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Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Ball Head

BH #OB1321BA106A • MFR #AC-1321/BA-106A
Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Max Height: 57.5"
  • Min Height: 8.3"
  • Folded Length: 23.4"
The AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight (2.9 lb) tripod that provides reliable support for any camera and lens up to 6.6 lb.
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Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Bal... Overview

The AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight (2.9 lb) tripod that provides reliable support for any camera and lens up to 6.6 lb.

The tripod's 3-section aluminum legs and center column extend to a maximum height of 57.5", and when folded, the entire system is a compact 23.4". Flip locks on each leg enable extremely fast deployment and retraction of leg stages. Three leg angles are possible, and pull-tab locks secure the legs in their notches. The legs' angles are independently adjustable to accommodate shooting on uneven terrain. At the widest leg angle, the tripod sits extremely close to the ground to facilitate low-angle shooting. The tripod's feet feature rubber tips which are great for shooting on slippery or hard surfaces.

The tripod's rapid center column extends with a twist of the wingnut locking knob. For protection when it's retracted quickly, there's a rubber damper that protects the center-post collar. Locking screws underneath the collar enable you to fasten the head securely to the chassis. By unscrewing the spring-loaded hook at the bottom end, the center column becomes removable and reversible, for a second method of achieving extremely low-angle shots. The center column's hook holds a counterweight, in case you need additional system stability.

The BA-106A is a simple ball head with one ratcheting locking knob to control all motion. The knob allows you to unlock the ball so that you can quickly orient your camera properly, retighten the knob, and return to shooting. This enables fast setup changes, and frees you to keep a finger on the trigger while you're making a quick adjustment to the head's orientation. The ball head has a 90° notch which facilitates shooting in portrait orientation. A bull's eye bubble level ensures your camera is level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

The included quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw. With your camera attached to the quick-release plate, it easily snaps and locks into place on the ball head and is quickly removed by pressing the locking lever. A safety lock on the lever prevents your QR plate and camera from accidental release.

This tripod also includes a fitted, padded carry case with a removable shoulder strap, two heavy-duty zippers, and an interior zipper pocket. A tool clip with two hex wrenches for adjusting the center column and the leg joints is also included. It snaps onto any of the tripod legs for easy access.

A spring-loaded counterweight hook is located at the bottom of the center column. The column can be separated into 2 parts to give you a short column for low angle and macro work
Leg cushions on 2 legs provide a firm grip in cold or wet weather
Two included Allen keys attach to a tripod leg, so you're always ready to tighten components
Padded carry bag provides a snug fit for the tripod/head combination and features two heavy-duty zippers, an interior pocket with a zipper, and a shoulder strap
Angle adjustment locks keep legs at the chosen angles
Center column is grooved to prevent rotation
Angled rubber feet for maximum contact with the ground
Tripod features reversible 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 screw to fit almost any head
UPC: 847628585843

Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Bal... Specs

Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
Load Capacity6.6 lb / 3 kg
Maximum Working Height57.5" / 146.1 cm
Max Height without Center Column47.4" / 120.4 cm
Minimum Working Height8.3" / 21.1 cm
Closed Length23.4" / 59.4 cm
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Weight2.9 lb / 1.3 kg
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Leg Positions3 Positions
Leg Sections3
Leg Diameter0.86" / 22 mm
Bubble LevelYes
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesReversible
Center Column ShapeFaceted
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.55 x 4.7 x 4.7"

Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod with BA-106A Bal... Reviews

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By Stacy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

Arrived with loose connection where the weight hook is located. It caused the head to rotate freely no matter how hard I tried to tighten it. Once it found the loose connector underneath it works like it should. Also, cannot get the quick connect plate tight, no matter how tight I tighten the screw underneath. Love the ease of adjustment with a ball head compared to my old tripod.

The perfect travel tripod

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-04

I absolutely love this tripod! It's easy to travel with and sturdy enough to hold a DSLR with a 70-200.

Great buy!

