Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A + B0 £220/$215 incl. head (sold sep­a­rately)

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Whereas most travel tripods come as kits, the Benro legs and head are sold sep­a­rately. The B0 ball head is a per­fect match for this tri­pod, and the com­bined weight is much the same as that of the car­bon fi­bre Kenro, Nest and Novo tri­pod kits, de­spite the fact that the Benro is made of alu­minium and mag­ne­sium al­loy. The car­bon fi­bre ver­sion of the Benro tri­pod is 600g lighter, but costs about dou­ble the price, mak­ing the alu­minium model a bet­ter buy for the money.

Tick­ing just about every con­ceiv­able box, the Benro boasts a mod­est folded length and gen­er­ous op­er­at­ing height, cou­pled with a hefty max­i­mum load ca­pac­ity. Its piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn is bet­ter-im­ple­mented than in the Kenro, as it en­ables a wide range of lock­ing an­gles in small in­cre­ments, through a com­plete 180 de­gree arc. Bub­ble lev­els are fit­ted to both tri­pod and head, and in­ter­change­able spikes are sup­plied, along with a high-qual­ity padded soft case. One leg can be un­screwed for use as a stand­alone mono­pod. Per­for­mance The di­am­e­ters of the leg sec­tions range from 15mm to 25mm and pro­vide firm and sta­ble sup­port, even when all the leg sec­tions are fully ex­tended. The tele­scopic ac­tion is smooth and the twist clamps are easy to op­er­ate, as is the in­tu­itive cen­tre-col­umn piv­ot­ing mech­a­nism. The head locks firmly with min­i­mal sag­ging af­ter be­ing locked off. Specs Con­struc­tion ma­te­rial: Alu­minium Weight: 1.95kg Al­ter­na­tive ma­te­rial: Car­bon fi­bre, 1.35kg, £360/$415 Max/folded height: 165cm, 46cm Max load (legs, head): 10kg, 8kg Head mount plat­form dia: 49mm Head at­tach­ment screw: 3/8 inch Ball head: Benro B0 (sold sep­a­rately) Quick-re­lease plate: Arca-Swiss Head ad­just­ments: Lock, pan, fric­tion

Ver­dict

Fea­tures Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

Packed with bril­liant high-end fea­tures, it’s a supremely ver­sa­tile tri­pod.

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