Using Oben CC2361L Tripod with full frame cameras

In the comments section in my recent review of the Oben CC2361L Lateral Triopd, one of our readers, Vinnie, asked whether it could be used with full frame cameras. Since I had not tried heavier gear with the CC2361L I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Note: Click on images to enlarge.

oben cc2361L full frame image 1

To test the Oben CC2361L I used some full frame gear that I though a lot of folks may have and want to use this this type of tripod…my Nikon D800 and a Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 Micro. I fastened it to my Oben CC2361L with a Manfrotto 327RC2. This set-up weighs just over 5.5 lbs (2.5 Kg). It was also my first opportunity to try out my new Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote.

Obviously with much heavier gear setting the tripod securely takes a bit more time, as does positioning of the centre column and legs to avoid any risk of tipping. I found that the CC2361L will support a full frame camera with a decent sized, heavy lens like the Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 Micro without any issues. With the additional weight I had to either use longer leg extension or pull the centre column back in a bit to keep the camera/lens properly balanced. A couple of quick images follow.

f/16, 1/160, ISO-3200
f/16, 1/160, ISO-3200, manual focus
f/11, 1/160, ISO-3200
f/11, 1/160, ISO-3200, manual focus

As mentioned earlier, this was the first chance I had to try out my new Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote and it worked flawlessly. I activated the shutter for the following image from about 30 meters away (98 feet).

f/11, 1/1000, ISO-3200
f/11, 1/1000, ISO-3200, manual focus

The Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote is supposed to have a range of 100 m (320 feet). I haven’t had time to fully test the remote yet, but my initial impressions are very positive. Here is an image of the Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote mounted on my Nikon D800.

oben cc2361L full frame image 5

So, for all of you that shoot with larger full frame gear or cropped sensor DSLRs, I think the Oben CC2361L will provide enough support when shot in a lateral configuration. Obviously you’ll need to make sure that you fasten the adjustment knobs tightly, and you’ll need to use a good, solid tripod head.

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4 thoughts on “Using Oben CC2361L Tripod with full frame cameras”

  1. Hi Tom,
    I see it didn’t take you long to test the Oben CC2361L Tripod out with your D800. I would agree with you wholeheartedly about taking a little more time in setting up due to the extra weight of a full frame camera and lens. This will probably become one of the next pieces of gear that I purchase, as I mentioned previously that I recently obtained the Nikkor 105mm Macro lens. Good luck with the Vello Freewave. I have the Vello wireless shutterboss and am very pleased with it.
    Thanks for testing out the the Oben so quickly with your D800.
    Vinnie

  2. Hi Kathy,
    I’m glad you enjoyed the article and images! I haven’t shot with my D800/Nikkor 105mm Micro for quite a while and it was great playing around with that combo again.
    Tom

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