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Oben BE-117 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release

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Oben BE-117 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Height: 3.7"
  • Weight: 13.4 oz
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Set
The BE-117 Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight aluminum ball head with a load capacity of 17.6 lb, a large locking knob to control the movement of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement. The individual knobs enable higher-precision adjustments to the head than are possible with single-lever heads. Taking panoramic photos is simple thanks to the panoramic scale at the base of the head. A notch in the ball head allows orientation to quickly change between portrait and landscape.
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Oben BE-117 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Dual Action Ball Head
  • 3Arca-Type Quick Release
  • 4Dual Bubble Levels

The BE-117 Ball Head from Oben is a lightweight aluminum ball head with a load capacity of 17.6 lb, a large locking knob to control the movement of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement. The individual knobs enable higher-precision adjustments to the head than are possible with single-lever heads. Taking panoramic photos is simple thanks to the panoramic scale at the base of the head. A notch in the ball head allows orientation to quickly change between portrait and landscape.

The included Arca-type quick release plate attaches to any camera and is secured in place with the receiver's locking knob, simply and reliably. Two removable safety screws on the bottom of the plate help prevent your camera from accidentally being released prematurely. One bubble level on the clamp and another on the locking knob ensure that the camera will be level with the horizon.

Dual Action Ball Head
The BE-117 dual-action ball head boasts smooth and effortless operation and features separate locking knobs for independently adjusting the ball and panoramic base.
Arca-Type Quick Release
The BE-117 Ball Head includes an Arca-type quick release plate for easily mounting and dismounting a camera. Adding a compatible Oben quick release plate to all your cameras facilitates camera swapping so you can exchange cameras without interrupting your shoot.
Dual Bubble Levels
The ball head features two integrated bubble levels to help make sure the camera is perfectly aligned with the horizon.
UPC: 847628563476

Oben BE-117 Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type
Number of Bubble Levels2
Friction ControlNo
Independent Pan LockYes
Ball Sphere Diameter1.26" / 32 mm
Pan & Tilt Range
Vertical Tilt90°
Panning Range360°
General
Load Capacity17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Weight13.4 oz / 380 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.05 x 4.25 x 3.45"

Oben BE-117 Reviews

Pair it with Platypod Ultra

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-02

Looking forward to using it for urban & light-weight travel photo adventures where a tripod is verboten or otherwise not practical. Should be a perfect affordable match with the basic Platypod Ultra.

Nice ball head.

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-31

This seems like a good quality ball head. It is built sturdy, and the knobs work easily. I do wish that the arca type quick release had a locking mechanism though. I haven't had it loosen, but would rather not take chances.

oben BE-117 Ball Head

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

This ball head works perfectly and allows for adjustments with little effort.

Not for large lenses

By Cory
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-25

This is well made, head operates smoothly, and locks down solid Works well with the camera mounted to the ball head, but when the lens foot is mounted to the ball head the viewfinder is too high to see through. also it is not steady enough for long lenses. This is NOT the fault of window mount, but the car window itself is not steady enough. Your results may be different with a different car, or a different lens

Nice light weight ball head.

By Stephen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-15

I have a couple of these for streaming with lightweight MILC APC format cameras with kit zoom.They work extremely well even when the cameras are mounted on booms or poles.

Very good quality, reasonable

By Joshua
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

The ballhead performs as it should. Tightening is easy and feels very secure. Price is fantastic.

Great ball head

By Douglas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-19

This is a great medium/medium heavy duty ball head, east to adjust and very stable. It handles my 400mm Nikon lens with no problems. For under $100 it can't be beat.

Love it.

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Great range of motion and holds well.

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Asked by: Scott
Yes this should be able to support the weight of both without any issues.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-22

is this compatible with a platypod?

is this compatible with a platypod?
Asked by: Susanne
Yes, the Oben BE-117 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release can be mounted on the Platypod Ultra Plate Camera Support and on the Platypod Max Camera Support.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-11-02

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Is this ball head compatible with Benro - Classic A3580F Aluminum Tripod, and Nikon D810?
Asked by: Dee V.
Hi Dee, Although I don't have a Benro tripod, I believe that most tripods have a standard size screw that the heads screw into, so I'm guessing it would probably work. I would defer to the experts at B&H to answer that question with authority. Regarding the D810, I have several Nikon cameras and they all work because there is a plate that you screw into the bottom of the camera and it fits into the top of the ball head. So, I feel quite confident your D810 would work. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Michael O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Can you turn the top clamp 90 degrees for either ...

Can you turn the top clamp 90 degrees for either a camera base or for a tripod collar foot?
Asked by: Diane
I mainly use this ball head on my platpod plate, it is very easy to use and light weight. I have my L bracket on my camera, so I don't need to make 90 degrees turn.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2021-02-06

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Would this ball head be compatible with a Manfrotto 294 tripod?
Asked by: Rita W.
I am sorry. but I don't know.
Answered by: robin b.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Will it tilt up and down while in ...

Will it tilt up and down while in portrait/vertical position?
Asked by: Blake
Yes with Oben BE-117 Ball Head with Arca-Type Quick Release you can tilt up and down while the camera is set to portrait orientation.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-06-14

question

I currently have an Oben AC-1420 tripod which came with an Oben BA-1 ball head and two RP-20 quick release plates. I mount a Canon 5D Mark II on this rig, but the plate allows the camera to twist. I am considering an anti-twist plate made by Kirk: B&H# KIPZ128, but Oben tells me that the BA-1 will not work with any plate requiring an Acra-Swiss technology, which this one does.MY questions to you are (1) If I buy the BE-117 ball head plus the Kirk Anti-twist plate above, will everything work together on my existing Oben tripod with no further adaptations? With my camera? Will the quick release function be compromised in any way by the Kirk anti-twist plate?Is there a cheaper way to do this? I set out for buy a simple anti-twist plate and suddenly seem to be knee-deep in more new equipment.Thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
The Oben BE-117 ballhead is designed to accept the Arca-Swiss style plates and accessories. It is compatible with the Kirk plate, B&H # KIPZ128 and your camera. It will not compromise the fit to the head or of that of the camera. This set up is of the least expensive methods to get the tripod outfitted with an Arca-Swiss type head and anti-twist plate.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Will they BE 117 ballhead fit in they Silk Pro 340DX?
Asked by: Fernando R.
Yes, unscrew the Silk head and screw this one on.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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