Review: Compact and Portable Benro A0292TB00 Travel Angel Tripod Kit
The more you devote yourself to photography, the heavier your bag will become. Besides lenses and full frame cameras, support equipments accounts for a large proportion. Many a sturdy tripod on the market is not only heavy but has large body. Fortunately, producers have begun to upgrade their products to be portable and have excellent load capacity. For a recent assignment, I took Benro A0292TB00 Aerometal Travel Angel II triple transfunctional tripod kit to equip me and I am giving the review now.
Generally speaking, “sturdy” usually equates to heavy, and the benefits you get from a heavy tripod must be weighed against the hassle of carrying it. Recently, the A0292TB00 tripod kit from Benro changed my prejudice toward those traditional tripods. The A0292T aluminum alloy tripod and B00 ball head is a complete support system for most of your cameras and is designed to be lightweight, portable and stable for any and every occasion.
The tripod is made of Aerometal aluminum alloy. By anodized treatment, the stability of the petite size support is reinforced to make every photo-shoot perfect. A0292TB00 has 5 leg sections and the widest part of the leg is 0.86″. When folded, the length is only 285mm and can easily fit into most checked or carry-on bags , yet the extended height is 920mm and with center column extended, the height can be extended up to 1190mm, which can meet the needs of most users. The tripod kit weighs only 1.13kg and can support up to 6kg. Hereby, the support system has a satisfying volume and weight.
Compared with tripod kits made of carbon fiber on the market, the portable A0292TB00 tripod kit is not heavy, either. The 180° folded legs make it be collapsed into a very compact size that can easily fit into backpacks or luggage. The matched B00 ball head is a lightweight head ((0.6 lb) with separate lock and drag adjustment knobs, operates much easier and smoother than the 3-way head.
Due to the 180°folded legs design, the A0292TB00 becomes more portable. Moreover, the extended length, that’s the height, has multiple choices and can adapt to multiple shooting needs. The normal height (without extending the center column) is 920 mm, but the maximum height (with the center column extended) can extend up to 1190mm, so even the users are much taller, the height is not a problem. It should be mentioned that the center column can be extended twice and increases the flexibility of the height.
The legs adopt anti-rotation twist-lock design to ensure high locking strength and prevent legs from dust and sand. Thanks to the new locking system, only actuating the rubberized locking rings with a simple quarter turn can you release or lock the leg and the tripod becomes much sturdier.
A thick layer of closed-cell nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) provides a comfortable yet firm grip when carrying the Benro tripod.
The standard 3/8"head mount thread size on the tripod allows you to swap with tripod heads of different models or even from other manufacturers.
There is a gifted and careful design on the quick release plate, that is the two screws at each end of the plate (on the bottom) that stop the camera from sliding out of the holder if the locking knob on the side comes loose or when shooting in vertical direction. I like it very much. Following in former Travel Angel series’ footsteps, A0292T tripod still pull-out angle adjustable system. The legs can be independently locked into place at three different angles for shooting in cramped quarters or on irregular surface areas. In addition, a spring-loaded metal hook at the bottom of the center column allows you to attach a bag or something else for additional stability. Unscrew it, and you can reverse the center column so that the camera can be set up all the way down to ground level. That’s an amazing amount of versatility in a system that is so small and lightweight.
Test for Multi-Position Leg Angles and Load Capacity
A0292TB00 is designed for APS-C DSLRs. This time, I use the lightweight combo to support my 70D+18-135 to check the load capacity and the performance in different angles.
After screwing the 70D+18-135 model on and shooting, I did not observe that the support combo began to shake or appearance any unbalance, even shooting in vertical direction, the combo is rock solid.
The legs can be independently locked into place at three different angles and the center column can be reversed for shooting in cramped quarters or on irregular surface areas or ground level. Many photographers are afraid that the photo/video will appearance unbalance when extend the center column up to the maximum height or reserve it to shoot in ground level. Actually, the combo of A0292T and B00 ball head is very sturdy even supporting large camera models.
Conversion to Monopod
Besides the basic functional of tripod, by removing the center column and screwing it into one of the legs, the A0292TB00 tripod combo can convert from a tripod into a full-size monopod.
For some specific situations and narrow spaces, we may have no enough time or no enough room to extend the tripod. So the conversion of monopod provides flexibility. It not only provides stability for photo or video in specific situation but also saves our expense to buy another monopod, and it reduces the carrying burden greatly.
Benro has been the leading photography accessories manufacturer thanks to its 18years experience in this area and the continuous investment of R&D. The new A0292TB00 Travel Angel II triple transfunctional aluminum tripod kit is one of its newly hot deals of tripod kits in Travel Angel series. And this benefits from Benro products’high quality.
The Benro A0292TB00 Travel Angel II Triple Transfunctional Aluminum Tripod Kit is a perfect combination of A0292T Tripod with reverse folding twist lock aluminum alloy legs and a B00 ball head. This compact full size tripod can convert to a compact monopod, full size monopod for the ultimate in versatility. The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees for a more compact, easy-to-carry system that protects the head during transport. In addition, legs can be independently locked into place at three different angles and the center column can be reversed to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas or at ground level. A foam grip on one leg offers a comfortable and warm place to hold the tripod and a carry bag with shoulder strap is included. A hook on the bottom of the center-column allows hanging additional weight from the tripod's center of gravity for increased stability. Rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast set-up. Weather and dust-resistant construction keeps the twist-locks clean, stable and functioning properly. The standard 3/8"head mount thread size on the tripod make the tripod compatible with other heads.
So, if you are an APS-C user and want to buy lightweight, compact and sturdy support equipment for you travel or hike, the A0292TB00 is absolutely a good choice, I highly recommend the little tripod to you.