Kenro Ka­roo Ul­ti­mate Travel FGP28A £230/$300

A car­bon up­grade at litt le extr a cost

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While the Ka­roo is avail­able in both alu­minium and car­bon edi­tions, the fact that the lat­ter is only slightly more ex­pen­sive makes it a more at­trac­tive buy. It weighs the same as the Benro out­fit, and boasts the same max­i­mum load ca­pac­i­ties of 10kg for the legs and 8kg for the head. Be­ing made of lighter car­bon fi­bre, how­ever, the Kenro’s four leg sec­tions are no­tice­ably wider, rang­ing from 19mm to 28mm.

You can pivot the cen­tre col­umn for use as a hor­i­zon­tal boom for low-level shoot­ing, ul­tra-wide-an­gle pho­tog­ra­phy and ex­treme close-ups, but the mech­a­nism is rather clunky and doesn’t en­able you to lock the col­umn at an­gles other than ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal.

There’s an Arca-Swiss com­pat­i­ble quick-re­lease plate in the head, plus in­de­pen­dent lock­ing, pan­ning and ad­justable fric­tion knobs. The head also fea­tures two spirit lev­els, but there are no lev­el­ling aids in the legs, while the rub­ber feet fea­ture re­tract­ing spikes.

Per­for­mance

The Kenro’s head is a bit chunkier than that of the Benro, with a larger di­am­e­ter ball and socket, but there’s no no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in lock­ing firm­ness, and move­ment is sim­i­larly smooth. The tri­pod feels im­pres­sively rigid, even at max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height, and spring-loaded lock­ing mech­a­nisms make it easy to se­lect any of three leg an­gles.

Specs

Con­struc­tion ma­te­rial: Car­bon fi­bre Weight: 1.95kg Al­ter­na­tive ma­te­rial: Alu­minium, 2.15kg, £185/$240 Max/folded height: 168cm, 48cm Max load (legs, head): 10kg, 8kg Head mount plat­form dia: 52mm Head at­tach­ment screw: 3/8 inch Ball head: Kenro BC2 Quick-re­lease plate: Arca-Swiss Head ad­just­ments: Lock, pan, fric­tion

Ver­dict

Fea­tures Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

As rich in fea­tures as the Benro, but the pivot fa­cil­ity isn’t quite as ver­sa­tile.

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