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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · A short review of the new Benro C2682TB1


I have this massive set of legs from Gitzo which I coupled recently with an Induro BHL3 and GHB-A heads. While they are sturdy enough to support anything I can possibly have now or in the future, the entire setup folded down to over 30" and weighed about 7-8 pounds- not necessarily for travel.

So on the lookout for a travel tripod, I came across the Benro transfunctional travel angel series on B&H with the carbon fiber series going upto $550 or more. I decided to see if it was cheaper via eBay w/Chinese dealers and I found out that Benro actually had upgraded this series over there already. I found this dealer 1cent2008 who had the model I was looking for, the C2682TB1 for not only a lower price than the others but also offered about $100 in additional accessories. I spent a couple of days confirming everything with the guy who was really helpful and I bought it this past Tuesday only to have it in my hands Friday morning.

Unfortunately I had to ship my camera body for a trade and all the photos below are from an iPhone.

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The package contents:

1) Travel bag
2) Benro C2682 tripod/monopod with B1 ball head and PU60 QR plate (Arca style)
3) Hand strap
4) Monopod head adapter
5) Tripod/Monopod pocket with carabiner
6) Short center column
7) Allen wrench, 3 steel spikes, warranty and manuals
8) Extra PU60 plate
9) Walking stick wooden head adapter w/compass and another hand strap

All this for $345 with free 2-3 business day shipping is very hard to beat.

This is how the tripod looks after the legs are reversed and center column (grooved, non rotating) lowered:
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Maximum height with all leg sections extended and center column extended is about 165 cm w/ball head:
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Minimum height with short center column and ball head is about 42 cm:
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With the monopod leg removed and wooden head attached, it makes a very nice walking stick and yes- the compass actually worked right out of the bag:
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With just the monopod head adapter and the ball head, the total monopod height is about 140cm, which was the major issue with the previous model:
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You can get an additional 9-10 cm if you mount the short center column on the monopod leg followed by the ball head:
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For more height, you can mount the regular center column and that goes up to about 172 cm:
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I personally use the regular column and retract the lowest leg section to get about 150 cm but with a lot more stability. The lowest leg section is about 1.8 cm in diameter but still functionable with most camera setups. Before I sent off my camera body, I had mounted a gripped 60D with 70-200 IS II on it and there was little to no slag whatsoever. The tripod as well as monopod were also pretty stable, which was a nice surprise. I know a lot of people complained the previous versions were not really stable but seems like Benro has a real winner here. Hopefully this helps someone who is looking at an affordable travel tripod. The aluminum version is a pound heavier but about $150 less expensive as well.



Sep 23, 2012 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · A short review of the new Benro C2682TB1


Sorry about the large sized pictures, something awry happened during the file transfers.

Another point to note is that you can actually go much lower for minimum height if you have all the legs flat on the ground but I am not sure how stable that would be and have not yet tried it.



Sep 23, 2012 at 05:11 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · A short review of the new Benro C2682TB1


Nice. Thanks for shaing


Sep 23, 2012 at 05:27 PM





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