Picked up the Benro Mach3 TMA38CL Carbon Fibre Tripod at NEC Photography Show in 2018 after looking for a replacement to my old heavy aluminium Manfrotto 190 tripod, that was heavy probably down to the its weight in sand in each leg, I had it mind just go for a carbon fibre Manfrotto of the same more modern version.
Having looked Manfrotto I was really not that impressed with the build quality and certainly did not look as well made as my old original one, so the great thing about the show is the amount of tripod manufactures, so spent hrs looking at everything, then went home read reviews and on several and went back and purchased the following day.
My criteria was mainly landscape, but something that would be carried not massive distance so it had to be carbon, cost as i had a budget, weight it can hold with lenses etc and the main reason for a replacement was height of tripod having used a short version tripod on uneven ground i actually wanted a taller tripod.
The Benro Mach 3 range seemed ticked most of the boxes, apart from twist lock but that was something I would learn to get used to (Its quarter turn but still manage for one leg to collapse) this isn’t the lightest tripod either but doesn’t budge in heavy wind and that something you have to consider.
The show deal was basically Tripod with the Benro V3E Triple Action Ballhead came free was about £350.00 and is cheaper now i think. I did look at tripods that cost twice the cost of this just out of curiosity but glad i made the decision overall really very pleased and have certainly thrown it about.
Blog 59 - Croome Court on a very cold day, Croome is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive landscaped parkland near Pershore in south Worcestershire, The mansion and park were designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry, and were Brown's first landscape design and with commanding views over the Malverns. The parkland was nearly lost, but now owned and managed by the National Trust.
On one of the coldest days i have photographed luckily no wind as it was -8 on the car display as arrived in the dark, with head torch on and frosty ground I did short walk across two fields to this beautiful location, I had previously visited on a busy Sunday for a walk and obligatory tea and cake this place holds many stories including a secret wartime airbase, as walked the ground we followed the man made lake with view to the house, took a shot with my phone and made a mental note to return for an early morning shoot.
So at 7.00am was ready sun was coming up with very clear sky was hoping for a bit mist but didn’t happen, it was a beautiful morning and one that enjoyed more just being there watching nature wake up than the actual photos I shot. well worth a visit
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