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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 37 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (25)
    • Easy to use (24)
    • Compact (17)
    • Lightweight (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (20)
      • Travel (15)
      • Family photos (11)
      • Wildlife photos (7)
      • Sports/action (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (28)

      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

      Reviewed by 37 customers

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      5.0

      Good all purpose tripod mount

      By Coldshooter

      from Spring Branch, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night photography

        Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

        Great mount for fixing the camera to a tripod in low or no light situations plus the ability to go to a 90 degree shot is great. The mount also allows the perfect 360 degree panoramic shots and the levels on it are handy as well.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Terrific!

        By Hoss18

        from Wilmette, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

          Much better than I expected. Easy to set up, smooth operation, solid construction to withstand my 5DmkII and 85mm lens. Very happy so far.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Small but Mighty

          By Stick

          from Mechanicsburg, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

            I bought this tripod head to replace one that broke. It's the perfect size. I love the handy control knobs and the ARCA-type release. I have three different ARCA-type plates and they all work great. It's easy to adjust with the knobs in perfect locations and the movement is smooth. I frequently go from handheld to tripod and this product allows me to do that quickly.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Easy to use ball head

            By BJPhoto

            from Tuftonboro, NH

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

              I use this ball head by Oben all the time. It is easy to use and set up. It is fairly rugged but I will say it is not top notch. Sometimes tough to make everything tight so it doesn't move. Overall pleased. Fairly lightweight.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Depending on your requirement

              By Apyh

              from Fargo, ND

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Oben BE-117 Ball Head:

                Let us start with the bottomline: It is a really well made ball head that many might be ignoring. If you have a camera lens setup that is between 5-10 pounds and well balanced this is a very comfortable ball head (be aware that it is rated at 17.5 pounds). I really loved the smoothness of the unit plus I am invested in Arca-type plates. However I use cameras and 600mm lenses that top out at 15 pounds and often require carrying around on the tripod. The ball head had trouble managing it. I purchased this to be a cheap backup to my old acratech on a backup tripod. I had to return it for another brand.

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                • No

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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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                        • No

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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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