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Benbo 2 Tripod

B&H # BEB2Z Mfr # BEN102
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You Pay: $179.95

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.

The Benbo 2 has a soaring height range all the way up to 101 inches-capable of standing out above a crowd or getting as low as a twig on a stream.

Bottom sections are impervious to water or mud
Maximum Height 101.0" (2.57 m)
Minimum Height Ground level
Folded Length 45.0" (1.14 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 8.27 lb (3.75 kg)
Benbo 2 Tripod
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    Benbo2 Tripod
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Unfolds quickly (5)
    • Stable (4)
    • Lightweight (3)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (4)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Night shots (4)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Home (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

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    5.0

    Buying this tripod for the second time..

    By Photo Op

    from Leominster , MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Cumbersome

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits

    Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

    I bought this tripod used in 1989 and just finally broke it. I was in a hurry and didnt collapse the legs before tossing it in my pick up and loading gear on top of it. Other wise it was an amazing advantage to be able to raise it up 8 feet. I shoot lots of large groups of people and like to bring a ladder to get way up to shoot. the cool thing is even the broken tripod serves as a good monopod. Glad to see its in stock at BH. I looked at manfrotto and others and nothing is this big.

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    5.0

    Best Tripod you can buy

    By R2D2X

    from Southwest

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Legs Are Waterproof
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Will Extend Over 8 Feet

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

    I bought this mainly for nature photography. It really shines when you figure out that there is not a position that you cant put your camera in with this tripod. Really expands your photo vision. You spend more time looking at new visual angles, knowing you can put the camera exactly where you want it. I find myself using it for everything. Sure its heavy, but it needs to be to be rock solid in all kinds of positions. It doesnt take long to get used to its main bolt design. This is my second Benbo, I bought my first one in the 1980's, its smaller, and its still going strong.

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    4.0

    Big but good

    By Chuck

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flexible
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Cumbersome
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

    I have used it for landscapes, macro photography, and a little bit of studio work. I first got the Benbo 1, which seemed quite small, and sent it back and got the Benbo 2, which is quite a bit bigger (I am 6'3", and even without the arm extended, it is a little high for me with the legs fully extended). The best thing about it is it's flexibility: it can put your camera in places normal tripods can't. The drawback is weight and unwieldiness (it is 4 feet long folded with a ball head attached). So far I disagree with the reviews that say it is flimsy; it seems quite rugged to me, althought there are certain points that are going to get a lot of stress and could fail eventually: the treads on the main bolt, the handle to tighten the main bolt, and the set bolts that hold the legs at the set length. When you get it into more extreme positions, you do have to tighten it down pretty hard.

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    5.0

    Over 20 Years and Still Going Strong

    By Cooltouch

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

      I've owned my Benbo tripod for over 20 years. I have used it in just about every situation imaginable. It is adaptable to condition like no other tripod I know. Now this extreme adaptability can be off-putting to some, because once you loosen that center section, the entire tripod loosens up. So getting everything repositioned may take a bit of practice at first. But you quickly get used to this, and after a while it's no big deal.

      I really like the way the legs are designed such that the top sections slide into the bottom sections, which allows the photographer to place the tripod in water or mud or other areas that might mess up a regular tripod leg's operation.

      But I especially like having that adjustable center column. It is so handy for macro close-ups in the field, or shots taken from unusual angles.

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      4.0

      For Unique Viewpoints

      By yaal

      from Jerusalem, Israel

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Exceptional product
      • Versetail usages
      • Water proof btm

      Cons

      • Cumbersome
      • Folds big
      • Heavy
      • Not so stable
      • Weak Construction

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Medium format
      • Seascape

      Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

      Some love them, some hate them.
      Benbo can place your camera where it has never been before. this large model (benbo2) can be placed in water up to 1m deep(!!). stuck in the mud, placed upside down between rocks, or serve as a backdrop stand for indoors table top photography.
      i had the trekker version before, i bought this one for 617 panoramics of water close ups.
      for new comers it may take some time to get used to it. but once you do - you can make images of unique viewpoints.
      not for every day travel (big-heavy), but great if you are 'going" to photograph.

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      4.0

      Works well in the field

      By alanterra

      from Oakland, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Flexible
      • Lightweight
      • Tall
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Shakey

      Best Uses

      • Close-up
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Large format
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

      I have used this tripod extensively in the field, and so far have been very happy with it.

      It is not small (since the legs have only 2 sections), but it is pretty light compared to a full-size metal tripod. It is definitely shakier than a large metal tripod, due to its design, but it is also much more flexible. I only use it when there isn't too much wind.

      What I love about it is that it can hold a heavy camera, and bring the camera right down to the ground (upside down, less than an inch from the ground) or up to at least 11 feet over the ground. This kind of flexibility is amazing. I have stood on top of my truck, with the tripod on the ground, to take photos 11-12 feet high, and then shifted it to take close-ups of plants at ground level. I often carry this tripod plus a ladder or step stool to get good landscape photos. In the forest, I have climbed up onto a stump with the tripod on the ground.

      Setting up the tripod is not intuitive, but once you get the hang of it, it is quite rapid. And the solid lower tubes mean that you can set it up in a pond or stream and not get water into the legs.

      The only issue I have with it is that it comes with a 1/4" screw at one end of the upper arm and a 3/8" screw at the other. If your head has a 3/8" thread, you should get an adapter so you can screw the head into either end, as you want to use one end when setting up for high shots and the other for low shots.

      And, because it is very tall and made of plastic, you have to be very careful when releasing the shutter. Use mirror lockup if you have it, and avoid windy days.

      Finally, it has survived 6 years of hard use without any problems, which can't be said of my pricey carbon fiber tripod!

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      5.0

      Great Angles

      By brutha dave

      from las cruces, nm

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

      Get's you where you need to be.

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      4.0

      good solid tripod

      By Maurice

      from Central NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

          We bought this to horizontally mount our camera in a lightbox.

          We're not professional photographers so we don't ask too much from our equipment.

          We found the tripod easy to use and very stable.

          It was nice that the boom came with 2 different adapters to mount various cameras with

          Only wish is that it came with a bubble level indicator to let you know that the camera was straight, but haven't had an issue with out it.

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          5.0

          Very strong and versatile

          By Alan

          from Grangeville, ID

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

              Easy to set up, looks to be able to hold just about any hand held camera or video camera that you would want to hold in 1 hand. Best for fixed settings, may work with optional mounts to allow more transitional pictures (I have not tried optional mount.) It will extend to a very tall setting and only requires a small footprint. We use this in a Church to shoot fixed video over peoples heads and it only takes up slightly more space than 1 chair in space.

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              5.0

              Great piece of gear

              By Pat

              from Albuquerque, NM

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Benbo 2 Tripod:

                    I just purchased the 2 Benbo Tripod to replace an identical tripod that I have been using for over twenty years.
                    As a working commercial photographer I really use my gear. This tripod has proven itself in both studio and location situations.
                    The ability to move a camera parallel to the floor is great for for photographing jewelry and doing copy work. The sealed legs are really a big help in the desert environment where a great deal of my outdoor work occurs.

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