Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head

Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head

Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head

B&H # OBCT3551113T MFR # CT-3551/BE-113T
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 62.4"
  • Min Height: 9.0"
  • Folded Length: 16"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Detachable Leg and Column Form Monopod
  • Rubber Feet & Metal Spikes
  • Arca-Type Quick-Release Plate
  • Separate Panning Lock
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  • 1Description

The CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head from Oben is a sturdy yet lightweight tripod with 5-section legs that fold upward 180° to create an extremely compact package for transport – with the included head attached, folded length is only 16". 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 13.2 lb, the tripod and head ensure a stable base for many DSLR body/lens combinations.

With the five leg sections and the center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 62.4". The legs are non-rotating, which enables single-handed operation of the rubber twist locks on each leg: One twist of the wrist, and the four 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-113T 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: 847628556515
In the Box
Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head
  • BE-113T Ball Head
  • QR-10 Quick Release Plate
  • CT-3551 Tripod Legs
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Tool Clip with 2 Hex Keys
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Oben CT-3551 specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread & 1/4"-20 with Bushing
    Camera Mounting Screw Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Quick Release Plate Type Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Number of Bubble Level(s) 2
    Load Capacity 13.2 lb / 6 kg
    Maximum Working Height 62.4" / 158.4 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 54.8" / 139.2 cm
    Minimum Working Height 9" / 22.9 cm
    Folded Length 16" / 40.6 cm
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 5
    Tripod Feet Features Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Reversible
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.1 x 5.3 x 5.1"

    Oben CT-3551 reviews

    CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-113T Ball Head is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lightweight and compact but not sturdy I didn't want to have to drag around something heavy in tropical heat, so I wanted a compact, lightweight tripod, which this is. The rubber and spiked feet are useful on pavement and ground. The ball head works fine and tightens nicely. On the legs, I wanted to keep those twist locks tight, and one lock broke. I must have over-tightened it, but if I can do that, that's a design flaw. And there's no positive feel on tightening the lock on the rotating center column, which feels sloppy. All in all, this tripod does the job when you learn its quirks, but the manufacturing quality is a bit sketchy. I'll have to buy another one for the next tropical expedition, and for the price I didn't expect that.
    Date published: 2016-06-09
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Design...Good for Travel I was looking for a compact, lightweight, sturdy travel tripod that was easy to pack on my varied photo adventures and this seemed to fit the bill. I tried a few other Tripods; including 2 other Obens, during my search and found this one to meet my requirements best to date.My main camera is a Sony a6000 so weight was not huge factor, even with a 55210mm telephoto lens; but I found the Oben BE-113T (13lbs limit) ball head to work much better than the Oben 8 lb version (BE-108T). I was able to positively frame shots much easier with this one versus the 8 pounder.Features work great...legs extend smoothly, leg locks are solid, center column is solid and easy to adjust (works great reversed for macro shots), ball head has nice pan friction to it for smooth panorama shots, rubber and spiked feet are a real plus especially for softer surfaces...but not everything was so rosy.Of the 3 Oben tripods I ordered 2 had to be returned for a variety of manufacturing issues. One unit had a leg segment that consistently jammed when attempting to open or close and a weight hook on the center column that would stick and grind, another had grit in the monopod leg and flimsy locking latches; not something you would expect from a $$ item. These have a Made in China tag and them and unfortunately it showed. Even the 3rd unit (which I am keeping) does not have the best leg latches but I am hoping they hold up. These tripods come with a 5 year warranty which is my insurance policy in case not.All of 3 the Oben's I tried had carbon fiber legs; and from a stability standpoint were decent as long as you do not touch the legs during longer shutter activity. This light of a tripod tended to vibrate some (right up into the camera) when lightly tapped; but probably to be expected in this lightweight (2.5 lbs) of a model. The 4 section legs seemed to be slightly more stable than the 5 section leg models but, when tested, all held up well with 5+ second night exposures as long as a timer or remote shutter were used. The only other thing I did not like was being forced to carry and use an allen key to attach the arca quick release plate to the camera. It could not be hand tightened; so I ordered some other mini D-ring hinged screws to solve that. If you do so make sure to measure the original screw length and match that or it may be to long. So - in summation:Good size and weight for traveling, good feature set and adequate stability but:Not so good on the quality manufacturing side and being forced to order separate D- ring screws for the arca plate so tools were not necessary to mount the plate to a camera.
    Date published: 2015-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid little tripod with great bang for the buck used this tripod on a hiking trip to Joshua Tree and then in the Wilds of Las Vegas for a couple of days. It did an admirable job holding my D5 for some long exposure shots even on a windy day. I hooked my bag to the bottom of the center column for added support.
    Date published: 2017-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality - Perfect Traveling Companion Bought this because I wanted something lightweight and compact for hiking out west. I shoot with a Canon 6D and have used the tripod with my 100-400L zoom (heavy lens). The ball head is beautifully machined and easy to lock down. I would not recommend it for video panning ... you will get some vibration from a lightweight rig with a top-heavy camera and lens (have not tried the ballast hook, however). Might work with a different head (i.e., one with a panning and tilt handle) Anyway, I've used it at night for Milky Way shots (with a remote trigger)and it's done great.My sample had no manufacturing issues -- the twist locks on the legs are positive and strong. Twist lock saves time during setup since you can loosen all four at once.As for the allen key for the arca plate - you can get D-ring plates for under $ dollars - I've bought a couple extra ... keep the Oben plate on my camera full time ... another on the support ring for the 100-400.This thing folds small - easy to pack in a suitcase or on a backpack. Nice zipper case. What's not to love?If there are manufacturing issues, then I was lucky. But my copy makes me happy every time I get to use it.
    Date published: 2015-12-08
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