Oben BC-139 Ball Head

Oben BC-139 Ball Head

Oben BC-139 Ball Head

B&H # OBBC139 MFR # BC-139
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Product Highlights

  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Tension Control
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels
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Load Capacity: 39.6 lb

26.4 lb 39.6 lb 66.1 lb
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You Pay: $199.95

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  • 1Description

The BC-139 Ball Head from Oben is a durable aluminum ball head that features an Arca-type compatible quick-release system. It has a large locking knob with a tension control screw to give you maximum control of the ball, and a separate knob for the 360° panning movement.

The BC-139'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 BC-139 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: 847628563537
In the Box
Oben BC-139 Ball Head
  • QR-30 Quick Release Plate
  • 3/8"-16 to 1/4"-20 Reducer Bushing
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    Oben BC-139 specs

    Load Capacity 39.6 lb (18.0 kg)
    Ball Sphere Diameter 44 mm
    Quick Release Yes, Arca-type
    Bubble Level 2 x bull's eye
    Tension Control Yes
    Separate Panning Lock Yes
    Tripod Mount Thread Size Female, 3/8"-16
    Height 4.2" (10.6 cm)
    Base Diameter 2.3" (5.8 cm)
    Weight 1.4 lb (0.6 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.9 x 4.3 x 3.4"

    Oben BC-139 reviews

    BC-139 Ball Head is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Ballhead Current tripod: Manfrotto 055CXPro3. Heaviest camera/lens combination: Nikon D610 with Kirk L-bracket and Nikon 80-400 (new) with Kirk collar. I bought this ballhead wanting an Arca-Swiss-type clamp/release system but not quite ready for more expensive ventures into this arena. I am very happy with this selection. The instructions are brief but clear. It works with the Kirk accessories. The movements are smooth as can be whether panning or re-positioning the ball. Locking the ball down does not move the focus point of the camera. With proper settings, this ballhead can be manipulated without loosening or tightening the adjustment knobs. So far, I am extremely pleased with this Oben product.
    Date published: 2014-04-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing! I bought this ballhead to use with my D610 and Nikon 80-400 telephoto lens. It certainly held the weight of the camera and lens with no problem. I didn't like the fact that the locking knob had a good amount of movement from the loose to tight position. This means that it takes too long once you've got the camera and lens in position, to lock the ball head. Also, and I don't know if it was just a defect on my copy of this ballhead, but the movement of the ballhead was not smooth in all direction. It would have more resistance and then less when moving from side to side. Not what you want when trying to get the lens pointed at just the right spot. Bottom line: I returned it and bought another brand.
    Date published: 2015-11-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fine Ball Head This is a great value. I have a couple of smaller RRS heads and an ancient Arca Swiss B-1. This is not quite as elegant as those heads, a touch less smooth. But for the price it is hard to go wrong. I am not shooting anything heavier than a Canon 5DS with 70-200 f/2.8 or a 100-400 zoom and it adjusts easily and holds them firmly in any position without any slippage. That is all that I need from a head. I got this as a package with an Oben tripod. The combination was about the same price as the RRS BH-55 alone. A great deal. This is not quite a five star head but it is very good and certainly a five star value.
    Date published: 2015-08-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Has some definite design or build problems Over a short period of time the ball head became more and more difficult to rotate around its base. I sent it back to Oben (Gradus Group importer) for a warranty repair and when I received the ball head back the secondary tensioning adjustment for the ball, using the large knob and the silver inner screw, did not work properly and restricted the tensioning of the ball slip resistance. The numbering is also odd in that at the lowest resistance, number 0 on the scale, the number is at the very bottom of the knob where it cannot be seen. I would recommend buying a different brand of ballhead for your tripod.
    Date published: 2017-02-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from BC-139 Ball Head - Just what I needed! I know this ball head load was rated much higher than I needed (8 lbs) but I wanted to make sure that I had some headroom in case I acquired some large glass. It is extreme stable and, when adjusted properly for your gear weight (instructions cover how), you can reposition the camera with ease. One tip: if you secure the BC-139 to your tripod base and then lock it on with set screws under the base, don't tighten the screws too far or the pano adjustment drags considerably.
    Date published: 2015-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much better than expected I am still in the honeymoon phase of owning this ball head, but honestly I couldn't be happier. The controls are silky smooth, the ball movement is just as silky. The adjustments aren't touchy, so it's really easy to dial in just the right amount of tension time and time again. The clamp screw is captive so it is impossible to accidentally unscrew it all the way. The only real complaint is the universal plate. It attaches via a hex-head allen wrench instead of a d-ring or slotted head. It just doesn't grip the bottom of my D610 well at all, requiring constant retightening of the screw as it just twists loose way too easy. I expected this from the get-go though. I'd highly recommend picking up a camera specific L-bracket instead of relying upon the universal plate provided.
    Date published: 2015-03-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value for quality product Never let me down. This ball head keeps doing what it should. holding my camera and lens in place. supports up to 18kg. (39 lbs) worked well with my 7d,grip and loaner 2.8 400.Only slight annoyance was the tension setting is easily accidentally adjusted. Usually to the tight side for me. requiring to loosen the tension setting after loosing the ballhead to recompose.
    Date published: 2014-11-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Construction I will be using this product primarily for portrait photos and landscape photography. The size of this BC-139 fits perfectly on top of my Manfrotto 055X Pro B tripod. The knobs are perfectly placed and a very smooth while turning. I have a 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens and so far it works great with this combination. No noticeable slippage or movement while locked down securely.
    Date published: 2014-11-25
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