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Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs

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Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs

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Product Highlights

  • For DSLRs & Medium Format Film Cameras
  • Extends to 61" (1.5 m)
  • Folds to 33" (0.84 m)
  • Weighs 4.5 lbs (2 kg)
  • Single Lever Lock/Unlocks Legs
  • Two Leg Sections
  • Tripod Head Not Included
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The Benbo Trekker 3 Tripod Legs incorporates slightly geared faces on the main joint components, ensuring that the joint can be locked firmly without undue tightening of the locking handle. The flexibility of the leg joint mechanism combined with the ability to swing the center column a full 180° allows the camera to be positioned at almost any point relative to the tripod legs.

The Trekker will support the majority of modern DSLRs and medium format film cameras. However stability is directly related to weight and the built-in hook at the lower end of the center column allows the temporary addition of extra weight (e.g. a camera bag) to give greater stability when long lenses are in use.

The Trekker does not come with a tripod head so you can separately purchase one to meet your particular needs

Bottom sections are impervious to water or mud
Weight hook at the center column's bottom
Maximum Height 61" (1.5 m)
Maximum Load 17 lb (8 kg)
Minimum Height Ground level
Folded Length 33" (0.84 m)
Load Capacity DSLRs and Medium format film cameras
Leg Sections 2
Leg Lock Type Twist
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 4.5 lb (2 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.14 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.5 x 5.8 x 5.0"
Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs
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    BenboTrekker Mk3 Tripod Legs
     
    3.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    44%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Unstable (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It is an off-road tripod

    I have owned the Mk3 Trekker Tripod for 10 years with a Novflex Magic Ball head and it is superb for all kinds of outdoor photography. Granted, when I first started using the tripod...Read complete review

    I have owned the Mk3 Trekker Tripod for 10 years with a Novflex Magic Ball head and it is superb for all kinds of outdoor photography. Granted, when I first started using the tripod the leg setup took some getting use to. After using the tripod for a few months the set-up came natural. After 10 years of use the "bent-bolt" stripped out and am now ordering another Mk3 Trakker Tripod. In fact am also considering ordering the Benbo 2 as a second outdoor tripod.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Neat but with drawbacks

    Product takes some time to get used to. When time is crucial for the shot I would not recommend this product. However, as a spare it is a neat product because of the...Read complete review

    Product takes some time to get used to. When time is crucial for the shot I would not recommend this product. However, as a spare it is a neat product because of the angles that you can get. I can see individuals owning this for shots that their other tripods can't get. Once you get this tripod at good angle it takes a lot to change. So find an angle and let this tripod live there while you use your other tripod for everything else.

    Still not comfortable making adjustments with camera attached. The legs and the center column are all sandwiched together with one fastener attached on a single pivot point. It is pretty much all or nothing with this system as far as being secure or not; that being said having my camera balanced in one hand doesn't thrill me while I am trying to adjust the tripod with the other. So I dismount the camera before any big changes. Just a precaution that takes extra time but I feel it is worth doing with this setup.

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    2.0

    Legs never tighten

    By Tan Kit Hoong

    from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Can Be Set To Many Angles

    Cons

    • Legs Never Lock Tight
    • Unstable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro

    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

    They say you can never go back. I've always wanted a Benbo tripod since I was a kid, so despite the reviews I've read online of the current models, I went ahead and bought one. Unfortunately, since the product has been bought and manufactured under Paterson Photographic, there have been some compromises in design over the original Benbo tripods. While the thing is built well, the problem is that despite really cranking down on the locking lever, the middle leg especially never seems to lock down, resulting in very slight creep if you have the legs spread wide for low angle shooting. I'm hoping to fix this myself by putting in a thin rubber washer between the leg joints which will hopefully fix the leg creep problem.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    A tripod that wont lock in position

    By Dusty

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • Unstable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Amateur

    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

    Have 2 of these lying around the studio for days when running multiple sets.

    Not worthy of supporting anything more than a Point and Shoot. With the center handle cranked down as physically tight as I can get it, the legs will continue to spread out with even the slightest downward pressure (and gravity over time).

    Next is the locking knob on the center column. Same thing, crank it down TIGHT and the column continues to rotate when in the horizontal position. Keep in mind this only has the weight of a DSLR with battery grip on it. Never mind any medium format system!

