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ObenCT-3581 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head
 
4.3

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (35)
  • Lightweight (33)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Durable (22)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (26)
  • Travel (23)
  • Wildlife photos (15)
  • Family photos (13)
  • Weddings (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Stabilized Under 1 Sec After Mirror Up

I did some serious testing on the stability of this setup using a Nikon D800e camera and a 1.2 lb lens. I attached a laser pointer to the side of the lens mounted on...Read complete review

I did some serious testing on the stability of this setup using a Nikon D800e camera and a 1.2 lb lens. I attached a laser pointer to the side of the lens mounted on the camera and aimed the whole setup across a 30 ft. room, noting the location and any movement of the dot formed by the laser (on the wall).I put the camera in "mirror up" shooting mode, which allowed me to press my wireless shutter remote once to raise the mirror, and then a second time to actually fire the shutter. I set a manual shutter speed of 2 seconds.The tripod legs were fully extended and the center column was not extended at all. The tripod was sitting on a rug.The result was that on raising the mirror remotely, I could see the laser pointer dot moving slightly for about 0.7 seconds. Then I fired the shutter and no movement was seen until the shutter closed (after 2 seconds). The closing of the shutter also induced similar movement to the mirror going up. To me, this seems like very good stability in a 5-section tripod: to dampen the mirror movement in under 1 second.Overall, I like this setup. It's compact, light, and the ballhead seems to work quite well. I also purchased a different mounting plate (Sunwayphoto PN-D800) which has a strap loop and fits the Nikon D800/800e perfectly). This plate works well with this ballhead.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Loved at first, then luster wore off.

Purchased this tripod for my 5DIII, loved it when I first received it. I have been using this for about 5 months now and it's beginning to show signs of wear and tear after...Read complete review

Purchased this tripod for my 5DIII, loved it when I first received it. I have been using this for about 5 months now and it's beginning to show signs of wear and tear after light use. I would call the ball head subpar quality, it can't even support the weight of my 5DIII without wiggling around, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of a stable tripod. One I make adjustments i will tighten up the head and the whole thing settles into place where the rotating parts meat the base no matter how hard I tighten it. Wasn't an issue at first but developed over using it less than a dozen times. The second issue. I have had is the construction is overall pretty flimsy. While carbon fiber is one of the strongest lightest materials around, the inside bits you can't see are made from cheap brittle plastic. How do i know this? I was in the middle of Northern Michigan around 1am trying to do some astrophotography, as i am extending the legs(the monopod one) i hear a snap. The end most leg section falls into the snow. I get out my flashlight to find the little white plastic stopper that keeps leg sections from over extending has snapped in half and part of it fell into the snow never to be seen again. Annoyed, I fumbled the leg back in, in the pitch black northern michigan night and said good bye to ever making this tripod easy to level again. Is it light? yes. Is it pretty? yes. is it functional? kind of. This may be a fine tripod for a smaller camera, but its been nothing but more and more disappointing as i keep using it, and now that one of the monopod leg's stoppers snapped its inconvenient to even use as a monopod.

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5.0

Nice tripod but not for my needs

By Lite Printer

from NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I thought that this was a great tripod with a ball head. I sent it back because I like flip locks. The ball head was perfect and I loved it. The light weight of the tripod was perfect for travel. I would say to buy this if you need a sturdy tripod and light weight. This is a good deal for the price.

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4.0

Heavier than I thought

By CW

from Beijing, China/PA, USA

Verified Buyer

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

Don't let the Carbon Fiber trick you into thinking this is a light weight tripod. It has some weight to it, but this helps give the tripod a solid feel and balance.

Some other reviewers have mentioned the legs falling out of their tubing on the first attempt, but I did not experience this issue. The ball head moves smoothly and freely, legs functioned nicely, and the quick release plate was no sweat. For the price it is a fantastic option.

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5.0

Hugely Happy - Can't Stop Smiling!

By Ken V

from Los Lunas, NM

Verified Buyer

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

This carbon fiber tripod replaced a very old Slik aluminum model. The ball head is a revelation! Now I can level my shot with ease rather than fussing with the leg length adjustments as I have done previously. The entire assembly is compact and light weight. The carry case is well constructed and convenient since it has twin handles PLUS a shoulder strap. The tripod's 5-section legs extend easily and yet form a very compact bundle when retracted. My first-time use was on a rooftop to photograph a fireworks show and the pictures were absolutely blur-free. No hint of camera movement despite a fresh breeze. Buy this tripod if you are serious about your pictures - you will be amazed at the quality of build and the results.

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1.0

Not for video,

By Pink Crocks

from Sanibel Fl

Verified Buyer

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

Great looking and seemed very strong. I am a bird video photographer and need a fluid head. Seems this company doesn't make a head like that. So I can not use it. Loved the small package it folded down into, great for travel. I should have known a ball joint would not work, but tried it anyway. I returned the sticks and was only out $15 for shipping back to B&H.

B&H did some research for me, and got me a waterproof set of sticks at a great price, and I will buy those. Thanks B&H, you guys are a great help.

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5.0

Just what I needed!

By greytbiker

from tatum, TX

Verified Buyer

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

Light weight compared to my 25 year old Bogen with the large ball head but sturdy enough for Canon 7D and 16-300 mm lens.. The head works smoothly. I have used it for landscapes and interior work. I bought it after looking at my husband's. It is taller than my old one too. I plan to pack it in my luggage for travel. It is light enough to carry in the shoulder pouch while walking around a city to capture those low light situations..

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5.0

Excellent for Macro

By Lefty

from South Florida

Verified Buyer

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

The tripod is excellent for my macro shooting. The levels and ball head make setting up easy and the tripod is capable my telephoto lens.

