Benro Go Plus Travel FGP28A

It likes to rest with its feet up

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£259, $390

We’ve seen a growing trend in travel tri­pod de­sign where, for stowage, you ex­tend the cen­tre col­umn to its full height and swing the feet up so that they en­com­pass the head. It’s a clever trick that re­duces the car­ry­ing length by about 15cm. In­deed, thanks to this and the fact that the Benro Go Plus Travel has four sec­tions in each leg, it folds up 20cm shorter than the Benro Clas­sic, while also ex­tend­ing 6cm taller, to a max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height of 174cm. With the de­tach­able leg screwed into the cen­tre col­umn, the max­i­mum mono­pod height is also greater, at 187cm.

As well as being both shorter and taller than the Benro Clas­sic, the Travel has a sub­stan­tially greater max­i­mum load rat­ing, at 14kg for both the legs and the up­sized head. The head has the same ex­ten­sive range of features, but sports a longer Arca-Swiss com­pat­i­ble quick­re­lease plate, and its larger ball and socket are bet­ter suited to heav­ier cam­era and lens com­bi­na­tions. The down­side of the flip-over legs is that it takes a lit­tle longer to set up the tri­pod, un­less you ha­bit­u­ally shoot with the cen­tre col­umn ex­tended, or with it in pivot mode.

Per­for­mance

De­spite the ex­tra sec­tion in each leg, the Benro Travel is im­pres­sively rigid, even at its max­i­mum height. It out-per­forms the Benro Clas­sic for rigid­ity, and the larger head is a real win­ner.

Specs Max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height: 174cm Folded height (with head): 49cm Weight with head: 2.3kg Max load (legs, head): 14kg, 14kg Leg sec­tion di­am­e­ters: 28mm, 25mm, 22mm, 19mm Piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn : 180º, stepped Ball head: Benro B1 Head mount di­am­e­ter: 52mm Lock­ing leg an­gles: Three an­gles Feet: Re­tractable spikes

Ver­dict

Features Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

Un­beat­able for ver­sa­til­ity. The alu­minium/ mag­ne­sium build qual­ity is fab­u­lous.

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