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Oben BE-117 Ball Head

B&H # OBBE117 Mfr # BE-117
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You Pay: $74.95
Product Highlights
  • 17.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels

The BE-117 Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight aluminum ball head that features an Arca-type compatible quick-release system. It has a large locking knob to control the movement of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement.

The BE-117's multiple knobs enable higher-precision adjustments to the head than are possible with single-lever heads. Taking panoramic photos is simple, for instance, because you can pan a specific number of degrees while keeping the head's tilt position locked. In fact, the BE-117 features degree markings around its circumference to aid in that task. A notch in the ball head allows you to quickly change between portrait and landscape orientation.

The included quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw, and is secured in place with an Arca-type clamp. A locking knob controls the opening and closing of the aluminum clamp simply and reliably. Two safety screws on the bottom of the plate help prevent your camera from accidentally being released when adjusting the plate fore and aft. One bubble level on the clamp, and another on the locking knob, both ensure that your camera will be level with the horizon.

Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 32 mm
Quick Release Yes, Arca-type
Bubble Level 2 x bull's eye
Tension Control No
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tripod Mount Thread Size Female, 3/8"-16
Height 3.7" (9.3 cm)
Base Diameter 1.8" (4.5 cm)
Weight 13.4 oz (380.0 g)
Oben BE-117 Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ObenBE-117 Ball Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 32 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (22)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Compact (14)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (15)
      • Travel (12)
      • Family photos (8)
      • Wildlife photos (5)
      • Video (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (23)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Head over Heels...

      I love, love this ball head. The ball head that came with my tripod was way too small to support the weight of my camera and zoom lens. This ball head combined with...Read complete review

      I love, love this ball head. The ball head that came with my tripod was way too small to support the weight of my camera and zoom lens. This ball head combined with the L bracket (also purchased from B&H) work perfectly together. I am happy with my purchases. BTW, B&H customer service is A-1 with me!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Go for the SLIK

      I had the SLIK ball head and saw this one and wanted to try the new stuff.Not fast enough, the quickrelease is by press and not by slider like Manfrotto or SLIKNot fast enough,...Read complete review

      I had the SLIK ball head and saw this one and wanted to try the new stuff.Not fast enough, the quickrelease is by press and not by slider like Manfrotto or SLIKNot fast enough, the tighten wheel is not as fast as the handle

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      5.0

      I like it

      By panofish

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Slider

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        I don't own other ball heads, but I can't imagine many improvements over this for the money. The lock knobs work fine, but it would be nicer to have fewer turns to lock in place and a more satisfying click or something to indicate the max torque needed to lock has been achieved. But, that is probably wishing for too much at this great price. The base does pan very smoothly when unlocked. The size and appearance of the base matches perfectly with the Slik 700DX PRO TRIPOD and it looks like they were made for each other.

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        • No

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        5.0

        So far so good.

        By Bman

        from Colorado

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        This ball head feels solid and sturdy. I'm not sure if other ball heads are lighter than this one. It feels a bit heavy on my carbon fiber tripod. It is very easy to use and holds my camera wherever I want it to be.

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        5.0

        I will buy again!

        By Louie

        from North Carolina

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        Easy to use and very sturdy.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good price for quality

        By Alan

        from Alexandria

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        The head is feels and looks pretty solid. It's a high quality piece of engineering. The only slight negative is that the panning knob doesn't lock the head in place from turning completely. The big tightening knob requires more turning than I'd like.

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        5.0

        Great ball head

        By Photo-guy

        from Houston

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        I use this on a slider and it's perfect. Very well built.

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        5.0

        I like it

        By DGS

        from Pine, CO

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Needs Ball Head
        • Needs Ball Head Imo

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        I bought this monopod along with a BE-117 Ball Head by Oben as an "experiment". I like shooting both videos and photos of my grandson's sports and a monopod seemed to be a better option than a tripod. I'm using a Canon T5i with a 55-250mm lens. Because of the constant movement of sports, I felt a ball head was also needed.OK – it wasn't as easy as I first envisioned, but with a little practice I was shooting right and left, up and down while zooming in and out. With the leg of the monopod angled down and away from me, I didn't feel any significant flex in the leg as I gyrated around with either the camera or my body. This would seem to confirm the overall opinion that this monopod is sturdy and should last many years. I'm happy with the purchase.

