Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel FGP28A £230/$300
A carbon upgrade at litt le extr a cost
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.
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.
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
Features Build/handling Performance Value for money
As rich in features as the Benro, but the pivot facility isn’t quite as versatile.