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Benro GoPlus Travel FGP18A + B0 £220/$215
What’s good: Small yet tall, sturdy and feature-packed, with pivoting centre column. What’s bad: The carbon fibre edition of the tripod is a lot more expensive. Our verdict: This aluminium version is sensibly priced and delivers superb performance. Small and fairly lightweight for carrying, yet tall, sturdy and supremely versatile in operation, the Benro is likely to be the only tripod you’ll ever need, for any occasion or shooting scenario. It’s pivoting centre column beats that of the Kenro, as you can lock it at pretty much any angle, instead of just having the option of using it as a horizontal boom.
For a carbon fibre tripod, the Nest Traveller is unbeatable value, although the Kenro beats it on features, with the addition of its pivot feature. The Novo is also a high-performance carbon model, and has the greatest maximum operating height.
For keeping size and weight to a minimum, the MeFOTO takes the prize, and comes complete with a novel selfie stick and Bluetooth remote control. However, while the Velbon is slightly larger and heavier, we prefer the way its leg section clamps lock more securely. The design of the Manfrotto BeFree is more conventional, and doesn’t fold down quite as small, while coming up a bit short in maximum height. www.digitalcameraworld.com