Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A + B0 £220/$215 incl. head (sold separately)
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
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Packed with brilliant high-end features, it’s a supremely versatile tripod.