Benro A-1681 TB0 review

A tripod and monopod in one

Benro A-1681
One of Benro's top-end Travel Angel tripods, the A-1681 has a monopod built-in

TechRadar Verdict

Pros

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    Great value, reverse-folding tripod kit

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    Built in monopod

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    Quality ball-head as standard

Cons

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    Some flex on legs

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    Fiddly monopod assembly

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    Steep official price

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Sitting at the higher-end of Benro's Travel Angel series is the A-1681 kit, which includes the company's B0 ballhead.

Key features include an easily removable top plate and detachable leg assembly, but the real selling point is the inclusion of a monopod – simply screw the top plate into a tripod leg for a single leg support.

As with the C1180 T, this tripod can support up to 8Kg, again making it suitable for travel and nature photographers with higher-end enthusiast cameras and long lenses.

Benro a-1681

Build quality and performance

This travel kit is made from aluminium alloy and feels reassuringly sturdy, but light. As with the C1180T, the twist lock system is a delight to use and the four section legs can be easily assembled.

Benro a-1681

While aluminium alloy offers more rigidity than carbon fibre, we noticed more leg flex than with the C1180T.

The legs have only two degrees of angle/adjustment, but go almost flat to the ground – making this tripod a good choice for awkward shooting situations.

Benro a-1681

Maximum height is 1320mm, which also comes in handy, but the monopod was a bit fiddly to set up (don't forget to pack the allen key). The supplied ball head is of reasonable quality, with friction control and a handy spirit level.

Benro a-1681

Verdict

Shop around online and you can get this tripod kit for £170, which makes it another great buy for photographers after reasonably priced, fuss-free support.

While it's not as light as a carbon fibre tripod, the A1681 is still easy to lug around, and don't forget the price includes a monopod and ball head too.

Benro a-1681

We liked

You get a lot for your money with this full-height tripod kit, and it saves you the extra hassle and expense of getting a ballhead and monopod. It's easy to set up and dismantle, too,

We disliked

The legs had more flex than those of the C1180 T and setting up the monopod could be easier