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BenroTravel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (12)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Folds away (13)
  • Stable (13)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Unfolds quickly (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Night shots (5)
  • Wildlife (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really flat and sturdy with extras

The big advantage to this tripod is that it weighs very little and holds a lot of weight. I've been using a 4 leg CF tripod for travel and am replacing it with this...Read complete review

The big advantage to this tripod is that it weighs very little and holds a lot of weight. I've been using a 4 leg CF tripod for travel and am replacing it with this one. For the same weight - a couple ounces heavier, it's all aluminum with no fear of the dreaded carbon fiber crack sounds. The metal tripod leg inserts are a big plus but they and the extension tube add weight. Putting everything together in the case makes it just over 5 lbs while the basic tripod alone only weighs 3.1 lb. If you're looking to minimize, the basic tripod will lay flat in your luggage really well. If weight is important but not critical, having the extension and the carry case and metal feet plus wrenches makes it a very versatile unit.

One negative - no center ring to hang a weight from or suspend a battery pack. That's the only drawback to this over others that have a loop or hook on it someplace. I like to hang something from the center to help keep it from toppling in a jostle or wind.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice tripod

The tripod is nice. It got a downgrade due to not having a hook to hang a weight...but it seemed pretty stable. I also downgraded it due to the locking method -...Read complete review

The tripod is nice. It got a downgrade due to not having a hook to hang a weight...but it seemed pretty stable. I also downgraded it due to the locking method - was a little annoying trying to lock it and unlock. I took it to Italy, and I had to leave behind the case because it added unnecessary weight I could not afford to have. Overall for the price, it is a nice little tripod.

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5.0

Just FLAT Works!

By DennyF

from Chandler, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

    My intent when purchasing the Benro Travel Flat A2190T Tripod was for it to be my travel tripod and as such, it has exceeded my expectations. But since I've had time to work with it, I found it works just fine as a studio tripod. With legs fully extended, I do not need the screw-on adjustable column. Instead, I mount a Manfrotto 494/RC2 ball head directly to the legs and my Canon 6D w/QR plate to the ball head. With this set-up, my viewfinder is exactly at eye level. This tripod includes a case and carrying strap. The case contains the tripod, the screw-on adjustable column, and spiked feet, with room for a ball head. When traveling, I leave the case at home to reduce size and weight. I place the tripod in a plastic sleeve which goes in my roller bag. It just FLAT works!

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    5.0

    Just what the Doctor ordered!

    By SteveSned

    from Siloam Springs, AR

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

      I travel both domestically and internationally to shoot commercial and documentary work and I needed a very compact system to support my camera system. This Benro solution was exactly what I needed.

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      3.0

      nice tripod

      By Amy

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficulty In Locking
      • No Hook For Weights

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

      The tripod is nice. It got a downgrade due to not having a hook to hang a weight...but it seemed pretty stable. I also downgraded it due to the locking method - was a little annoying trying to lock it and unlock. I took it to Italy, and I had to leave behind the case because it added unnecessary weight I could not afford to have. Overall for the price, it is a nice little tripod.

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      5.0

      As the name implies

      By Cliff

      from Botts, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

        I travel a lot and have learned that a good tripod is essential. Given all that goes with traveling today I was willing to buy a second tripod for that purpose. The Benfro Travel Flat is all that its name implies. It is compact and its unique flattened profile when collapsed makes it a convenient travel piece. It is not the lightweight, full-featured tripod we all carry daily, but is sturdy and totally functional. I find that it meets my travel niche perfectly. Whether strapped to a backpack or in overhead luggage -- for me, it will always be there.

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        5.0

        Light and sturdy!

        By Jojo

        from Plano, TX

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Folds and unfolds slowly

        Best Uses

          Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

          This tripod is very light and sturdy. Its only drawback is that it takes a longer time to setup than a flip-lock tripod. I mounted a Manfrotto 322RC2 head in mine. Unfortunately, the included bag could not accommodate such head.

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          5.0

          Fantastic

          By Lizard

          from San Diego California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Minimum height about 18

          Best Uses

            Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

            It's a relatively light weight tank. Especially when backing off each leg section an inch and using the extension tube. Plenty of height for a 6 footer. It comes with a set of leg spikes and a nice ridged soft case that leaves room to keep a ball head attached. My only gripe is that I won't be able to shoot from near ground level as the legs open to one position, and there is no way to flip the extension tube upside down. Can you really have it all though for [$]? I expected less. Love it.

