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Feb 17, 2012 17:03 |  #1

Help. I am another person who cannot decide on a tripod... I am really considering the transfunctional travel angel from Benro as it can become a monopod as well. I want something small to travel light with, but don't want to lose out on quality and stability as I'm a big night shooter. has anyone else used one? I'm looking at the b1 head combo. I see many people giving the thumbs up on Manfrotto (A tried and true brand).


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Feb 17, 2012 17:47 |  #2

Review the tripod FAQ. Lots of reviews and opinions on Benro travel tripods there.

The "transfunctional" Benro tripods are not a good idea. The regular ones give you a monopod that's too short. The new ones that allow you to add the center column to the leg to make the monopod longer are a bad idea. Benro make excellent tripods but you're better off buying a regular travel tripod like the C1680T or the C2680T and then getting a separate monopod if you think you really need one.


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Feb 17, 2012 17:53 |  #3

hmm, good to know indeed. I was thinking though it is way more expensive to get the tranfunctional one, it would be nice to have a sort of 2-in-one. I shoot at night but have never needed a monopod for anything. thanks! any others have experience with these? I'll be reading the FAQ for sure.


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Feb 18, 2012 16:41 as a reply to  @ Night_owl's post |  #4

If you shoot at night you probably need the sturdier of the popular Benro travelers, the C2680T. I use it for long exposures and it's been very reliable. There's a review of it in the FAQ.


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Feb 18, 2012 17:24 |  #5

What's your budget?


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Feb 18, 2012 18:08 |  #6

budget goal is less than 300, but if its quality vs something i get cheap and regret later, I will spend what i need to.


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Feb 18, 2012 18:10 |  #7

i see the C2680T on holgacamera for about 300 minus a head, which i could sub in my gorrillapod until i spend on a better one. I was referred to that site for good prices. amazon does not seem to have this model.


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Feb 18, 2012 18:20 |  #8

Night_owl wrote in post #13921524 (external link)
budget goal is less than 300, but if its quality vs something i get cheap and regret later, I will spend what i need to.

I heartily recommend the Feisol 3441. It comes in tall version if you're 6' tall or more, and in the standard version if you're under 6'. Taller is very important if you're tall and don't want to stoop all the time.

I've used this one regularly for the past year and a half, with solid results.


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Feb 18, 2012 21:54 |  #9

tvphotog wrote in post #13921574 (external link)
I heartily recommend the Feisol 3441. It comes in tall version if you're 6' tall or more, and in the standard version if you're under 6'. Taller is very important if you're tall and don't want to stoop all the time.

I've used this one regularly for the past year and a half, with solid results.

I am really looking for something light to carry and even fit in a pelican 1510 if i want. that one looks fantastic, but length might be an issue. I am 6 foot even, so how would the travel angel work for someone of my height? decisions decisions...


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Feb 18, 2012 22:38 as a reply to  @ Night_owl's post |  #10

My gf and I both own Benro Travel Angel's. We use Manfrotto 488RC2 ballheads instead of the compact Benro head. The setup is great for traveling as it's really light and compact. She owns full size Manfrotto legs and I will be picking up a set of full size RRS legs very soon. The Manfrotto just feels more stable than the Benro, but for traveling it gets the job done. BTW, The Benro handles 50D + 70-200 2.8 w/ 1.4X extender nicely which is my biggest setup.


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Feb 19, 2012 05:43 |  #11

Do yourself a favour and get the Induro Carbon fibre series tripod with a BHD3 ball-head ... simply awesome!




  
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Feb 19, 2012 08:56 |  #12

Night_owl wrote in post #13922386 (external link)
I am really looking for something light to carry and even fit in a pelican 1510 if i want. that one looks fantastic, but length might be an issue. I am 6 foot even, so how would the travel angel work for someone of my height? decisions decisions...

If you travel out of the U.S., you won't be able to pack any tripod in your carry-on...unless you're planning to check the 1510. Foreign security consider a tripod or monopod to be a blunt instrument, like a cricket bat, and they will confiscate it.

Also, any sticks that will fit in a 1510 will mean a tripod with a short height for someone 6' tall, and will have you stooping or kneeling if you want to use the tripod without extending the center column. If you do that, you dramatically reduce stability, which is the whole purpose of a tripod. Carefully review the height stats on any tripod you intend to buy.


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Feb 19, 2012 09:01 |  #13

peter_n wrote in post #13916832 (external link)
The new ones that allow you to add the center column to the leg to make the monopod longer are a bad idea.

Can you explain this statement? I just bought version two as the amount of time I use a monopod vs a tripod is very very small, so this will work for me, but I am currious as to why you made that statement?


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Feb 19, 2012 22:18 |  #14

Sure. You'll have a monopod that has 5 or 6 sections. The main function of a monopod or tripod system is to provide rigid/stable support. Generally the more sections you have in your support structure, the less rigid it's going to be. With the earlier version of that tripod you had four leg sections, it was a bit too short but more rigid. The new version has sacrificed some rigidity for height, so you're going to be more comfortable using it but will probably get fewer keepers. Support systems are always design compromises.


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Feb 20, 2012 07:50 |  #15

peter_n wrote in post #13927289 (external link)
Sure. You'll have a monopod that has 5 or 6 sections. The main function of a monopod or tripod system is to provide rigid/stable support. Generally the more sections you have in your support structure, the less rigid it's going to be. With the earlier version of that tripod you had four leg sections, it was a bit too short but more rigid. The new version has sacrificed some rigidity for height, so you're going to be more comfortable using it but will probably get fewer keepers. Support systems are always design compromises.

Thanks, that makes sense but also worth it to me as it will always be there. If I used a monopod on a regular basis I would get a stand alone, but would still be happy with this option.


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