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5.0

I'm impressed

By BobD

from Middletown, VA

Verified Buyer

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

I normally photograph with a Nikon D750 with a 200-500mm lens. The combination is pretty hefty. This tripod with the ball mount carries the weight well and is a steady platform. I am also impressed with the monopod feature as an extra and the unit folds up into a compact travel package that is much smaller than many other tripods. The unit is carbon fiber construction and weighs in at less than 4 lbs.
I can't find anything I don't like about this unit. At $249 I think it is a great buy.

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4.0

Great Deal and Wonderful Purchase

By Scott

from Severna Park, MD

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

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

    I purchased this tripod and ball head to replace a cheap aluminum tripod. The $100 off was too good a deal to pass up. For $250 this tripod is small enough for travel, light enough to carry on my camera bag, tall enough for any possible use case, allows flip of the center tube for super low shots, and also converts into a monopod. I am 5'10" and when I don't extend the bottom legs, it is almost the right eye height.

    The only thing I would change is to add a few more threads on the screw that holds the head to the center tube. I almost dropped my camera when I was pivotting the head and thought it was the "normal" pivot.

    Overall, I am happy with the purchase. I have used the monopod once and the tripod twice, but it has been very solid.

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    4.0

    Solid/Steady

    By Zack Santagate

    from Texas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        All around great product!
        I'll be using this for landscape photography mainly. It is incredibly steady! Just a tad bit heavier than I estimated it to feel (that's my fault).
        Overall, I'd recommend this product and was surprised because it was my first time purchasing Oben. Extremely compact design for how tall it gets!

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        5.0

        Great tripod

        By Jason H

        from Pinedale, WY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            Overall I am very pleased with this tripod. It holds my 300mm f/4 with ease, is very stable, and easy to set up / take down. If you decide to order one, be sure to pick up a couple of extra quick release plates that fit it.

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            1.0

            Stiff as a Defective BE126T Ball Head

            By FilmIsAlive

            from Melbourne, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Looks Nice

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction
            • No Quality Control
            • Poor Customer Care
            • Unreliable Product

            Best Uses

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

              This product sounded and looked promising. It's lightweight and looks good. This tripod feels cheap to hold with an expensive price tag. The finish was cheap. The ball head was defective on arrival. The after-sales customer service was very poor and not helpful. I guess this is one of those products where you can compare to a "box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get". I would not recommend this brand to anyone thinking of buying a good quality tripod. Such a hassle to return if you're from overseas like Australia. Bad buy.

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              5.0

              Oben Carbon Fiber Tripod

              By Chi-Town

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

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

                I was very excited to finaly get a great light weight tripod. Oben offered the best price and per its the consumer comments it was a win win for me. Whats expecially great is the light weight of the carbon fiber. I travel allot and takes pictures all the time and carry less weight helps a great deal. I was especially suprised that it cam with a nice padded carry bag which I didnt know it was included. I have no complaints with your product.

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                5.0

                Just what the Doctor ordered....

                By Yankee of NH

                from New Hampshire

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Convenient
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  Taking heavy lenses into the woods or into football stadiums is tough enough. Your tripod shouldn't add to your schlepping ! The CT-3581 is light and small to carry, but nicely supports the heavy lenses that I own. In New England in the winter, the metal spikes can be protruded out of the feet...solving the other problem is the camera and tripod slipping around!

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                  1.0

                  Do not but it! Flimsy Construction!

                  By Niki

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction

                  Best Uses

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

                    My camera is sliding down form tripod in vertical position (Canon 5D Mark III with wide angle lens).After untwisting/opening legs of tripod I had a glue all over my hands! Plus 2 pieces of legs were absolutely disconnected!This should be not happening at all!Materials are looking cheap...Not for almost $! I am very disappointed with this products...Do not recommend it. You do not want to risk your camera life!

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                    4.0

                    Not as sturdy as I hoped for

                    By Ron

                    from Searcy, Arkansas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Liked the tight turning of the head and the firm locking of the ball.
                    Liked the compact size when folded up for transport.
                    When fully extended is a little flimsy.

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                    • No

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Very disappointed! Legs falling off after 2nd use

                    By plumcrush01

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    I purchased this because it had good reviews! But like the last 3 reviewers (which weren't there when I purchased), it began falling apart after just a few uses. I am very disappointed!! Expected way more for the price. Will not purchase from this manufacturer again.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Legs falling off after 2nd use

                    By MG

                    from Ellington, CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

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

                    I purchased this tripod in December and just used in for the 2nd time to photograph fireworks on July 4th....very light utilization to date. When extending the legs, multiple sections of the legs were falling off and small plastic pieces were falling out of the openings as well. I've returned the tripod to B&H for repair or replacement. Based on my experience and other current reviews of this product, I would strongly consider a product from another manufacturer.

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                    • No

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Returned Next Day

                    By LB

                    from Holland, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    Read all the reviews and was excited to start using this tripod. It was my first venture into an upgrade, more expensive tripod. Right out of the box as I was extending the legs, the section came apart and three little plastic pieces fell out. I returned immediately because I felt it was too easy for the sections to come apart when I was only trying to extend the legs and I did not want to try to reassemble the plastic pieces because it was brand new. I was very disappointed and did not replace it with the same product.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I REALLY like this setup!

                    By yomattyj

                    from CT

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Using this with my D7100. Traveled a few times and really appreciate the lightweight. Also have Tamron 150-600 and this setup easily handles the weight.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Jack

                        from Dallas NC

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

                        Great tripod and ball heat works great and light to carry

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