Flashpoint F-9 Compact Tripod Ball Head with Quick Release. Supports 30 Lbs!

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About Flashpoint F-9

A compact powerhouse, this Flashpoint ball head will support over 30 lbs of camera gear!

Flashpoint Ball Heads feature smooth operational movement and positive locking.

The quick release plate receiver has a safety catch to prevent accidental release of the Q.R. plate.

Flashpoint Ball Heads are available in several sizes to accommodate the various needs of photographers.

The Flashpoint F-9 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Flashpoint F-9 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Flashpoint F-9 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Flashpoint F-9: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (13),Large range of motion (12),Attaches firmly (10),Strong clamp (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (12),Night shots (9),Home (8),Portraits (7),Travel (7),Wildlife (7),Sports/action (4),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (4),Pro photographer (3)

Flashpoint F-9 Specifications

Head Type
Ball Head
Tripod Head Mount
1/4 x 20
Tripod Mount Thread
mounts on 3/8 stud
Male Thread Size
1/4 x 20
Quick Release
Head Height
Max Load Capacity
30 Lbs
16 Ounces

Flashpoint F-9 Reviews

Review Snapshot®


(based on 17 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great Sturdy Ball Head

This is a very sturdy, well made ball head, that can handle the weight of a pro-level camera and super telephoto with no problem. It does not have all the bells and whistles of more expensive models but is everything I need at a great price


Most Liked Negative Review


Did not lock tight at all

I returned this after finding that no matter how hard I tightened it down, the nikon d300 would still move.

Reviewed by 17 customers


Perfect mobile unit w/Canon 5D and Gitzu


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Pro Photographer

Solid, standard quick release plate. Wish it had some resistance mechanism for better control and I had to add a separate balance bubble, but very decent price.


I would definetely purchase this item !


from Queens, New york  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have been using this product non stop since purchase. One of my best invenstments made. It's rock solid and easy to loosen and tighten. Tried other ball heads but they were never tight enough. The quick release takes time to get used to, being that it has to be oriented the right way. I'm going to search for more items made by flashpoint. Very satisfied indeed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good ball head with OK quick release


from Orlando, Fl  -  Pro Photographer

The ball head part is great...fairly smooth and heavy duty enough to support 10-15lbs (I would not put 30 like they say). Very good head for the money. However the quick release is finicky, difficult to get in, doesn't lock it in perfectly, and the plate screw on the bottom is not good. There is a small amount of movement even with the plate in so probably not a good head to get if you are shooting at extremely slow shutter speeds of say 1/15 of a second or slower. It is great for me with weddings, sports, portraits, and travel but I would go with a different head for landscape and night shooting. I also purchased the Bogen quick release plate and it is much better so get that for sure...makes it much better.


Sturdy Ball Head


from Grand Rapids, Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was looking for another Ball Head for my monopod. I wanted the F2 model but it was not in stock at the time of my ordering and it was unknown when the item would be available again. As an alternative the F9 was suggested. I ordered it with the hopes that it would fit my F2 Quick Release Plates. I was happy to find that the F2 and the F9 plates are identical and are interchangeable.


Nice Ball Head for the money.


from New Freedom, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

It took me a while to get use to a ball head over the standard tilt head, but I like it. I got tired of moving it from my Flashpoint tripod to my monopod, so I bought a second one. I leave one mounting plate on my DSLR and the other on my video camera. They're easy to use and my cameras sit very secure.


Excellent ball head


from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Very strong yet lightweight ball head Has not let me down in the field.


Functional but heavy


from Minneapolis, Minnesota  -  Photo Enthusiast

see above attributes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Compact & Strong


from Clovis CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I would rate this mount good, not great. Very compact and light for travel and backpacking. Ballhead is secure and can hold a DSLR with maybe up to a 2lb lens. This mount will not hold 40lbs securely. With a large lens like an 80-400 (4lbs), I get slippage. The plate that connects to the camera can slip. Great if you have a lighter DSLR and lens and need to pack light for travel or hiking.


decdent ballhead but not very smooth


from Minnesota  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have used this ball head and carbon monopod in conservatories and history centers where heavy human foot traffic prohibits the use of a tripod. The spherical (multi-rotational) adjustment is not dampened in any way and so it is touchy. It releases suddenly when the lock is loosened. Recommended with reservations about non-dampened rotational action.


Love the lever!


from Los Angeles, Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love the lever! (I previously had a knob and disliked that....) Very easy to adjust to any angle. Camera is secure... Great all around!!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DAVE S  I went on price, unfortunately this ball head seized and failed rather quickly. I cannot recommend it.
Shopper  Hi, I am wondering how this head works without a handle - I've only used tripod heads with a handle to attain smooth pans - but a handle does take up a lot of luggage room, so I'd be keen to hear how this one is used...? Thanku
JOHN H  In response to your question, this a ball head, not a pan head, so the teardrop shaped handle only releases the ball so that the camera mount can be adjusted to the position you desire. Once you release the ball, the head will fall over if you don't hold the camera. Therefore, this is not the type of head that one would use for shooting video, for example.
Damien S  The plate for my f-9 has disappeared. I have been searching the web but I can't find one anywhere. Any suggestions?
Damien S  Thank you everyone. I found it last night. I appreciate all the answers.
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