Oben CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head

Oben CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head

Oben CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head

B&H # OBCT3431108T MFR # CT-3431/BE-108T
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 59.5"
  • Min Height: 9.0"
  • Folded Length: 17"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.5 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • 2 x Bubble Levels
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The CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head from Oben is a sturdy yet lightweight tripod with legs that fold upward 180° to create an extremely compact package for transport – with the included head attached, folded length is only 17". For further versatility, one of the legs unscrews from the chassis and attaches to the head & center column to form a working-height monopod. With a system load capacity of 8.8 lb, the full-sized tripod and head ensure a stable base for most DSLR body/lens combinations.

With the four leg sections and the center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 59.5". The legs are non-rotating, which enables single-handed operation of all three rubber twist locks on each leg: One twist of the wrist, and the three leg stages descend. Each leg is independently adjustable, and they can be locked securely at three different angles. The tripod's feet feature rubber tips that can be removed to reveal metal spikes, allowing you to shoot both indoors and outdoors on any terrain.

To shoot in monopod mode, simply unscrew the leg that forms the base of the monopod, remove the center column from the chassis, and screw these two elements together. With the head & center column mounted on the extended leg, you have a full size monopod that's even taller than the tripod at full height.

Like the legs, the center column features a twist lock that frees up its extension and retraction. For protection when it's retracted quickly, there's a rubber damper that protects the center-post collar. At the bottom of the center column is a spring-loaded ballast hook that allows you to attach a counterweight for extra stability. The detachable hook doubles as a stopper for the center column, which can be removed and reversed for low-angle shooting.

The BE-108T head features one locking knob for the ball and a separate knob to control the 360° panning. This enables fast setup changes, and frees you to keep a finger on the shot trigger while you're making a quick adjustment to the head's orientation. The head has a 90° notch which facilitates shooting in portrait orientation. Two bull's eye bubble levels ensure your camera is level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

The included Arca-type quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw. The quick-release plate has two safety screws to prevent the camera from accidentally being released when adjusting the plate fore and aft.

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.

Reverse-Folding Legs
The legs fold up 180° so that the ball head is concealed between them. This reduces the overall height of the folded tripod.
Short Column
The long section of the column can be removed, so that the head and short column section can be attached directly to the chassis.
Adjustable Legs
The legs are independently adjustable to 3 leg angles: 24, 55, and 80°.
UPC: 847628556454
In the Box
Oben CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head
  • BA-108T Single Lever Travel Ball Head
  • QR-10 Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Oben CT-3431 specs

    Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
    Maximum Height Tripod: 59.5" (151.1 cm)
    Monopod: 62.6" (159.0 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 50.3" (127.8 cm)
    Minimum Height 9.0" (22.9 cm)
    Folded Length 17.0" (43.2 cm)
    Weight 2.5 lb (1.1 kg)
    Head Type Ball head
    Quick Release Yes
    Bubble Level 2 x Bull's Eye
    Material Carbon fiber
    Head Attachment Fitting Reversible 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20
    Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
    Leg Lock Type Twist lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/No
    Center Brace No
    Center Column
    Center Column Type Rapid (grooved, reversible, non-rotating)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.1 x 5.2 x 5.0"

    Oben CT-3431 reviews

    CT-3431 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong with carbon fibre Streamlined and sturdy with solid hardware. The 4-section leg extension is not as cumbersome as their 5-section model, so you can set up quicker - the later is not much smaller and lighter either. The mono pod config is a bonus. I was thinking of purchasing a separate mono pod 'till this came along. I'm able to mount longer lenses (300mm f2.8L with a 7D mk2) and it holds it stable. Only draw back is that you can't sling it over your shoulder and walk around while your camera & telephoto lense is attached to the tripod (or monopod configuration). The carbon fibre stem is not rigid enough if capacity weight is applied laterally to the unit.
    Date published: 2015-02-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tripod is great - Ball Head is not I use this in the field when I am trying to minimize weight. For a light weight tripod, the legs are impressive. However, there is no way the Ball Head can handle 8.8 pounds. With my Nikon D810 and Nikkor Macro 105mm lens, the head cannot keep the camera and lens from rotating down and hitting the tripod legs even when clamped down as much as possible. I threw the head away and replaced it with an Oben BE-117T which added a small amount of weight, but it handles this camera and lens very well. In short, I am pleased with the legs and new ball head, but feel the original combination's weight capability was grossly over-rated. Therefore, I cannot recommend the tripod as sold.
    Date published: 2015-04-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultra lightweight and feature packed Was looking for a tripod that I could pretty much run around with. Something very light and versatile, but also something I could use for studio and landscape occasionally when I need to. This is perfect. Pros: - Super lightweight, but also has a hook to add weight when you need it. - Folds down quite small, fits in my school bag (just). - Made of carbon fiber, aluminum, and some rubber, almost no hard plastic at all. Feels and looks very premium. - Mono-pod! Cons: - Twist locks on the legs are not great, but they're okay. Wish it had flip locks. - Quick release plate requires an allen key to attach/remove it from the camera. - Can feel a bit flimsy fully extended because it is so lightweight.
    Date published: 2015-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value and build quality I have not had the chance to use the tripod extensively, but it feels well built. The twist locks respond quickly with a flick of the wrist and the legs extend to a comfortable shooting height. The tripod is very lightweight, making it suitable for shorter hikes. On my longer dayhikes of 15+ miles I take advantage of another wonderful feature that comes with this tripod. The ability to convert into a monopod. The monopod seems to disappear in my pack, so that I don't hesitate to take it with me. The included ball head allows for fluid panning and quick adjustments. I am quite satisfied with my purchase.
    Date published: 2015-02-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, sturdy & functional. Super! Got it for use on backpacking trips, with the main attraction being its lightness. Comes with a very nice carrying case with an inside pocket. Also comes with a couple of Allen wrenches, which you will need to tighten the plate to the bottom of your camera. That the Allen wrenches are needed is a bit of a minus for me, but not big enough of a deal to take off a full star. The truth is, for me at least, once the plate is attached to the camera and tightened sufficiently, there really is no need to take it off. Certainly not when you are already in the mountains. For additional stability, you can add more center weight via the convenient hook that's hiding at the bottom of the center pole.
    Date published: 2015-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from the good, the bad and the ugly the good: price weight compact anti twist legs very nice bag 5 year warranty the bad: first arrived defective hope the second one will last. a bit short fully extended need allen wrench to separate center column for lowest position most twist knobs feel very stiff not smooth to pull out legs I purchased this for hiking trips exclusevly most of the time I have a small Canon point and shoot with me but intend on using it with my 5D and short L glass but my wife will be shooting her 500cm has with the 50mm or 80mm. Dslr and medium format are well under the max weight for this tripod but it will be very heavy. All in all I hope that I don't have to use the warranty after every trip.
    Date published: 2015-02-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Lightweight Tripod, Will Upgrade Soon I have had this tripod for 3 years now and it is definitely time to upgrade. The biggest drawback for me was the ball heads poor performance. No matter how hard you tighten the rotational knob, it will still rock and rotate. Im not a small guy and i certainly tightened it more than you should have to and it would still move. I replaced this ball head with a Manfrotto 498 and im glad i did. The tripod itself is decent enough, lightweight, and has survived many hikes where it may have been used as a hiking stick. Since it is so lightweight, however, it is not very sturdy in high winds and legs bend when going in snow or sand. I would not buy this again and would just go for the next level up, whatever that is (im currently looking).
    Date published: 2018-10-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Legs are sturdy but ball head is not I am reviewing solely to echo the previous comments that this tripod head cannot handle 8 lbs. I'm using a new Nikon D7200 + 16-80mm lens and I am literally shredding the skin off my fingers trying to get it tight enough to stay up, to no avail. The legs are as advertised -- but I'm very disappointed in the construction of the ball head. I feel strongly that Oben should revise the specifications for this product.
    Date published: 2016-08-08
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