Travel tripods for still photography are quite popular. Nearly every major brand has its own version. However, travel tripods for video use are a rare find. Benro has announced a pair of new video tripods available in travel sizes – the Aero 2 and Aero 4. [Read more...]
Benro has introduced its new S6 Video Monopod, which provides a 13.2 lb payload capacity as well as a 4-step counterbalance for working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod. Equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8″ thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters. [Read more...]
So I recently purchased the Benro A38T Classic Aluminum Monopod with the S2 head and the fine folks at Photography Bay here were kind enough to let me talk about it.
Benro has announced a number of new video tripods and fluid heads, as well as a pair of monopods equipped with fluid heads.
The new tripods are available in aluminum or carbon fiber. The tripods and monopods are available as kits with the S-Series heads included, along with a padded travel case. They come in three weight load capacities – 5.5lbs, 8lbs, and 13.2lbs. The sliding center column includes a 60mm bowl for fine tuning camera position. [Read more...]
Benro has unveiled a new travel tripod kit dubbed the MeFOTO, which features a reverse folding leg system that allows the tripod to fold down to 15.4″ and will extend to 61.6″ at full height.
The Benro MeFOTO weighs 3.6 lbs. and can support up to 17.6 lbs. Additional features include: [Read more...]
1. Fuji X100
I don’t think I’ve had more fun with a camera since I first held the 5D Mark II. Sure, it’s got some quirks, but the excellent image quality and amazing flash sync speed push the Fuji X100 into the front runner position as my personal pick for camera of the year. We’ll see what the rest of the year holds; however, it will take some serious innovation to unseat the X100. Find it at B&H Photo (when it’s in stock). [Read more...]
Benro introduced its new Travel Flat tripod series at CES 2011. As the name implies, Benro’s new tripods are built with the traveling photographer in mind and “feature an innovative, patent pending design that changes the traditional tripod model of triangular profiles, adopting instead a flat unified “spider” or connecting hub, which contributes to its compact size and ultra portability when folded.”
Two big advantages for travelers are the tripods weight and size. Aluminum models range between 2 and 3.1 pounds, while carbon fiber models weigh in at 1.5 to 2.4 pounds. Folded heights for all models are around 16-17 inches – and, of course the lay-flat design aides in the compactness.
Even though the tripods are designed to conserve weight and overall dimensions, they still own some professional specs in load capacity (ranging from 13-26 pounds) and maximum height (ranging from 61-66 inches).
Aluminum models carry retail price tags between $107 and $169, while carbon fiber models range between $286 and $406. You can find the Benro Travel Flat series at B&H Photo.
Amazon is pushing well past Cyber Monday with a whole week of deals on a variety of products. Just browsing through today’s “Lightning Deals” – it’s serving up deals on the Tokina 16.5-135mm lens in Canon and Nikon mounts (starting at 9:20AM ET), a Benro tripod and monopod, with more to be revealed throughout the day.
If you aren’t familiar with Lightning Deals, they are limited availability products that are reduced in price (sometimes significantly) for only a short period of time (usually 1-4 hours if the stock lasts that long). You can check them out on Amazon’s Cyber Week page and you’ll get a feel for how the deal system works.