Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod

Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod

Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod

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  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 61"
  • Min Height: Ground Level
  • Folded Length: 33"
  • Leg Sections: 2
  • Weight: 4.5 lb
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The Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod is a 2-section camera support that can hold 11 lb of gear and extend up to 61" high. The center column is designed so that it can place your camera at ground level for macro photography or shooting at low angles. A 1/4"-20 thread accepts most cameras or certain tripod heads, and a ballast hook allows you to hang a stabilizing weight.

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Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Maximum Working Height 61" / 154.9 cm
    Minimum Working Height 0" / 0 cm
    Folded Length 33" / 84 cm
    Head Mount Type 1/4"-20 Screw
    Weight 4.3 lb / 2 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 2
    Tripod Feet Features Rubber, Spiked
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column Yes
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.14 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.5 x 5.8 x 5.0"
    Trekker Mk 3 Aluminum Tripod is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Broaden your horizons 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.
    Date published: 2008-06-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Legs never tighten 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.
    Date published: 2015-06-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2008-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2009-05-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from ruddy awful 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.
    Date published: 2008-03-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Emotions 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.
    Date published: 2009-02-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from A tripod that wont lock in position 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Benbo M K 3 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
    Date published: 2014-04-08
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