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ObenAC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (10)

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    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (10)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Wildlife photos (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
  • Family photos (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent

Used primarily in-studio. Great controls and with the ability to move the center column up in to a horizontal position makes this trip-pod wonderful.

This tripod is a little on the...Read complete review

Used primarily in-studio. Great controls and with the ability to move the center column up in to a horizontal position makes this trip-pod wonderful.

This tripod is a little on the heavy side... but that is what I wanted to be able to support my DSLR with battery-grip and a long lens. I also wanted something that would allow me to use a long lens in a horizontal position without tipping over.

The controls for locking the bullhead are great, smooth and well positioned. The flip locks on the legs are great as well.

Very happy with it. Has a great bag and strap including. It folds up well keeping it snug and compact considering its bulk.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sturdy Tripod

I bought this tripod in July 2015 and the only reason I bought it is because I needed a second tripod to photograph still life subjects. I opted for the swiveling center column to...Read complete review

I bought this tripod in July 2015 and the only reason I bought it is because I needed a second tripod to photograph still life subjects. I opted for the swiveling center column to get some extra reach which I haven't had any need for until recently. I generally will use a Manfrotto 410 Junior Gear Head which usually give enough reach but on one subject I had to use the center column and it didn't hold (my DSLR was not mounted). The clamp obviously will not close tightly, I also noticed some metal shavings. The rosettes sheared under under a relatively light load. Fortunately I have a Gitzo Explorer tripod and I was able to finish what I was doing. Other than this problem, which I fixed partly by inserting a shim, the tripod is sturdy enough to handle my DSLR with battery pack, the Manfrotto 410 head and sometimes one or two Kirk FR1 focusing rails.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Garbage

By Oz

from montreal

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

      Horrible, please do not buy, I've ordered this tripod and out of the box the design and the construction failed to operate as it should. No it was not a faulty item it was pure bad design.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not happy

      By Chippop

      from Camden County NJ

      Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

      When I extend the center support it keeps sliding dowm no matter how tight i tighten the lock screw! I have to use a c clamp on the square tubing in order to stop it from coming down. Also the supplied storage bag is too short to hold the tripod and gimble head. Other than that it is ok but would not purchase it again.

       
      5.0

      Solid Tripod for DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras

      By Congoman

      from Southeast USA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

        Solid construction. Stable tripod. Swing column is great for getting out close to subject or shooting straight down. Fast leg adjustments due to flip-locks on legs.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Faulty tightener -- enormous frustration!

        By Prof

        from Reno, NV

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Solidly Made Mostly

        Cons

        • Extremely Frustrating

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

        I often use this tripod with dSLR on a ball head, and turn the main post at 90 degrees to shoot straight down (like a copy stand). The tightening knob to keep the post from drooping does not work at all well, and must be tightened with superhuman strength to keep the post from sagging when the camera is attached. It would be a useful product except for that huge flaw!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Sturdy Tripod

        By Silverbow

        from Butte, Mt

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Bad Lateral Center Column

        Best Uses

          Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

          I bought this tripod in July 2015 and the only reason I bought it is because I needed a second tripod to photograph still life subjects. I opted for the swiveling center column to get some extra reach which I haven't had any need for until recently. I generally will use a Manfrotto 410 Junior Gear Head which usually give enough reach but on one subject I had to use the center column and it didn't hold (my DSLR was not mounted). The clamp obviously will not close tightly, I also noticed some metal shavings. The rosettes sheared under under a relatively light load. Fortunately I have a Gitzo Explorer tripod and I was able to finish what I was doing. Other than this problem, which I fixed partly by inserting a shim, the tripod is sturdy enough to handle my DSLR with battery pack, the Manfrotto 410 head and sometimes one or two Kirk FR1 focusing rails.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great tripod

          By Mark

          from Vt

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Little Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Use With The Heavy Lens
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

          It is a little heavy but I wanted sturdy to use with a gimbal a D7000 with grip with a Sigma 150-500mm lens ant it is great

