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Oben CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head

B&H # OBCT3461117T MFR # CT-3461/BE-117T
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  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 64.5"
  • Min Height: 9.5"
  • Folded Length: 17.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.1 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • Separate Panning Lock
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The CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod with BE-117T Ball Head from Oben is a sturdy yet lightweight tripod with 4-section legs that fold upward 180° to create an extremely compact package for transport – with the included head attached, folded length is only 17.4". For further versatility, one of the legs unscrews from the chassis and attaches to the head & center column to form a working-height monopod. With a system load capacity of 17.6 lb, the tripod and head ensure a stable base for many DSLR body/lens combinations.

With the four leg sections and the center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 64.5". The legs are non-rotating, which enables single-handed operation of all three rubber twist locks on each leg: One twist of the wrist, and the three leg stages descend. Each leg is independently adjustable, and they can be locked securely at three different angles. The tripod's feet feature rubber tips that can be twisted to reveal retractable metal spikes, allowing you to shoot both indoors and outdoors on any terrain.

To shoot in monopod mode, simply unscrew the leg that forms the base of the monopod, remove the center column from the chassis, and screw these two elements together. With the head & center column mounted on the extended leg, you have a full size monopod that's even taller than the tripod at full height.

Like the legs, the center column features a twist lock that frees up its extension and retraction. For protection when it's retracted quickly, there's a rubber damper that protects the center-post collar. At the bottom of the center column is a spring-loaded ballast hook that allows you to attach a counterweight for extra stability. The detachable hook doubles as a stopper for the center column, which can be removed and reversed for low-angle shooting.

The BE-117T head features one locking knob for the ball and a separate knob to control the 360° panning. This enables fast setup changes, and frees you to keep a finger on the shot trigger while you're making a quick adjustment to the head's orientation. The head has a 90° notch which facilitates shooting in portrait orientation. Two bull's eye bubble levels ensure your camera is level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

The included Arca-type quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw. The quick-release plate has two safety screws to prevent the camera from accidentally being released when adjusting the plate fore and aft.

This tripod also includes a fitted, padded carry case with a removable shoulder strap, two heavy-duty zippers, and an interior zipper pocket. A tool clip with two hex wrenches for adjusting the center column and the leg joints is also included. It snaps onto any of the tripod legs for easy access.

Reverse-Folding Legs
The legs fold up 180° so that the ball head is concealed between them. This reduces the overall height of the folded tripod.
Short Column
The long section of the column can be removed, so that the head and short column section can be attached directly to the chassis.
Adjustable Legs
The legs are independently adjustable to 3 leg angles: 24, 55, and 80°.
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 64.5" (163.8 cm)
Monopod: 67.4" (171.2 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 54.1" (137.4 cm)
Minimum Height 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Folded Length 17.4" (44.2 cm)
Weight 3.1 lb (1.4 kg)
Head Type Ball head
Quick Release Yes
Bubble Level 2 x Bull's Eye
Material Carbon fiber
Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid (grooved, reversible, non-rotating)
Oben CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head
  • BE-117T Ball Head
  • CT-3461 Tripod Legs
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty

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        By Jug

        from santa cruz, ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer


        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use


          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Oben CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

          compact and light

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          Great for my needs

          By Squibworth

          from Bothell, WA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer


          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight


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              Comments about Oben CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

              Works perfectly with my 70D and EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 and feels like it should have no problems as I get bigger lenses. Knobs are all smooth and tighten without changing my framing. Once tightened, nothing slips. Comes with a great case and the two required allen wrenches (with a holder to keep them attached to a tripod leg).

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              Good travel tripod

              By Ann

              from Johns Island, SC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Small Light Durable


              • Hard To Tighten Bullhead

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Oben CT-3461 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

              I found this tripod to be sturdy and steady enough. And am thrilled with the small size when folded up on itself. The case and strap for carrying are nice too. I probably won't use the monopod feature as it is easy enough to grab the three legs together and use it as a monopod when one wants. The only feature I didn't like was the ballhead. I don't like the small knob you use to tighten the camera on the plate. Am used to a Really Right Stuff ballhead, which has a clamp, and greatly prefer it. I found that my D800 sometimes slid on the plate, as I hadn't tightened the knob enough. But for this feature, I would have given it 5 stars. I might switch ballheads over, but then I am not sure the legs will fold up over as well for transport.

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