Benro iFOTO FIF19CIB0 Travel Tripod Review
Updated: Aug 19
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.
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.