• Daniel Wretham

Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 Travel Tripod Review

Updated: May 3, 2020

I had a trip planned to Bosnia & Herzegovina in September but it wasn't going to be a landscape photography trip, more of a social visit but as we all know if the chance comes up to get in some photography then we would all take it.

Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 Travel Tripod Review
Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 Travel Tripod

I wasn't going to take all my photography gear, I just wanted the absolute minimum so I could chuck it in a small ruck sack and be mobile and snatch an opportunity should it arise.

The Canon EOS R was a perfect lightweight body to take, I was going to stick with just one lens, a Canon RF 24-105 mm and a couple of filters and originally I had intended to shoot handheld as I figured most of my chances would come during the day only so the light would be good enough for it.

The more I looked at the landscapes of Bosnia & Herzegovina the more I started to think I would much sooner have a tripod with me as there was plenty of lakes and panorama opportunity's and being able to smooth out the water might make a more appealing shot.

My Current Tripod of choice is a Gitzo one which I absolutely adore but lets be clear, a travel tripod it isn't !

It's a big old unit and despite being carbon fibre its still pretty heavy, add to that the large Benro B4 ball head I use plus a Gitzo panning bowl base for panoramas and it soon stacks up the size and weight.

Carrying it on a plane in a small hand luggage bag wasn't going to be an option, plus I wanted it to be small and inconspicuous as possible.

I had a look around to see what was out there and there were a few travel tripods, The usual manufactures offered a few options, some better than others but choice was surprisingly good.

I have been using a Benro B4 Ball head for a long time now and have found it faultless and Benro as a company had been extremely helpful with various things in the past so I felt they would be the best choice for this.

After chatting with Benro they gave me a few different options and I settled on the Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 carbon fibre travel tripod.

I was originally going to go for an aluminium version as the weight difference between the two was so minimal it would have made very little difference.

1.64 kg for the aluminium version and 1.41 kg (3.1 lbs) for the carbon fibre version, The price for the aluminium version was £120.00 RRP and the carbon fibre version at £230.00 RRP so it seemed that the aluminium version was the better buy, that was until I saw Wex Photographic had a special offer on the Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 carbon fibre version with a huge £105 off it making it £125, so basically £5 more than the standard aluminium version, a no brainer and it was ordered with the satisfying feeling of having bagged a bargain.

The usual agonising wait for the delivery man had started.

First Impressions

I had many preconceived ideas of how this tripod would be before I purchased it, I have to admit I thought it would probably be quite unstable and a bit "cheap" to be honest but would "do" for the purposes of what I wanted it for.

When it actually arrived to say I was surprised was an understatement ! I was absolutely over the moon, It was awesome !

Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 Travel Tripod Review
At a super compact 34.8 cm when fully folded it makes for a perfect travel tripod

The size of it all folded up was perfect for my needs, it was an incredibly compact 34.8 cm (13.7 inches) from top to bottom and only 30 cm when measured around the body meaning it would fit in my hand luggage with ease, in fact it was almost as small as my overnight wash bag !