Deporange wrote in post #2921881
Good stuff - I wasn't even aware of this brand until your post.
More and more I think we will see the Chinese deal with the whole concept of 'branding'. Lots of experiments out there now and Benro (or maybe Opteka) is probably the most visible to this community. As more Chinese brands rear their heads, once again the marketplace will determine who will survive. We take them for granted because they make so much of what we own and use nowadays. I recently went through my office looking at where stuff was made. It was about 90% 'Made in China.' From my stapler/tape dispenser, to my 24" monitors, to the stereo, to my insulated coffee mug. Only my furniture that I have owned for twenty years or so was made in America. My small notebook - Japan. That's why when someone says that the Chinese steal ideas and copy everything and regularly screw their co-venture partners I have to take it with a grain of salt. So many companies are dealing with them now that they can't all be being screwed. I believe that most of them have found the way to work within the culture. Otherwise their American branded but 'Made in China' stuff wouldn't be all over my office, and in my house (my Braun toothbrush is still made in Germany, whew!), and filling the local Walmart. Given the 'rumor' that Gitzo went to China to have legs built, the trend could be showing up here pretty shortly with Gitzo models stamped 'Made in China' on the bottom. Already there is good acceptance of the Opteka branded battery grips. No one seems to mind that they are cold copies from the same mold as Canon.
Anyway, I will continue to look for value in the stuff I buy, taking advantage of the new technology offered. I may get a lemon some time, but until the highend makers go a lot further to justify their high cost on mechanical stuff, I'll continue to look elsewhere, putting the money into glass, and better chips.