A lightweight travel tripod is a handy piece of equipment for every photographer to have in their gear collection. There are times where larger, heavier, “workhorse” tripods are not the right tool for the job, or places where they are too cumbersome to transport and use. On the lookout for a new one, a few months ago I got my hands on the Oben CT-3551 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod and BE-113T Ball Head.
After unpacking it my first thought was “Wow this thing is light, I’m going to break it.” But, half a year later with pretty constant use, it shows few signs of wear and tear. In that time, it has been used for landscape, travel, and macro photography, in various locations and conditions.