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Oben BE-126 Ball Head

B&H # OBBE126 MFR # BE-126
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Product Highlights

  • 26.4 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels

You Pay: $109.95

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The BE-126 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-126'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-126 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 26.4 lb (12.0 kg)
Ball Sphere Diameter 38 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 3.9" (9.9 cm)
Base Diameter 2" (5 cm)
Weight 1 lb (450 g)
Oben BE-126 Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ObenBE-126 Ball Head
     
    4.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (15)
    • Durable (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Great picture quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (14)
      • Travel (9)
      • Wildlife photos (6)
      • Family photos (5)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      5.0

      good with canon 5d mkIII

      By APA

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

        I've been using it a lot with the canon 5D mkIII, so far (1month) its been pretty solid. It holds the weight with the 24-105 pretty well.
        Very easy to use too. I've been using it a lot on freezing nights in the desert for star photography and its very easy to make fine adjustments.

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        4.0

        strong and sturdy

        By PJ

        from ny

        Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

        Ball head is well built. Holds camera with 270mm zoom securely. Smooth pan feature. Larger than expected but probably needs to be for its weight capacity.

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        5.0

        Fantastic for Fuji X-pro

        By Mudfud

        from NYC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

          For a long time I've compromised on equipment, but decided to get what I really wanted this time around. I salivated over the Arca Swiss, but for my needs (a Fuji X-Pro1), the Arca was total overkill. While the Oben is no where near the Arca, it is so solid and well designed that for its weight, I am very happy.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Smooth and Secure with one minor gotcha

          By desertRat

          from Los Alamitos, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Location Of Levels

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

          I am very satisfied with the ease of use and reliability of this head, so there is no need to repeat all of the things other people have been saying in that regard. I do have one minor complaint, however. The manufacturer advertises that there are two levels that can be used to set critical level for both horizontal and vertical shots. The problem, however, is that the only way to have a level visible from above while positioning the camera for a vertical shot is to attach the quick release plate so it runs perpendicular to he base of the camera. This causes two problems for me: 1) The edge of the mounting plate causes irritation against my chest when I walk around with the camera attached to a strap. 2) Mounting the quick release plate perpendicular to the base of the camera does not provide enough surface contact to keep the camera from twisting on its mount when positioned for a vertical shot.

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          4.0

          Great buy

          By The traveller

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

            I've been using a super strong ball head (55 lbs capability), it was heavy, hard to use.

            Then I ordered this ball head.

            This is a great looking ball head, it is light, suitable for my 1DX and small lens such as 24-70II, and even hold the 1DX and 70-200II very steady.

            The only reason I don't give it a 5 star is the lacking of the push pin to hold plate/camera so it doesn't slide off the quick release. You actually have to open the QR all the way out to take out the plate instead of sliding off. But it might just my personal preference.

            Overall, it is a great buy for the money.

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            4.0

            Smooth and Solid

            By MW

            from Phoenix

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

              This was bought to replace the "kit" head that came with a set of travel legs. A lesson here: legs+head combos may sound like a deal but the heads tend to be modest indeed. What's so good about the Oben? When I mount a D71000 plus a 70-300mm it stays exactly where it should - no droop or slip - something that really bugged me with the kit head. I also like the third knob that lets you rotate the hear pano-style without loosening the ball.Only complaint is that adapter plate is screwed in place with an allen wrench rather than with a spare nickel or quarter. I don't like the need to carry a dedicated tool around just for this.

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              5.0

              Great Ball Head

              By Benn Loveredwine

              from Arkansas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video

                Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                Smooth action-firm lock and heavy duty.I highly recommend it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great part

                By HenWin

                from Bethesda, MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                  The thing I really like about this, and would recommend to anyone is the sepearate pan control. I wasn't sure I needed it, but after using it, I now know I made the right decision.

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                  4.0

                  Great ball head

                  By Nate

                  from Minnesota

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                    I'm very satisfied with this product. I am using this to support my Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 70-300mm VR II, but I plan on using it with the Tamron 150-600mm once it is released. I'm planning on giving it a five star rating once I see how it performs with the added weight of the larger Tamron lens. I should also note that the knob to lock down the ball can be tougher to tighten in cold weather. I have no problem with locking it in place but an older lady I talked to was telling me she had problems in the colder weather. I think the grease used for lubrication is thicker.

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                    5.0

                    easy, supple, strong

                    By andy

                    from chicago

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                        This ball head is easy to mount, and once on the tripod, the head moves smoothly and locks firmly. Unlike other ball heads I've used, the friction control is easy to adjust. There are two levels for adjusting the camera. For the price, I don't think you can buy a better ball head.

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                        5.0

                        Great Head, easy and effective!

                        By Mike O

                        from Cary, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                          I had the chance to bring this out on a recent trip through the south west. I was really impressed with how easy it was to lock it in, and then re-orient it when needed. Moving to portrait mode was also easy and effective. I had been looking at more expensive units after everyone stressed how important a good head was, but I am glad I bought this one because it has exceeded all of my expectations.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          steady and simple

                          By bngws

                          from glenwood springs, co

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                            I occasionally use a tripod. I bought this head for panning outdoor landscapes. It is nice to have independent locking with ball head and panning. The knobs are secure and no creeping. Use a D800 with 200mm lens, would buy this again.

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                            5.0

                            Solid for heavy duty use

                            By Billy

                            from Union City, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                              The assembly is really solid to handle demanding field work. It gives a very secured handling when mounted to the monopod with the camera attached.

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                              5.0

                              Underated!!

                              By Viktas

                              from Wharton NJ 07885

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                                Out Standing head for the price. Been having solid experience even with a Oben AC1410 entry tripod and head combo. Now I upgraded to a Manfrotto 055CXPro3 set of legs and this head because of my experiences with Oben have been solid. Love the look and finish plus craftsmanship. Functions as expected and having a larger ball 1.5" is also a plus. pan lock and tenshioner are all great. I upgraded because of the New Tamron 150-600 being my first super telephoto lens. got my copy and had to upgrade my tripod. You will enjoy this head at a savings.

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                                5.0

                                sturdy and well built

                                By Raj

                                from San Francisco, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                                  Comparable to Induro ball headsKnobs are smooth and nicely accessiblesturdy and light weightexcellent construction/ built

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent Ballhead

                                  By Raj

                                  from San Francisco, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Oben BE-126 Ball Head:

                                    I was bit concerned when I made the purchase as this was newly introduced but I did not regret it. It is worth every penny and comparable to Induro ball heads in market.The ball head is steady and knobs are smooth . Recommend this to buyers

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