As a videographer I have multiple tripods. However, sometimes I just need set of sticks with a ball head for still photography. My primary use would simply be taking family photos, and the occasional time-lapse for some of my video projects.
I recently had the opportunity to check out several Oben tripods from B&H Photo. These tripods are very affordable, yet well thought out, and well crafted.
Here is a quick look at the Oben tripods that I evaluated.
|Model Number||Head Included||Bubble Level||# of Sections||Max Height w/o and w/ center column||Minimum Height||Closed Height||Weight||Load Capacity||BH PhotoPrice|
I will talk specifically about the feature set on the Oben AC-1410; however, these same thoughts and comments are applicable across the board with the spec differences noted in the above chart.
Upon opening the box the first word to come to mind was “wow”! The AC-1410 came in a padded case with a shoulder strap and a convenient storage pocket inside. Included also are allen wrenches for adjusting and locking down the tripod.
The AC-1410 is 4 stage (the AC-1300 and AC-1310 are 3 stage), with flip lever locks for fast adjustment. I was a little concerned that, judging by the thickness of the sticks, they would be a little floppy. To my surprise, they are actually pretty stable for their size.
The ball head is single action, with four bubble levels and an additional level on the tripod its self. The BA-0 has an 11lb load capacity, perfect for using a DSLR with a long lens or battery grip.
When I am looking at tripods one of the first things I look at (beyond basic features and construction) is how stable it is at its maximum height. No one wants to accidentally bump their tripod and be out a few grand!
Fully extended with my 7D, battery pack, and one of my heavier lenses it did feel fairly top-heavy. Yet here is another example of the forethought put into this tripod. On the bottom of the center column is a hook for a sand bag. If you didn’t have sand bag you could always tie it down, or hook your backpack to it.
Next, I wondered how low could it go? While the center column does prevent the tripod from getting ultra low, it is reversible. Simply take out the column out by twisting the hook on the bottom of the center column, so that the hollowed area on the hook and legs line up. Flip it around and under-sling your camera. Though it may not be ideal, it could help you out in a pinch.
Oben has an array of tripods, from the less expensive models like thse, to rock-solid carbon fiber sticks – all of which are available at very competitive prices. Whether you are a point and shoot photographer just wanting to capture some family moments, the hobbyist, or a pro in need of primary or backup sticks, with Oben you are on solid ground.
These Oben tripods are available from Photography Bay’s trusted retail partner, B&H Photo, at the following links:
- Oben AC1300 tripod and ball head
- Oben AC1310 tripod and ball head
- Oben AC1400 tripod and ball head
- Oben AC1410 tripod and ball head
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