Oben BE-108 Ball Head

Oben BE-108 Ball Head

Oben BE-108 Ball Head

B&H # OBBE108 MFR # BE-108
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Product Highlights

  • 8.8 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels

Support Weight: 8.8 lb

17.6 lb 26.4 lb 8.8 lb

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Oben BE-108 overview

  • 1Description

The BE-108 Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight aluminum ball head that features an Arca-type compatible quick-release system. It has a large locking knob to control the movement of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement.

The BE-108's multiple knobs enable higher-precision adjustments to the head than are possible with single-lever heads. Taking panoramic photos is simple, for instance, because you can pan a specific number of degrees while keeping the head's tilt position locked. In fact, the BE-108 features degree markings around its circumference to aid in that task. A notch in the ball head allows you to quickly change between portrait and landscape orientation.

The included quick-release plate attaches to your camera via its standard 1/4"-20 screw, and is secured in place with an Arca-type clamp. A locking knob controls the opening and closing of the aluminum clamp simply and reliably. Two safety screws on the bottom of the plate help prevent your camera from accidentally being released when adjusting the plate fore and aft. One bubble level on the clamp, and another on the locking knob, both ensure that your camera will be level with the horizon.

UPC: 847628563452
In the Box
Oben BE-108 Ball Head
  • QR-10 Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Oben BE-108 specs

    General
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 4.0 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Physical
    Ball Sphere Diameter 0.9" / 24 mm
    Base Diameter 1.5" / 3.8 cm
    Dimensions H: 3.2" / H: 81.0 mm
    Weight 10.6 oz / 300.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.2 x 3.4"

    Oben BE-108 reviews

    BE-108 Ball Head is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light as it gets! I bought the Be-108 for my ultra light Oben carbon fiber tripod to use while hiking/backpacking. With its light compact shape it does the trick. Fits perfectly in all of the different bags I carry, is super light, and very compact. There are some downsides to it. The knobs can be difficult to use with a full sized DSLR body on it, especially with any type of gloves on. There is only one notch to use for vertical shots which can be a pain. The quick release takes a little to get quick with but once you do it is a snap. If you are going for a compact, lightweight ball head... and can deal with a couple little nuisances this is the ball head for you.
    Date published: 2015-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ball Head, surprisingly inexpensive. I was pleasantly surprised by this item. In the past, I've only used Ball Heads from Really Right Stuff, but I needed something small and light, and after doing some research and reading the reviews here, I decided to give the BE-108 a shot. It was very nicely packaged, and the overall finish is great - the machining work is top notch. The included Arca Release Plate is a nice addition, and the BE-108 also works with my existing Really Right Stuff L-Plate. After using this a few times, I'm considering getting rid of my RRS Ball Head, the BE-108 is smaller and lighter, and does everything my RRS ball head can do.
    Date published: 2016-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I needed a small ballhead for a tripod, looking at the chioces I took a chance on Oben. Never believing the max weight, but this little ballhead held my DSLR with standard lens no problem and there is plenty of knob left to lock down heavier gear. The clamp fit my Arca style l-plate great with easy turn to lock it in. In this size, most don't have a seperate pan lock or even a pan. The Oben has one and it is smooth. The only down side is the coating on the metal is thin. All ready got a ding and some ware, however I shoot outside in parks and such.
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oben BE-108 is a Great Head for your tirpod this is a great ball head for your tripod. the quick release is smooth and easy yet holds your camera securely. The best feature is the big knob that lets you slightly loosen the ball head to move the camera. You are able to make minuet adjustments without the head getting so loose you cant get your picture aligned as you wish. All around great Head.
    Date published: 2015-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design I bought the BE-108 to attach to a small jib that did not have a quick release plate. The permanent plate on the jib is awkward to mount a camera-I use a Canon7D and it can take a lot of time just to get on and off the jib. The jib is designed for small cameras so I needed something that was not too heavy-plus I travel a lot.I needed something that was very light weight and had a quick release plate--this fit the requirement. It has a couple of bubble levels and I can turn the entire unit 180 degrees if needed. I have no problems with this ball head.I have yet to use it on my slider but expect will work just as well.
    Date published: 2014-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for I was looking for a reasonable ball head to use on multiple platforms; on top of a monopod using the 3/8 screw; on a Joby SLR flex pod using the 1/4 screw; and on a future mid-weight carbon travel tripod leg set. It needs to hold fairly lightweight - perhaps 3 lb max - mirrorless cameras and occasionally long (100-400 zoom) lens. The head seems very well made, the main ball control knob works really well, and I particularly appreciate the Arca-style mount, which works with the other Arca-type clone plates that I have, such as the Peak Design basic plate. I do have a simple microfiber bag that I can pull over the head, which is a big help for keeping it clean(er) and minimizing dings, particularly when on a monopod (which you WILL drop at some point when you forget it's not a tripod). A very nice product for the money.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great ball head, until it broke I was loving this thing. Used it on a Rhino slider with Sony alpha cameras in interviews. I've had it just over two months, though, and the locking knob doesn't work anymore. It's stuck at about 80% locked. I can still use it for interviews, but if I'm trying a shot with a bit of tilt or anything off-center, the lock loses its grip. I can't loosen or tighten. It's been well-cared for, so I'm not sure if I just got a lemon or what. It's a shame. This was functioning exactly how I needed it to, but I'm hesitant to buy another one and flush another $70 down the toilet.
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good tripod head for the price This little tripod head is perfect for what I need it for. It's better than the Benro head I was using before. I'd buy this again.
    Date published: 2015-07-30
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