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Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« on: June 08, 2010, 02:42:23 PM »
I'm deciding between the Benro C-169 or the A-169.

Is the price difference worth the weight difference? What are the other benefits of a carbon fiber tripod? TIA.  :)
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Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2010, 02:50:37 PM »
The price would be worth it if you're going to use your tripod a lot when you travel.  Carrying a heavy aluminum tripod can be a pain especially when you travel a lot.

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 03:03:12 PM »
i'm using benro carbon tripod for 2.5 years na... wala akong reklamo... used it at dagat, ilog, sand, rocks, and muds at up to now maayos na maayos pa din! sulit sa presyo at hindi masakit sa katawan dalahin. hehe

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010, 03:14:38 PM »
Thanks for the replies, but is 0.5 lb difference really worth the extra 203USD?  ??? ???
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2010, 03:43:56 PM »
Sir, in my case carbon fiber is worth it... or buy the best you can afford... ;)

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2010, 03:47:16 PM »
Better buy the Carbon Fiber is budget permits...

Carbon fiber tripods are lighter and resilient then aluminum... I have the Aluminum version, but I'm happy with it...
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2010, 04:00:10 PM »
Thanks for the replies keep them coming ;D
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2010, 04:08:51 PM »
Thanks for the replies, but is 0.5 lb difference really worth the extra 203USD?  ??? ???

I believe the cf tripod reduces vibration than the aluminum legs, this is helpful when you're doing long exposures. you can use it anywhere without worrying about rust or anything like that. it's more stable and can hold a heavier weight than aluminum.

i have used the benro aluminum travel angel series for the most part of travel but replaced it with a cf tripod. di ako nanghinayang kasi lagi ko nagagamit sa travels ko.

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 11:17:29 AM »
I believe the cf tripod reduces vibration than the aluminum legs, this is helpful when you're doing long exposures. you can use it anywhere without worrying about rust or anything like that. it's more stable and can hold a heavier weight than aluminum.


+1 on this plus, when I went to china with my family, I was using a CF and my brother brought an aluminum version. Based on our experience, the aluminum version tends to get cold/hot in a very short time. Hindi na nya mahawakan yung tripod nya because lumamig ng husto yung aluminum to the point that it had some thin frost. Dumidikit sa kamay. :) Same goes here in our country, laging mainit kaya mas madaling uminit yung legs kapag tutok sa araw.
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2010, 07:13:06 AM »
I'm very happy that I decided to upgarde my old tripod --- Benro A298 Flex Pod which weighed about 2.5kgs (with ballhead)... it was very solid/stable but simply too heavy to carry around during photowalks....

Yest I got the Benro Travel Angel A169m8... Aluminium model which folds down to only 14inches... Amazing!!! very compact, light and handy... Its rated to support upto 8kgs... (just like my old tripod) ;D

Before getting the A169... i also tested the CF travel angel model... I'd say that the A169/A168 would be a very good alternative travel tripod compared to the CF models...  Price is lower by half compared to the CF models... Legs of the A169m8 is about 3k only (minus the cost of the Benro B-0 ballhead)...  CF travel angel legs alone cost at least 11k :o... 3k vs 11k... i could buy some other useful stuff with the difference...

Gets too hot or too cold during outdoor? simple... use a mini towel to hold the tripod :)

I'm very happy with my current setup, the A169m8 + a manfrotto 496RC2 ballhead... Its is a decent travel tripod... light, compact, and stable ...

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2010, 08:42:40 AM »
i have the CF. no problems...reklamo ko lang is yun locks ng benro  :o :o :o

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2010, 09:28:51 AM »
i have the CF. no problems...reklamo ko lang is yun locks ng benro  :o :o :o

sir, may i ask what the problem is with the benro locks? :)
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2010, 09:47:38 AM »
i have the CF. no problems...reklamo ko lang is yun locks ng benro  :o :o :o


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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2010, 10:26:12 AM »
napasukan ng buhangin yun isang lock. kailangan ko pa baklasin para linisin.  :o :o :o

 of course, the lock doesnt feel the same afterwards...di na masikip...na touch for the very 1st time na kasi

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2010, 04:48:55 PM »
Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm still pretty torn between the two tripods. Does anyone know where these tripod are available? I guess the best way to settle this is to try both at the same time  ;D
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2010, 06:53:27 PM »
Thanks for all the replies so far. I'm still pretty torn between the two tripods. Does anyone know where these tripod are available? I guess the best way to settle this is to try both at the same time  ;D

the weight difference bet A169 & C169 is about 1 pound... very hard to distinguish... A169=3.3lbs while the c169m8=2.2lbs... but the aluminium legs is about 4k vs the CF legs only of about 11k.

I cant justify spending that much on something that differs in weight by just 1 pound...

do a side by side of the aluminium and the CF... i'd chose the A model and use my saving on other stuff... a bag. CF card or something...

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2010, 07:36:37 PM »
nun sabay ko sila hinahawakan hindi ko sila napapansin. pero nang naka sabit na siya sa kata bag ko lalo na nung nasa tamrac ko, dun mo talaga malalaman na sulit talaga ang CF. buong araw nasa likod ko ang tripod kung magdala ako para mag shoot ng tubig :o :o :o

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2010, 11:05:28 AM »
the weight difference bet A169 & C169 is about 1 pound... very hard to distinguish... A169=3.3lbs while the c169m8=2.2lbs... but the aluminium legs is about 4k vs the CF legs only of about 11k.

I cant justify spending that much on something that differs in weight by just 1 pound...

do a side by side of the aluminium and the CF... i'd chose the A model and use my saving on other stuff... a bag. CF card or something...

were you able to use/ compare the two side by side?  as what pitbull said, which i agree as i did used the two, it has a signifcant difference.

and the price difference doesn't end with carbon model being a pound lighter. construction, features, being compact are other features that a photographer can really benefit from. 
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2010, 04:14:15 PM »
carbon gets my vote, but it really depends on your budget

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2010, 09:30:04 PM »
I was on the same boat as yours trying to decide between A169 and C169, due to budget limitation I got the A169 with the B-0 ballhead for around 7k, the C169 costs 11.5k without the ballhead yet.
If you decide to get the C169 with the same ballhead as the A169, prepare at least around 15-16k. The C169 is around 11.5K and the B-0 ballhead is around 4.3K.
I got mine delivered to our office from Aperture in Banawe. Try giving them a call at (632) 732-8991, madalas kasi out of stock.

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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #20 on: June 21, 2010, 01:26:22 AM »
Thank you for the number. I'll give them a call when I'm over there I hope they still have stock left. I have the budget for either one so we'll see what's up.
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Re: Benro Tripod Options - Carbon or Aluminum?
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2010, 01:11:00 AM »
There are two types of tripods out there

1 lightweights
2 better tripods

If I may suggest, buy the latter.
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