Benro Go Plus Clas­sic TGP17A

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£205, $300

The Benro Clas­sic has a more tra­di­tional de­sign than the Benro Travel tri­pod that’s also on test, with three-sec­tion legs that fold away in the time­honoured man­ner. This makes it a lit­tle quicker to set up if you’re in a hurry to grab a shot.

You can un­screw one of the legs from the tri­pod and screw it into the re­mov­able cen­tre col­umn, for use as a mono­pod with a max­i­mum height of 178cm, com­plete with the small yet sturdy ball head. Like the tri­pod, the head is beau­ti­fully crafted and sports an ad­justable fric­tion damper, pan­ning re­lease, bub­ble level and Ar­caSwiss com­pat­i­ble quick-re­lease plate. There’s another bub­ble level on the tri­pod col­umn, so get­ting every­thing level should never be a prob­lem.

The legs have three sep­a­rate lock­ing an­gles, and the mech­a­nism for piv­ot­ing the head is straight­for­ward and sim­ple, based on two lock­ing clamps for ex­ten­sion and pivot an­gle. The lat­ter en­ables 180 de­grees of ver­ti­cal ro­ta­tion, in in­cre­men­tal steps to avoid sag­ging. Every­thing’s sup­plied in a padded soft case, in­clud­ing a set of screw-in spikes that you can swap with the rub­ber feet.


The leg-sec­tion twist locks en­able smooth ex­ten­sion and solid clamp­ing. It’s quick and easy to switch be­tween any of the three avail­able leg an­gles, and over­all rigid­ity is ex­cel­lent.


Features Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money


It’s a bril­liant tri­pod, al­though the ball head feels a lit­tle small for its load rat­ing.

Clas­sic by name, con­ven­tional by na­ture Specs Max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height: 168cm Folded height (with head): 69cm Weight with head: 1.9kg Max load (legs, head): 8kg, 8kg Leg sec­tion di­am­e­ters: 25mm, 22mm, 19mm Piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn: 180º stepped Ball head: Benro B0 Head mount di­am­e­ter: 49mm Lock­ing leg an­gles: Three an­gles Feet: Pads + spikes

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