Oben BE-126 Ball Head

Oben BE-126 Ball Head

Oben BE-126 Ball Head

B&H # OBBE126 MFR # BE-126
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Product Highlights

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

Support Weight: 26.4 lb

17.6 lb 26.4 lb 8.8 lb
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Oben BE-126 overview

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The BE-126 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-126'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-126 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: 847628563483

Oben BE-126 specs

General
Head Type Ball Head
Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Thread Not Specified by Manufacturer
Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
Load Capacity 26.4 lb / 12 kg
Number of Bubble Level(s) 2
Friction Control No
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Material Not Specified by Manufacturer
Physical
Ball Sphere Diameter 1.5" / 38 mm
Base Diameter 2" / 5 cm
Dimensions H: 3.9" / H: 9.9 cm
Weight 1 lb / 450 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 4.4 x 3.3"

Oben BE-126 reviews

BE-126 Ball Head is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and Solid This was bought to replace the kit head that came with a set of travel legs. A lesson here: legs+head combos may sound like a deal but the heads tend to be modest indeed. What's so good about the Oben? When I mount a D71000 plus a 70-300mm it stays exactly where it should - no droop or slip - something that really bugged me with the kit head. I also like the third knob that lets you rotate the hear pano-style without loosening the ball.Only complaint is that adapter plate is screwed in place with an allen wrench rather than with a spare nickel or quarter. I don't like the need to carry a dedicated tool around just for this.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great buy I've been using a super strong ball head (55 lbs capability), it was heavy, hard to use. Then I ordered this ball head. This is a great looking ball head, it is light, suitable for my 1DX and small lens such as 24-70II, and even hold the 1DX and 70-200II very steady. The only reason I don't give it a 5 star is the lacking of the push pin to hold plate/camera so it doesn't slide off the quick release. You actually have to open the QR all the way out to take out the plate instead of sliding off. But it might just my personal preference. Overall, it is a great buy for the money.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Head, easy and effective! I had the chance to bring this out on a recent trip through the south west. I was really impressed with how easy it was to lock it in, and then re-orient it when needed. Moving to portrait mode was also easy and effective. I had been looking at more expensive units after everyone stressed how important a good head was, but I am glad I bought this one because it has exceeded all of my expectations.
Date published: 2014-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Underated!! Out Standing head for the price. Been having solid experience even with a Oben AC1410 entry tripod and head combo. Now I upgraded to a Manfrotto 055CXPro3 set of legs and this head because of my experiences with Oben have been solid. Love the look and finish plus craftsmanship. Functions as expected and having a larger ball 1.5 is also a plus. pan lock and tenshioner are all great. I upgraded because of the New Tamron 150-600 being my first super telephoto lens. got my copy and had to upgrade my tripod. You will enjoy this head at a savings.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't support a 70-200 2.8 My old 3rd party ball head finally died on me and got this one as a replacement. I needed something to hold a DSLR with some 2.8 glass steady enough for macro and product shots. This cheaper option seemed like a good deal but didn't work out as well. The big knob is hard to get tight and when tight, it still creeps down with a big lens. If you don't need a super tight and steady setup then this might be a good option for you tho.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth and Secure with one minor gotcha I am very satisfied with the ease of use and reliability of this head, so there is no need to repeat all of the things other people have been saying in that regard. I do have one minor complaint, however. The manufacturer advertises that there are two levels that can be used to set critical level for both horizontal and vertical shots. The problem, however, is that the only way to have a level visible from above while positioning the camera for a vertical shot is to attach the quick release plate so it runs perpendicular to he base of the camera. This causes two problems for me: 1) The edge of the mounting plate causes irritation against my chest when I walk around with the camera attached to a strap. 2) Mounting the quick release plate perpendicular to the base of the camera does not provide enough surface contact to keep the camera from twisting on its mount when positioned for a vertical shot.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid platform I am using the BE-126 on a Bogen 3221 tripod to support a Nikon D750 w/battery pack and a variety of lenses up to the nikkor 80-400 FX Zoom. Initally I purchased the BE-117 which worked however I am much more comfortable with the perceived stability of the 126. I fine it easy to use with great flexability of the arca quick release.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ball head I'm very satisfied with this product. I am using this to support my Nikon D7100 and Nikkor 70-300mm VR II, but I plan on using it with the Tamron 150-600mm once it is released. I'm planning on giving it a five star rating once I see how it performs with the added weight of the larger Tamron lens. I should also note that the knob to lock down the ball can be tougher to tighten in cold weather. I have no problem with locking it in place but an older lady I talked to was telling me she had problems in the colder weather. I think the grease used for lubrication is thicker.
Date published: 2014-05-07
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