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ObenAC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head
 
4.6

(based on 72 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (52)
  • Compact (49)
  • Lightweight (43)
  • Durable (39)
  • Great picture quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (46)
  • Travel (34)
  • Family photos (28)
  • Wildlife photos (18)
  • Sports/action (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (31), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Photography student (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic First Tripod!

I bought this tripod because I wanted to be able to shoot some long exposure photos to capture water in motion and landscapes at really low light levels. For the price, I could not...Read complete review

I bought this tripod because I wanted to be able to shoot some long exposure photos to capture water in motion and landscapes at really low light levels. For the price, I could not be more pleased.
This tripod is small and light enough to be easily carried while hiking. The included case makes this a lot easier. The tripod has a solid build while still being very light. The leg warmers are a great touch as well.
The legs can independently extend to three different angles, which is incredibly useful for uneven terrain in the outdoors.
I was initially a little concerned about how small the ball-head is, but after testing it out, I am no longer worried about it. Though small, the ball head is extremely sturdy and had no trouble holding my T2i with its battery grip and Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. So far, I have no reason to doubt that the ball-head will keep my camera safe and secure.
I also love the quick release mechanism. The lever to release the QR plate has a second lever attached to it, which requires you to squeeze the levers together before you can release the plate. This isn't difficult at all, and I can do it easily with one hand, but it prevents any accidental release of the QR plate. Also, the QR mechanism locks in the open position when you remove the plate, and when you insert the plate again, you simply press down a little bit and the lever snaps into the locked position. This is SO much easier than any other QR mechanism I have used before!

In summary, I am very happy with this tripod. It is a great option for someone beginning to use tripods for the first time, or, I would think, a more established photographer who wants a basic travel tripod on a budget.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Better Than I Expected

I got this tripod with the 7d mark ii as an B&H EDU deal. I had very low expectations, already owning a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with no center column. I was...Read complete review

I got this tripod with the 7d mark ii as an B&H EDU deal. I had very low expectations, already owning a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with no center column. I was impressed with some of the features at this price point. The carrying bag is a nice extra and very nicely made for the price, including a shoulder strap. I recently took it with me on a trip to Milwaukee and took some night shots of the city. I couldn't fit my other tripod in my bag and it was a much more reasonable size for traveling. I took up to 30 second exposures and was suprised to get sharp results. It is a bit short without raising the center column, which can be limiting in framing the shot exactly how you want without compromising stability. The legs feel pretty thin and the tripod head and quick release plate are smaller than I would like. I also wish that the ball head had a seperate knob for panning and loosening the head. I would not advise putting very much weight on it, but for a DSLR and a lighter lens it works just fine. Overall, it is not bad for a first tripod on a budget, or as a cheap travel tripod.

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5.0

Great Tripod: Works brilliantly!

By Samuel the Climber

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

    The tripod is fairly lightweight; had no problem lugging it up a steep mountain. Incredibly adjustable. The three sets of levels came in use more than I anticipated. The reversible stem allowed me to get some great low shots while doing timelapses. Overall great product.

    Only complaint would be the quick release has a tendency to loosen from the camera. Hasn't been a major problem, may need be easy to fix.

    The ball and socket movement does not make it ideal for video panning, but can get the job done if in a pinch.

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    • No

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    5.0

    JuliaLuckett

    By JuliaLuckett

    from Burlington, VT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

      I'm a travel photographer and bought this tripod for it's lightweight but comprehensive usage. Worked great while traveling through Mexico and Guatemala, I love the multiple bubble levels to ensure a level viewpoint on the camera!

      no complaints thus far.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great Product

      By ARV

      from New York, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

        Very easy to use, with a bunch of ways to capture steady images. Great product for its price.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Travel Tripod

        By kinsidar

        from New york, NY

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

          Sometimes the snap that detaches the camera head doesn't work very well. Rest of the tripod is great.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Product!

