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Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head

You Pay: $379.95
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Maximum Height: 67.9"
  • Lightweight: 3.9 lb
  • Folds Down to 16.9"
  • 5 Sections
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • 2 x Bubble Levels

The CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod with BE-126T 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 16.9". 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 26.4 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 67.9". 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 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-126T 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 26.4 lb (12.0 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 67.9" (172.5 cm)
Monopod: 71.9" (182.6 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 59.4" (150.9 cm)
Minimum Height 10.1" (25.7 cm)
Folded Length 16.9" (42.9 cm)
Weight 3.9 lb (1.7 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/Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid (grooved, reversible, non-rotating)
Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head
  • BE-126T Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • CT-3581 Tripod Legs
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ObenCT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (22)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Durable (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (19)
      • Travel (19)
      • Wildlife photos (13)
      • Family photos (11)
      • Weddings (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Awesome Tripod!

      By Bob

      from Central CA

      Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

      My expectations were exceeded when I opened the box. Very well built, extremely versatile and very light.

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      5.0

      Solid Lightweight Tripod - great for tra

      By SteveStl Photo

      from New Hampshire

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

        This has lightened the load substantially when I am using my backpack in the field. And it packs nicely into a suitcase for travel. I recommend it highly for the price.

        Delivery and experience in dealing with B&H is always first class.

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        4.0

        Stabilized Under 1 Sec After Mirror Up

        By Steve L.

        from Rockville, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

          I did some serious testing on the stability of this setup using a Nikon D800e camera and a 1.2 lb lens. I attached a laser pointer to the side of the lens mounted on the camera and aimed the whole setup across a 30 ft. room, noting the location and any movement of the dot formed by the laser (on the wall).I put the camera in "mirror up" shooting mode, which allowed me to press my wireless shutter remote once to raise the mirror, and then a second time to actually fire the shutter. I set a manual shutter speed of 2 seconds.The tripod legs were fully extended and the center column was not extended at all. The tripod was sitting on a rug.The result was that on raising the mirror remotely, I could see the laser pointer dot moving slightly for about 0.7 seconds. Then I fired the shutter and no movement was seen until the shutter closed (after 2 seconds). The closing of the shutter also induced similar movement to the mirror going up. To me, this seems like very good stability in a 5-section tripod: to dampen the mirror movement in under 1 second.Overall, I like this setup. It's compact, light, and the ballhead seems to work quite well. I also purchased a different mounting plate (Sunwayphoto PN-D800) which has a strap loop and fits the Nikon D800/800e perfectly). This plate works well with this ballhead.

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          4.0

          I am pleased

          By steve

          from NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

            This is my first quality tripod. I am pleased with it. It is light and compact. I appreciate the twist locks instead of the snap locks. It has a place for weights which is a good thing since this is a light tripod. For indoor use it seems stable enough to use without weights.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Tripod

            By Snap Shot

            from New Bedford, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

              I had an aluminum Manfrotto tripod that was good, but bulky for trips into the woods. This Oben carbon fiber tripod is shorter when folded up (16.9 inches) and attaches to my Lowepro back-pack. The Manfrotto was too big and heavy to do that. The Oben is light, sturdy for my Canon T5i with 70-200 L lens, and is a great value. The BE126T ball head is very nice as well, and I like the fact that you can do panning shots with it without the head unscrewing from the tripod. Overall, a great value, more practical than the Manfrotto and fast shipping by B & H.

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              5.0

              Most efficient tripod yet!

              By JasonTheMeyer

              from Hickory, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                I was concerned at first of the size of the legs and how stable this tripod was going to be. I purchased it as much for the form factor as the ability to perform. After using it I have so much confidence in the carbon fiber legs even at the 5th section. I've already taken advantage of the monopod capabilities while using my heavy 70-200mm. Very pleasantly surprised by the abilities of this relatively compact and lightweight option.

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                5.0

                Early Christmas

                By Bob

                from Modesto, Ca

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                  I have not hd the time to get out into the field yet but have used it around home. Hold my cramara very well (sony A 65 with Tanrom 18 - 270mm lense). This is just what I need. Glad B&H had a price drop.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect Travel Tripod

                  By Pklopfen

                  from NYC

                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                  Use this for travel and it is super sturdy and easy to use. Packs small and has a great height when fully extended. If you like to do hiking landscape work this is a great tripod.

