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Oben BE-117T Ball Head

B&H # OBBE117T Mfr # BE-117T
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You Pay: $79.95
Product Highlights
  • 17.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels

The BE-117T 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-117T'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-117T features degree markings around its circumference to aid in that task.

This travel ball head has a trim profile, making it ideal for compact travel tripods that have reversible folding legs. 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 1.6" (4.0 cm)
Weight 13.4 oz (380.0 g)
Oben BE-117T Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty

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    ObenBE-117T Ball Head

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    By Left Eye Dom

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    • Compact
    • Durable


    • Hex Key Required

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Oben BE-117T Ball Head:

    A decent ballhead, I like the fact that it has a panning lock. That's why I bought it. But the hex screw requiring a Allen wrench to allow attachment of plate to camera body is a deal breaker.
    Considering that my cameras' compartment door for battery and SD card slot is located right next to the tripod female socket, so the plate must be removed to gain access. I'm not carrying a hex wrench around in my pocket.
    I removed the hex 1/4 -20 from the plate, and replaced it with a screw that is a straight slot (you can use a quarter) and it also has a flip up hog ring that I took from another head that came with my travel tripod. (Benro).
    What is Oben thinking?

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