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BenboTrekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

It looked so promising

By Texas Science teacher

from Odessa Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Did Not Work Well
    • Requires Great Strength

    Best Uses

    • Macro

    Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

    This looked like it had so much potential. This is the second one I have owned. The first one was stolen from my car before I was able to determine if I was just bad at tripoding or this thing really does have issues. First, there is no way it will hold 11 pounds stable. Second, It really does not get that close to the ground due to the fact the center pole comes out over the center leg instead of between the other two legs. The Benbo ball head is useless. It does not have a quick release nor does it lock down tight enough to keep from moving with the weight of my camera on it. When I do get it screwed down tight enough to the camera the glue squeezes out from the cork and glues its self to my camera. I was using it with auto focus on and it would shift and almost drop the camera every time the lens moved. I did try it with a lighter point and shoot camera and it worked fine. The legs slip unless you really put some torque on the very heavy-duty leg-tightening handle. Still looking for a god macro tripod. This is not it for me.

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    5.0

    Trekker Mk3 Compact Tripod

    By TG

    from Temple, Texas

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

      The MK3 is great for close-up photography.

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      • No

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cool Tripod

      By Shortstuff

      from Denver, Colorado

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

        I got this tripod as a secondary tripod. I like it because of all the different positions it can be put into. It can go low to the ground and I can angle my camera so it is hanging right over my subject. Great for macro photography. This tripod is heavier than a travel tripod but it is not extremely heavy so I could easily take it hiking or to locations. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is beacuse of the ballhead. The ballhead was not the best. HOWEVER, I found that the Oben BB-0 Ball Head with quick release will fit nicely. Once I changed the ballhead I give this 5 stars.

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        4.0

        Get Creative

        By East Point Man

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small

        Cons

        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

        This guy is not like any other tripod I've used - and that's the point.

        I purchased the Trekker Mk3 specifically because of the odd construction (single-bolt). I was looking for a cheap rig to steady my Canon 7D and this thing caught my eye.

        My initial plan was to use it as a make-shift steady cam, but that didn't pan out exactly as I'd hoped. However, as a shoulder cam, this thing is perfect. I hold one leg under my right arm, one leg rests on my belt and the other I hold in my right hand. With a counterweight hanging over my back, it is incredibly stable and superbly priced for its functionality.

        Add to that the ACTUAL functions it fulfills and you're investing in something that can do almost anything.

        I couldn't give it five stars, just because it is not the most stable tripod (that single bolt never really gets tight enough).

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        5.0

        Great Buy!

        By TK24

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

          Very durable and easy to use. I use it for jewelry both large and small and it's great to manipulate the shot with this tripod.

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          (15 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Neat Product, works well after practice!

          By Meeker

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Getting started

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Difficult To Adjust
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Special Events

          Comments about Benbo Trekker Mk 3 Compact Aluminum Tripod:

          As the first tripod I have bought, this product was well researched for it's uniqueness. That said I did borrow and try other tripods before taking the risk of jumping in and buying this. That said, I'm happy with the product and can gladly say it has fulfilled my expectations, especially considering the price. Combined with a decent ballhead, the tripod is versitile in it's positioning and can easily be manuevered with practice into many different positions and angles. , the only bad thing about this is all that manuverability is adjusted using one lever... so it requires finess!

          I'll summarize this with a pros and con listing.

          Pros

          Weight, it's not light and doesn't shift easily
          Manueverable
          Waterproof to the first segement
          Cons
          Weight - it's not light!!!!
          Short- it's short so if your looking for height, buy the larger version
          requires practice to learn how to position it

          I hope this helps

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