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            5.0

            Very Happy

            By traveler1116

            from richmond, virginia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

              The tripod is much sturdier than I expected, a huge improvement over the travel angel I had a few years ago. Nice case, although it's a bit too long and the shoulder strap is a little short.

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              5.0

              Excellent Brand, Quality and Value

              By O.Velazquez

              from Puerto Rico USA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Price Good Brand
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Nothing

              Best Uses

              • Church
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

              Benro Tripod: Stable, Lightweight, strong as a tank is kept small in my backpack. B & H good price.

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              5.0

              Great Product for the Price!

              By Glenside Guy

              from Glenside, PA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                Bought this to use for low light and hands free shots. Use with the Benro ball head and it's a perfect set up. Easy to use and adjust. Carrying case was a lot nicer than I expected.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Great solution.

                By Awboater

                from Michigan

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                  I travel a lot on vacation, and this is going to be my tripod of choice. It packs in my carry on easily, and it is a heavy duty tripod, and is probably every bit capable of supporting the rated 26lbs providing you get a decent head for it.

                  There have been some criticism about the legs not folding out as far as a standard tripod, but I have not found that to be the case. It is very stable, and about the best solution for compact travel.

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                  5.0

                  Exellent value, lightweight and compact.

                  By musickna

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                    I bought this expressly for upcoming travel to Africa. I wanted something small, sturdy and not too expensive should anything happen to it. For the price, I was not expecting too much so I was very pleasantly surprised when I began to use the tripod. It is well made, solid and is indeed extremely compact. It's only marginally less sturdy than my older Gitzo GT2530LVL and the Arca Swiss ballhead that I have been using on the Gitzo seats excellently on the Benro. I am very happy with this product.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect Marriage

                    By Lion vidiegrapher

                    from north Iowa

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly
                    • Very solid construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Perfect for specific use
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      I videotape school sports events. Most pressboxes are poorly designed when it comes to using a tripod for taping purposes. To get the playing field in full view the front legs of the tripod are set on a ledge or window sill. Every solid video tripod I have found is about two feet tall when collapsed. This height usually results in a poor view of the viewfinder as well as a stiff neck! Although it was not the intention of the manufacturer I put a high quality fluid head on this unit. The short collapsed height and solid construction of this tripod have solved the camcorder height problem. It works very well in adapting to my special conditions.

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                      4.0

                      Really flat and sturdy with extras

                      By GuzziAlfa

                      from Meriden, CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good load capacity
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • No center hook

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Portable imaging
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      The big advantage to this tripod is that it weighs very little and holds a lot of weight. I've been using a 4 leg CF tripod for travel and am replacing it with this one. For the same weight - a couple ounces heavier, it's all aluminum with no fear of the dreaded carbon fiber crack sounds. The metal tripod leg inserts are a big plus but they and the extension tube add weight. Putting everything together in the case makes it just over 5 lbs while the basic tripod alone only weighs 3.1 lb. If you're looking to minimize, the basic tripod will lay flat in your luggage really well. If weight is important but not critical, having the extension and the carry case and metal feet plus wrenches makes it a very versatile unit.

                      One negative - no center ring to hang a weight from or suspend a battery pack. That's the only drawback to this over others that have a loop or hook on it someplace. I like to hang something from the center to help keep it from toppling in a jostle or wind.

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                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Finally, a well designed travel tripod

                      By Douglas

                      from Honolulu, HI

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Smart design
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Benro Travel Flat A2190T 5-Section Aluminum Tripod:

                      This is a great tripod. Solid, sturdy (rated for 26 lbs.), 66" height and compact enough to easily fit in any carry-on suitcase. I've had a Cullmann Magic II flat tripod for years, which I used for travel and thought was great ... until I got this one. This Benro A2190 is infinitely more stable, much higher, better built and better design. As a pro shooting travel, landscape/wildlife and stock, this is the best travel tripod I've found. It is about time a tripod manufacturer figured out a simple way to build a flat-design travel tripod that folds small enough, is sturdy enough and extends high enough to be really usable for serious photography. Kudos to Benro.

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