Benro Travel Angel TRA269

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Benro is a Chinese company which makes professional tripods and heads. While the name “Benro” has little international recognition in comparison to Manfrotto, Gitzo, etc , it is well known among the Chinese. Benro like any other tripod companies has a wide range of product ranging from flexipods, tripods, monpods and heads. Benro also offers their products in Carbon Fibre.

One of their more interesting product is probably the Benro Travel Angel. It is similar design to the Gitzo 1550 with a 180 degree folding mechanism. The Benro Travel Angel comes in three different sizes and the largest of them all is the Benro TRA269.

The Benro TRA269 is very compact, only 40cm when folded. It comes with the matching Benro BH-1 ball head, as well as its own carry case and strap. The leg section diameter measures from 16mm-28mm which is similar to the Manfrotto 190XB series. The build quality seems good and is fairly stable. However, when compared with the higher class Manfrotto 055XPROB, the Benro TRA269 is not as solid. The Benro TRA2269 feels as solid as the Manfrotto 190XB series, but with 5 leg sections and a foldable leg system to reduce its size.

Length comparison with 

  1. Manfrotto 055XPROB+488RC2 Ball Head ~ 1.9m
  2. Manfrotto 776YB Monopod ~0.48m
  3. Benro TRA269+BH-1 Ball Head  ~0.4m

The Benro TRA296 is even shorter than the Manfrotto 776YB monopod when folded.

Benro TRA269 specification compares with Manfrotto 190XB and the higher class 055XPROB.

  Benro TRA269+BH-1 Ball Head Manfrotto 190XB (no head) Manfrotto 055XPROB (no head)
Max.load 6kg 5kg 7kg
Max. Height 1590mm 1460mm 1785mm
Min. Height 500mm 80cm 100mm
Folded Length 400mm 535mm 655mm
Number of Leg Sections 5 (16mm-28mm) 3 (16-25mm) 3 (20mm-29.4mm)
Weight 1.80kg 1.80kg 2.40kg

 

What makes the Benro Travel Angel so compact is the reverse folding legs. When folded, it is only 40cm which is ideal for travel.

The Benro Travel Angel comes in three models:

TRA269 – similar to the Manfrotto 190XB series

TRA169 – similar to the Manfrotto 7301YB series. Comparing to the TRA269, the TRA169 is about 2cm shorter when folded, 0.3kg lighter and with a leg section diameter from 13mm-25mm.

TRA069 – the smallest of all with a maximum loading of 1kg.

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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