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ObenCT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (11)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Compact (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Wildlife photos (8)
  • Family photos (7)
  • Travel (5)
  • Sports/action (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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

 

Fatal flaw.......

I like EVERYTHING about this tripod.......except its ability to carry out the primary function of a tripod; to hold the camera/lens rock steady. The overall fit and finish of...Read complete review

I like EVERYTHING about this tripod.......except its ability to carry out the primary function of a tripod; to hold the camera/lens rock steady. The overall fit and finish of the tripod is excellent, the height-to-weight-to-folded length trade-offs are all excellent, the padded carrying case is great and it accommodates both the tripod and a ball head, it has retractable spike feet as standard equipment (Gitzo Mountaineer does not) and the legs are remarkably sturdy and rigid, really more rigid than I expected.

However, where the whole picture (no pun intended) completely unravels is at the center column; it is unbelievably wobbly. We've all heard that the steadiest configuration for a tripod is with the center column fully down but with this pod, that's its loosest position. In this position with the column fully tightened, I can take the bottom end of the column between my thumb and forefinger and gently shake it back and forth nearly a 1/4 inch! Consequently, the top of the center column where the ball head would be mounted is also shaking back and forth like a bobble-head on a dash board. I tried taking off the shock absorbing rubber O-ring beneath the ball head mount so that the mount was in direct contact with the tripod and it is still wobbly. At full extension the column is just as wobbly. Oddly enough, the steadiest position I found was with the center column half-way extended.

I tested out the pod with the biggest camera/lens load that I have and the results confirmed my fears; the photos were soft. If you look through a very long lens while it is mounted on the camera and just lightly touch either the lens or camera, you can see the picture moving all over.

So, I returned this pod to B and H and ordered the Gitzo. I'll let you know how that turns out. Kudos to B and H for superb customer service; the return was a snap and they paid the return shipping, you just can't ask for more than that! Thanks! Note to Oben: fix your badly flawed center column and you've got a winner.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first carbon fiber tripod

By f8abt

from Arizona

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    I'm a Gitzo guy but I just couldn't spend that kind of money on a carbon fiber tripod when I have a metal Gitzo that works just fine although heavy. I looked at the CT-2391 because it has less joints to flex but again, the cost kept me from pulling the trigger. Then B&H put the CT-2491 on sale at a considerable discount and I jumped on it.
    I removed the center post for the low angle option.Everything is very solid even when the legs are fully extended. It's half the weight of my metal Gitzo's and is shorter when stowed because of the four leg configuration as opposed to the three leg setup. I haven't taken it out on a hike yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy the lighter weight.
    Again, very solid in any position I have put it in. The heaviest load I have tried so far is a Nikon D810 with a Nikon 80-200 f2.8d and an Arca Swiss B1 ball head.
    I'm glad I now have a solid carbon fiber tripod for my hiking needs that doesn't weigh me down.

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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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    2.0

    Fatal flaw.......

    By Photo Guy

    from Sparks, NV

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Steady

    Best Uses

      Comments about Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      I like EVERYTHING about this tripod.......except its ability to carry out the primary function of a tripod; to hold the camera/lens rock steady. The overall fit and finish of the tripod is excellent, the height-to-weight-to-folded length trade-offs are all excellent, the padded carrying case is great and it accommodates both the tripod and a ball head, it has retractable spike feet as standard equipment (Gitzo Mountaineer does not) and the legs are remarkably sturdy and rigid, really more rigid than I expected.

      However, where the whole picture (no pun intended) completely unravels is at the center column; it is unbelievably wobbly. We've all heard that the steadiest configuration for a tripod is with the center column fully down but with this pod, that's its loosest position. In this position with the column fully tightened, I can take the bottom end of the column between my thumb and forefinger and gently shake it back and forth nearly a 1/4 inch! Consequently, the top of the center column where the ball head would be mounted is also shaking back and forth like a bobble-head on a dash board. I tried taking off the shock absorbing rubber O-ring beneath the ball head mount so that the mount was in direct contact with the tripod and it is still wobbly. At full extension the column is just as wobbly. Oddly enough, the steadiest position I found was with the center column half-way extended.

      I tested out the pod with the biggest camera/lens load that I have and the results confirmed my fears; the photos were soft. If you look through a very long lens while it is mounted on the camera and just lightly touch either the lens or camera, you can see the picture moving all over.

      So, I returned this pod to B and H and ordered the Gitzo. I'll let you know how that turns out. Kudos to B and H for superb customer service; the return was a snap and they paid the return shipping, you just can't ask for more than that! Thanks! Note to Oben: fix your badly flawed center column and you've got a winner.

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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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        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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        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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            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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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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