The Benro A-2691 Travel Angel tripod with B1 ballhead provides a nice, cost-effective medium duty tripod. It has the same foldover design as their lightweight travel tripod so it maintains the short folded length of 17.7 inches, perfect for traveling. It’s a bit heavier than the ultralight at 4.6 pounds, but is capable of holding a 12 pound load easily (Benro claims double that, but we don’t agree). It will extend to maximum height of 64 inches with the center post extended, has 5-section twist-lock legs that each can be set at individual angles and has rubber feet that retract to reveal spikes.
Please Note: We include the standard Induro PU60 camera plate with this tripod. However, do understand it is a 2 1/4" small camera plate. If you’re planning on using a larger lens, you may want to rent an additional lens plate. We rent 4 different sizes to give you the most flexibility.
We carry a lot of tripod/ballhead kits. Here’s a quick comparison to help you pick the one that’s right for you, from lightest to heaviest.
Benro Ultralight is the lightest and most transportable tripod we carry and capable of supporting slightly heavier loads than the Giottos Tripod/Monopod.
Benro Medium Duty maintains the very short folded length (17 inches) of the ultralight tripods, but has the heavier construction (and weight) of a medium duty, capable of handling a camera and 70-200 f2.8 size lens (and a 300 f2.8 in ideal conditions).
Giottos Tripod/Monopod A versatile carbon fiber tripod that also converts to a monopod. Small, inexpensive, easy to carry, and flexible. Not appropriate for lenses larger than a 70-200 f2.8
Medium Duty Tripod and Ballhead combines a set of sturdy carbon fiber 4 section legs with a Markins Q3 ballhead which is small and light but very robust. A great choice for a more sturdy platform than the lightweight kits, and capable of holding a 300 f2.8 lens and camera with no trouble.