Oben AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head

Oben AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head

Oben AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head

B&H # OBAT3586BZ22 MFR # AT-3586/BZ-226T
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 27 lb
  • Maximum Height: 62.5"
  • Minimum Height: 8.4"
  • Folded Length: 16.6"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 4.5 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Aluminum Legs
  • Detachable Leg Converts into Monopod
  • BZ-226T Ball Head & Arca-Type QR Plate
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Oben AT-3586 Overview

  • 1Description

The AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head from Oben is a five-section support, which has twist locks that open with just a quarter turn, and each section extends along with the one-section center column to a maximum height of 62.5". With its three variable leg angles, it allows you to splay the legs out and replace the regular center column with the included low-angle center column, so the tripod can go to a minimum height of 8.5".

To store or transport the tripod, the legs fold in the reverse to a compact 16.6". Furthermore, one leg is detachable and can convert into a working monopod with a maximum height of 65.2". Each rubber foot retracts back to expose a metal spike that can be wedged into softer terrain for extra support and stability.

The Arca-type BZ-226T ball head, which includes the QR-20 quick release plate, can support cameras that weigh up to 27 lb, and it easily positions the camera at a 90° angle because of the cut notch on the side of the head. There are three knobs on the ball head; one to control the movement of the ball, the second allows you to rotate and pan a full 360°, and the distinguishable knob in the middle of the other two knobs enables you to dial-in more tension to the ball. Thus, the drag of the ball is intensified and less creep is involved if more weight is added.

5-Section Tripod Legs
The aluminum telescoping legs open and close by turning the twist locks a quarter turn, and the legs fold in the reverse to a compact 16.6" tripod for storage or transport.
Variable Leg Angles
With the tripod's variable leg angles, it can adjust to three angles and splay its legs out completely to a minimum height of 8.4".
Two Center Columns
The rapid center column, which is reversible, extends and locks into place via its twist lock. An included low-angle center column allows you to get those macro shots that are close to the ground.
Integrated Monopod
The tripod's detachable leg converts into a working monopod with a maximum height of 65.2".
Triple-Action Ball Head
The Arca-type BZ-226T ball head, which includes the QR-20 quick release plate, can support cameras that weigh up to 27 lb. The head features three knobs, one to control the movement of the ball, one for the pan, and the tension control knob to add or decrease drag on the ball.
Bubble Level
The integrated bubble level on the ball head enables your to accurately align you horizon within the camera's viewfinder.
Spiked Feet
The retractable rubber feet expose spikes that can be driven into softer terrain to add stability and rigidness to the tripod.
UPC: 847628009479
In the Box
Oben AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • Low-Angle Center Column
  • 2 x Hex Wrench
  • Tool Clip
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Carry Bag
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Oben AT-3586 Specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Vertical Tilt 0 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Load Capacity 27 lb / 12.25 kg
    Maximum Working Height 62.5" / 158.8 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 54" / 137.16 cm
    Minimum Working Height 8.4" / 21.3 cm
    Folded Length 16.6" / 42.16 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 4.5 lb / 2.0 kg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 5
    Bubble Level No
    Feet Features Rubber, Spiked
    Detachable Monopod
    Maximum Working Height 65.2" / 165.61 cm
    Leg Sections 5
    Monopod Foot Features Rubber, Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Removable
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.58 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.05 x 5.3 x 5.3"

