Benro Flat Trav­eller 2 A1182TB0 £190, $245 Per­for­mance

A some­what unique con­cept in travel tripods, with a flat pro­file and sep­a­rate cen­tre col­umn

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The tops of tripod legs are usu­ally joined by a bulky tri­an­gu­lar cast­ing, but the Flat Trav­eller lives up to its name with a unique in-line leg mount­ing de­sign which gives it a much flat­ter pro­file. One con­se­quence of this is that there’s no room for a reg­u­lar, built-in cen­tre col­umn. In­stead, a sep­a­rate ex­tend­ing cen­tre col­umn is sup­plied, giv­ing you the op­tion to con­nect the head di­rect to the plat­form, or to fit the cen­tre col­umn in between. The ar­range­ment en­ables the joint high­est op­er­at­ing height in the group, along with the Nest Trav­eller, as well as the low­est shoot­ing height of any of the tripods when the legs are splayed but the cen­tre col­umn isn’t in­verted, which can’t ac­tu­ally be done on the Flat Trav­eller any­way. Well-en­gi­neered from alu­minium and mag­ne­sium al­loy, the four-sec­tion legs, twist clamps and leg an­gle lock­ing mech­a­nisms all work won­der­fully smoothly. The ball head is sim­i­larly im­pres­sive, with an ad­justable fric­tion damper and pan-only lock, the lat­ter ben­e­fit­ting from a cal­i­brated scale on the base. Adding to the over­all ver­sa­til­ity, one of the legs un­screws and con­nects to the cen­tre col­umn and head for use as a mono­pod.

Max­i­mum height is good, but you have to fit the cen­tre col­umn sep­a­rately

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