Oben BE-117 Ball Head
Good knob controlled Arca-style clamp and ball head with separate panning knob. Fits well in Platypod Pro™ case. When used with our spike-screws we recommend inserting the spike-screws first, then attaching the ball head to the Platypod Pro™ plate. Although the main control knob will clear the spike-screws, the lower panning may not. Once in place, the unit can be panned 270 degree, and we recommend that the photographer keep his/her hand on the plate for best results. This is the only ball head on this page that comes with its own Arca-style plate, and while the head can be swung over to 90 degrees, we still recommend an L bracket (see below) for vertical shots. Generously rated by Oben for 17.6-pound load capacity, but for really heavy loads we would recommend one of the more expensive units. Excellent bang for the buck.