    Oben AT-3586 Reviews

    AT-3586 Aluminum Tripod and Triple Action BZ-226T Ball Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid build, but the ball-mount head has some give Tripod feels well-built, but the ball-mount head seems to have a bit of give even when youve tightened it into the position you want. I was trying this camera out with a macro tube and framing shots was somewhat tough because the ball-mount heads position would change a little bit between tightening it and removing your hand from holding it. Additionally the tension knobs for the ball-mount seem to be all-or-nothing. I was hoping for smoother, more frictional movement and was disappointed. Also, it has one of those removable tripod-mount things that always get lost. I hate those! Why not put the mounting screw on the actual tripod rather than this plastic nonsense?
    Date published: 2019-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Earned a place in all of my bags I’ve used at least ten different tripods over the years, and the Oben AT3586 with the BZ-226T Triple Action Ball Head stands out from the crowd in many ways. One of my biggest considerations with any tripod that I buy (after I know it will support my gear the way I need it to) is whether I’m going to actually pack it in my suitcase or backpack when traveling near or far (space and weight are always a concern). The heavy-duty carrying case, the overall weight of under 5 lbs. with all its accessories, and the fact that the case is only about 17 inches long means the answer to that question for me will almost always be yes. I often end up fighting with tripods and tripod heads, but I found this one to be very well designed. The Oben AT3586, BZ-226T Triple Action Ball Head and Arca-type QR plate are a robust enough combination to easily support my Sony A9 with a battery grip and my Sony G 100-400mm or Sony G 70-200 f/2.8 lenses. I’ve included photos showing those two camera/lens combos. The ball head has a 90-degree notch to make it easy to switch from landscape to portrait. Overall, I found the movements of the head to be “butter-smooth.” The knob and the rubberized grip on the tension knob it is large and easy to adjust. The markings on it are helpful and are a bit like a volume control–if you turn toward the side with more dots, that means you will have more resistance. The smaller knob is easy to adjust as well, and it was rock solid after tightening. I haven’t used the third panoramic base knob much, which allows for 360-degree rotation. A nice touch to help distinguish the knobs is that the panoramic base knob has a silver metal rod compared with the other three, which are black. I found the stability to be excellent in most cases (even when shooting at exposures of about 1-2 seconds), especially when the leg angles (adjusted via three, easy to use, thumb-activated leg angle adjust locks) were at their tallest. It was most stable without the center column extended, but also very stable with the center column fully extended because of its thickness, as long as I extended just the top two or three leg segments. Reversing the adjustable center column was extremely easy, and I can see myself doing that if I need to photograph small- to medium- sized objects from directly above. Having the Low-Angle Center Column is also a nice accessory which I haven’t seen offered from other companies, and I like that it can easily be stored with some allen wrenches in a separate zipper compartment inside the main tripod bag. The ability to take one leg off and convert it into a monopod is a nice feature, but I found it a bit cumbersome, and I don’t expect myself to use it very much. I will probably just pack another monopod in the bag with the tripod (or separately), and use it if needed when on trips. I can also see myself taking the ball head off and using it with other tripod legs and maybe even a monopod because of how easy it is to adjust the tension. Another VERY nice touch is the large built-in metal hole near the top of the tripod that allows for a carabiner or shoulder strap hardware to be attached. This opens up a lot of additional carrying options. The one small gripe (but with a silver lining) I have about the tripod is that I could not unscrew the rubber foot pads enough to give me confidence that I would not scratch the surface on which I would place the tripod due to the integrated metal spikes being very close to the outside of the feet. Luckily, a piece of gaffer tape over each foot solved the issue for me because the spikes are situated just below the rubber area of the feet. The side effect of using gaffer tape is that I can easily remove it to expose the spikes, or replace it any time, and thus avoid having to clean dirt and other potentially “unsavory” material from inside the area where the spikes live. This tripod and head combo from Oben has earned a place in all of my bags in which it will fit, as well as my highest recommendation.
    Date published: 2019-03-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well built and good price Weight wasnt really a concern of mine as I wanted something that was a little heavier and sturdy, would you want to go on long hikes with this? possibly not but I still feel it is very easy to fold the legs up and move around with. The ball head is easy to operate and locking everything down was smooth.  The only minor complaint I have is you have to tug a good bit to get the legs to pull out but at the price of this mount that is a very minor issue.
