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Oben BE-117T Ball Head

BH #OBBE117T • MFR #BE-117T
Oben BE-117T Ball Head
Key Features
  • 17.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels
The BE-117T 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.
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Oben BE-117T Overview

The BE-117T 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-117T'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-117T features degree markings around its circumference to aid in that task.

This travel ball head has a trim profile, making it ideal for compact travel tripods that have reversible folding legs. 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.

Oben BE-117T Specs

Key Specs
Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw
1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate Type
Arca-Type
Drag Control
No
Load Capacity
17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Weight
13.4 oz / 380 g
Head
Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw
1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate Type
Arca-Type
Number of Bubble Levels
2
Drag Control
No
Independent Pan Lock
Yes
Ball Sphere Diameter
1.26" / 32 mm
General
Load Capacity
17.6 lb / 7.98 kg
Weight
13.4 oz / 380 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.115 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.1 x 4.2 x 3.4"

Oben BE-117T Reviews

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question

will it fit with Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH?
Asked by: Towhid A.
You could replace the head on B&H #MAMKBFRA4BH with the BE-117T Ball Head. They are compatible.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Will this fit 501pl plate?
Asked by: Feli H.
This will not fit the 501PL plate.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Can I replace the D-ring with the BlackRapid FastenR-T1 D-Ring?
Asked by: HJALMAR
The BlackRapid FastenR-T1 is only listed as being compatible for use with the Manfrotto 200PL-14 QR Plate. Unfortunately, I am not sure if this would be compatible with the Oben QR-20 Quick Release Plate included with the Oben BE-117T Ball Head. However, as the Oben ball head uses the Arca-type quick release plate, the BlackRapid Tripod Plate 70 Quick-Release Plate (70mm), B&H # BLTP70, would be an Arca-type plate that includes the D-ring connector compatible for use with BlackRapid straps.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-28

will this work with a Nikon D7500 with 200-500 ...

will this work with a Nikon D7500 with 200-500 telephoto lens?
Asked by: marsha
Yes, it will work, a head with a higher load capacity will be better, though.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-29

question

What is the difference between the BE-117T and the BE-117 ball heads. Also the BC-126 is listed as having a tension control, how is this different than what the BE-117s have? Is there a 17-lb oben head with an arca mount and adjustable tension?
Asked by: Anonymous
The 117T base is smaller than the 117. The base diameter on the 117T is 1.6 inches and the 117 is 1.8 inches. That is about the only difference between the two.Oben does not make a ball head that supports 17 lbs and has a tension knob. The 126 model has tension control, BC-126 Ball Head from Oben. The link is, http://bhpho.to/1aHWBsO
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2021-01-05

question

can i replace the top with Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate ?
Asked by: David
Yes you can replace them.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Strong enough to hold a Canon 5D Mark IV with a ...

Strong enough to hold a Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24-105mm vertical?
Asked by: Di Mac
The Oben BE-117T Ball Head, B&H # OBBE117T, has a 17.6 lb (7.98 kg) load capacity. The Oben BE-117T would be able to support the combined weight of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, both horizontally and vertically.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-11-26

question

This ball head comes with an Oben QR-20 quick release plate. This may seem an odd question, but does it also accept the Oben QR-30 quick release plate? I already have a QR-30 attached to my camera that came with another Oben ball head that I purchased (the Oben BC-139), and do not plan on detaching the QR-30 from my camera anytime soon. Thanks!
Asked by: Tim
As the Oben QR-30 Quick Release Plate you own is a replacement camera plate that fits the Arca Swiss-style quick-release compatible heads, it would also be compatible for use with the Oben BE-117T Ball Head.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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