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Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head

You Pay: $12.95
Product Highlights
  • Single-Lever Adjustment
  • Supports Loads Up to 6.6 lb
  • 90° Tilt
  • Accepts 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Studs
  • All Aluminum Construction
  • Perfect for Table-Top Tripods
  • Weighs Just 1.8 oz

The Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head is the perfect topper for a miniature or table-top tripod model. Constructed of aluminum, the BD-0 functions like most full-sized ball heads but features a supremely low-profile design. A single-action lever loosens the ball and allows it to move freely in all directions, and in addition, a groove allows it to tilt 90° in one direction.


The BD-0 head can serve as a replacement head for an Oben TT-100, TT-200, or TT-300 table-top tripod. Or it can allow you to properly orient your camera on any other tripod model, whether it has a 1/4"-20 or a 3/8"-16 stud – the head has a 3/8" thread and comes with a reducer bushing to make it compatible with the 1/4"-type stud.

Low-profile yet strong for its size – supports up to 6.6 lb
Supports most 35mm and DSLR cameras, as well as point & shoot models
Ball platform tilts 90°
3/8"-16 mounting thread
1/4"-20 reducer bushing
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 0.62" (16mm)
Quick Release No
Spirit Level No
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock No
Tripod Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
Height 2.0" (52mm)
Base Diameter 0.94" (24mm)
Weight 1.8 oz (52 g)
Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head
  • Reducer Bushing for 1/4"-20 Studs
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    ObenBD-0 Mini Ball Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Attaches firmly (20)
    • Large range of motion (18)
    • Stable (17)
    • Easy to use (12)
    • Compact (11)

    Cons

    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (19)
    • Video (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Sports/action (6)
    • Wildlife (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (35)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works with Gorillapod SLR Zoom

    I bought this for my Jobi Gorillapod SLR Zoom because I didn't ant to spend $30+ for a ballhead from Jobi. This is compact, works well, and sturdy enough to hold my heavy...Read complete review

    I bought this for my Jobi Gorillapod SLR Zoom because I didn't ant to spend $30+ for a ballhead from Jobi. This is compact, works well, and sturdy enough to hold my heavy camera equipment.

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    OBEN BD-0 Mini Ball Head

    I purchased two of these for an in-car camera support I built for time lapse video. It looked spec-wise
    (holds 6 lbs.) like it should hold my Nikon D800 or my...Read complete review

    I purchased two of these for an in-car camera support I built for time lapse video. It looked spec-wise
    (holds 6 lbs.) like it should hold my Nikon D800 or my Sony cam. It turned out that the ball head lock is way to weak for anything full size. I would not put anything bigger than a "small" point-n-shoot on this. I wound up returning these and purchasing Manfrotto 492's for 3.5 times more. A bigger OBEN might have worked as well but I already have good experiance with Manfrotto products and knew that they would be great albeit a little expensive.

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    5.0

    Simple Tripod Head that Works

    By Katie

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Kind Of Small

    Best Uses

      Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

      If you want a small, reliable, budget-friendly, and sturdy tripod head, this is it. I snagged this to help mount a smartphone on a tripod, and it did a great job. It has a notch to allow you to mount something vertically and comes with a 3/8 to 1/4 inch screw adapter. It wasn't too expensive, so I'm pretty happy with its bang for the buck.

      My only complaint would be that it's a lot smaller than I expected. Granted, it still does the trick just fine for what I got it for, but if you're expecting a large head, look elsewhere.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Very convenient

      By Tension Studios

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

        Solid little guy that stays put at the angle you need. I use this on a monopod when hiking so I don't have to bring my heavier Manfrotto ball head.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Cheap but does what it's supposed to

        By Newjack

        from Columbia, MD

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

        I needed a tripod head for a flexible tripod I've had. This was the most affordable option, so I wasn't expecting much, but it does what it's supposed to, and it has shown no major issues in the three times I've used it. You really can't go wrong with it for the price it is.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Little Ball Head

        By Kathy

        from Florida

        Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

        I use this with a video light to help set it's position whether on camera, light stand or monopod (which I hope to have soon). Works great with flashes too.

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        5.0

        Perfect for Small LED Lights

        By jimagine

        from VT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

          Great small setup with Giotto stands and LED panels

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          • No

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          5.0

          Shoot awesome angles with reassurance.