          By Alex

          from Santa Barbara, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

            This is the second Oben tripod I have purchased from B&H. Aside from the superior customer service, I find Oben to be a terrific brand for decently priced tripods. I take it mostly into the mountains where I photograph. Definitely recommend! Very lightweight and easy to carry around.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Tripod

            By Kevin

            from Maryland

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Small Shoe

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

            I was looking for a sturdy tripod. I wasn't sure about the ball head as I never used one before. I very happy with it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great tripod

            By Mallory, Production Manager

            from Voorhees, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

              This tripod is light-weight and perfect for traveling and shipping to different shoots.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Well worth the price

              By Liz

              from Virginia

              Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

              Very happy with my new tripod. Legs extend and collapse very easily. Like the snap on connector for the camera. Seems stable although I have not had it in terribly windy conditions. Ball head provides very flexible positioning. A bit heavier than I anticipated.

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Keli

              from Florida

              Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

              Highly recommend. It's well built, functions perfectly, can be used in many different positions for the most rugged terrain to flat surfaces. Compact and lightweight.

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              5.0

              Glad to have this one

              By Jack

              from Farmington, NM

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                  Lightweight (for carrying), but sturdy. Allows quicker set up than the previous screw-type tripod we had. Very pleased.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  I love it

                  By church lady

                  from Bethany, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • New And Improved

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                    If you think you have a tripod and don't need a new one -- think again.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    good product

                    By jetty

                    from Huntsville, AL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                      Portable, stable, 11 lb load, levels for every degree of movement.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Value. I would by again.

                      By John the skier

                      from Mountaintop, Pa

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Alignment Bubble Feature
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Leg Padding Feature
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quick Cam Camera Release

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                        The tripod is a great value for the cost. There a lot of features. It sets up quickly. The locking mechanism hold tight.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Reliable support

                        By KB

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                          It came to a point when I needed reliability and sturdiness for my photo shoot assignments. This model is a welcome improvement. Not only sturdy but lightweight, making it easy to transport across campus. It is also easy to set up in any location. I am a commercial photography student and eager to find and use helpful equipment.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          the perfect compromize

                          By Quetico Larry

                          from Alexandria MN

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                            The age old dilemma with tripods is solid stable vs. compact. I debated over this model and a more expensive "feature rich" Oben model. In the end I went with this one and am pleased. More than solid enough for my camera and long lens. compact enough that It will go with me. I don't see this model as a "compromise" its the perfect balance between beefy and compact. I love it.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Love the tripod

                            By Mike

                            from NM

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                            Thanks!

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                            5.0

                            Works well

                            By Littlestbee

                            from Upstate NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night photography
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                              I had this tripod before, but broke a clamp and couldn't buy a replacement. I really like it though so I purchased it again because it works will for my photography needs.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Open AC-1441 Excellent Portable Tripod

                              By Charles

                              from Clifton, NJ

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                                I bought the AC-1441 from B&H a few weeks ago because I wanted solid but portable support for my Nikon D750 that I bought from them. The attached photograph shows a typical setup on a hike (New York City is in the background from Montclair). The D750 is on the Oben and a Lowepro 15L carries both.

                                The question readers will have is, "What lens?' I'm using the 24-120 zoom, and the Oben easily accommodates it. If you are shooting with a big lens such as a 400mm, you might want a beefier tripod, but maybe not. Of course you lose some portability with a heavier tripod, and the Oben is stiff.

                                The ball head is adaptable to the situation. At first I felt that a panning head might be more useful, but the ball is better suited to portability and diverse situations. (No handles to get in the way).

                                Out of the box the AC-441 assembles quickly and then you are off and running.

                                And not only for hiking, the tripod travelled easily to family for Hannukah and Christmas and set up easily. It doesn't get in the way when photographing the busy activities.

                                The AC-1441 is an extremely available tripod and I am very happy with it.

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                                4.0

                                Great beginner tripod

                                By Hanson Leung

                                from Philly, PA

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                                  The AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head by Oben feels very sturdy. It extends to a more then acceptable length. however, the ball head is a bit weird to use at first. The removable center column is a bit clumsy to remove but gets the job done. It also have a great range of tilt in the tripod legs to a full 90 degrees. It is also surprisingly light but sturdy, very durable, and well made compared to other tripods made in this price range.

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                                  5.0

                                  Quality product

                                  By Greg

                                  from Southern NJ

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Oben AC-1441 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with BA-111 Ball Head:

                                    All in all a nice, quality product at a decent price. Sturdy design with great adjustability, does exactly what a tripod is designed to do. The ball head design takes some getting used to, just be careful to support your gear when unlocking.

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                                    • No

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