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Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head

You Pay: $499.95
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Maximum Height: 64.3"
  • Lightweight: 3.1 lb
  • Folds Down to 16.8"
  • 5 Sections
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • 2 x Bubble Levels

The CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod with BE-117T Ball Head from Oben is a sturdy yet lightweight tripod with 5-section legs that fold upward 180° to create an extremely compact package for transport – with the included head attached, folded length is only 16.8". 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 five leg sections and the center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 64.3". The legs are non-rotating, which enables single-handed operation of the rubber twist locks on each leg: One twist of the wrist, and the four 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 removed to reveal 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°.
General
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 64.3" (163.3 cm)
Monopod: 67.6" (171.7 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 55.3" (140.5 cm)
Minimum Height 9.3" (23.6 cm)
Folded Length 16.8" (42.7 cm)
Weight 3.1 lb (1.4 kg)
Head
Head Type Ball head
Quick Release Yes
Bubble Level 2 x Bull's Eye
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 4/5
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid (grooved, reversible, non-rotating)
Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head
  • BE-117T Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • CT-3561 Tripod Legs
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ObenCT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (3)
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      3.0

      better than above average

      By 3WWW's

      from Chesterfield, NH

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Ball Head Carbon Tube

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

      Used with a 400mm lens, at a short extension and 180mm macro (remote trigger) the tripod does well. Light enough to carry into the woods via pack. Not beefy enough for a heavy Canon 500mm lens though. Ball head functions well and has solid support/lock. Quality is spot on, aluminum fittings, with carbon thicker walled tubes . Didn't want to spring for the RRS branded tripod. To much money for my wallet, to see it get banged up on rocks or wet and salted at the beach. I pay to play and don't get paid to play. I do recommend the tripod but suggest a heavier option from Oben to support the heavy stuff.

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      4.0

      Why I like this tripod

      By "Winter Texan"

      from Port Aransas, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

        I purchased this product while on a three month
        vacation in Texas. The first time I used the tripod I was going to return it. Even tho it is rated to hold 17 pounds it looks a bit wimpy in the last leg section. However I thought I would test it a few more times. I'm glad I did. for my height 5'10" I don't even use the last leg extention. I really like the portability also how small and compact it folds down into. For me this has been proven to be a good choice.

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        5.0

        Nice compact tripod

        By Shooter Tom

        from Outer Banks, NC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben CT-3561 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-117T Ball Head:

          So far so good, looking forward to traveling with the tripod this winter. Nice that'll fit in my carryon.

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