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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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.
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.