Benro Mach3 TMA 37C

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THERE’S SOME­THING VERY ap­peal­ing about the pu­rity of Benro's Mach3 se­ries; it passes over fancy fea­tures in favour of a sim­ple, clas­sic de­sign and qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. Ev­ery penny of in­vest­ment in the TMA37C is con­cen­trated on de­liv­er­ing solid sup­port, with wide di­am­e­ter legs ( 32mm at the top) made of nine- layer car­bon- fi­bre, with three sec­tions that are more sta­ble than four, and large grippy twist­col­lar locks. That's the es­sen­tials sorted.

It's not to­tally de­void of a few mod­est ex­tras though. The legs have three an­gle set­tings to get down low, and an ad­di­tional short cen­trecol­umn is pro­vided for a min­i­mum plat­form height of only 17cm. There's a bal­last hook, spirit level, the rub­ber feet un­screw for swap­ping with the spikes sup­plied, and a handy 3/ 8in threaded socket can be used for ac­ces­sories. It all comes in a very nice qual­ity shoul­der bag, too.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the Mach3 topped the rat­ings for sta­bil­ity, scor­ing 82% in the wind- buf­fet test and 76% for mir­ror- shock, for an over­all rat­ing of 79%. It's a com­bi­na­tion of the larger tub­ing, only three legs sec­tions, and a bit more solid mass that is push­ing up the scores. The Man­frotto 055 and In­duro Stealth were the only other tripods to rate into the six­ties zone and above.

In use, the fat pro­file legs and chunky col­lar locks give a re­as­sur­ingly solid im­pres­sion. It just feels well planted, a fact backed up by the per­for­mance fig­ures, and ev­ery­thing op­er­ates as smoothly as you'd ex­pect. The height is well judged, also suit­able for taller users, and there's the op­tion to go above head height with the cen­tre- col­umn ex­tended, though that risks some loss of sta­bil­ity.

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