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Benro A2970F Versatile Tripod with Aluminum Flip Lock Legs

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Benro A2970F Versatile Transformer Tripod now incorporates all of Benro's latest technology and materials. Utilizing full magnesium alloy castings for greater performance, more stable vibration reduction and lighter weight than comparable aluminum alloys. Featuring the new Benro flip lever leg lock design, setup is faster and smoother than ever before. The Versatile Transformer provides photographers with the ability to rotate and angle the center column in virtually any required configuration. Available with either QHIM-8X Carbon Fiber or Machined Aluminum alloy legs, the Versatile Transformer is the most versatile performer.Specifications Top Plate or Base Plate Diameter 2.2in Maximum Load 22lbs Product or Folded Height 26in Maximum Height w/Column Retracted 58.1in Maximum Height 68.8in Leg Size 2 Leg Sections 3 Leg Lock Type Flip Lock Independent Leg Spread Yes-with 3 stops Head Mount 1/4-20 & 3/8-16 Foot Mount Screw Thread 3/8 Foot Type Removable Rubber-Spiked Foot Size 24mm Weight 4.5lbs / 2.04kg

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Product Dimensions 28 x 8 x 8 inches
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 6.7 pounds
ASIN B004E51ZLU
Item model number A2970F
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4.9 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,601 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com November 27, 2010

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-I compared the Benro A2970F Versatile with the Manfrotto 055XPROB on my YouTube Channel here: [...]
-I wasn't sure which of the two tripods I was going to purchase.
-After looking at both, I decided to get the Benro.
-It's not that I didn't like the Manfrotto, but this tripod had a few extra features I wanted. It is sturdy, well built, and will serve me well.
-I do NOT have much experience with tripods, nor do I have any incentive from Benro, but decided to do a video review because I found it lacking when I looked for it.

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The Benro A2970F is a very solid tripod. I have been searching for the perfect tripod that wouldn't bust the back and I think I have found it. The main thing I was looking for was a tripod that could be at eye level without extending the center column. This tripod certainly does that. I would say anyone 6 feet tall and under will not have to extend the center column to be at eye level. This all depends on the head you are using of course. I am using a simple ball head.

I really like the diameter of the legs. The flip locks are pretty stiff and do have nuts to adjust the stiffness. You can also pan the center of the tripod independent of the head.

It's major competitor is the Manfrotto 055xprob tripod so let's compare the numbers:

Folded Height
Benro - 26 in
Manfrotto - 25.7 in

Max Height (without center column extended)
Benro - 58.1 in
Manfrotto - 55.9 in

Max Height (with center column extended)
Benro - 68.8 in
Manfrotto - 70.3 in

Maximum Load Capacity
Benro - 22 lb
Manfrotto - 15.4 lb

Tripod Weight
Benro - 4.5 lb
Manfrotto - 5.3 lb

Leg Angles
Benro - 24, ?, ? (3 angles)
Manfrotto - 23, 45, 65, 88 (4 angles)

Leg Tube Diameters
Benro - ?
Manfrotto - 29.4mm, 25mm, 20 mm

With both tripods you can mount the center column at practically any angle making them great for getting that perfect position.

The Benro includes a good carry case, strap and spiked feet whereas the Manfrotto you have to buy those accessories separately.

Bottomline: The Benro A2970F is very comparable to the Manfrotto 055xprob tripod and does include accessories that are not included with the Manfrotto. If you are looking for a tripod in the $150 range give the Benro a look.
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1. Baseline data: Unlike many photographers, I do use tripods a lot, mainly due to my interest in panoramic photography (along with HDR work). As such, I've used many tripods over the years; mainly various Manfrottos vs Gitzo. My main tripod for "field work" is the Gitzo Carbon Fiber "Traveler" tripod; I've used various mountaineer series over the years... In terms of Gitzo, they're the best of the best, but I'm with 95% of the folks out there in terms of having serious problems with the affordability factor.

2. With the above ramble being done, here are my thoughts in regards to the Benro "Versatile" Tripod:
a. First of all, I needed another tripod solely due to my need to have a tripod that would allow for overhead shots (ie this tripod has the feature where the center column will also orient horizontally). There are a few brands out there that much similar tripods, including the Gitzo, but they're much more expensive. I think there's this new brand... Oben, that makes an inexpensive tripod, but I don't much about them. Anyway, bottomline, in terms of value, this tripod and brand cannot be beat.
b. In terms of construction, this is the real deal. There is nothing in this tripod that tells you that you purchased a value tripod. It is completely high quality, the movements are smooth; a totally high quality product.
c. In terms of functionality; the product works as advertised. The most important feature (for me) of the center column moving over into the horizontal orientation works easily.
d. In terms of the technical data (weight load, size etc...); obviously refer to their website.
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I looked at multiple tripods. I already have a travel tripod but I needed something more stable for long exposure shots. I found it very difficult to make a choice out of so many offerings so let me explain how I came to my conclusion. First I noted down what I wanted.

Hers is my list.

Not more than 3 Leg extensions. 4 leg extensions make the tripod smaller but the last leg sections are mostly thin which makes the tripod less stable.

Flip lever locks for the legs. I don't trust those turn locks

Max load of above 8kg. My Nikon D600 comes in at 850g and a 70-200 f2.8 lens comes in at around 1500g. Together would give me at around 2.5kg. My tripod head is rated for 20kg.

I was not going for the Carbon fiber ones. Too expensive and as I said this is not my travel companion.

I am 6'2" and I wanted a tripod that was tall enough so that I didn't have to extend the center column. Again for stability.

These were my top choices.

I looked at the Manfrotto 055XPROB
This is a very versatile tripod but it looked just a little less sturdy to me and it doesn't come with a carrying bag.
Weight 2.6kg - Max load 7.5 - Height with center column down 1420 - Price $168

I also liked the Induro AT213.
This tripod is very basic. You cannot rotate the center column for down shooting. It does come with a bag but the bag is too small to hold the tripod with the head attached. It also didn't have the flip lever locks I really wanted.
Weight 2.0kg - Max load 10kg- Height with center column down 1440 - Price $143

Benro A2970F
This tripod is very sturdy and with the head and camera the perfect size for me at 6'2". I also like it that it is very versatile.
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