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Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

BH #OBPD117 • MFR #PD-117
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Oben PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • 360° Panning
  • Quick-Release System with Safety Lock
  • 5 x Bubble Levels
The PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head from Oben allows independent camera adjustment on the horizontal and vertical planes as well as 360° panning. The head has a load capacity of 17.6 lb, making it suitable for most DSLR camera and lens combinations, as well as many camcorders.
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Oben PD-117 Overview

The PD-117 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head from Oben allows independent camera adjustment on the horizontal and vertical planes as well as 360° panning. The head has a load capacity of 17.6 lb, making it suitable for most DSLR camera and lens combinations, as well as many camcorders.

Two locking handles control the front-to-back and side-to-side tilt, and a thumb screw locks and unlocks the panning motion.

The quick-release system includes an RP-20 plate with a video pin, and a safety lock on the release lever, preventing accidental release of the camera. Two bull's eye levels, and three tubular levels ensure your camera will be level on both the horizontal and vertical axes.

UPC: 847628563865

Oben PD-117 Specs

General
Head TypePan & Tilt Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Load Capacity17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Number of Bubble Levels5
Independent Pan LockYes
MaterialAluminum
Pan & Tilt Range
Lateral Tilt-10° to +90°
Vertical Tilt+90° to -60°
Physical
DimensionsH: 5.0" / H: 12.7 cm
Weight1.8 lb / 0.8 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.095 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.4 x 4.45 x 4.2"

Oben PD-117 Reviews

Perfect!

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

This is a perfect Pan & Scan head for my Oben tripod. Couldn't ask for anything more! It's smooth in its rotation and does everything I need when making a video. I heartily recommend this to anyone seeking an inexpensive, yet solid make Pan & Scan tripod head!

Very Good

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-02

I use this for a 4.5 pound telescope. Does a great job holding it steady. Before I used a Slik ball head which I found difficult to keep the scope completely still

Works Well for the Price

By Robin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-18

Needed a moderately priced head that didn't fall apart for occasional video. This seems to fit the bill. Tilts and pans smoothly and locks securely. Remains to be seen how durable it will be. The only real complaint is the pan knob is buried under one of the tilt handles. Would buy again.

Better than ball head

By Edmond
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-28

Got this to replace ball head on Oben Carbon Fiber Tripod...for me it has much more control with my full frame canon mounted...supports much better!

Very Strong and Reliable

By Francis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-12-30

My camera, a Hasselblad H2 needs a very strong tripod and head. This head is one of the few I trust. Excellent!

Excellent

By steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-16

I bought this head to use with my Nikon D750 and Sigma 150-600mm, since this les is so heavy my Ball Head wouldn't hold it. The Oben TWO LEVER HANDLES / 3 LOCK works perfect.

Not Perfect, But Fixable

By Daniel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-06

Some Oben PD-117 reviewers complained about the head loosening while panning. I used thread lock on the bolt which attaches the head to the tripod. That should solve this problem. My camera's heaviest lens is a 70-300mm zoom. The tripod will not hold the camera in position for vertical format (portrait) shots with this lens on the camera. It slowly rotates lens down. There's no way to tighten the bolt attaching the camera to the release plate enough to prevent this. The friction between the camera and the release plate can't ever be enough to overcome the lens' rotational moment. The friction surface can't generate enough resistance to prevent rotation. It's too small. This appears to be a common problem with tripod heads utilizing quick release plates. I have a solution: Build a plate which hugs the edges of the release plate and features an arm which goes out to the front of the camera body with a lug on it which supports the camera body. What this device does is transfer the force provided by the lug keeping the camera from rotating to the release plate. It's made mostly of 3/32 birch plywood and a bit of 1/4 square spruce. It fits around the Oben PD-117's release plate. The PD-117 tripod head had one remaining problem. Vertical tilt didn't quite reach vertical. It stopped at approximately 85 of positive rotation. What to do? Send it back? Nope. I dismantled the vertical tilt portion of the head. There is a medallion covering the bolt holding the tilt mechanism in place, I carefully pried it off, unscrewed the now exposed bolt and slid off the mechanism. What was causing the problem was a cast in place semi-circular stop. I used my Dremel tool to do the job. With it running at its slowest speed, I ground off the portion of the stop which limits positive rotation with a 1/8 diameter milling cutter. Maximum vertical tilt is now a degree or so past +90. It's good enough for me. I left the minimum tilt stop alone. Even the medallion went back in place. It's held in place with some sort of sticky adhesive. I suspect all the PD-117 heads share this defect. Even so, it's faults are fixable. I'm not a professional photographer. I don't use a tripod all that much. This one is more than adequate for my needs. I'm keeping it.

easy to control

By Meir
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

didn't fit my workflow so i got a different one but this one was fine too and especially at this price

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