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Benro A0690T Travel Angel Tripod Kit with Aluminum Twist Lock Legs with BH00 Head

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This BENRO Travel Angel is the perfect combination of an A0690T Tripod with Twist Lock reverse folding Aluminum legs and a BH00 Single Action Ballhead. The most compact full size tripod ever… now with improved performance features. Height: 15" Folded / 55.9" Extende. The Benro Professional Aluminum tripod kits are made from high quality aluminum alloy and precisely machined to offer the quality and strength demanded by professionals. Each leg lock has a specially designed new and improved anti-dust and moisture seal. Comes with a matched single action BH series ballhead.

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Product Dimensions 6 x 8 x 15 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 6 pounds
ASIN B004DGNO78
Item model number A0690TBH00
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3.3 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,645 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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My wife and I are comparing some ultraportable tripods for a trip to south america and we are comparing this unit with the Mefoto A1350Q1K Roadtrip. The two units are almost identical in size when closed. When standing the MeFoto gives you a few extra inches to work with.

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.
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This is a very well made aluminum tripod, and very comparable in quality to high end brands like Gitzo. I also have a Gitzo carbon fiber travel tripod and while this Benro is no Gitzo, it's pretty close. The Gitzo is carbon, this Benro is aluminum, but the weight is very similar and they both fold up to a very compact and easy-to-carry size. Functionally, they are also very similar and are equally as stable. The ball head on this Benro is obviously not as good as the Markins ball head I have on the Gitzo, but it still works well and can't really complain because I'm reviewing the tripod and consider the included ball head on the Benro as "free" icing on the cake. The Gitzo was $800, this Benro was $150. The money I saved can buy me several higher quality ball heads with lots of change to spare should I choose to do so. That makes this Benro one of the best values in travel tripods by far. It comes with a nice heavy-duty nylon carry bag too. You get a lot for your money with this one. Need to travel light with your photo gear but don't want to spend an arm and a leg? Look no further.
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I was a little hesitant about buying the Benro brand since there is limited information about it, but I am glad I did. This travel angel is able to hold up to 5.5 lbs of weight making it perfect for most situations. I have a Canon 60D with a bulky Canon 24-70 L and a Sigma 70-200. The sigma is a little heavy but once positioned on the plate by the lens collard it fits and performs solidly. The build quality is exceptionally firm it does not feel cheap; It has a very professional look. I definitely recommend this tripod to anyone that needs a sturdy, but travel friendly tripod. I compared this tripod with several Manfrotto tripods and I have to tell you that for around the same price this Angel outperformed them by far.
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This tripod is great. Light, portable, sturdy and can take the elements.
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.
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After only using cheap tripods before, this is a step into a new dimension! Love it! Light for backpacking all day, versatile and very stable. Perfect for what I wanted.

UPDATE:
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.
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I'll openly admit - this is not the most stable tripod of all time. However, if you travel regularly with minimal luggage space and want a tripod to bring, I have been more than happy with this unit. I have a larger Manfrotto that probably weighs about 8 pounds with head - there's no way I can bring that on trips with me. This unit is compact and I was able to strap it to my Crumpler 6MDH (it was about the width of my bag). While that combo added quite a bit of weight to my shoulder, it was still possible to travel pretty compactly. Additionally, the weight is downright minimal for a tripod.

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.
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