By Nick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-27

Awesome tripod for the price you can't get anything close. Very nice and expensive feeling in person. Quick disconnect works perfect no issues at all . Love this thing.

Very stable and substantial!

By Jan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-20

Exceeded my expectation!

Good tripod on paper, not so much in the field

By Phyllis
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-01

I was in the market for a new tripod to use on a rip to Oregon and read reviews for over a month on various brands and models. At work, we use a high-end Manfrotto with a ball head but it was heavy to carry. After reading all the reviews, I ordered the Oben AC-1321 aluminum tripod with BA-106A ball head. It was less expensive and lightweight, which was what I wanted for hiking to waterfalls. When I opened the box, the ball head was surprisingly small -- barely the width of my palm. The first day of my trip was to photograph 2 waterfalls, Multnomah and Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah Falls was on a paved lookout and the tripod worked fine. For Latourell Falls, there was a small bridge over a creek that was below the falls. With the legs and center coloumn fully expanded, the Oben AC-1321 was not tall enough to be placed over the side rails of the bridge (which was chest high). I had to improvise just to set up the tripod. Expanding and turning the center column was awkward and frusrating to do. The quick-release plate on the camera would loosen when on the tripod. A fellow photographer tightened it using a quarter. Then it was so tight, I couldn't loosen it without a lot of effort. When the camera on the tripod was turned to shoot a vertical shot of the falls, the locking lever prevented the camera from getting the full view of the falls from top to bottom without zooming the lens out. Everytime I tried to set up the shot and couldn't easily get the shot I wanted, I got frustrated and wanted to chuk the tripod into the creek. On our way to the Oregon coast the next morning, we stopped at The Photo Pro store in Portland and I bought a used Manfrotto 190go for $180 ($100 more than I paid with for the Oben). I wanted a lightweight and inexpensive tripod and the Oben AC-1321 met those requirements based on the reviews I read. The Oben AC-1321 tripod with BA-106 ball head is a fairly decent tripod for a new photographer wanting to learn to shoot on a tripod. It will probably work well for studio work or group photos. But I can't recommend it for nature photography and using on uneven ground. Luckily I was within the 30-day return window. B&H was great about letting me return the tripod based on that it didn't perform to my expectations. Thanks B&H!

Father's Day Gift-He seems to like it

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-06-27

Bought this for my dad for Father's Day, based on all of the customer reviews. He seems to like it. Very fast shipping, I always have a good experience with BH as long as the item I am purchasing is in stock. I Would buy from them again.

Good quality reasonable price

By Cody
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

I bought this for my teen in photography class. It is basically the one that his school supplies the kids as well. Good quality and durability. That being said, get the 2yr drops and spills warranty, you can thank me later.

Very Light

By Jan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-06

This is a great tripod for the price

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Can you change out the head to use a fluid head?

Can you change out the head to use a fluid head?
Asked by: Berke
Yes. The Oben BA-106A Single Lever Ball Head included with the Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod is removable. The top base of the center column has reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 male threads, so if your fluid head has a flat base and uses either1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 threads, it may be used on the Oben AC-1321 Aluminum Tripod.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2020-12-20

Does BA-106A ball head allow for smooth panning ...

Does BA-106A ball head allow for smooth panning when shootings a video?
Asked by: Mark
It does not. You can shoot video while using this tripod, but it will not allow you to smoothly pan. You would need a tripod with a fluid video head for that. The Magnus VT-350 Video Tripod with Fluid Head, B&H # MAVT350, is a much better choice for that.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-04-07

how much does it weigh without the center column?

how much does it weigh without the center column?
Asked by: emre
I'm sorry but the mfr does not give those specs, please contact Oben for more info; Tel: (212) 594-2353 Website Email [email protected]
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-07-25


Is this tripod compatible with the pixio system
Asked by: Anonymous
Only if you order the additional 1/4 to 3/8 adapter. Oben 3/8 -16 to 1/4 -20 Reducer Bushing, that increases the 1/4 to a 3/8 to fit to Pixio Robot.
Answered by: McDonald's R.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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