Benro Go Plus Travel FGP28A
What’s good: Ultra-small carrying size, full 180-degree pivot, detachable monopod. What’s bad: Configuring the tripod for minimum storage size takes a little time. Our verdict: Impeccably turned out, this compact yet sturdy travel tripod combines great ri
With its inspired design and immaculate build quality, the Benro FGP28A is small enough to take anywhere, yet it has a hefty maximum load rating and extends to an impressive height. The pivot system is superbly well implemented, and being able to use one leg and the centre column as a monopod is a bonus. The Benro Classic TGP17A is also a great tripod, although its smaller ball head has a lower load rating.
You get most of the FGP28A’s features, facilities and extras from the Kenro Karoo kit, except that the pivot mechanism only enables vertical or horizontal orientation. Even so, it’s great value. The Manfrotto tripods are less versatile, but their XPRO ball heads are excellent; the 055 is our preferred choice. The Vanguard kit is good value, whereas the Benbo tripods are more of a Marmite product – you’ll either love them or hate them.