    If you are looking for a lightweight tripod that deploys quickly and is dirt cheap, this might be it. If you are looking for a tripod that acts as a sturdy camera support, look elsewhere.

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    • No

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    3.0

    Benbo M K 3

    By Auburn/gray

    from St Louis mo.

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

      I have had this tripod for 10 years and I like the versatility of it after some modifications, it vibrated on long exposures initially the original post tilt head was weak, I had that replaced with an older style post that Paterson sent when I requested one that dose not have a tilt head. I added a unitog post adjuster that increased the versatility 10 fold

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      Very Lightweight

      By Zensu

      from Montgomery, AL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

        I love everything about this setup with one exception. The lock down center control bolt takes a little more effort than my larger Benbo 2 Legs (but the center bolt on it is 2x the center bolt on the MK-3). Either you love or hate Benbo's design. I love it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great Tripod, compact light weight

        By Rich

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

          Love this Tripod. I do alot of field recording and use this tripod for my shotgun microphones. Its very portable and light weight. Its unique design allows for fast switchable positions.

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          5.0

          good outdoor tripod

          By supercoop

          from Johnson, VT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                I use this tripod as my main tripod. It slides on hard floors feet really needs dirt or soft ground to sick. If you add extra wait to it with a camera bag it helps it from moving.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It is an off-road tripod

                By Ed Helmick

                from Orem, Utah

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Long Exposures
                  • Photography
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                  I have owned the Mk3 Trekker Tripod for 10 years with a Novflex Magic Ball head and it is superb for all kinds of outdoor photography. Granted, when I first started using the tripod the leg setup took some getting use to. After using the tripod for a few months the set-up came natural. After 10 years of use the "bent-bolt" stripped out and am now ordering another Mk3 Trakker Tripod. In fact am also considering ordering the Benbo 2 as a second outdoor tripod.

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Mixed Emotions

                  By IdahoPhotographer

                  from Buhl ID

                  Pros

                  • Flexible

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Ground shots

                    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                    I have owned this tripod for some time now, many years. It was a bit frustrating to adjust at times, but it sure WAS flexible in its abilities.By WAS I mean the swivel part froze up on me one day. I cannot tighten and secure the legs any longer. I sent a message to Paterson and have NEVER received an answer back. I will probably still try to get a fix for this tripod, but will most likely not buy another one.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Broaden your horizons

                    By Frogs, Fungi and FAPS

                    from Brisbane, Australia

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Lightweight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                    • Slips Out Of Position
                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                    • Diffcult angles

                    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                    I have owned a benbo trekker for nearly 10 years. It's design is brilliant. Very flexible. You just need to get used to it. I find working with traditional designs very limiting and frustrating. I shoot fungi, and friends with traditional tripods, regularly borrow my benbo to access difficult angles. My major problem is that the legs have become loose in the socket, making it unstable. I have tried to fix this with limited success. I do not know if later models still have this problem. No other tripod I have seen goes where this one goes.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Neat but with drawbacks

                    By Slice

                    from Ky

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Huge range of movement

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Adjust

                    Best Uses

                    • Specialty shots

                    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                    Product takes some time to get used to. When time is crucial for the shot I would not recommend this product. However, as a spare it is a neat product because of the angles that you can get. I can see individuals owning this for shots that their other tripods can't get. Once you get this tripod at good angle it takes a lot to change. So find an angle and let this tripod live there while you use your other tripod for everything else.

                    Still not comfortable making adjustments with camera attached. The legs and the center column are all sandwiched together with one fastener attached on a single pivot point. It is pretty much all or nothing with this system as far as being secure or not; that being said having my camera balanced in one hand doesn't thrill me while I am trying to adjust the tripod with the other. So I dismount the camera before any big changes. Just a precaution that takes extra time but I feel it is worth doing with this setup.

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                    (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    ruddy awful

                    By snapshooter

                    from central Canada

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Nice black paint

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Adjust
                    • Flimsy
                    • Unstable

                    Best Uses

                    • Land fill

                    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk3 Tripod Legs:

                    Wouldn't hold a cinder block still on a calm day.

                    Adjustment for leg angles is bizarre and you usually end up getting your finger pinched. There's usually a way to find the right angle, but you have to stop and think about it every time. Isn't worth it, anyway.

                    Spend the extra $ and get something that won't drive you insane.

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