BENRO A-058EX Aluminum Tripod EX
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- Three leg-angle settings accommodate uneven terrain or awkward shooting situations.
- Dust and water-resistant leg lock design prevents dust or moisture from entering the interior of the leg twist-locks.
- The set screw in the camera platform can be used to permanently secure a head to the tripod, providing additional security.
- Removable rubber and stainless steel spike feet provide a secure grip both indoors and outdoors.
- The retractable spring-loaded hook can be used to add stability with a sand bag or equipment bag.
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|Item Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Package Height||4 x 4.5 x 26 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.4 pounds|
The Benro A-058EX Aluminum Tripod is a professional-quality tripod that has lightweight, highest quality aluminum alloy legs for top performance at an economical price. By utilizing components constructed of magnesium the tripod is actually lighter and stronger than die-cast aluminum components. A-series tripods feature individual leg angle adjustments, a reversible center column with spring-loaded weight hook, foam leg grips, anti dust and moisture rubber leg lock grips, reversible 1/4-20 to 3/8" mounting threads, a compass and bubble level, and mounting set screws. LEG SECTIONS 4 MAXIMUM HEIGHT 55.5 NORMAL HEIGHT 46. FOLDED HEIGHT 17.7 LOAD CAPACITY 8.8
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Probably the only deficiency I've noticed is that the head mount does not have any place for screws to prevent the head from swiveling during use. This isn't a big deal for me, since I generally use this tripod for quick pictures, where I am forced to set it up, attach the head, take a few shots, and tear it down again. But I can see how this might be a nuisance to someone who might want to leave a head in place for a longer period of time, and not have to worry about whether it's going to come lose. The head mount was obviously made with screws in mind, but the screw holes were never completed. I suspect that was done intentionally, to keep this unit cheaper or lighter weight or something.
The only negative is that I didn't feel the product description made it clear that this doesn't come with any form of tilt and pan ball head making it virtually useless without a further purchase.
Once a head was selected and purchased you have an excellent quality product that I would recommend to any amateur or professional photographer alike.
I added the Benro BR-168 ball head to complete the combination and the total weight of tripod (2.6#) and ball head (3.5oz.) keeps the package at less than 3lb. total. Unbelievable for this quality and total price of $109. I purchased this setup primarily for hiking/dayhiking/trecking, where weight and bulk are critical. I am quite confident it will perform well with a future investment of Olympus E-520 and 2 lense kit.
I must note that some of the descriptions are inaccurate. The EX has the snap locks and is often depicted with twist locks. The feet are non-removable rubber with no spikes and my tripod has no provision for set-screws for the ball head. A tool set is included and the snap locks are fully adjustable. There is a bubble level and compass. The Benro site listed an included storage bag not listed on Amazon, but included with mine from Adorama.
The padded bag that is included is probably worth half the price in itself, as it is heavy duty vinyl, nicely padded with 2 way zipper and an internal pocket. A wide, adjustable shoulder strap is included with a sliding shoulder pad, and metal hooks. The tripod with the ball head fits assembled if the ball head is flopped to one side. The BR-168 ballhead fits the column perfectly.
The bare assembly will fit in a hiking daypack if necessary.
The tripod has proven quite stable even with the column fully extended, though I rarely use it that way. If you don't like bending over, the A-158 or 258 may be more to your liking, though less compact and much heavier.
At @18" compressed and less than 3 lb.total, I can't find anything better at 3 times the price. For a dayhiker, who likes to take photographs, it doesn't get any better.