The Oben AC-2310LA 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod With BA-0 Ball Head Kit
from B&H Photo
combines a sturdy, professional tripod with a lightweight ball head with a super-strong ball-locking mechanism. This setup will easily accommodate any DSLR, point-and-shoot camera, or a compact camcorder. With a load capacity of 11 lb and a generous maximum height of 69", this lateral tripod features a tilting, swiveling center column that enables infinitely flexible positioning for macro photography and other uses.
You can use the thumbscrew to free the tilting of the center column once it's been extended past the chassis, which becomes possible once you press a button at the column's bottom to disengage the safety bolt. Once it's extended, the column can tilt, with no ratcheting, from its original 0°, straight-up-and-down orientation all the way over to a 180° upside-down orientation – with possible stops everywhere in between, including a 90° lateral position. Twisting a knob on the chassis locks and unlocks the 360° swiveling of the center column and its upper collar. The tripod's twist locks enable the extension and securing of the leg stages.
The BA-0 head's single-action knob allows you to unlock all axes of movement in one fell swoop, so you can quickly orient your camera properly, retighten the knob, and return to shooting. The included quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw. A retractable, removable video pin provides additional stability for camcorders. The quick-release plate easily snaps and locks into place on the BA-0 head. The safety lock on the quick-release mechanism prevents the camera from disengaging inadvertently.
With its anodized aluminum alloy construction, the AC-2310LA is ready to survive the rigors of professional work. The tripod chassis is cast aluminum alloy for further durability.
When it's not being used in its lateral mode, the AC-2310LA's rapid center column functions like any professional tripod, extending after a twist of the knob on the upper collar. For protecting your camera when the column is retracted quickly, there's a rubber damper under the center-post collar. Steel locking screws underneath the center-post collar enable you to fasten a camera head more securely.
For stability on softer terrain, the AC-2310LA features metal spikes that retract and emerge by twisting the foot's rubber portion.