    Date published: 2019-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Tripod for The Price. Since I purchased this tripod I have used it several times.  Its as stable as my more expensive tripods and is easy to operate. The BZ226T Head holds my full size DSLR Cameras solid at any angle. Very good deal for the price.
    Date published: 2019-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod As a hobby photographer, I love the versatility of this tripod. Very stable, lightweight, and folds up small enough to put in my backpack pocket.
    Date published: 2019-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good traveling tripod Works great holding up my 5D. Couldn’t see getting the carbon fiber since there wasn’t much weight difference. Like the 3 leg positions.
    Date published: 2019-03-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Buen soporte del peso Buen tripode por el precio que vale. Algi pesado, pero es aluminio, sino hay que pagar pir el de carbono
    Date published: 2019-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to beat for the price! Overall this tripod is a fantastic deal. For the price, it’s hard to beat. With that said, there are some pros and cons. Since I am a stickler/nerd about tripods, I wanted to make this thorough. Here they are! Pros: Cost. For only $180 with a head, it’s hard to beat. Included accessories. Many tripods don’t include anything at this price point. This tripod includes a short post (THANK YOU), case, case strap, and a 1/4 to 3/8 adapter. Center column. This tripod includes a short post. This is awesome! As a photographer that likes to shoot from a low angle, having a removable center post is invaluable. It switches out in seconds and stores away in the included bag. Warranty. 5 YEARS! That’s awesome for a tripod of this price point. The head. The friction knob, pan knob, and main knob really make me feel like I’m using a much more expensive head. Everything is smooth and locks tightly. Having a level on the top of the quick release lever is nice although I wish there was also one on top of the tripod or the base of the head to ensure that your entire system was level. Included hex wrenches. Bolts will inevitably loosen over time, so it’s nice to have the tools to tighten things. Monopod! Yep! You can take off a leg, attach the top of the column and you’ve got yourself a monopod! You can even attach the long-post to the monopod to give yourself a bit of extra height. With this, it was the perfect height for my 6’ self! Arca-Swiss: The head uses the Arca Swiss standard, allowing it to be compatible with a whole bunch of custom plates and other heads (see the end of the review). Cons:   Feeling: It feels a little cheap. Just loosening and tightening the legs makes a slight popping noise. It’s holding up fine however so I assume these popping noises are just the lubricant popping loose when twisting the leg locking knobs. Just something to get used to. Height: Many people don’t realize just how much a tall tripod can improve your life. If you hate your tripod, chances are one of the main reasons is that you need to bend over to use it. One of the most important tripod variables for me is the maximum height. If I can’t get it up to my eye level without using the center column, I skip it. This tripod is about a foot too short for my 6’ self. This isn’t the fault of the tripod, it’s just a personal preference that should be considered with any tripod. Bag: Tripod won’t fold as small with the short post installed (the head prevents the legs from fully folding backwards). It takes time to perfectly fold it well enough to fit into the bag. Also, the pocket inside the bag isn’t large enough to fit the long post. Instead it floats around the bag unprotected if you have the short post installed. Finish: Parts of the tripod are cast, not machined. The spider of the tripod appears to be cast aluminum versus machined. While minor, this difference in fit and finish is noticeable. Most of the other tripod components are machined, which is nice. Conclusion: One of the things I would plain on upgrading first is the quick release plate. As I mentioned above, one of the main benefits of the Arca-Swiss system is allowing the use of other Arca-Swiss plates. I would invest in a plate customized to your camera that won’t come off unless you take it off. So many traditional quick release plates usually will loosen on their own and twist off right when you need them most. A plate dedicated to your camera has ridges on it allowing it to remain firmly attached. Also, dedicated plates have cutouts on them allowing access to the camera’s battery doors, card slots and other things you might need to access on the bottom or side of the camera. To find the right one, you can search on B&H, Kirk Enterprises, or Really Right Stuff for “your camera Arca-Swiss plate” and you should find a variety of options. Be warned though that buying a plate from KE or RRS may cost almost as much as this tripod/head combo. Overall this is a wonderful tripod for the price and I would recommend it to anyone on a budget looking for an affordable tripod/head combo! [I received this product in exchange for my honest review.]
    Date published: 2019-01-28
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