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ObenCT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Lightweight (17)
  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Durable (9)
  • Stable (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Travel (20)
    • Night shots (7)
    • Home (6)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Great Product!

    By Andrew

    from Raleigh, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

    I use this product with my wife to take portrait photos of us when we are on vacation. Used in conjunction with a remote trigger to capture both of us and the scenery of our travels. Very user friendly, adjustable to various heights and angles and sturdy, which is important as we use a full frame DSLR camera.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great Travel Tripod

    By Rafter

    from Belmont

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • A Fair Price
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

      This is the first, out of three travel tripods, I have that is really solid.
      Its a bargain comepaired to higher price travel tripods. My cheaper ones don't work that good.

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By lsilveira

      from Seoul, South Korea

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

        Excellent tripod, light and versatile.

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        • No

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        4.0

        great travel tripod

        By nick

        from Idaho

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

          This tripod is great for traveling and hiking. It's lightweight and compact. The ball head takes some getting used to as it's my first one. It holds my cannon 60-D with a 70-200 2.8 L lens fine. I have been using this tripod about 80% of the time and only opting for my heavier more sturdy Manfrotto for long exposure shots. I would recommend adding hanging weight as the tripod is so light weight.

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          4.0

          Travel-lite tripod

          By Zack

          from Seattle

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

          This is a great choice for someone who needs a more portable solution. Is it the most rock solid? No, but suites most people's needs and fulfills mine while on the go.

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          5.0

          very good

          By Rmaltais

          from Montréal

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

            I worked with tripods sold three times the price of Oben. I am very satisfied with the tripod Oben CT-3510

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            5.0

            Great Tripod

            By Shah

            from Calgary

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                  This tripod is very light and portable. Very quick to deploy and has a hook in the middle to hang your bag off of to stabilize the tripod.

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                  5.0

                  Good quality.

                  By JKB

                  from TUSCALOOSA,AL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

                    Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                    It is solid and stable. Very good for landscape shoot.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Lightest weight pro sticks you can find

                    By Andy from Grandeur Photography

                    from Oklahoma City, OK

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Very Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                      As a published nature photographer and professional event and portrait photographer, these are my go to sticks when mobility and light weight is of the essence.The monopod option on these sticks is extremely useful at events where I need a long telephoto lens and need to move about freely. When the camera is just a bit to heavy to hold for an hour or more, placing it on top of the monopod saves the day.One issue I had out of the box was that the clip for the allen wrench broke when I tried to put it on. Having that on the sticks is a convenience factor and I decided keeping the wrench in the provided bag would suffice.I would also note that the ball head is good, however not the best. I plan on replacing the head after some time. Everything is tight on the head, but it lacks some features and some ease of use.For outdoor photography don't forget to include a sandbag to hang off the counterweight hook at the base of the center column. Althought the sticks are sturdy in their construction, being lightweight can make them shaky in a little wind. Adding that extra weight solves the problem.These are great sticks. My business partner bought a similar Oben tripod just this week based off the performance of this product.

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                      5.0

                      A Great Compact Tripod

                      By Plainsman

                      from High Plains

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Ease Of Adjustment
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Lightness
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                        The CT-3510 is my first carbon fiber tripod. I'm used to TiltAlls and heavy wooden view camera monstrosities— they get the job done, but take their toll on the user in the process!

                        The Oben is a delight to carry in the field and a delight to use. For such a light tripod it is amazingly steady, something I worried about when I ordered it. I even improved on that by making up a weight that can be hung on the hook at the bottom of the column. A pleasant surprise was how easy it is to move the head in a controlled manner when shooting video with the 60D.

                        One concern was the strength and steadiness of the ball head. One reviewer had mentioned that the head was constantly slipping from the weight of the camera alone when in the vertical position. I have not found that to be a problem, when with a 600EX-RT flash attached to the hot shoe. The head remains locked and steady.

                        I find myself using a tripod a lot more since the arrival of this Oben. It is so easy and painless to take along on rambles that I find myself reaching for it when I would never have considered taking the TiltAll or one of the other "lightweight" aluminum tripods. Wish I had bought this long ago!

