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ObenCT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Durable (8)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (9)
  • Wildlife photos (8)
  • Family photos (7)
  • Travel (4)
  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

Unlike virtually "ALL" other contenders (comperable makes/models; e.g., compare the Gitzo GT1542T - B&H # GIGT1542T), in this corner stands the Oben CT-2491 4-Section...Read complete review

Unlike virtually "ALL" other contenders (comperable makes/models; e.g., compare the Gitzo GT1542T - B&H # GIGT1542T), in this corner stands the Oben CT-2491 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs, which I purchased because these sticks: (1) hold more than 10x their weight (3.5 lbs vs. 39.6 lbs); (2) stand just over 6' tall (72.5 inches, and approximately 77.5" with the head attached); and, (3) are less expensive than the other guys. With these legs, I use the Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head (B&H # MAMH055M8Q5), and, the VariZoom pan-&-tilt fluid video head. In fact, these light, carbon-fiber sticks are so strong and sturdy that I can even use them to support the CobraCrane II Jib, with the 11' Extension Kit (B&H # COCC2EK2), which when fully extended weighs in at a whoping 33 lbs., plus an additional payload of 7 lbs. for the camera, lens, etc. The question is, would I recomend this contender for a shot at the title?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good value, but has some flaws

This Oben model is quite sturdy, and a good value especially if you get it on sale. It does seem to have some odd design flaws, however. The center column clamp does not...Read complete review

This Oben model is quite sturdy, and a good value especially if you get it on sale. It does seem to have some odd design flaws, however. The center column clamp does not grip the post securely because the diameter of the post is slightly larger than the top fitting. This allows it to wobble slightly. If you detach the center column and clamp the fitting alone, the problem is solved, but of course you lose that vertical adjustment. The bigger problem is that the lower fitting on the center post has a sharp edge that damages the carbon legs when they are folded. There is a rubber o-ring just below the sharp edge and if it was a bit larger in diameter, it would prevent this damage from occurring. As is, however, it serves no purpose whatsoever that I can see. A very confounding design.

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4.0

Update on Oben tripod issues by Randy

By Randy

from Denver

Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

Oben sent a new set of shims to see if it would help with the center column wobble. Unfortunantly it did not. The design for the center column is not capable. I did manage a fix by removing the entire center column and replaced it with a flat base that Kirk had for a similar issue with Gitzo tripods. With an Oben leveling base and my Induro bhl3 ballhead I now have a rock solid system, albiet my ballhead and leveling base are heavy. Without this fix, I would look elsewhere. With the fix I would give my setup 4 stars. If Oben made a lighter version ballhead, leveling base and flat base in one single piece they would earn a fifth star. Keep tuned, they called me and asked how happy I was with my solution and hinted a fix is on the way.

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1.0

major problem in center column

By randy

from denver

Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

The center column in my tripod is either missing a part or the design has a critical problem.My tripod has a significant wobble and it appears to be the mechanism that clamps the center column to the tripod plate. I hope it is missing a key part or it is severely under designed.i sent an email and left message with Oben support. once I know how they respond I will update or post again.

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5.0

Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod

By Steven R.

from Clayton, DE

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    Perfectly Engineered! Handles heavy duty Gimbal Head with large Sigma 150=600mm Telephoto Zoom lens effortlessly.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Hated this tripod

    By tellulah

    from Pacific Northwest

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Height

    Cons

    • Stiff Sticky Leg Sections

    Best Uses

    • None

    Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    Bought this tripod as a kit with the head and was excited to get it but was not at all happy. The tripod is stiff and difficult to close, some of the leg sections stick and have to be nearly forced to close. Compared to my Benro this is a waste of money. What I did like is that it is tall enough for my purposes on uneven ground.

    B&H took it back without any trouble (I love you guys :) ) and I wrote to Benro telling them what I was looking for and they recommended their Induro line. I bought one from Induro and couldn't be happier.

