Oben BE-117 Ball Head

Oben BE-117 Ball Head

Oben BE-117 Ball Head

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

Support Weight: 17.6 lb

17.6 lb 26.4 lb 8.8 lb

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Oben BE-117 overview

  • 1Description

The BE-117 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-117'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-117 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: 847628563476

Oben BE-117 specs

General
Head Type Ball Head
Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Number of Bubble Levels 2
Friction Control No
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Physical
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.26" / 32 mm
Base Diameter 1.8" / 4.5 cm
Dimensions H: 3.7" / H: 9.3 cm
Weight 13.4 oz / 380.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.2 x 3.5"

Oben BE-117 reviews

BE-117 Ball Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 163.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first Arca-type ball head I'll start by saying that Obein branded ball heads delivers excellent value for the price. This ball head is not my first Obein ball head so for me to return to them to upgrade speaks volumes. I've found that I am constantly switching camera bodies and lenses with tripod collars so I wanted a system with a standard plate across multiple tripods so I decided to move into the Arca type ball heads. I'm not disappointed with the BE-117, albeit it's slightly larger than I expected. It releases and tightens smoothly and I have not experienced any drift or creep. I'd buy another and recommend it - especially given that it's less expensive, but not cheaper, than its competition.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality at an Affordable Price I ordered this to replace a Manfrotto 496 RC2 ball head mainly because I didn't like the RC2 quick release and plate. Everything now seems to support the Arca-Swiss type mount, my Cotton Carrier hand grip included. Immediately I was impressed with the quality and operation on this ballhead. Very smooth and the dial indeed goes from 0-10. I have a Benro V2 head where the adjustment knob only moves about a quarter turn. Works good but it goes more like 6-10. Noticeable quality difference. Also, this head is slightly smaller than the RC2 but has more than 4lb higher capacity. Very delighted to now have it on my travel tripod.
Date published: 2014-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Bang-For-The-Buck! If you're on a budget, this ball head really fits the bill. It's quality manufactured, not perfect but close. My only issue (not a 'serious' complaint)is that no matter how you adjust the tightness (and it can be locked down VERY tight if that's what you want), there is a bit of 'stickness or sticktion' if you want to leave things just loose enough to hold everything with a good grip but still be able to move your camera without touching a knob. Maybe silicone, teflon or graphite lubricant would reduce or eliminate this 'sticky' effect? Anyway, it's pretty easy to live with and, after much research before buying, I'm very pleased with the BE-117.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Depending on your requirement Let us start with the bottomline: It is a really well made ball head that many might be ignoring. If you have a camera lens setup that is between 5-10 pounds and well balanced this is a very comfortable ball head (be aware that it is rated at 17.5 pounds). I really loved the smoothness of the unit plus I am invested in Arca-type plates. However I use cameras and 600mm lenses that top out at 15 pounds and often require carrying around on the tripod. The ball head had trouble managing it. I purchased this to be a cheap backup to my old acratech on a backup tripod. I had to return it for another brand.
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet spot of cost/performance This one's good. Smooth tension control, QR plate doesn't require an allen wrench, more than enough support for a dslr with 300mm, not too heavy. Larger units in the line look good too, but are probably overkill for general applications, plus added weight and cost. Cheaper units may be ok for small cameras. Better performance ball head exist, but the price will jump significantly from this one. Lower cost units I've tried have disappointed me and been a money waster in the long run. This one is just about right for performance, weight, price, overall a solid gear investment. Note its not a locking head, which is a different design- do your research if you aren't sure which you need.
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Arca not compatible with my current plates & pan not smooth I saw a lot of great reviews of this head and want to like it. It is machined nicely and I'm happy with how smooth the ball works. Unfortunately, the base won't tighten enough to hold several Arca plates already on my equipment. I plan to use this on a monopod, but the pan isn't smooth if I move it to a tripod. Not looking for fluid smooth, but better than the grinding I feel. I don't know if it's supposed to have adjustable tension for panning, but mine does not. The knob itself has dampening when tightening, but it has a lot of travel to lock it down or leave it movable. Sounded like a great value, but it doesn't work for me. Going back....
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Ball Head for Tripod, but Limited Mobility The BE-117 is the first ball head I have used on a tripod. Previously, I used an older tripod with a pan/tilt head. While I appreciate the increased range of motion the ball head allows, I find the time it takes to accurately position my camera frustrating. The knobs on this ball head are rather close together which makes quickly changing my position difficult. It can also be awkward to move the camera to a vertical position for portraits because of the single slot the ball head's neck has to fit into. It only takes a few more seconds to fix though. Other than that, the ball head is a well-built product that moves smoothly and holds my old, metal cameras in place easily.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ball head on my 2nd one due to defect! I had this ball head on my previous Manfrotto tripod (that was lost somewhere). Anyway I purchased a new tripod and this ballhead just because it worked before and was within budget. This one however had issues with being loose. The issue was within the base of the quick release plate and the ballhead. Whenever I would align the camera (A7rII w/85mm) vertically and let go the whole assembly would move a fraction of an inch. No matter what I did to tighten it up I would get the same result. Returned the defective unit to B&H, rep also saw the problem and agreed it was a manufacturer defect. Received a new unit and no looseness found on it.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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