Tripod Review: Oben CT-3561 and BE-117T Ball Head

I have spent the last month or so testing out the Oben CT-3561 Compact Travel Tripod with the Oben BE-117T Ball Head.

Overall, I really liked the tripod and ball head combination.  I highIMAG1324ly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well-made tripod they can be confident in and still enjoy lightweight and portability that makes it easy to take traveling and hiking.


  • Maximum Height: 64.3 inches
  • Maximum Height without Column Extended: 55.3 inches
  • Minimum Height: 9.3 inches
  • Weight: 3.1 pounds (I believe this includes the ball head)
  • Advertised Load Capacity: 17.6 pounds
  • Folded Height: 16.8 inches
  • Tripod Legs: 5 sections, twist levers, 180 degree rotation
  • Rubber feet with covered metal spikes
  • Arca-type quick-release plate
  • Separate panning lock
  • Two bubble levels
  • Center Column-Long section of column can be removed so the head and short column section can attach directly to the chassis


  • The ball head is nicely designed and feels solid enough to not worry about it breaking down like the cheap ball heads that come with popular cheap tripods.
  • The portability of this tripod is what will likely make it my go-to tripod.  It is awesome for hiking and traveling because it is very light weight and the legs reverse fold to make its folded length only 16.8 inches.
  • The height is a little shorter than I would like, but it is a trade I am willing to make for its compactness.
  • I am comfortable with its stability.  I had no issues taking a 9 image hdr, focus-stacked image with it.  The bottom leg sections are pretty skinny and I would be wary to use those sections in heavy wind or fast moving water.
  • The tripod and ball head were very easy and comfortable to use.

You can check out this tripod on Amazon for current pricing.


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