The BE-117 Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight aluminum ball head that features an Arca-type compatible quick-release system. It has a large locking knob to control the movement of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement.
The BE-117's multiple knobs enable higher-precision adjustments to the head than are possible with single-lever heads. Taking panoramic photos is simple, for instance, because you can pan a specific number of degrees while keeping the head's tilt position locked. In fact, the BE-117 features degree markings around its circumference to aid in that task. A notch in the ball head allows you to quickly change between portrait and landscape orientation.
The included quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw, and is secured in place with an Arca-type clamp. A locking knob controls the opening and closing of the aluminum clamp simply and reliably. Two safety screws on the bottom of the plate help prevent your camera from accidentally being released when adjusting the plate fore and aft. One bubble level on the clamp, and another on the locking knob, both ensure that your camera will be level with the horizon.
|Load Capacity||17.6 lb (8.0 kg)|
|Ball Sphere Diameter||32 mm|
|Quick Release||Yes, Arca-type|
|Bubble Level||2 x bull's eye|
|Separate Panning Lock||Yes|
|Tripod Mount Thread Size||Female, 3/8"-16|
|Height||3.7" (9.3 cm)|
|Base Diameter||1.8" (4.5 cm)|
|Weight||13.4 oz (380.0 g)|