Benro Travel An­gel FTA18CC £239, $300

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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

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