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ObenCT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (4)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (28)
  • Lightweight (26)
  • Easy to use (22)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Travel (21)
  • Wildlife photos (13)
  • Family photos (12)
  • Weddings (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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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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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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1.0

Legs falling off after 2nd use

By MG

from Ellington, CT

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        Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber 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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        1.0

        Returned Next Day

        By LB

        from Holland, MI

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              Comments about Oben CT-3581 Carbon Fiber 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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              1.0

              Sorry, I am very disappointed in this tripod

              By CarrieSC

              from New Ellenton, SC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

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

                This tripod sounded terrific reading the review of many people, and at first I was pleased with it, but really haven't used it that much. One section of one leg was always hard to pull out, and a while back I pulled a little too hard trying to get it to extend and it came clear off with two pieces of plastic falling out. I tried to get them back but couldn't, so tried using it without the plastic parts, and that worked fair, but today I got it out ready to go with a group on a photoshoot, and had a hard time pulling out one segment of the monopod leg (a different leg), and the segment came out with the plastic still on it, so I tried putting it back in with the plastic still on it, and then it would not retract into the upper segment, and is now stuck hard, so I unscrewed the monopod leg thinking that maybe that would make it easier for me to try to pull on the stuck segment and pull it out again and just remove the plastic to where it might be like the other one where the plastic fell off where at least the leg would go in and be usable - but with all my strength I could not pull it out. So now I don'tknow what I can do about it -- totally unusable, and to me was an expensive tripod - the @ $ Sunpack one never gave me any problem - I just wanted a higher quality titanium lighter weight one, and this one looked good on the internet. I would not recommend this tripod to anyone.

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                5.0

                I REALLY like this setup!

                By yomattyj

                from CT

                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:

                    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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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Jack

                    from Dallas NC

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

                    Great tripod and ball heat works great and light to carry

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                    1.0

                    Loved at first, then luster wore off.

                    By Dion

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

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

                      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

                      The quality is apparent from first use

                      By P Ray

                      from Meridian, MS

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

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

                        The tripod is light but very strong and sturdy.

                        I love the Oben QR 20 quick release system. it's simple, quick, and safe.

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                        5.0

                        Solid

                        By Ben

                        from Sacramento, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Solidly built

                        Cons

                        • Overkill For Lighter Gear

                        Best Uses

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

                          5 stars and I returned it, but only because after getting it, I felt I'd be fine with the next lighter model (CT-3451 with BE-113T). I've worked as a machinist, and this thing is impressively nice. I carry my gear backpacking and sea kayaking, and after seeing how solid it was, I decided the 2.5 lb model would work fine, and at more than a pound lighter, I'd not leave it behind when space and weight are at a premium. The ball head (on either) are very nicely built, provides smooth view change, and no sag to the camera when ball clamp is tightened. Legs are fine too, all features are very well designed and built.

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                          5.0

                          Portable and extremely Functional

                          By Da Vinci Photos

                          from Pyeongtaek Korea

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Allen Keys

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

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

                          This tripod is light and breaks down to a very small package. The center column extends quickly, allowing me to adjust for height very smoothly and without interrupting my workflow. One leg is removable to be used as a monopod, which is very important since many museums in Korea do no allow tripods. This received a five star rating at B and H photo. The only drawback I see is that I have to carry two allen keys with me to be able to make adjustments to the head. I personally do not like allen keys, but I do like how firmly it allows me to attach my camera to the baseplate.

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                          5.0

                          Great tripod!!

                          By Sean

                          from San Rafael, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

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

                            This is a fantastic, sturdy, lightweight, and compact tripod perfect for hiking with medium weight pro gear. (Pro DSLR, 70-200 f2.8, 200-400 f4, etc.) Have used it for some night photography already as well as several days of hiking through Yosemite and couldn't be more pleased.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Tripod!

                            By Bob

                            from Central CA

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

                            My expectations were exceeded when I opened the box. Very well built, extremely versatile and very light.

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                            5.0

                            Solid Lightweight Tripod - great for tra

                            By SteveStl Photo

                            from New Hampshire

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

                              This has lightened the load substantially when I am using my backpack in the field. And it packs nicely into a suitcase for travel. I recommend it highly for the price.

                              Delivery and experience in dealing with B&H is always first class.

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                              4.0

                              Stabilized Under 1 Sec After Mirror Up

                              By Steve L.

                              from Rockville, MD

                              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:

                                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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                                4.0

                                I am pleased

                                By steve

                                from NC

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                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

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

                                  This is my first quality tripod. I am pleased with it. It is light and compact. I appreciate the twist locks instead of the snap locks. It has a place for weights which is a good thing since this is a light tripod. For indoor use it seems stable enough to use without weights.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Tripod

                                  By Snap Shot

                                  from New Bedford, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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:

                                    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

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                                      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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