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

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Oben BE-126 Ball Head
  • QR-20 Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Oben BE-126 specs

    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Quick Release Plate Type Arca-Type
    Load Capacity 26.4 lb / 12 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 2
    Friction Control No
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Ball Sphere Diameter 1.5" / 38 mm
    Base Diameter 2" / 5 cm
    Dimensions H: 3.9" / H: 9.9 cm
    Weight 1.0 lb / 450.0 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 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 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 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 1 out of 5 by from Not happy at all with this ball head. I wasn't a fan of this ball head from the moment I pulled it out of the box. It has a good solid build but the large locking knob is uncomfortable to turn and is especially rough on your fingers in cold weather. Feels like little razor blades all the way around it. Not like the rubberized knobs I'm used to. When turning the knob, it turns freely for half a turn or so and then gets really difficult to turn. If you can overcome that resistance, it gets easy again if you're lucky. Very weird. The first time I actually used it in a real camera shoot, it seized up completely on me at one point and I couldn't loosen or tighten the thing. It was defective and I returned it and am now waiting on B&H's lengthy return process so that I can replace it with a different one.
    Date published: 2017-01-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't get it This ball head came with the Oben tripod I purchased. It seized up(would not pan, knobs would not work) a week after I bought it. B&H replaced it with another and the same thing happened again--with minimal use. The BE-126 is a defective product. Oben honored the warranty and allowed me to get a different (supposedly better) ball head, paying the difference.
    Date published: 2015-12-01
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