Oben BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head

Oben BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head

Oben BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head

B&H # OBBA117 MFR # BA-117
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 3.6"
  • Weight: 14.1 oz
  • One Locking Lever for All Movement
  • Bubble Levels for All Axes
  • Quick-Release System with Safety Lock
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Oben BA-117 overview

  • 1Description

The BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head from Oben is a simple ball head with one locking knob to control all motion. The knob allows you to unlock the ball so that you can quickly orient your camera properly, retighten the knob, and return to shooting. This enables fast setup changes, and frees you to keep a finger on the 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. One bull's eye and three tubular bubble levels ensure your camera is level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

The included quick-release plate has a retractable video pin, and attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw. With your camera attached to the quick-release plate, it easily snaps and locks into place on the ball head, and a safety lock on the release lever prevents it from being accidentally released.

UPC: 847628563438
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Oben BA-117 specs

Head Type Ball Head
Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Number of Bubble Levels 4
Friction Control No
Independent Pan Lock No
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.5" / 38 mm
Dimensions : 2.0 x H: 3.6" / : 50.0 x H: 91.0 mm
Weight 14.1 oz / 400.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 5.0 x 4.0"

Oben BA-117 reviews

BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bubble Level not perfectly synchronized This is my first ball head support for me. I am using it for my monopod. It could hold the weight of my camera with its 28-105mm lens, battery grip and my sb-800 flash. The only issue that I see its that the circle bubble level does not synchronized accurately by a hair with the x and y axis bubble level on its side. I see one of the axis does not match up with the circle bubble level. But I am able use it by the best of me getting close as possible. They should have better quality control on the bubble level. But the ball head is very useful and it allows me to quickly change from landscape view to portrait view and still holds the weight of the camera body with the lens and battery grip attached. For the price and it's maximum weight load of 17.6 pounds. This is a great buy!
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BA-117 Single Lever Ball Head is a fav. Have three of these, one for each tripod/monopod. I have arthritis in my hands and can't deal with knobs. This one level control is something that works for me even in -10 degree outdoor shooting in Minnesota.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sturdy head It's better than the cheaper ones I've used, glad to upgrade to something more solid. Simple, straight forward and easy to use. I wish it had a separate lever for just the pan, that way you could do controlled panoramic sweeps. When you unlock the lever, all axis get loose so just keep that in mind.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ball Head This ball head has been used twice atop my monopod. It worked beautifully. The single lever was very easy to set and unset. It was better than knobs used in the past. It is recommended.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meets my expectations I use this on a monopod and for my purposes it works well. Appears to be well made and supports my camera
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing is a great I wanted a good ball head for a my photo tripod and I really love this one. I wouldn't advice buying it for video work. The price is very good and it was a very pleasant surprise to find out that the quality is so good. Aside from the ball head ,the 3 bubble level really help to have it perfectly balanced. It locks the plate really secure also.It is not that heavy for the amount of weight is supposed to carry.
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oben Single Lever Ball Head BA-117 Replaced a Oben BE-108T with this model (the BA-117). I much prefer the single-lever control of this model and the quick-lever locking knob assembly. I'm in my 60s, have hands that ache from arthritis and don't work particularly well in the cold. I found the adjustment knobs of the 108T difficult to handle. I find this model much easier to use and equally as rigid and stable. I'm very happy I made the switch.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Difference! I purchased this ball head based on reviews on the B&H site and YouTube. It was part of my decision to purchase tripod legs and a ball head to see what I've been missing in my years of using a series of inexpensive all-in-one tripods. at this point, after two sessions of photography, I can already see what I've been missing - sturdiness and simplicity. The ball head makes adjustments in sighting and aiming a breeze. I've got a EOS 40D and in use with a 70-300 zoom it's been easy to use and locks down rock-solid. I should mention that I ordered an extra RP-20 plate for it and it's awesome to eliminate that step - love the way the camera or lens locks on and is released from the head. Maybe in time I'll find something that could have been designed differently, but so far I can only wonder why I waited so long, and say that I'm definitely impressed with the product and pleased with my purchasing decision.
Date published: 2016-01-24
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