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Benro A0690T Travel Angel Tripod Kit with Aluminum Twist Lock Legs with BH00 Head
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|Item Dimensions||15 x 8 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||5.95 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° making it small enough to carry just about anywhere
Precision Matched BH00 Ballhead
BENRO BH Series single action Ballheads feature a snap-in quick release camera plate with dual locking system, a built-in bubble level, and they offer compact, light weight camera support.
Adjustable Leg Angle Stops
For an extra measure of flexibility, Benro tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level
Patented Dust & Water Resistant Rubber Lock Grips with Anti-Rotation Leg System
Benro’s innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble-free set-up plus weather and dust-resistance not found on other tripods
Top Customer Reviews
The MeFoto is a more expensive unit, but the price difference is trivial when you just compare how much stronger and more sturdy it feels when compared to the Benro. Let me summarize:
MeFoto Road trip vs Benro Travel Angel:
- MeFoto has almost 3 times the load limit, and that difference in strength and rigidity is clear instantly.
- MeFoto uses arca swiss vs a custom QR plate
- MeFoto's ball head has a separate lock for panning which is really nice for panoramas
- MeFoto converts to a monopod
- Benro is lighter.
I think that the additional weight of the MeFoto is worth it for how much more rigid it is. I wouldn't feel uncomfortable putting my full frame camera on the MeFoto unit, but I would be concerned doing the same with the Benro. The weight difference is noticeable, but since they're almost the same size when closed up, it's not really that much convent.
I swapped the Benro BH00 Head with a Manfrotto 486RC2 that I already owned and it still folds down to the smallest possible size. Fits inside my TravelPro carry-on with no problem
A week in Hawaii [...] gave me great results with the following scenarios:
70-200 (w 2x II extender) on a 5D2 body balances great on the lens collar
24 1.4II on a 5D2 works great for time lapse
40mm pancake with the 5D2 make for a super light combination with the tripod.
Many of the shots I took were in the sand or sometime salt water which didn't seem to effect the leg adjustments at the end of the week.
Great travel tripod - highly recommended.
After a few months of relatively light use, one of the legs worked loose. Tightening it would only last a very short time, not a full day of shooting. I am going to replace this with something of better quality.
The hinges are very stiff initially and take some time to break in - I still haven't broken them in completely yet. The locking mechanism has two stops (normal, and wide). The locking mechanism is not spring loaded, so basically you have to lift the lock open, swing the legs to position, and then close the lock. It's not a big deal, but I didn't realize this was the case when I initially purchased the tripod. The legs have 4-sections with twist locks. People seemed to worry that this would be a pain, but I didn't really find this a problem. It helped the tripod fold more compactly and barely added any additional effort to opening it up. The legs open up with about 1/4 to 1/2 twist. The there is a hook on the bottom of the center column to add weight (like a camera bag) if you so please. The ball head is a single lever - it was light and worked decently, but I was not the biggest fan of. The legs are not the most stable as there will inherently be some degree of flex in such thin legs. In all, the tripod/head combo gave me no concerns for instability or slippage for my gear. It held a canon 7d with 17-55IS, and another 5 pounds of gear hanging from the center column, without any problems whatsoever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have the opportunity to buy an exprnsive one, please do it. I had to buy manfrotto because this tripod was inestable, the legs lose its position several times and I have had... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Leonardo Mahecha
I ended up selling this because it was not easy to use. Also it didn't hold the weight of my camera and lens all that great. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M. Halliwell
I was pleased to get it; upon opening the package; construction looked good and solid. It is extremely light and portable, as advertised. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jrb
Good function, light weight for aluminum (carbon version would be lighter still). The only complaint is that head has a tendency to droop a bit after tightening. Read morePublished on August 3, 2014 by Desert Rat
Solid and affordable. Took clean night sky shots on this tripod with 30sec exposures and no wobble.Published on July 27, 2014 by Standoffish Dan
Really well built product with quality material. Feels sturdy, The lock screws are of good quality and work smooth. Surprisingly lightweight yet feels sturdy. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by aniruddha
I like that it's lightweight and folds up small enough to carry in my suitcase, but I find it extremely cumbersome to use. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by NightOwl
This a light tripod that folds up small. I use it when traveling on the motorcycle or when we are hiking. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by John Cook
I LOVE this tripod. It's very tiny and compact because the legs can fold upwards. When I received the product, one of the tripod leg twist knobs didn't work properly and didn't... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Daren