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Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case

B&H # BETK Mfr # BEN107C
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Product Highlights
  • For DSLRs & Medium Format Film Cameras
  • Supports 17 lb (8 kg)
  • 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
  • Includes Ballhead and Case

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 comes with a tripod head and a case.

Bottom sections are impervious to water or mud
Weight hook at the center column's bottom
Maximum Height 64.2" (1.63 m)
Minimum Height Ground level
Folded Length 34.2" (0.87 m)
Load Capacity 17 lb (8 kg)
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 Ballhead
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 5 lb (2.27 kg)
Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case
  • Ballhead
  • Carry Case
  • 5-Year Warranty
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    BenboTrekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case
     
    4.1

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (16)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Unfolds quickly (11)
    • Folds away (8)
    • Good footing (4)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (4)
    • Unstable (4)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (17)
    • Home (13)
    • Night shots (11)
    • Wildlife (11)
    • Portraits (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15), Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    PERFECT!

    I spend days researching the best tripod for my nature photography. I am really happy I chose this one!!! This tripod is PERFECT for my needs. It can get into virtually any...Read complete review

    I spend days researching the best tripod for my nature photography. I am really happy I chose this one!!! This tripod is PERFECT for my needs. It can get into virtually any position possible!! It's great for my close-up and macro flower photography as well as my other nature photography needs, like landscapes and birds at the feeders. It's solid, sturdy and very lightweight. I am a woman of nearly 60 years old and it is the best tripod I have ever used for my favorite backyard & garden photography! The fact that one screw controls all the legs takes a little bit of getting used to, but I found it actually more advantageous than a hindrance. I love how the center post can extend out over the flower beds. A great buy and a MUST for my nature photography and anyone looking for a VERY VERSATILE tripod!!!

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    I like it after proper assembly.

    Right out of the box, the main locking handle wouldn't rotate enough turns to tighten the tripod. It wouldn't loosen either. So I took it apart from the nut side of the main...Read complete review

    Right out of the box, the main locking handle wouldn't rotate enough turns to tighten the tripod. It wouldn't loosen either. So I took it apart from the nut side of the main handle bolt and found that the bolt had been cross theaded and the first few threads were stripped. After threading it properly, it still needed an extra washer to tighten sufficiently, but at least it worked. Fortunately, the bolt looks like a common U-bolt straightened into a gentle curve, so if necessary I could probably make a new one from a builders supply store. I like the way the tripod gets down low and into various contortions, and it seems sturdy enough for my Nikon D200. I have no problem with it now that it is properly assembled, and have grown to like it after the poor OOB experience, and best of all I don't worry about someone stealing it like I would a $600.00 tripod.

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    5.0

    Versatility beyond belief

    By IanH

    from Minnesota

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • A Better Quality Head

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots

    Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

    Not your average tripod. From the moment you get it out of the box it's different. All the legs and the pillar are independently adjustable from each other so any camera position seems possible. I set mine up so that the camera lens could touch the ground for macro work and also so that it could photo things close up on a rock face. There doesn't seem to be anywhere this tripod can't put the camera. It might be a bit difficult to grab the set up concept for some. But I had no problems. A nicer quality ball and socket head would have been nicer, but honestly for this price you can't fault it.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Nice tripod, ball head is a little cheap

    By Mr. Magoo

    from Oklahoma City

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Well built

    Cons

    • Ball Head Is Cheesy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

    The tripod is easy and quick to set up. Previous reviews I read said that it was a little cumbersome, but I don't think so. It's not really one you would strap to a back pack but light enough and the carrying bag is nice to throw over the shoulder. You can really position your camera in any position, very versatile. I like the single knobs to release the legs, one twist and there down, another twist and there locked.

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    5.0

    My best friend in the field

    By Jimstructor

    from Jacksonville. FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good In The Field
    • Good Stability
    • Travels well

    Cons

    • Requires Practice To Use

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Sports/Action
    • Time-lapse
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

    For the last 8 years, I have used my Benbo Trekker on rooftops, streams, fields, desert cliff faces, and any place I need a stable shot. I shoot a lot of time-lapse. I'll shoot over 7000 shots in a day and any vibration or shift can ruin a sequence. I trust my Benbo when one chance is all you get. I have a stable of Bogen and Manfrotto tripods for studio and video work, but the Benbo is the only one that travels with me. This summer, I took it with me to Amsterdam, Sofia, rural Bulgaria, and Rome on an artist residency. I was not disappointed (except that the Rome airport made me check it and pay 70 euros). This tripod is a constant companion. It has seen many camera systems come and go, but it is my constant piece of kit. It is not for everyone, no tripod is.I obviously enjoy this tripod, but it takes practice and coordination to use successfully. It can be a graceful partner or a cumbersome menace. This is more about the user than the product. The unique design is not like any other tripod, so don't expect it to be like any other tripod. I find it to be very fast in the field. the legs extend on their own when the screws are loosened an the legs go in to position with a little kick once the u bolt is loosened.

