Benro A2970F Versatile Tripod with Aluminum Flip Lock Legs
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|Item Dimensions||8 x 8 x 28 inches|
|Item Weight||4.49 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||6.7 pounds|
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-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.
Hope it's helpful:
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:
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
Benro - 4.5 lb
Manfrotto - 5.3 lb
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.
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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rock solid, works nicely with Sirui K-40X ballhead. No tripod is "perfect" but this one seems like one of the better efforts to balance affordability, versatility and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jason M.
These legs are very nice but would it kill them to give you a tripod bag that is 2" longer so you can put a tripod w/ a head inside!? C'mon, this is a no-brainer.Published 9 months ago by Byronian
This is a well made solid tripod. I just feels good in your hand, let alone working well.Published 9 months ago by rrpete
I purchased this tripod, after attending a Macro workshop. I like the steadiness of the tripod and the flexibility that it has to get those close shots.Published 10 months ago by Lorraine P. Palumbo
Love it! been using for few yrs..
but wish it was smaller... need to buy a smaller tripod now
Heavy duty without being overly heavy. Cannot think of one negative on this tripodPublished 15 months ago by David V.
Love this thing! Allows me to compose almost all shots. It has so many uses and well built. Completely worth the money imo.Published 18 months ago by Martin
So you think you have to have three or four leg extensions, huh? So did I until I got this tripod. The legs are awesome and when fully extended, the tripod comes up to my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by C Keith