Benro Travel Angel FTA18CC £239, $300
At 1.55 kilograms, the Travel Angel isn’t quite as light as some of our other options, but it does boast nine-layer, four-section carbon fibre legs, which, together with its centre column, give a respectable 150cm shooting platform. Everything feels reassuringly robust, too, and its eight-kilogram payload rating will comfortably support a D810 with a small to medium-sized lens. The limiting factor, as with most travel tripods, is the small ball head. Benro’s offering is well made, though, with smooth, adjustable friction and a separate pan base.
It’s the extra features that really make it shine, though. One leg can be detached to form a monopod, or you can add an included wooden knob to create a hiking pole. You even get three additional spiked feet for all-terrain stability.
Packed with extra features