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Review: Benro C2680T travel tripod

 
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Nov 04, 2011 22:00 |  #181

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Yes v35skyline and I exchanged PMs last night about this, so with RiaGurl's comment I took a very quick pic as they do look parallel to me. Now having taken the pic and looked at it carefully it does look like they are very slightly off as she says. What do you guys think?

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Nov 07, 2011 16:21 |  #182

Thanks Calvin. My dealer in China (dc-stuffs on eBay) tells me, and I quote: "the only modification of the current batch of C2680T tripod is the 1.5-2cm shortening of the center column, other specs. are the same". This can't be accurate as the extended height of the tripod remains the same, at least according to DC's measurements. That means one or more of the leg sections were lengthened by an equivalent amount. I don't think DC measured the 2nd, 3rd or 4th leg sections. But the effect is clear in Calvin's pic above: The folded legs are no longer parallel to the center column. However looking at this, and comparing it with the current Gitzo 1542T I would still choose the C2680T over the Gitzo as Calvin has done. Parallel/not parallel is not that important to me.

Having said that, and to get away from the minutiae of the small differences in measurements, I really think this modification to the spec is not an improvement. According to DC the modification was a result of customer/marketing input. But when you consider this tripod has a very wide and strong main casting spider, plus very beefy vibration-resistant legs, it's already bulky in comparison to the Gitzo. So now we have this larger diameter at one end of the tripod because Benro has shortened the column. Calvin demonstrated this with measurements at the ballhead end in his thread. While this change wouldn't dissuade me, it could deter others. Bulk (diameter) is as important as length in the selection of a travel tripod to some people, and this change hasn't helped that. At all. :(


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Nov 07, 2011 23:18 |  #183

it's nice that the change protects the complete ballhead and qr plate even at the expense of not clearing the twist lock of the big leg, but all they had to do was measure it out enough to avoid this bump, then it would be perfect.

I measured and if the center column was lengthened 1.5cm or if the main legs were shortened 1.5cm, then the twist locks would clear the tripods base itself. Perhaps a better solution might lie in the twist locks themselves???


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Nov 16, 2011 15:52 |  #184

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Feb 06, 2012 06:45 |  #185

Anyone knows if markins camera plate (external link) will work with the b1 ballhead? I need a plate with handstrap holes.


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Feb 06, 2012 12:10 |  #186

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Anyone knows if markins camera plate (external link) will work with the b1 ballhead? I need a plate with handstrap holes.

I use a Markins plate on my 50D, and it works perfectly fine on the B1 ballhead.




  
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Feb 23, 2012 19:46 |  #187

Thanks! Yes Benro tripods are well made and apparently quite durable. I've had mine now for 1.5 yrs and no problems so far. Time to get rid of the Gitzo 1541T! :)


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Mar 01, 2012 21:00 |  #188

So has anyone tried contacting benro usa lately? Their email (info@benrousa.com) seem to be not working.


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Mar 03, 2012 01:56 as a reply to  @ bongEstrella's post |  #189

Great review




  
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Mar 03, 2012 12:08 |  #190

bongEstrella wrote in post #14002218 (external link)
So has anyone tried contacting benro usa lately? Their email (info@benrousa.com) seem to be not working.

That email doesn't exist.

Try contacting Julio, parts department manager.

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Mar 03, 2012 12:53 |  #191

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Great review

Thanks Michael! :)


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Mar 03, 2012 13:51 |  #192

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That email doesn't exist.

Try contacting Julio, parts department manager.

julioq@macgroupus.com (external link)

Thanks, I'll try that one.


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Mar 11, 2012 17:40 as a reply to  @ bongEstrella's post |  #193

Great review, thanks!

I'm looking at your eBay dealer(dc-stuffs) and I'm slightly concerned with the description of the C2680TB1: "The length and weight of the actual tripod may sometimes deviate from Benro's official spec.
Especially the folded length, it may be 3-5cm longer than the official spec. in some batches."


Does it really vary that much? Which means I might get a tripod that's 50cm folded? Are they referring to version differences or just variations from the factory? If so, there's a serious QC problem.
5mm sure, but 5cm is not really acceptable.




  
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Mar 11, 2012 20:30 |  #194

Welcome to the forum rocsen and thanks for the comment! I think either 5 cm may be a typo (5mm?) or he's just really covering his bases. Benro tweak their designs on a not infrequent basis and there was come consternation a few months ago that the center column got shortened by 1.5-2cm without any notice from the manufacturer. That is Benro's MO though as DC has told me that. It's not a QC problem but the fact that the manufacturer tweaks the designs a lot.


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Mar 11, 2012 20:33 |  #195

IMO, if the manufacturer tweaks the design a lot, and doesn't publicly disclose why, that's a QC problem.


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