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Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

B&H # OBPD117 MFR # PD-117
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Quick-Release System with Safety Lock
  • 5 x Bubble Levels

You Pay: $79.95

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The PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head from Oben allows independent camera adjustment on the horizontal and vertical planes as well as 360° panning. The head has a load capacity of 17.6 lb, making it suitable for most DSLR camera and lens combinations, as well as many camcorders.

Two locking handles control the front-to-back and side-to-side tilt, and a thumb screw locks and unlocks the panning motion.

The quick-release system includes an RP-20 plate with a video pin, and a safety lock on the release lever, preventing accidental release of the camera. Two bull's eye levels, and three tubular levels ensure your camera will be level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Quick Release Yes
Spirit Level 2 x bull's eye
3 x tubular
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Tilting Range Front-to-Back: -60 to +90°
Side-to-Side:-10 to +90°
Tripod Mount Thread Size Female, 3/8"-16
Camera Mount Thread Size Male, 1/4"-20
Height 5.0" (12.7 cm)
Weight 1.8 lb (0.8 kg)
Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
  • RP-20 Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    ObenPD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (11)
    • Easy to use (11)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (12)
      • Travel (8)
      • Family photos (7)
      • Weddings (7)
      • Wildlife photos (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Wonderful 3 way pan

      I can find nothing negative to say about this product. It replaced the ball head that came with my Oben CT 3510 carbon tripod. It works effortlessly and is smooth as silk. The...Read complete review

      I can find nothing negative to say about this product. It replaced the ball head that came with my Oben CT 3510 carbon tripod. It works effortlessly and is smooth as silk. The load capacity matches the legs so it pairs up perfectly. I would recommend this head to anyone who needs a compact 3-way pan/tilt head. I would buy this again. Also, the price is right for the quality of this item.

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      Not Perfect

      Well made with one major flaw, it will not hold my canon 50d with ef-s 18-200 on the vertical. The quick release plate will not tighten enough to prevent creeping. The plate...Read complete review

      Well made with one major flaw, it will not hold my canon 50d with ef-s 18-200 on the vertical. The quick release plate will not tighten enough to prevent creeping. The plate has a retractable pin to prevent creeping but it is useless if there is no provision for it on the camera.

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      2.0

      PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head by Oben

      By Seldom Seen John

      from Lake Forest, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

            Had to return this 3-Way Head. There was a defect in manufacturing not allowing me to use one of the handles to make adjustments. B & H handled the return efficiently.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            2.0

            Not Perfect

            By Bob

            from MT. Gilead, NC.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Vertical Creeping

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

              Well made with one major flaw, it will not hold my canon 50d with ef-s 18-200 on the vertical. The quick release plate will not tighten enough to prevent creeping. The plate has a retractable pin to prevent creeping but it is useless if there is no provision for it on the camera.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Wonderful quality

              By Brittany

              from Maryland, USA

              Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

              You really get what you pay for this product. I love the tilt handles. However, they are a little tough to move at first, but I am sure they will breaks in.

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              5.0

              Perfect

              By farmskies

              from washington

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

              I needed a extremely stable tripod head for an 11# set of astronomy binoculars. Very, very solid tripod head and it didn't break the bank.

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              4.0

              Great Value

              By Flash

              from DeLand, Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                It is a great first step up to a real set up. The only negative: a tight fit into the carry bag for my new Oben carbon fiber sticks. Well worth the hassle.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great head but tripod has a problem

                By Jasef

                from Eugene, OR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

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                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                      This is a high quality item and works good but it is very tight on all axes and when panning it tends to break loose of the base and start rotating off the stud. It has really been aggravating and I would return everything, tripod included if I was still in the return period. I'm hoping it will loosen up with time and then I will like it. I have the ball head for the tripod too and same thing: if you swing back from a pan it is so tight it breaks free from the base.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Very Good tripod head

                      By Paul

                      from Winter Haven, FL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                        I own other open heads and this was the logical choice so that I could use the same quick disconnect head. Very Happy with it . Holds camera firm and steady. Using it with a Nikon D5300 with a Tamron 150 - 600 Lens. Very satisfied - would buy again and recommend.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great head for my new tripod

                        By Paul

                        from Winter Haven, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                          I have several Oben heads so this was the logical choice since it used the same quick disconnect mount. Using it with a Nikon D5300 and a Tamron 150-600 and I am completely satisfied. Sturdy, full range of motion.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great upgrade

                          By T

                          from Cali

                          Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                          The addition of this component has been great for studio work!

