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

BH #OBCT3481126T • MFR #CT-3481/BE-126T
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Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 68"
  • Min Height: 10.5"
  • Folded Length: 18.9"
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.
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Oben CT-3481 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Reverse-Folding Legs
  • 3Short Column
  • 4Adjustable Legs

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°.

Oben CT-3481 Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
Number of Bubble Levels2
General
Load Capacity26.4 lb / 12 kg
Maximum Working Height68" / 172.7 cm
Max Height without Center Column57.6" / 146.3 cm
Minimum Working Height10.5" / 26.7 cm
Closed Length18.9" / 48 cm
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Weight3.8 lb / 1.7 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections4
Feet FeaturesRetractable, Spiked
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesReversible
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)22.2 x 5.3 x 5.1"

Oben CT-3481 Reviews

Three months of gentle use --- Broken.

By WU
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-01

item can no longer tighten its central rod.

HAVE FRIEND WHO WANTS ONE

By Timothy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-22

I have used this for a Sunset and Night Photography on sand worked perfectly

A+ exactly what I expected

By Tania
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-07-12

A+ exactly what I expected

Good Tripod, I think....

By Catherine
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-06

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!

I am happy with this tripod

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-03-21

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.

Love it!

By Barb
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-23

Stable and sturdy, super easy to use. Nice carrying case too.

Mostly good

By Tom (Chev)
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-07

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.

Great job Oben

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-22

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 .

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