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ObenCT-2481 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

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5.0

Oben CT-2481

By Theo

from New England

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Extremely Stable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Long exposures

    Comments about Oben CT-2481 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    After several months of research, I decided to replace my 80s-era SLIK tripod with something that was rock-solid (and weighed less than a small car). My needs dictated a weight of around 6 lbs (hence, carbon fiber), and tall enough to place the viewfinder at eye level for my 5'9" height WITHOUT extending the center column. I also needed a tripod that came in under $.The Oben CT-2481 fit the bill nicely! I am very impressed by how stable it is when holding my (~10 lbs) of gear -- even with all four sections extended. Mind you, for ultimate stability with much heavier gear mounted and a strong breeze, you may want to limit the extension of the bottom leg section. Of course, in that case, you'll want to use the attached weight hook and your own weight to make sure things stay still for longer exposures. However, I have had up to 15 lbs on this tripod and remain extremely impressed.The tripod has a full range of adjustments similar to any other tripod in its cost+/performance class. I guess the only thing that seems to need a bit of improvement is the amount of rotation needed to lock and unlock the leg sections. I borrowed another similar (but deathly expensive) tripod and the twist-locks required only about a quarter turn to lock and unlock. The Oben requires about a half-turn for the same action. Not a big thing in the grand scheme of things; I found that I got used to the extra bit of rotation after a couple of days in the field.BTW, I actually removed the long center column and use just the base and the short column. The legs are tall enough for my body height without needing to raise the center column.

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    4.0

    Overall great tripod but not perfect.

    By droops

    from phoenix

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Oben CT-2481 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        Its light, sturdy and handsome. Its gets nice and tall. Its everything a $ tripod should be. I'm happy with it.The problems:The rubber grips to extend legs aren't adhered to the twists, so the rubber can move around and independent of the lock twist. The O-ring used at the bottom of the center column is too large in diameter and can easily slip off. It also needs to be of thicker gauge to protect the legs more from the center column when the legs are closed. And lastly, there is a lot of play on the center column when it is loose, I guess it needs to be so it can slide up and down, but I think there is too much play.Its overall great, but no Gitzo and maybe thats why it wasn't prices like one.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Mike@OBX

        from Kitty Hawk,NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Oben CT-2481 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            Great product. Well made. Light weight.

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            5.0

            Perfect Tripod

            By Dennis G

            from Washington, DC Suburbs.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Oben CT-2481 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              It's so much lighter than the aluminum version, and twist locks work great. The CTM-2500 monopod uses the same twist lock mechanisms.

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