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                  4.0

                  Pleasant surprise.

                  By Susie

                  from Byrdstown TN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                    This is a light weight compact tripod. It is surprisingly stable for its size. It handles my heavy camera and 400mm lens combination. I haven't tried it in high wind conditions. It is light enough to carry and a small enough package to pack in a carry on suitcase.

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                    5.0

                    Best Tripod Ever

                    By Jerry

                    from Clearwater, Florida

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                      After using cheaper tripods and never satisfied, I decided to stop being cheap. I am extremely happy that I did. This is the best tripod ever. Lightweight, easy to use, sturdy, multifunctional. It does everything I wanted in a tripod plus.

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this again

                      By American Image

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                        sunset, landscape, etc

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Wow what a cool tripod!

                        By Chuck

                        from Kalispell, MT and Tucson, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Height
                        • Less expensive
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                        I use the tripod for nature photography. All is great. Nothing is not so great. Specifically: build quality is outstanding; perfect for travel; very easy to use; extremely versatile with monopod,adjustable leg length and angle, and retractable rubber and spiked feet; very easy to lengthen legs; lightweight; folds into very compact package;very nice carrying case; less expensive than competitors but just as good; maximum height greater than competitors. Could not ask for more. Highly recommended!

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                        5.0

                        Great Tripod

                        By Aggiep

                        from Central New Jersey

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                          So lightweight, and portable. Very steady and easy to set up. Pans and scans well.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Outstanding!!!

                          By Redleg

                          from Fairfield CT

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                            I have a great tripod that I have happily used for years -- bulky, aluminum, very large. I bought the Oben tripod for a trip out to Montana that included a jaunt to Yellowstone. This tripod has been a real win for me -- lightweight enough to tote; compact enough to pack; sturdy nonetheless; great quality. Further, the monopod option was a big success. The only issue that one might have is that it is lightweight so it is not going to be as stable as a 50lb tripod, but guess what? I didn't ask for a heavy tripod. This thing has a hook for weights if you choose to do that and, honestly, is very stable, even if it is light. The ballhead is top notch too. An impressive number of important features in addition to a basic high quality setup. Somewhat pricey, yes. If you want the lightness of carbon fiber you are going to pay for it, but when you look at the whole package, it's kind of a steal.

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                            5.0

                            Light and sturdy

                            By DaveB

                            from Council Bluffs, IA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                This is my second Oben tripod. I have a lighter version. Purchased this to work with D610 and 70-200 and 300mm lenses. Ball head held both lenses solidly. Light weight for the height and weight limits. Easy to extend/retract legs. Wish the quick release plates were hand screws instead of hex screws, but the wrench is included with the tripod.

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                                5.0

                                Steady and sturdy

                                By FRW

                                from Albuquerque, NM

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                  This tripod is such an improvement over my older and cheaper tripods. It holds my 200-500 steady even in windy conditions. Great for wildlife and landscapes.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wish I would've bought sooner

                                  By Bryce Moore

                                  from Fort Worth, TX

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Features
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Longer Setup

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                  I cheaped out on my first tripod which was $140 and bent a leg. After a lot of research this tripod seemed to be the best carbon fiber for the money.

                                  The tripod is very compactible which is great for travel and easier for transport. The tripod seems very sturdy have some great features.

                                  Use this with a canon 5d mark iii & canon ef 16-25mm mostly and the tripod supports this well. I trust the tripod to hold the camera unless theres very strong winds.

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                                  5.0

                                  fantastic tool

                                  By cj

                                  from columbia falls, mt

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                    I use this tripod for everything since I got it. it is so light and compact that it is actually a pleasure to take along!! it handles even my large lenses easily without any concern about stability. it also fits in my carry on luggage with ease. nice!!

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                                    5.0

                                    Everything needed

                                    By D

                                    from Iowa

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                        It was time I got something stable to get those shots. This has filled all my needs. Ball head, carbon, bonus mono.

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                                        5.0

                                        light, compact & fabulous

                                        By Max

                                        from Madison, WI

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                                          As a filmmaker I have been saddled with heavy, heavy tripods. In semi retirement I switched to still photography. After a year I realized that I really don't need the weight and cumbersome tripod any longer. The Oben is a gem. Light, compact and study.

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