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Happy customer

          By Andy

          from Long island ny

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

            Great tripod does everything the more expensive tripods do. Deff give it a look if this is something your looking for. Durobale doesnt shake.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Extremely Versatile

            By Tim

            from Brattleboro, VT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Over-head
              • Still-life
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

              I do a lot of product shots, ingredient shots, and stop-motion animation with this tripod. It's extremely versatile and easy to manipulate, especially since you don't need to tighten or loosen any joints to move the legs around. The only downside to that, is that if you want to put the legs WAY out, the tripod will slowly descend under the weight of the camera. The arm that extends out is probably the most useful thing for me about this camera, paired with the fact that the legs aren't tied together so you can spread them out of the way. This is an incredible item for the price.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Excellent

              By Karen Leigh

              from South Padre Island, TX

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Sturdy

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Studio

              Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

              Used primarily in-studio. Great controls and with the ability to move the center column up in to a horizontal position makes this trip-pod wonderful.

              This tripod is a little on the heavy side... but that is what I wanted to be able to support my DSLR with battery-grip and a long lens. I also wanted something that would allow me to use a long lens in a horizontal position without tipping over.

              The controls for locking the bullhead are great, smooth and well positioned. The flip locks on the legs are great as well.

              Very happy with it. Has a great bag and strap including. It folds up well keeping it snug and compact considering its bulk.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Complete Flexibilty-Top Notch Construction-Solid as a Rock

              By Levi

              from Sun Valley, Idaho

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Maximum Adjustability
              • Solid construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                Just used this gem over on the Oregon Coast for 16 day vacation. What a treat! I love the lateral
                capability and the inversion arm for beach/macro shots. The weight capacity is respectable and 68" non extended height is perfect for me at 6' tall with my Canon DSLR. Carrying case accommodates tripod with large ball head attached plus accessories.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Awesome tripod

                By Angel4924

                from Malone, NY

                Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                I'm really loving this tripod, it makes everything so much easier! It's sturdy, and pretty easy to use.
                I just wish it came in fun colors

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good tripod

                By dlester15

                from Timberville Virginia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                  Overall the tripod is a good tripod. My only problem with it is the lateral bar sits to loose when not being used in the lateral position. It cannot be tightened down for a snug fit; making it a bit of a problem when panning up and down or panning right and left if you need a quick shot. Since the bar moves around you have to slow down to get the proper position which caused me to miss shots concerning wildlife. For the price of the tripod, I would expect the lateral bar to seat firmly when not being used in the lateral position. If you are not in a hurry, you will like it!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  terrific

                  By rowdyboy

                  from sacramento

                  Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                  very pleased - is very stable but still relatively lightweight. Would recommend it

                   
                  5.0

                  Good deal

                  By JoshW49

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • A bit heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro
                  • Portrait
                  • Still life

                  Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                  Overall, I'm very pleased with this tripod. It's built solid and the lateral movement and highly-adjustable legs it is excellent really allow for a lot of options. Paired with a ball-head it works great for anything from landscape or portrait photography to still-life and macro photography. No shake! My only surprise was how heavy it is, much more than the lesser quality tripods I've purchased in the past, but I think that only speaks to the quality of the build.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Versatile

                  By Dandelion-sk

                  from Alexandria, VA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Value
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                    The lateral post is really great. Allows the tripod to do overhead product shots (straight down). Great tripod to use from a sitting position waiting for wildlife opportunities outdoors. The wait was worth it.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    All-in-one = superior versatility

                    By Coppertop

                    from Greater NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Detail Oriented
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Ergonomic

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • On-site
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Studio
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Oben AC-2361L 3-Section Aluminum Lateral Tripod:

                      Weither in the studio or on location, if I could only take one tripod with me, this would be it. The Oben lateral tripod must have undergone rigorous development by professionals before being released to consumers. Versitle positions allow macro shots of ants (the bug's eye view) to full verticle extension (the God's eye view) very quickly; all adjustments can be made using only one hand ! Quite heavy when hiking but it's weight makes for stability which is good especially for long exposures. May take a few years to find any flaws.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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