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        5.0

        Good choice on a budget

        By Bruno Almeida

        from Brazil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

            Need a small ball head? Arca compatible? Money stretched thin? There you go!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for my monopod

            By Mkv

            from Michigan

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

              Great product! I have used other similar ball heads and this one is one of the best performing, in my opinion. Its solid feel, adjustment abilities and levels make it superior to even more expensive products. Plus, it comes with an Arca- Swiss plate that can be attached to another camera body, meaning I do not have to pay extra for one!

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              5.0

              Great value!!!

              By DanTheMan

              from Boston

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Heavy
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                Bought this tripod head fro my Sirui tripod. It solidly built and has some weight to it. The panning is very smooth and can be locked in with a screw below it. The ball head movement is also very smooth and locks in tight. One of the main reason I purchased it was for the two levels on the platform that are very helpful for keeping everything straight. Another reason was the quick release function and plate which make it super easy to munt and unmounts the camera. Finally, the price!! Don't take the price as being cheap in quality, this head has a very premium build. I highly recommend this tripod head!!!

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                5.0

                The head is great

                By Ben

                from Pittsburgh

                Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                Everything is perfect from the description! B and H does it again!

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                5.0

                Solid

                By Grayson

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                    These ball head mounts seem not only well made but are also smartly designed. The locking system is easy and quick. The ball head locks steady and the ability to pan after the ball is locked is extremely convenient. The included 3/8 - 1/4 reducer bushing are also quite useful. Grayson MarkleCommunication Director, CFC

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                    4.0

                    Strong and sturdy

                    By Karen

                    from Kansas

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                      When you tighten down it does not slip down any. I used it to shoot stars and was not disappointed at all in its performance. I would recommend it to anyone.

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                      5.0

                      Works great

                      By Sandman

                      from Winsted ct USA

                      Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                      Love it nothing else I could say!

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                      4.0

                      Good. Solid Ball Head

                      By Patrick B

                      from Indianapolis

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                        Probably as good a low cost ball head as you can get for the price. It works reasonably well, and is light weight. The rotation action is smooth.

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                        5.0

                        works great!

                        By jb

                        from Davis CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                          I'm using this on a small video tripod. It holds 8 to 10 lb. I've put on it, although I'll usually only put about 5 pounds on it. Being able to pan is very nice.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Precision Crafted

                          By Ross

                          from Orange County, Ca

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                            Everything I hoped for any more! was very surprised with how well made this ball head is, and I couldn't be happier! It truly is a precision piece of equipment and I trust my camera on it all day! The levels are great, and knobs are very sturdy. My only complaint is I wish there was a left/right version of the knobs.

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                            5.0

                            First Ball Head

                            By Terry

                            from Pomeroy, OH

                            Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                            This is my first ball head. It is very easy to use and can hold my heavy lenses with no problems. I am putting it through its paces at the beach taking night pictures.

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                            5.0

                            Outstanding

                            By Johnny

                            from San Diego, CA

                            Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                            I bought this ball head after the headaches of using. Pan head for seascapes. I gotta say this ball head exceeded my expectations. It's well built and sturdy but stil light enough to lug around with my gear. The motions are smooth but still accurate with precision. I'm very pleased and looking forward to purchasing an oben tripod soon. Thanks B&H :)

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                            5.0

                            Quality at an Affordable Price

                            By Dopetastic-Pix

                            from Danville, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                                I ordered this to replace a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ball head mainly because I didn't like the RC2 quick release and plate. Everything now seems to support the Arca-Swiss type mount, my Cotton Carrier hand grip included. Immediately I was impressed with the quality and operation on this ballhead. Very smooth and the dial indeed goes from 0-10. I have a Benro V2 head where the adjustment knob only moves about a quarter turn. Works good but it goes more like 6-10. Noticeable quality difference. Also, this head is slightly smaller than the RC2 but has more than 4lb higher capacity. Very delighted to now have it on my travel tripod.

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                                5.0

                                Great product for the money!

                                By saabstorey

                                from Virginia

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Smooth

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                                  I have, so far, simply used this for still photography, and have yet to put a longer lens on it. But so far, I am truly impressed by its quality and sturdiness. The ball action and knobs, and panning are smooth and quite precise.

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