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Product

                          By The Video Teacher

                          from Florence Or

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                            We are using this in a video production classroom in a high school. It's solid enough to be used by students. It does what we needed it to do.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent build quality!

                            By Rmacias

                            from New Jersey

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Audio Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                              I would recommend this to anyone looking for precision shooting. It doesn't have some of the top tier features but what it does have is beautiful precision. I've had a couple of these and this is by far becoming my fav.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Great pano head for a good price!

                              By JennyBrownPhotography

                              from North Texas

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                Worked great on my existing Oben tripod. A little stiff at first, but it's loosening up with use. A great product for a good price!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Addition to my tripod

                                By Mickey

                                from Sylvania, OH

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                  The pan head I had was not able to support my lenses. The 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is great. It allows me to move my camera in any direction and is much sturdier. It is very well built as was proved when I fell the first day I used it. The head flew off but when I put it back on, it when on perfectly. Not a thing wrong with it.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Well built

                                  By PGarrett

                                  from LA, CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                    Solid and well built. Quality is comparable to heads that cost twice as much or more. Added it to an old set of legs and now have a really nice tripod.

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                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Rock Solid

                                    By Bob

                                    from Coral Springs, FL.

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                      Very well constructed and easy to use. Control handles are short and don't get in the way like some pan-tilt heads. When attaching quick release plate the to camera make sure it lines up so the release on the tripod is on the right side. Otherwise when you turn the camera vertical you will not be able to rotate on the vertical axis. The instruction manual shows a diagram but no text about this. Great value for the money.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Smooth and Stable

                                      By DJ

                                      from State College

                                      Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                      The construction and action of the levers are silky smooth and very stable. The mount fits pertfectly.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Stiff and no play

                                      By Aaron

                                      from Indiana

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                      I really love this head, and the best part is that it doesn't move AT ALL while at extreme angles with my Pentax 67 on top. My only complaints are that is doesn't fit into the Oben bag with my tripod without taking the handles off. This is annoying, but I don't have anywhere else to put it. I kept the plastic piece that they came in so I don't get grease everywhere. Also it is stated it doesn't include a release plate, but it infact did. Not a huge deal, but don't waste the money on a seperate one if you don't need two. I do love all of the levels that are on the head, so I know for sure that I am getting a good shot. I would recommend this product.

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                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Works Well and holds the weight

                                      By Aaron

                                      from Indiana

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Bulky

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                      I got this for my Oben leg set, and this head does an awesome job of holding my 5 pound 6x7 camera. So far no matter how far I tilt it, it doesn't sag at all. I love all the levels that are on the head, as I'll never second guess if the camera is level. My only complaints are that it was listed as NOT having a quick release with it, but it in fact did. Not a huge waste buying another, as I have multiple cameras. Also the lock was a bit stiff at first, but seems to be working fine now. I do wish it would fit into the Oben bag, but it's too big. As said, it's holding my Pentax 67 with the TTL just fine. Hopefully it keeps this up for the years to come.

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                                      • No

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                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Wonderful 3 way pan

                                      By PauloSee

                                      from Boston,MA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                        I can find nothing negative to say about this product. It replaced the ball head that came with my Oben CT 3510 carbon tripod. It works effortlessly and is smooth as silk. The load capacity matches the legs so it pairs up perfectly. I would recommend this head to anyone who needs a compact 3-way pan/tilt head. I would buy this again. Also, the price is right for the quality of this item.

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Excellent tripod head

                                        By Eric

                                        from CT

                                        Comments about Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head:

                                        Much better than the slik sh705e I replaced. Very sturdy, smooth motion.

                                        Same quick release plate as my monopod head so I don't need a bunch of different qr plates.

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