Tripods & the elements.

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by noelh, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Until the last couple tripods the units were cheap & barely functional. They all ended up in the landfill due to failure. Exposure to water, sand, salt air mist, mud eventually resulted in the leg section release levers/twist rings jamming or falling apart.

    Eventually picked up a decent Bogen. Fine for the 35mm gear, but bit oversize & too heavy ballhead for mu43 gear. So a few months ago purchased a very compact, light Benro cf tripod. Bit of a compromise. The light weight was appreciated on yesterdays outing. Pretty much either climbing or descending some too steep pitches.

    Tripod set up in shallow water, mud or sandy surfaces on a regular basis. Benro claims to have a wiper seal to keep moisture & soil out. Assuming these seals work, how effective are they as the temperature drops? Durability? Have yet to see any Benro twist-lock replacement parts. Are leg lock parts from the high end manufactures like Gitzo and RRS available?
  2. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Technically, that's what the Gitzo OceanTraveler is for, but at $1200, it's probably cheaper to throw out Benros every couple of years.
  3. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium