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

(based on 20 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Compact (19)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Durable (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Travel (16)
    • Wildlife photos (12)
    • Family photos (11)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Great Tripod

    By Snap Shot

    from New Bedford, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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:

      I had an aluminum Manfrotto tripod that was good, but bulky for trips into the woods. This Oben carbon fiber tripod is shorter when folded up (16.9 inches) and attaches to my Lowepro back-pack. The Manfrotto was too big and heavy to do that. The Oben is light, sturdy for my Canon T5i with 70-200 L lens, and is a great value. The BE126T ball head is very nice as well, and I like the fact that you can do panning shots with it without the head unscrewing from the tripod. Overall, a great value, more practical than the Manfrotto and fast shipping by B & H.

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      5.0

      Most efficient tripod yet!

      By JasonTheMeyer

      from Hickory, NC

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      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 was concerned at first of the size of the legs and how stable this tripod was going to be. I purchased it as much for the form factor as the ability to perform. After using it I have so much confidence in the carbon fiber legs even at the 5th section. I've already taken advantage of the monopod capabilities while using my heavy 70-200mm. Very pleasantly surprised by the abilities of this relatively compact and lightweight option.

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        5.0

        Early Christmas

        By Bob

        from Modesto, Ca

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

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

          I have not hd the time to get out into the field yet but have used it around home. Hold my cramara very well (sony A 65 with Tanrom 18 - 270mm lense). This is just what I need. Glad B&H had a price drop.

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          5.0

          Perfect Travel Tripod

          By Pklopfen

          from NYC

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

          Use this for travel and it is super sturdy and easy to use. Packs small and has a great height when fully extended. If you like to do hiking landscape work this is a great tripod.

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          4.0

          Pleasant surprise.

          By Susie

          from Byrdstown TN

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This is a light weight compact tripod. It is surprisingly stable for its size. It handles my heavy camera and 400mm lens combination. I haven't tried it in high wind conditions. It is light enough to carry and a small enough package to pack in a carry on suitcase.

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            5.0

            Best Tripod Ever

            By Jerry

            from Clearwater, Florida

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

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

              After using cheaper tripods and never satisfied, I decided to stop being cheap. I am extremely happy that I did. This is the best tripod ever. Lightweight, easy to use, sturdy, multifunctional. It does everything I wanted in a tripod plus.

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              5.0

              I would buy this again

              By American Image

              from New Jersey

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                sunset, landscape, etc

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                5.0

                Wow what a cool tripod!

                By Chuck

                from Kalispell, MT and Tucson, AZ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Height
                • Less expensive
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

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

                I use the tripod for nature photography. All is great. Nothing is not so great. Specifically: build quality is outstanding; perfect for travel; very easy to use; extremely versatile with monopod,adjustable leg length and angle, and retractable rubber and spiked feet; very easy to lengthen legs; lightweight; folds into very compact package;very nice carrying case; less expensive than competitors but just as good; maximum height greater than competitors. Could not ask for more. Highly recommended!

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                5.0

                Great Tripod

                By Aggiep

                from Central New Jersey

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                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:

                  So lightweight, and portable. Very steady and easy to set up. Pans and scans well.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding!!!

                  By Redleg

                  from Fairfield CT

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have a great tripod that I have happily used for years -- bulky, aluminum, very large. I bought the Oben tripod for a trip out to Montana that included a jaunt to Yellowstone. This tripod has been a real win for me -- lightweight enough to tote; compact enough to pack; sturdy nonetheless; great quality. Further, the monopod option was a big success. The only issue that one might have is that it is lightweight so it is not going to be as stable as a 50lb tripod, but guess what? I didn't ask for a heavy tripod. This thing has a hook for weights if you choose to do that and, honestly, is very stable, even if it is light. The ballhead is top notch too. An impressive number of important features in addition to a basic high quality setup. Somewhat pricey, yes. If you want the lightness of carbon fiber you are going to pay for it, but when you look at the whole package, it's kind of a steal.

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                    5.0

                    Light and sturdy

                    By DaveB

                    from Council Bluffs, IA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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

                          Verified Buyer

                          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

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          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

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            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

                                Verified Buyer

                                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

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    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

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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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