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ObenCT-3581 Carbon Fiber Tripod With BE-126T Ball Head
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Durable (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Travel (19)
    • Wildlife photos (13)
    • Family photos (11)
    • Weddings (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (5)
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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

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        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

          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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                      • No

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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

                          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:

                              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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