down): http://www.flmcanada.com/new-series-ii-tripods.html
I've also attached the full spec chart here.

Thank you

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Tin Can
29-Jan-2020, 09:11
When does pre order end?

Ari
29-Jan-2020, 09:41
Pre-order will likely end around Feb 20, and by then, the stores will be offering the tripods on special from Feb 20 to March 2.
Store specials should be roughly the same as the pre-sale prices.
Thanks, Randy.

esearing
8-Feb-2020, 05:48
Ari, It seems lots of tripods have a max height around 60 inches. Could an 8 or 12 inch carbon tube extension be screwed into the feet threads that would be stable for those of us that want just a little more height?

Ari
8-Feb-2020, 06:01
Hey Eric,
Actually, all tripods ending in "L4" reach 68 inches, the others vary in maximum height from 53" to 60".
CP30-L4, CP34-L4 and CP38-L4 are all 68" tall. Most customers I've spoken to, who are 6' and over, find these tripods to be very comfortable to use; add a head and QR clamp, and you'd be at 72".
If you need a taller tripod, we do make a 5-section CP34 and CP38 that reaches 73", but that's special order and will take extra time to get.
Alternatively, the CP34 and CP38 tripods will soon have a center post available, hopefully by late spring 2020.
Thanks for the question, let me know if you need more information.

Ari
20-May-2020, 16:12
No centre post yet, but we did introduce 2 new tripods, and a third is coming soon.


CP26-Travel II - a revised version of our successful travel tripod; this one reaches 53" in height, collapses to 20", and has no center post.
CP30-M5 II Hybrid - my new favourite tripod; it reaches 60 inches high, collapses to 18 inches, uses 30mm tubes and is good for traveling with heavier cameras, like a Mamiya RZ67 or a 4x5 field camera.
A good balance between portability/compactness and strength/sturdiness.


Coming later this month is the smallest tripod of the bunch, the CP22-S4 II.
It is a thin-tube tripod, capable of morphing into a monopod, tabletop tripod, mini tripod, walking pole, grapple stick and more.
MSRP on that will be ~$300.00

Let me know if you have any questions.

Ari
10-Sep-2020, 12:29
Just letting everyone know, if you were considering an FLM tripod, they're on sale at the moment: 15% off through B&H and Adorama.
Ball heads are at 10% off.

This sale runs until September 25, but will resume a couple of times over the fall, ending for good in the new year.
Thanks!

esearing
12-Oct-2020, 11:31
Just letting everyone know, if you were considering an FLM tripod, they're on sale at the moment: 15% off through B&H and Adorama.
Ball heads are at 10% off.

This sale runs until September 25, but will resume a couple of times over the fall, ending for good in the new year.
Thanks!

Thanks to the sale I finally pulled the trigger on the CP34 L4II. Its only a pound and a half more than the travel tripod I had been using but feels so much more durable and stable, and is really, really tall. I have only used it on one outing but like it so far. One minor issue - When you carry the camera on the tripod and leave the legs extended, they tend to cross. Needs a zero position lock or a barrier near the angle lock.

Ari
12-Oct-2020, 20:31
Hi Eric,
Thank you for the sterling recommendation and for your suggestion as well.
You can tighten the two screws on either side of the "knuckle" and adjust the tightness to your taste.
Before doing that, though, see if the legs are as loose when one or two leg sections is retracted. If yes, then adjust.
If not, then you should leave it as it is, as it's been properly adjusted at the factory.
Thanks again, and enjoy your new tripod!

Ari
23-Nov-2020, 19:06
Hey everyone,

I wanted to let you know about our last sale of the year, happening now until January 4.

FLM tripods are at 15% off, ball heads, clamps and plates are at 10% off. B&H, Adorama, FLM USA and FLM Canada are the participating retailers.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me here or through the FLM Canada website.

Thanks!

Duolab123
23-Nov-2020, 19:30
I recently bought a couple RRS ball heads. I looked at the MODERN Manfrotto and Gitzo stuff and was shocked at what kind of junk is being sold. I picked up some vintage, mid 90's NOS Black anodized aluminum Manfrotto legs, not anything high end carbon fiber.

I will give a look at your products.
Best Regards Mike

Ari
23-Nov-2020, 19:41
Mike, good to hear from you. I welcome any and all inquiries and questions.