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    4.0

    Great rough terrain tripod

    By Tim Lawson

    from Port Townsend, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Dirt resistant design
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

      I've lusted after a Benbo Tripod for nearly 35 years. I worked for the Geological Survey of Great Britain and the staff photographer used the commercial variant (for a Hasselblad) and I was really impressed how we could set up shots halfway up a cliff or partially in running water.

      What I especially like is the "inverted" telescoping of the legs - a closed cylinder rests on the ground and the legs telescope out of that. No mud or sand can get into the mechanism. Plus the rotating arm can get the camera into place.

      Why this isn't a standard design for tripods is beyond my comprehension. I plan to use the tripod at the water's edge for low view point photography.

      I would have given five stars if the arm could go a little lower - but I'm really picky.

      Great product - oh and did I mention is it made in England.

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      • Yes

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      2.0

      From ok to no thank you

      By EclecticArts Photographer

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adjusts like an octopus

      Cons

      • Cumbersome
      • Heavy
      • Unstable

      Best Uses

      • Immobile on uneven ground
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

      I was given this as a Christmas gift or it would have gone back long ago because there is a good warranty on Benbo products. Mine started out with just making me nervous to now, I have literally ended up in tears and lost shots. The centre column no longer will tighten enough to stop from spinning, but because I have used all my force on it, I can't raise or lower it without really working hard to undo it. I had to spend so long fighting with it for one picture while standing in a stream that I lost the picture. I had to move because the stream rose too much due to the rain. I have missed more than one picture now because of this tripod and being unable to have it stay where I put it.

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      2.0

      Makes me nervous

      By Johnny

      from Humboldt, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Folds Small

      Cons

      • Cumbersome
      • Unstable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

        I would have to tether my camera to the ceiling fan or some other overhanging security apparatus to not get butterflies in my stomach after securing seven points, eight, if you include the screw in ballhead, to my twenty-five hundred dollar camera with the six hundred dollar macro. I mean, it's just not worth the doubt. Just to avoid some extra jiggling of my Gitzo legs. As it turns out, the Benbo requires about four or five times the amount of jiggling I'd have to perform with Gitzo. And I'd lose that secure feeling that always comes from a solid Gitzo.

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        5.0

        Totally Awesome!

        By Coolvisions

        from Puyallup, WA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Unlimited angles
        • Versitility

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

          I just recently purchased this item, and had the chance to use it over the weekend. This Tripod is the best piece of equipment that I own. I was able to capture angles that a normal tripod would be unable to achieve. It does take a few minutes to get use to the difference between the two, but its worth every penny! Do BUY this one.

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          4.0

          Great piece of equipment

          By Nadonou

          from Mahone Bay , Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • No odd position for this
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Footing on slipery surfac

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

          I hesitated between 4 and 5 stars; I guess it is a 4 because the footings are not too adapted to a slippery surface such as tiles -they do require some kind of rubber adapter of some sort. I nearly gave it a 5 because it is incredibly versatile in the positions that you can set the camera - not so with many other brands. It also handles a Pentax 6X7 very well.Great buy [...]

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          4.0

          Not bad at all

          By Krusher

          from Southeast Pa.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Cumbersome

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits

          Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

          Just wish it had a quick release.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good tripod at a reasonable price

          By Roger

          from New Haven, CT

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

            We just started using this tripod to photograph small artifacts in a museum collection. I like the cantilever aspect of the tripod. This allows me to support the camera over an object and get close enough to use the macro settings without hand-holding the camera. It is easy to set-up, sturdy but not too heavy. I like that it includes a carrying case.

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            5.0

            Excellent Tripod

            By Crazenrg

            from Harvest, AL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Long Exposures
              • Low angles
              • Macro

              Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

              I love it!

              I use the tripod for low light (as anyone would) and for macro shots. I previously had a cheap tripod that came with a camera backpack and while I was trying to get a shot of the moon found out how cheap it really was. I finally decided to buy one that was a little more expensive. I am FULLY satisfied - there is no angle that this thing can't hit! Perfect for anyone who wants/needs to get very low angles and then use as a normal tripod. DEFINITELY worth the money.

