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

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£259, $390

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.

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