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                        5.0

                        multi function tripod

                        By skip

                        from seattle WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                          lightweight, multifunctional,great

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great value

                          By HomeDoc

                          from Chattanooga, TN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Great Quality For Price
                          • Light weight
                          • Quick set up

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                            This is the perfect travel tripod for SLR cameras. It is sturdy enough to support a substanial camera and lens, but very light and compact. It fits in a small suitcase and it's not a burden to have along while sightseeing. The monopod option is a real plus during a long day on the go. It sets up quickly and easily, and the ball head works well. It took me a few tries to get the correct position for vertical shots. It also takes some practice to distinguish the feel and functions of the three control knobs on the ball head without looking.

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                            4.0

                            Great tripod!

                            By John

                            from Danville

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                              This tripod is light, sturdy, and fits in both my backpack and luggage. The only (admittedly minor) issues I have are hex-screw used to fix the mounting plate to the camera (thus requiring a tool), the leveling bubble is hidden when the camera is mounted, and the lack of a grip for the monopod leg.

                              I'd love it if you didn't need to use the center column as part of the monopod- that would allow easier conversion and addition of a grip.

                              However, for the price and exceptional overall quality this is a fantastic bargain.

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                              4.0

                              It's now part of things to pack

                              By Gene V

                              from Abu Dhabi

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                              • Weak Clamp

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                              For travel and on vacation. Light and compact. Problem is the attached ball head plate does not screw firmly with the hand grip. The plate also does not offer a ring to attach a black rapid sling.

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                              5.0

                              Light and very portable.

                              By H13

                              from Covington, La

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                  Very light travel tripod. Used with Nikon D700 and 14-24mm lens and it felt very stable considering its size and weight. The rubber pads allowed me to set up on irregular surfaces. The monopod is great for getting overhead shots and such. Also, for ease of travel, I removed the monopod leg and then stowed the tripod in the side pocket of my roll aboard bag.I was using the tripod in and out of water, It is very easy to remove the legs and drain the water from them. The rubber foot pegs come off easily when the spikes are needed. The ball head however was very hard to tighten enough to keep the camera from tilting down when shooting in the vertical orientation. The camera base is hard to hand tighten, use the included hex key wrench to tighten down snuggly to the camera.

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                                  4.0

                                  Impressive go anywhere tripod

                                  By PauloSee

                                  from Tipp City, OH

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Weight Portability

                                  Cons

                                  • Bubble level

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                  This tripod is great for a pack in go in a tight space. The tripod folds down to less than 16" and this makes it extremely portable. I've only had this tripod for a short time but I am impressed with it's workmanship. I am using it for landscape and sports photography. The panning knob works well. The other knobs compliment each other and make the BB-OT head easy to use. At first I wondered if this light weight could hold my D7000 with 18-200mm lens but it balances perfectly. This is a solid professional piece of equipment.
                                  I would recommend this to anyone looking for a really portable, strong tripod that fits just about anywhere is light and works as well as it's described. The only complaint that I have is the bubble level. This level is totally useless and I believe was an engineering oversight. The level should be placed on the side of the head where it can be utilized. This is my only complaint about this great tripod.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nice Travel Tripod

                                  By John

                                  from Conover

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                    I bought this tripod for an upcoming trip to Italy. It is very compact and study, just what I was looking for. The ball head has a number of controls for accurate setup. The padded carry bag will be useful. Oben changed their rubber feet. Instead of screwing out the spikes for a ground setup, the rubber feet come off to reveal the spikes.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great initial quality

                                    By Casey the Traveler

                                    from Stratham, NH

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                      I have used Oben CT-3510 for about a month and I would highly recommend it to my friends. It's well made, light and folds down into a 17" carry bag.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great for travel

                                      By Zapal

                                      from Huntington Beach, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • A bit thin

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                      [*] I think it's fair value considering it includes the ball-head which is smooth and effective. The backwards folding feature is great! Short enough to take anywhere.Does NOT have retractable spiked feet despite the description. They are provided but are separate and not retractable. At first glance seems very light and flimsy but after trying it out I believe it will do the job.

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                                      5.0

                                      light and folds small

                                      By Zooomer

                                      from Rockville, MD

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Oben CT-3510 5-Section Carbon Fiber Folding Tripod with BB-0T Ball Head:

                                        I've recently acquired this tripod and started using it, mainly for landscape photography. As described, the tripod is light and folds to a very convenient size. It's easy to use and convenient for travel. So far I am very pleased. B&H order processing and shipping is always very efficient and prompt.

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