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ObenCT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (10)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Travel (7)
    • Wildlife photos (6)
    • Family photos (5)
    • Weddings (4)
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Light and sturdy

    By DaveB

    from Council Bluffs, IA

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

        This is my second Oben tripod. I have a lighter version. Purchased this to work with D610 and 70-200 and 300mm lenses. Ball head held both lenses solidly. Light weight for the height and weight limits. Easy to extend/retract legs. Wish the quick release plates were hand screws instead of hex screws, but the wrench is included with the tripod.

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        5.0

        Steady and sturdy

        By FRW

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

          This tripod is such an improvement over my older and cheaper tripods. It holds my 200-500 steady even in windy conditions. Great for wildlife and landscapes.

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          5.0

          Wish I would've bought sooner

          By Bryce Moore

          from Fort Worth, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Longer Setup

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

          I cheaped out on my first tripod which was $140 and bent a leg. After a lot of research this tripod seemed to be the best carbon fiber for the money.

          The tripod is very compactible which is great for travel and easier for transport. The tripod seems very sturdy have some great features.

          Use this with a canon 5d mark iii & canon ef 16-25mm mostly and the tripod supports this well. I trust the tripod to hold the camera unless theres very strong winds.

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          5.0

          fantastic tool

          By cj

          from columbia falls, mt

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

            I use this tripod for everything since I got it. it is so light and compact that it is actually a pleasure to take along!! it handles even my large lenses easily without any concern about stability. it also fits in my carry on luggage with ease. nice!!

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            5.0

            Everything needed

            By D

            from Iowa

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                It was time I got something stable to get those shots. This has filled all my needs. Ball head, carbon, bonus mono.

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                5.0

                light, compact & fabulous

                By Max

                from Madison, WI

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                  As a filmmaker I have been saddled with heavy, heavy tripods. In semi retirement I switched to still photography. After a year I realized that I really don't need the weight and cumbersome tripod any longer. The Oben is a gem. Light, compact and study.

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                  4.0

                  CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T

                  By Tony

                  from Vienna, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Compact

                  Cons

                  • Needs Additional Tools

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                  I use this tripod for general photography and I like the versatility it has in a couple of seconds you can adjust it to whatever need you have and also convert it into a monopod.A kind of drawback not with the tripod itself but with the Ballhead BE-126T is that it does not has a quick release lever. So everytime you have to get your allen keys set out to make the adjustments or change the adjusment plate.In general, I think is a sturdy well built Tripod.

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                  5.0

                  Fabulous Tripod, light but still sturdy

                  By Ginnie L

                  from Piedmont, SC

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                    Great tripod, I can't say enough good things about it. I was a little leery changing over from flip locks on the legs. To my surprise the joints are so much easier to undo and redo. I am happy with the 4 section tripod having much more variety than a three section legs. And this tripod folds up so small and it is extremely light. It is easy to take hiking anywhere. My old tripod was very heavy. This is a very sturdy tripod, I couldn't be happier.

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                    5.0

                    The perfect companion

                    By WldHrs

                    from Rome, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • No cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night photography
                    • Panoramic Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                    When I ordered this tripod, I had my doubts that it would live up to my expectations. After days of testing, all doubts are gone. It is more than sturdy enough to support the weight of a pro DSLR w/400mm lens. Very solid, light weight and compact enough to carry anywhere, including backpacking.

                    Now, when I leave a tripod at home, it's the big heavy one I used to use.

                    I would recommend this one to anybody who travels, whether on wheels or on foot.

                    Advice: If you have heavy zooms with tripod mounts on them, purchase an extra QR-20 quick release plate so you can leave one mounted on the lens to make it easier when swapping lens'.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent quality, light weight and affo

                    By Skier

                    from SLC, UT

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head:

                      Was looking for a tripod that was small and light enough to hike, backpack, and to avoid leaving behind because it was too bulky, yet provided the strength for sharp images and durability for mountain landscapes. Looked at high visibility solutions such as Gitzo, etc. but couldn't justify the cost for my level, the Oben is a great fit at about 1/3 the cost. Folds small. I'm 6'2", the spec sheet provided a height that I was concerned would be a bit short, but this height was the tripod leg height without the center column, in actuality the overall height is more like 6'5", a pleasant surprise.

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