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    3.0

    Good value, but has some flaws

    By Skylane Guy

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    This Oben model is quite sturdy, and a good value especially if you get it on sale. It does seem to have some odd design flaws, however. The center column clamp does not grip the post securely because the diameter of the post is slightly larger than the top fitting. This allows it to wobble slightly. If you detach the center column and clamp the fitting alone, the problem is solved, but of course you lose that vertical adjustment. The bigger problem is that the lower fitting on the center post has a sharp edge that damages the carbon legs when they are folded. There is a rubber o-ring just below the sharp edge and if it was a bit larger in diameter, it would prevent this damage from occurring. As is, however, it serves no purpose whatsoever that I can see. A very confounding design.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Loving it.........

    By HenWin

    from West Bethesda, MD

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      I use this 'pod with my Canon 5d3 and various lenses ranging from the 16-35 to a 70-200. What I like aobut it is it's height--with the head--it's actually a bit too tall for me (at 6' 1-ish"), but for me, I'd rather have it be too tall than too short. I also love it's weight.

      I also love the fact that it comes in a very nice case.

      What I'm less thrilled about is the twist lock legs. OTOH, the 'pod is .6 lbs. LIGHTER than the same unit with flip locks and since I plan to travel with it, over time that will make a difference. I can get used to the slight inconvenience of the twist locks. My first unit had a twist lock that didn't function correctly and I returned it. The 2nd unit is fine.

      Oben seems to make decent gear. Not as expensive as some, nor as cheap as others. This one will hold way more than I'll ever put on it, so it fits my bill.

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      5.0

      Great tripod

      By Don

      from Houston

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        First carbon tripod I have purchased or used. Much nicer to carry while hiking than my old aluminum one. It is also more stable and easier to setup than the old one.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By Photo dude

        from Midlothian Va

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Great tripod for landscape and nature photography, my last two tripods were flimsy (insert name brand store here) tripods that didn't support a lot of weight and felt like they would fall over if I sneezed. This tripod is rock solid and can shoot from almost any angle imaginable and super light.

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          5.0

          initial report is positive

          By D-K-S-NYC

          from NY, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Well made

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              I just received the new tripod and haven't put it thru the paces but I can say it's very well made and well appointed. I'm expecting good things.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Great Trepod

              By SS

              from Garland,TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Solid
              • Tall

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I'm going out on a limb here and giving five stars. Just out of the box and barely used it definitely deserves four stars. Time and it's durability will show whether it truly deserves five.
                The 39lb capacity is probably over-kill, but experience with cheaper aluminum tripods made me want something more solid.

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                5.0

                THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

                By Bev

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Photography Student

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  Unlike virtually "ALL" other contenders (comperable makes/models; e.g., compare the Gitzo GT1542T - B&H # GIGT1542T), in this corner stands the Oben CT-2491 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs, which I purchased because these sticks: (1) hold more than 10x their weight (3.5 lbs vs. 39.6 lbs); (2) stand just over 6' tall (72.5 inches, and approximately 77.5" with the head attached); and, (3) are less expensive than the other guys. With these legs, I use the Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head (B&H # MAMH055M8Q5), and, the VariZoom pan-&-tilt fluid video head. In fact, these light, carbon-fiber sticks are so strong and sturdy that I can even use them to support the CobraCrane II Jib, with the 11' Extension Kit (B&H # COCC2EK2), which when fully extended weighs in at a whoping 33 lbs., plus an additional payload of 7 lbs. for the camera, lens, etc. The question is, would I recomend this contender for a shot at the title?

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                  5.0

                  RELATIVELY LIGHT TRIPOD HOLDS THE D3S

                  By LotsaShots

                  from Lynn, MA

                  About Me 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-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    I use it mostly for bracketed architectural photography. So, it's good to have a sturdy base to work from. It's not the lightest carbon fiber tripod out there, but it is much lighter than my old one. My Nikon D3s sits securely atop the Oben ball head (purchased separately).

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                    5.0

                    Great for Travel

                    By James B

                    from Houston, Texas

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      I normally use another manufacturer's Carbon Fiber leg set with a Gimble head for my large lenses. This unit is perfect for travel and can handle hefty lenses if you know how to shoot them. Excellent with body/short lens combinations and some mid to long end zooms with tripod collars.

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                      5.0

                      It's so light.

                      By The Photo Guy

                      from Lynchburg VA

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        I am always on the move and doing shots in the wild or just taking it easy and doing long time exposures. no matter what it is i'm doing except for sports photography this fella is light weight and is strong enough to hold any of the gear i have.

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                        • No

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