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Benro A-157 EX review

A simple, no frills tripod

For

  • Keen price with online discounts
  • Sturdy build
  • Handy extras

Against

  • Only supports 6kg
  • Feet wouldn't come off
  • Aluminium rather than carbon fibre

The A157 is part of the Quicklock series, and it's a simple, no frills tripod, now discounted to around £70 online.

Made from aluminium, the A157 is a three-section device that supports a maximum load of 6kg, so as with the A197, it's more suited to entry level SLRs and lenses than higher-end kit.

It extends to a maximum height of 1 metre, 47 centimetres and weighs in at a lightweight 157kg.

Benro a157 ex

Benro a157 ex

Build quality and performance

Although this is a no-frills tripod with clip-lock legs, it comes with some useful extras, such as a reversible central column (enabling cameras to be set closer to the ground) and a spirit level in the tripod collar.

Benro a157 ex

The twist-lock system for the central column comes is really neat and easy to use. Being able to adjust the column so easily makes this tripod a great choice for landscape photographers on a budget, and it's also great for home studio photography.

Benro a157 ex

Verdict

This is a much better budget choice than the A-197 EX, thanks to its handy reversible central column, spirit level and other extras. The only slight quibble is that the ends of the feet didn't come off on our model, but maybe this was a production fault – according to Benro all its tripods are able to support spiked feet as standard.

Benro a157 ex

Tech Specs

Product TypeTripod
Maximum Height1470 mm
Minimum Height325 mm
Brand NameBenro
Form FactorFloor Standing
Load Capacity6 kg
Product SeriesEX
ManufacturerBenro Precision Photography Industry Co. LTD
Product ModelA-157EX
Product NameA-157EX Floor Standing Tripod
Manufacturer Part NumberA157EX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.benro.com
Marketing Information

Adopting the superior quality imported Aluminium alloy material and processing in the secondary intensify tooling technology, the new Mg-Aluminium tripod are excellent in timeless strength ,rigidity, durability though the tube thickness is 1.2mm. The Magniesium components which are using the updated Magnesium alloy and secondary surface treatment processing technology, make the tripod 20% lighter than the previous model N6 series . Mg-Carbon Fiber Tripod EX Series features in new Quicklock design. Set up the tripod just a matter of second and smoother, quicker!

Weight (Approximate)1.57 kg