Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head

Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head

Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head

B&H # OBCT3481126T MFR # CT-3481/BE-126T

Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 68"
  • Min Height: 10.5"
  • Folded Length: 18.9"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.8 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Retractable Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • Separate Panning Lock
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Oben CT-3481 overview

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The CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head from Oben is a sturdy yet lightweight tripod with 4-section legs that fold upward 180° to create an extremely compact package for transport – with the included head attached, folded length is only 18.9". 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 26.4 lb, the tripod and head ensure a stable base for many DSLR body/lens combinations.

With the four leg sections and the center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 68". 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 twisted to reveal retractable 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-126T 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: 847628556485
In the Box
Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head
  • BE-126T Ball Head
  • RP-20 Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Oben CT-3481 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Load Capacity 26.4 lb / 12 kg
    Maximum Working Height 68" / 172.7 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 57.6" / 146.3 cm
    Minimum Working Height 10.5" / 26.7 cm
    Folded Length 18.9" / 48 cm
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Weight 3.8 lb / 1.7 kg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Feet Features Retractable, Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Reversible
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.2 x 5.3 x 5.1"

    Oben CT-3481 reviews

    CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Product I research various models and brand names until I got to a blogger that review the Oben model (not this one) however that moved me to considered this brand name. When I got the product it was what I expected. Great build and strong. The head is very fluid and strong I let my D7100 with the heaviest of my glasses and the SB700 for 24 hours and it did not move. In the field is a blessing since I don't need to extend the c.c. to shoot panos. This tripod is replacing my Slik U212 of 35 yrs. What a difference in weight!
    Date published: 2015-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good I was hesitant about purchasing this tripod as I had not seen or read any reviews on it. There were a few things that I liked about this tripod just from the specs. One, it had four leg sections instead of five like the previous tripod I owned. Second, I was able to remove the center column without having to chop any of it off or purchasing a short column. I am a little over six feet and without the center column the ballhead stands just below my nose allowing my to see through my cameras viewfinder without having to crouch down. With the center column extended, the tripod rises above my actual height. It's lightweight which makes it nice for long hikes or backpacking trips. At first, the ballhead seemed a bit stiff, but after a little bit of use it has more of a fluid motion for panning. It has already been through rain and hail and has held up just fine. I haven't used the monopod feature yet, and likely won't unless I begin to photograph wildlife more often, but it is plenty tall when connected to the center column. Overall, it's been a solid tripod that I can see lasting me for quite some time (hopefully).
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Tripod, I think.... This is my first proper tripod so I don't really have anything to compare it to, when using my D7100 and a 16-300mm lens, it was solid and didn't give me camera shake when shooting on the beach (with coastal breeze). It is very easy to figure out and the head is great because it has separate knobs for panning and the ball. The only problem I have is completely my own fault, but I didn't know any better. When I was first setting up the tripod and examining it, I unscrewed the middle twist all the way, and the leg popped out. Problem was, the catching mechanism within the twist itself also popped out, and now I cannot get it back in properly. This means that the leg jams easily, is very hard to pull in and out and if I'm not careful with the twist, the whole thing comes out again. I'm sure there is a way of fixing this, but I haven't yet figured it out, and it is quite frustrating having a brand new tripod that doesn't work properly because I stuffed it up when I first took it out of the box! I would have hoped the designers would have made it more idiot proof for silly ones like me, but I guess not. So, as a whole, the tripod is great, particularly for the price, just do not unscrew the twists all the way off!
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, strong, and reliable This tripod is really nice, strong, reliable, and easy to carry
    Date published: 2015-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am happy with this tripod This is the second one of this model tripod I have bought. The first one had a defective spike on the monopod leg and the spike would not extend. Ordered a new one and returned the defective one today. The replacement is fine. This is a well made though a little expensive tripod. I went with the carbon fiber because I hike a lot and was conscious of the weight when attached to my camera backpack. As I get older I am a little more concerned about what I have to lug around. B & H has the best customer service you can ask for.
    Date published: 2017-03-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod I've only had a chance to use this tripod a couple of times since purchase. One of the things I like about the tripod is how smooth the adjustments are. The legs tighten easily. The ball head is very smooth yet locks in place.
    Date published: 2015-06-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mostly good For the price, it is a very respectable tripod. Once you master the twist for unlocking/locking the leg sections, it is a snap. However, my biggest gripe is there is (to me) quite a bit of 'bounce back' once you lock the head in place. Other than that, I enjoy using it.
    Date published: 2017-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great job Oben Very pleased . Oben build a really quality product, functional , reliable and easy to use. Just used it out on the frozen St.Laurence river and nice balance of lightweight and stability.This model has the retractable spiked feet which I like .
    Date published: 2017-01-22
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