This is your home for all things Flexline, with everything you need to know about our heads and the technology that makes them unique. Grab a coffee, sit back and see how our innovative heads can make the difference with your photography.
Long lens photographers rejoice, our genius patented design makes long lenses feel weightless. Our heads are very well trained. They stay exactly where you put them. Once you let go of your long lens it stays right there. Like it's weightless. All you have to do is to set the centre of balance precisely beforehand and our tech will do the rest. We call it positive balance, you will call it positively great!
So how do the springs work? It’s the natural evolution of tripod heads, all the freedom without the drawbacks and using modern technology (not friction), to achieve this. At the centre of our patented design is our spring system that is made from the most durable artificial rubber on earth, polyurethane. It was chosen because in a given volume it is capable of storing much more elastic energy than steel springs.
No more crushed fingers and choice words. No more watching your heavy lens tip forward and pull your tripod over a cliff.
When you've finished photographing just let your 300 / 400 / 500 / 600mm or 200-400mm lens go and we will hold it right here. Ready to photograph again with no delay, no wasted time locking / unlocking and more importantly no missed shots.
Aligning the centre of balance is crucial for the counter balance spring to work correctly and so we have developed a special range of custom designed long lens replacement feet to make this easy and quick. These are designed for specific Canon / Nikon long lenses and are long enough to use a teleconverter too. Our store has a buying guide to ensure you get the right one. For tips on how to do this check out the video on the Getting Started page.
Mounting the camera directly onto our head to shoot some landscapes? Our are perfect for all genres of photography. You'll have to use a little bit more tension on the head to support smaller lenses, since you can't adjust the centre of gravity. Even so you will find our heads much more supportive and flexible than anything else out there today.
Its that simple. Our heads stay exactly where you leave them.
Check the video below and see for yourself!
Image Creep is a serious problem for all creative photographers, especially those who take long exposures, landscapes or delve into the macro world. We have all been there. You have setup the shot, endured rain, wind and snow, and it's gonna be an award winner. Then you tighten the tripod head and ARGGGHHHHHH the image you want moves out of the frame. You waste time setting it up again and again it happens.
It's worse with a big lens too... actually no it's probably worse with macro photography as it takes so long to line everything up in the first place!
Here at Flexline we listened to the needs of photographers out there and designed a patented solution to stop image creep forever! Yes that's right, with our heads there is NO image creep. When you lock up our heads we preserve your composition and keep the image on screen.
We patented a spring balance technology to ensure that our heads stay were you put them so you don't even need to lock up the tripod head for most of your photography. But if you need to then you can trust us to eliminate any image creep.
Check the video to see it working!
Double ball heads are not new for us as our own inventor / designer was one of the team who first brought them to the world of photography.
So like other double ball heads, the Flexline heads have the ability to quickly and easily set the main ball level so that the second ball allows free movement of the camera / lens in a level plane. In other words no matter what the angle you set the tripod at, within reason of course, you can set the head level and get perfectly straight horizons and level water. That's a given on all double-ball heads.
Our heads take this a step further, because with our patented Zero-Recoil positive balance technology once you have levelled the horizon you can be confident that wherever you leave the lens it stays put (provided you take the time to set it up and the centre of balance can be adjusted). That's a big bonus, no more need to frantically lock everything up.
Customisable Motion - Of course every photographer is different, some of you prefer very restricted motion of a head, some prefer very loose. Personally, for both video and stills, aviation and wildlife, I prefer some resistance to the motion. That's why every FlexLine head has a friction control, the bright silver knob, that allows you to "customise" how it moves. With a simple twist you can make a huge difference to how the head performs with your kit. Certainly when mounting kit that doesn't allow you to adjust the centre of balance, such as a camera with wide angle lens or a consumer / mirrorless system, adding some friction will help it perform much better with Zero Recoil.
So a little movement from your finger tips translates to a big movement of the head no matter what the load.
As all heads should be.