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Nov 13, 2012 10:24 |  #1

I am planning going on a long trip around latin america (1.5 to 2 years). Before I leave I would like to buy a tripod. I mostly hand shoot everything and in the past have only put my camera down for night photos. I will maybe use this tripod for self portraits as well but it will be largely for night photos.

I have narrowed it down to 2 choices:

Benro C1692TB0S Travel Angel II (external link)
-Carbon fiber (1.4kg)
-36cm folded height
-can be converted to monopod
-ball head with pan feature
-max load of 8kg

Ultrek UT-43D (external link)
-aluminum (1.17kg)
-29.5cm folded height
-max load of 8kg
-NO pan feature on ball head
-NO monopod

Now the velbon is a little smaller, lighter, and half the price. However the Benro has more features (monopod, pan option) and higher weight load. Has anybody used both or atleast the velbon ultrek? opinions? I know those who have the travel angel like it.


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Nov 13, 2012 10:48 |  #2

lots of good reports here on the Benro tripods, haven't seen any that I can recall on the other one.




  
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Nov 13, 2012 10:57 |  #3

Between those two I would def go with the Benro. Much more tried and true around here from what I have seen.


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Nov 13, 2012 13:34 |  #4

I'm now into my 3rd year with a 2-series Benro travel tripod and it has been reliable, so I would recommend the Benro as I've broken mine down and it has pretty sturdy construction. However I wouldn't recommend a Benro that can be converted to a monopod; their first design gave you a monopod that was too short, their second (current) design "fixes" that by allowing you to screw the center column onto the leg. How stable is that going to be? If you want a monopod why not just buy one? They're pretty inexpensive (Manfrotto make great monopods) and then you won't have to be messing around de-constructing and re-constructing your tripod.


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Nov 13, 2012 13:43 |  #5

I agree with what Peter said. I've also had a 2-series Benro for a while and it's been a great tripod. I had an opportunity to try out the five section w/ monopod version and it didn't feel that great to me. The other thing I'd recommend is to go with a four section instead of a five section. You sacrifice folded size a bit, but gain a more solid feeling tripod. Just my opinion, as I know many use and enjoy their 5 section versions.


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Nov 13, 2012 13:55 |  #6

Oops, I should have also realized that it was a 5 leg section with that "9" as the third digit in the model number. I agree with Neil above; I've found from experience that 5 leg sections is one section too many in the stability department. You do lose the shorter folded length but you buy a tripod for stability especially for long exposures at night, right? The Benro is carbon fiber and that's better than aluminum in terms of absorbing vibration, but you're compromising a bit with the 5 leg sections...


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Nov 13, 2012 14:47 |  #7

peter & nightdiver, when you say 2-series do you me the travel angel 2 series? If so what you have can be broken down into a monopod. Not saying I will use the monopod alot but its nice to have that option. When you are travelling for 2 years, the less you have the better IMO.

The reason I was looking at the Velbon is because of the folded size. I don't want to be walking around a city like Rio with a tripod on the outside of my bag. I want to be able to fit the tripod inside a shoulder bag. currently looking at the courser canvas bag F1002 but I have a Lowepro passport-sling


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Nov 13, 2012 14:56 |  #8

I meant the models that begin with a "2" like "C268xxx". Sorry, should have been more clear, since I see Benro actually calls their Travel Angel II the "2 series".


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Nov 14, 2012 09:55 |  #9

So nobody here has the Velbon UT43D?


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Nov 22, 2012 19:03 |  #10

I use a sirui T-025. It's a great little CF tripod that's 30cm long when folded and weighs 800g. The stock underside-plate is a little small so I bought a bigger one to use on my 5d2/24-105.


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Nov 22, 2012 19:13 |  #11

velbon is trustworthy, I guess the reason for few reports of it is the market problems. Seems that Velbon doesn't have a big market in US. But I do see lots of people being happy with Velbon.
BTW, I'm using Oben CT-2400, which is a great travelling tripod.


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Nov 23, 2012 09:10 |  #12

I have got a Benro flat tripod. Ideal for travel. It's my only tripod so I use it for everything but I like it!

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Nov 23, 2012 09:18 |  #13

Nightdiver13 wrote in post #15241623 (external link)
I meant the models that begin with a "2" like "C268xxx". Sorry, should have been more clear, since I see Benro actually calls their Travel Angel II the "2 series".

I meant the same thing.

I see why you might want a tripod with 5 section legs. Travel tripods are compromises and that's one more compromise you'll have to weigh. Depending on the size of your camera/lens you may be able to use 5 sections, and you could always not use the last section (or two) if you really needed stability.


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