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              5.0

              Trekker MK3 Tripod Works Great for Micro

              By Anarchae LLC

              from Eldersburg, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Micro Photography

                Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                We purchased this tripod for Micro Photography, and it is working very well. There were some reviews that said the leg mounts would not tighten fully, but we didn't have any issues at all. It does take a little time to figure out the height/base to keep the camera from being a little tipsy to the left or right, but with a counter weight on the back, it is rock stable.We are very happy with the purchase, and B&H has been one of our best suppliers.

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                4.0

                Very Satisfied

                By Shannon

                from Great Falls, MT

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                    Very easy to set up and adjust. Easy to achieve a variety of odd shooting angles. Great Over all tripod.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By emi

                    from Long Island, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                      I use the tripod for macro photography and is very solid, what is great about it is, that I'm able to setup my camera on uneven surfaces, so far I haven't found things that are not so great about this tripod.

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                      5.0

                      Tricky!

                      By Kyle Simpson

                      from Tracy, Ca

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Complex

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                      This tripod is absolutely wonderful! There are so many variations for setup that it can work for anything. I shoot everything from landscapes, to portraits, and macro and so far it's been amazing. It has a good hold and hasn't moved yet. When I say tricky I mean it's like setting up a rubix cube, at least until you learn your way around it. Now it's easy. :D

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                      4.0

                      Very Nice for the money

                      By Brandon

                      from Baltimore, MD

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Made from nice material
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Friction lock legs

                      Best Uses

                      • Food
                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                      I use this tripod in the studio and on the fly shooting food and kitchens for a dining company. It did not take long to learn how to operate the tripod, it is very intuitive. As other have expressed the friction lock legs can be moved if you press hard on them, but are far from unstable. Love this tripod! It allows all the angles that a regular tripod offers and the strait down ones I have needed.

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                      5.0

                      Tripod

                      By shoyt

                      from ketchkan alaska

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Feels solid but light
                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Bird shots
                      • HDR
                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Sunsets
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                      this tripod is perfect not to heavy but sturdy enough to hold my cannon 100-400 lens and my canon rebel its got a travel bag and it is sturdy it pivots and turn perfectly i highly reccomend this product to anyone both amatuour and proffesionals alike,,

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Best tripod ever made !!

                      By Drabs

                      from Perth, Western Australia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Solid construction
                      • Unfolds Quickly
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                        I have owned and used this tripod for about 12 years and it has never failed me. The brilliant design has a single clamp that allows all 3 legs and the centre column to rotate a full 360 degrees independent of each other. The legs have the biggest tube with sealed ends at the outer extension (opposite to regular tripods) keeping the cg low and preventing dirt and mud from getting between the tubes and jamming them. It does initially take some getting use to the operation, but once mastered this tripod is a fast and very versatile. I use it with 4x5 field cameras (with out a head as you can do tilt and pan with the centre column) and DSLR's with a ball head.

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                        2.0

                        Serious concerns

                        By DavisDVM

                        from Davis, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Unstable
                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                        I purchased the Benbo to take images of individual items in a light box, so suspending the camera directly above the items was needed, and the adjustable additional arm on the Benbo was just the thing. Out of the box this tripod looks just OK, you know you don't have a top quality product but I didn't expect a lot for the price. However, one of the bolts holding a leg was missing, so when I first set up for a shot the thing fell over and barely avoided disaster. I put in a temporary fix and then noticed, like another reviewer, that the leg position cannot be fixed, they are movable even with the lock tightened. So my conclusion is that this is a mediocre quality tripod that should not be purchased for semi pro or professional work. If you are aware of the leg issue you'll be OK, but don't plan to take this on any serious hiking ventures.

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                        5.0

                        PERFECT!

                        By Granny the Nature Photographer

                        from Upstate New York

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Extremely Versatile
                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Can't think of one thing

                        Best Uses

                        • Close-Ups
                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro
                        • Night Shots
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Benbo Trekker MK3 Tripod Kit with Ballhead and Carrying Case:

                        I spend days researching the best tripod for my nature photography. I am really happy I chose this one!!! This tripod is PERFECT for my needs. It can get into virtually any position possible!! It's great for my close-up and macro flower photography as well as my other nature photography needs, like landscapes and birds at the feeders. It's solid, sturdy and very lightweight. I am a woman of nearly 60 years old and it is the best tripod I have ever used for my favorite backyard & garden photography! The fact that one screw controls all the legs takes a little bit of getting used to, but I found it actually more advantageous than a hindrance. I love how the center post can extend out over the flower beds. A great buy and a MUST for my nature photography and anyone looking for a VERY VERSATILE tripod!!!

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