Field Review of Oben CT-3531 Carbon Fiber Tripod with BE-108T Ball Head
B+H recently sent me the Oben CT-3531 Carbon Fiber Tripod with the BE-108T Ball Head attached to try out and eventually give away to a lucky fan (more on that later). I chose this particular tripod to test because of the lightweight specs and features. As you probably know by now, I'm an avid backpacker and mountain climber, so I prefer to minimize my gear's weight as much as possible. What I like about this tripod is that it only weighs 2.5 pounds including the ball head - that's pretty amazing! My current tripod, which I really like as well, weighs 2.5 pounds without the ball head, so this would be a considerable upgrade for me.
Another great feature of this tripod is that it folds up to a very small 15.5", which fits nicely on the back or side of my backpack and does not really get in the way of any of my other gear. The tripod is also equipped with a removable center column, which I usually do not prefer on my tripods; however, the nice thing about this tripod is that the center column can be paired with one of the legs, which is removable, to create a monopod. I found this versatility to be very desirable in a single package.
I took the tripod on an 18-mile backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail and put it through the ringer. It stood up to the test for sure. I really liked the slim and thoughtful design paired with the very lightweight package. I would highly recommend the tripod to anyone looking for a nice travel tripod for the backcountry.
The tripod allowed me to capture some time-lapse of a storm rolling into our campsite as well as some great photographs of wildflowers and my buddy with his awesome dog. I also shot some video of me using the tripod in the field that you might find useful.
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Great review and awesome tripod!
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