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Benbo 1 Tripod

B&H # BEB1Z Mfr # BEN101
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You Pay: $188.95

Benbo tripods can be adapted to the most irregular of terrain angles or conditions. There simply isn't another tripod made that is so incredibly versatile. Twin camera mounting screws on the head allow ground level shooting that's only restriced by the size of the camera in use! One large lever locks and unlocks the legs for quick setup and takedown.

Bottom sections are impervious to water or mud
Maximum Height 62.0" (1.58 m)
Minimum Height Ground level
Folded Length 33.0" (0.84 m)
Load Capacity Unspecified by manufacturer
Leg Sections 2
Leg Lock Type Oversized locking knobs
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Sliding (can be set vertically, horizontally or anywhere in between)
Center Brace No
Spiked Feet Yes
Head Type None
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 7.50 lb (3.40 kg)
Benbo 1 Tripod
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    Benbo1 Tripod
     
    4.3

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Macro (3)
    • Wildlife (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Pretty Cool Tripod

    By Dar

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Infinitely Configurable

    Cons

    • Cumbersome
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Auto Interior
    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

    I bought this tripod to assist with macro shooting (I needed to be able to place my camera anywhere) and with shooting interiors of automobiles - usually from the back seat shooting the dash area. For these things, this tripod ROCKS! You can position the camera, literally, anywhere from about 6 feet up, to underground... it's flexible.

    I have to admit, I read a LOT of reviews, most of which were very mixed, on this tripod and I spent hours in live chat, discussing its pros and cons. Everyone that has one of these that LIKES it says this about it: "This tripod has a STEEP learning curve but, once you learn how to use it, you'll never go back."

    Steep learning curve is a bit of an understatement. My first experience with the thing was akin to wrestling an octopus with the strength of an alligator. There are no instructions, to speak of, which come with the unit, so you're on your own when it comes to setup... The three tripod legs AND the center column are ALL integrated AND locked with the SAME adjustment... so, if you have your favorite camera on the end of the stick with a piece of high dollar glass attached to it, either remove it from the tripod OR make ABSOLUTELY sure that you've grabbed the center column FIRMLY BEFORE you release the lever. If you don't, your camera will promptly swing your favorite lens in a downward arc until such time as the front glass slows the cameras rate of travel on, most likely, a piece of the tripod itself. This, thankfully has not happened to me, but I can see, from the design, where it could.

    Here's the deal... this tripod is the most infinitely flexible tripod I've ever seen. It's built like a tank but, man, can you make this thing do stuff that NO other tripod will do. All three legs can adjust in a nearly 360 degree arc, independent of one another... the center column, the same. Crazy cool.

    It's freakishly heavy compared to carbon fiber so, if you're into light and weight conservation, this one ain't going to fit the bill. It's heavy. But,I like that, personally, so I'm OK with lugging it around on hikes, and whatnot.

    It's got a STEEP learning curve. First few times I set it up, I put the "front" leg in the back and the "back" leg in the front. It gets a bit unstable. So, learn first, shoot second.

    I love that the center column is setup for BOTH tripod head screw sizes. Large on one end, small on the other - no adapters, no muss, no fuss... heck you could put two heads and two cameras on this thing if you wanted.

    All-in-all, the learning curve had me fuzzed out, a bit. I'm learning it, and I'm learning to love it, too. It's a great product, well constructed and designed for years of heavy used.

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    5.0

    I love Benbo

    By GP

    from Colombo

    Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

    Im usning benbo trekker tripod for my wild life macro photography. Easy to use and stedy tripod. Best thing about this in my wild life photography works, water resistent legs (up to the first nob) I hope to buy Benbo 01 soon.

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    5.0

    What is a Benbo anyhow

    By Schlossd

    from Modesto, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Slightly heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

    Great Tripod. I own the other model which is larger. It's a bit heavy but nothing to cry over. Even though it has plastic knobs on the legs they have never failed me and I beat mine up pretty good. I use it to elevate my camera up nice and high.

    I just want to know is Benbo the guy who created it or an abbreviation. It's in my bucket list to find out.

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    5.0

    Old reliable

    By Randall

    from Sellersburg, IN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

      I purchased this tripod from B&H 20 years ago ,and aside from one knob replacement, It has never failed in any aspect. I guess there can be a lemon in any product line, judging from other reviews, but after many years of hard use, mine still locks rock solid. Just remember to hold on to the center column, when releasing the locking lever!

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      5.0

      A Huge Tripod

      By PackSaddle Jack

      from Full-Time RV'er

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good at odd positions
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildflowers
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

      I tried the Tracker Kit with ball head, but it wasn't quite up to the job. This one holds the 5D Mark II with 28-300 mm lens solidly and well.

      It operates a little differently than other tripods, for when the clamp is loosened, everything comes loose. This is both its' strength and weakness. It allows placement of the camera in, say, a formal garden or a museum in a manner allowing the camera to be among the flowers or over a railing.

      No matter how the unit is positioned, I have not yet had any wobble or shake. However, the clamp handle is large and strong for a reason: it needs a little beef to get it tight enough to hold. It is this strength that put this one head and shoulders, or at arms length, apart from all the others.

      It can be unstable if the middle leg is positioned improperly. Extend the center column in the same direction as the middle leg to improve the balance.

      When the center column clamp is loosened, the camera can rotate freely, surprising the unwary user. Hang onto the camera until you get used to the way it works.

      It is a good, heavy, outdoor tripod.

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      4.0

      Great for macro work.

      By Bob

      from Orlando, Fl.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adaptable
      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Macro shots
      • Product work

      Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

      I use this tripod for food photography. It gives me just about any position I need. I read that it was hard to use, but I find it very simple to use for my work, which is mostly at the side of my table. I can get over or in tight for great food shots. No other tripod will do this.
      My only complaint is its weight. But I really don't move it very far. So that is not a big issue for me.

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      1.0

      Poor build quality, poor stability

      By Jaybird

      from Montana, Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Cumbersome
        • Heavy
        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Landscape
        • Macro
        • Photography

        Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

        I have used this tripod for over 2 years for macro and nature photography. It can adjust to most any position as advertised, but it is not stable especially considering its 7.5lb weight. The fittings that attach the leg tubes were loose until I drilled and installed 6 to 8 screws at the top of each leg. This improved the stability. Paint was on some of the sliding surfaces on the head making setup and adjustment extremely difficult. I removed the paint and smoothed the surfaces helping adjustment considerably. With any heavier lens/camera situation it is impossible to rotate the support center tube to a non-vertical position unless the camera is directly over the tube. Otherwise the camera just creeps off position no matter how tight the tensioning knob. I use a D300 and 70-200 f2/8 lens with a diopter.

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        5.0

        Great or Only tripod for macro work

        By JRC

        from Lynchburg, Va

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easily Adjusted
        • Good Footing
        • Rugged
        • Smooth Movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Benbo 1 Tripod:

            I have been using the original version of this tripod for over 20 years with no problems! It has its share of dings and scratches but still works as well as the day I got it. I did extensive macro photography for years and the Benbo was indispensable. It can be set up on steep hillsides,or almost any terrain since each leg can be set at any angle and the center support rotated and extended as needed. Contrary to some other reviews. after a few uses I had no trouble setting up or using this tripod. FOR MACRO WORK A BENBO IS A MUST HAVE.

            While the Benbo is stable and can be used for landscape etc photos, I find a regular carbon fiber tripod lighter and easier to use.

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