          By KMS

          from Naugatuck, CT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

          Very well made. I use this with my Magnus MegaGrip Flexible tripod and my Nikon Coolpix P520. The ball head allows you to swivel the camera and adjust angles easily. The screw-in locking system works beautifully so you can trust it to take care of your camera while you take care of the shots you want.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By Jadoucb

          from New York, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

            Perfect for your camera to make a 90 degrees turn

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            • No

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            5.0

            surprisingly good buy

            By ha

            from Illinois

            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

            impressive build for the price very compact I use them to hold my speed lights off camera

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            5.0

            Great Balls of Video Jerry!

            By The TroutDoc

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

            This is a good value and a real good head

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great ball head mount for the price!

            By Hayden

            from Nashville

            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

            I bought this ball head tripod head to mount on my slider, works out great and it's small enough to just leave on. Great product for a great price

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            5.0

            SMALL, WORKS WELL & INEXPENSIVE

            By CJ

            from VA BEACH, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

              It's metal and only 2-1/2" tall. When in use and threads into camera in only takes 2" above mount. Full range of motion is available, works with my full frame DSLR but cannot lock into position larger DSLR's, as it's small.

              I use it on my Manfrotto window mount and they fit in my car glove box.

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              • No

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              5.0

              outstanding service

              By mark

              from maryland

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                    Found the right product and it arrived 3 days early. Good job.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Compact and stable

                    By Matt G.

                    from Albuquerque, NM

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable Manufacturing

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                    This is a good addition to my Cullmann Magic monopod. It is very lightweight, and I find that it easily holds my D7100 with the 16-85 VRII lens. There might be applications for a tripod where it is to light duty, but it's perfectly serviceable for a monopod (where you stabilize with a hand anyway). My only beef is that it came with a non-functional adapter screw for 1/4-20 camera threads. B&H send me a new one, which has a functional screw, and it works very well now. The unreliable manufacturing quality cost the ball head one star.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Little Item !

                    By Omar O.

                    from New York, N.Y.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Audio Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                      I use this with a small cold shoe on top to hold my speedlights in any position that i want!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Versatile little Piece.

                      By Peacock

                      from Buffalo NU

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                        Currently use the piece to angle a cold shoe microphone away from my tripod.
                        I like that the female end rotates freely when the screw is loosened. Seems to hold the mic alright and is other wise a good value.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        awesome mini balhead

                        By joe

                        from boulder, co

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                        good result for the price. wouldnt use with full size slr or really heavy, long lense

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                        4.0

                        So so ball head

                        By AD

                        from New Brunswick

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                          Use this ball head with a OBEN carbon fiber tripod and the combination of the two is great for hikes, travelling, etc. With a Canon 7d and a Sigma 17-50 mm lens (combined weight is 3 lb) I can take horizontal shots no problem. Vertical shots are a completely different story and the view of field slowly creeps downwards. As others have mentioned, the rotation is also not very smooth. However, you can't beat the price and on long hikes you will love its low weight.

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                          5.0

                          Small but huge in performance

                          By Durhamphoto

                          from Omaha, NE

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                            Works great holds more weight than I had imagined

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            3.0

                            Stuck Thread

                            By James

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • One Was Broken

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                            I placed an order for two of these mini heads and was impressed with the mounting options. The bottom of the unit has a 3/8" to 1/4" adapter and easily can be removed.The only problem with one of ball heads was that the top platform is forever stuck on one position and will not rotate. I tried unscrewing one with pliers and really stripped it down. Other than that, these heads are great for what I'm using them for: mounting lights.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Well made miniture ball head

                            By MBC

                            from Albuquerque

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Light weight

                            Cons

                            • Weak Clamp

                            Best Uses

                            • Mount For Solar Collector
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Oben BD-0 Mini Ball Head:

                            A well made ball head for light weight gear only. Very well made but too small and lightweight to carry more than a few ounces. I bought this to secure and point a small Solio solar collector to my touring bicycle's front rack so I can charge my phone off the grid. The Solio has a hole in its middle through which I run a 3-inch 1/4x24 machine screw into the BOTTOM of this ball head. The TOP with the thumb wheel removed is then secured to a P-bracket on my bike's front rack. Upside down, the Oben works fine to point my Solio at the sun.

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                            • No

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