The First Meeting with Benro C2192TB1 Travel Flat Tripod Kit
It has been several years since I took photography as my career. Though haven’t been a master yet, I think I have an authority on the subject compared with someone that just takes his/her first step towards it. According to my experience, it is very essential to get a good performance tripod to support the camera and lens, especially for those travel photographers liking low shutter speed. I had an aluminum tripod which was stable but too heavy. For someone who hasn’t had a car or doesn’t travel by car, the benefit we get from the heavy tripod has to be weighed against the troublesome of carrying it and the price of shipping it to the needed locations. It makes the photographer exhausted. Recently, Benro sent me a C2192TB1 carbon fiber tripod kit. It is the first time that I see it. When I get it, the first feeling is that it is lighter a lot than my aluminum tripod. It pleases me. For its other features, please follow my following text.
The bag is somewhat interesting. The irregular quadrate shape makes me think it’s a musical instrument bag without the reminding of BENRO logo in the middle.
Unzip the bag and you can see a tripod kit, a short center column, a warranty card, a wrench and 3 stainless steel spiked feet. The C2192T tripod is designed as a flat “one ” shape for saving more space.
The C2192T tripod weighs 1.69kg which is lighter than many aluminum tripods, plus the flat “one” shaped design when being closed, making it a travel friendly support equipment. Then the following is about further review made in the open air.
When retracted (closed), the C2192TB1 is 55cm long, plus the 1.69kg weight, it is suitable for outdoor or travel photography. And if you are going to travel by plane, it can be put into a suitcase about 2.6 inches.
The leg tube is made from QIHM-8X high density carbon fiber material which is stronger a lot than the ordinary carbon fiber material on the market. Besides the lighter weight, carbon fiber material is not so cold as aluminum or magnesium alloy in winter.
There are 5 sections. The leg adopts twist leg locking system which is dust-proof, quick to lock and release and stable.
The screw-in rubber feet and stainless steel spiked feet can be exchanged for use on different surfaces.
The flat “one” shape makes it feel stable and compact when holding it in hand.
When opened, the three legs head toward three different directions. Because of the flat “one ” shaped design, there is no adjustable center column. So if you are taller and need more height, you should attaché the included short center column to the tripod. On the contrary, you should adjust the leg to achieve the adjustment of the height.
There is lock button on the top of the leg, which can be used to adjust the leg’s angle to achieve micro photography or reverse photography.
The bubble level is good for horizontal alignment.
The included B1 ballhead is a lightweight head with separate lock and drag control adjustment knobs with a 36mm diameter ball and a 50mm diameter base, supporting up to 12kg. The redesigned B1 ballhead is much more stable and easier to operate.
There are three knobs on the ball head. Two of them are in charge of the drag adjustment and the other one is used for panning adjustment.
There are 6 rubber pads on the QR plate to ensure a closely contact with camera for a very stable configuration. The 3/8’’ head mount thread size is compatible with almost all tripods’ screws for cameras.
The knob on the QR plate is designed specially for ensuring the security of gear. The QR plate can be removed by two steps: firstly, pull out the knob and rotate counterclockwise to loosen the clamp; secondly, pull out again the knob and loosen the clamp completely to take down the QR plate. The dual-action protects camera from falling down caused by wrong operation of the knob.
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It supports up to 12kg. The above picture is the sturdy supporting of Nikon DF.
Without the attachment of the included center column, the C2192TB1 tripod kit can be extended up to 1450mm, and with the center column, 1750mm, which can meet the needs of most of the photographer.
In conclusion, the Benro C2192TB1 travel flat tripod kit with B1 head is a lightweight, compact support equipment, specially designed for travel photographers. The exquisite workmanship and the high quality QIHM-8X carbon fiber material make it far ahead of lots of other brands’ products, and the innovative flat “one ” shaped close design can save plenty of space. The only shortcoming is the lacking of center column hook for attaching bags or something else for extra stability. All in all, it is an excellent tripod kit for travel photographers.