Review of Benro A1573FS2 Video Tripod Kit

 

The Benro S series video tripods are innovative: on top of the basic front-rear tilting and 360˚ panning abilities, the tripod has a LEVELING CENTER COLUMN which allows user to level the tripod head effortlessly, even in uneven terrains, like the following photo (you could see that the tripod and center column are heavily inclined, but the video head and the camcorder are still in level position):

 

 

From the viewpoint of photography, the leveling function may not be very attractive, as it can simply be achieved by a ball head. But for video shooting, it’s another story, the leveling center column really helps. Because most of the video heads (I mean amateur or consumer levels) usually only get the tilting and panning abilities, but not the leveling function. Therefore, the leveling center column greatly helps video shooters in uneven grounds.
Besides, other than the video head, the center column can also work with other kind of heads for different usages, for example Panorama Shooting. We will demonstrate how it works in the coming section.

Where to buy?

eBay US Store / eBay UK Store / eBay AU Store

 

Specifications

 

 

In this review section, we use A1573FS2 (the smallest model in the series) for demonstration.

 

Product Shots – Main Features

 


Folded

 


Folded, Video Head was detached.

 


Extended

 


Extended, and center column is extended too.

 


Leveling Center Column, able for 15 degrees pivoting.

 


Inclined to one side

 


Inclined to another side

 


Center Column can be detached from the tripod body

 


Camcorder and video head are in level position,
even the tripod legs are heavily inclined.

 


Camcorder and video head are in level position,
even the tripod legs are heavily inclined.

 

Product Shots – Video Head Close-up

 


Structure of the S2 Video Head

 


Structure of the S2 Video Head

 


Back view of Video Head

 


Close up of QR plate

 


With Bubble Level

 


QR plate is detached

 


Close up of QR system

 


Screw is detachable from QR plate,
so the plate is ready for use different size screw.

 


Base Screw Diameter is 3/8″

 

Product Shots – Demonstration with PC0 for Panorama Shooting
(PC0 is purchased separately, it’s not included in the tripod package.)

 


PC0 top view, the bubble level on the clamp is important for leveling.

 


PC0 bottom view

 


PC0 is mounted onto the Leveling Center Column

 


Demo, a DSLR is mounted on the tripod.

 


The PC0 panorama head is in level position,
even though the tripod is heavily inclined!

 


The DSLR and panorama head are in level position,
even though the tripod is heavily inclined!

 


The DSLR and panorama head are in level position,
even though the tripod is heavily inclined!

 

Product Shots – Other Features of Tripod

 


Angel Adjuster, 3 angles selection.

 


Medium Angle

 


Lowest Angle

 


Flip Lock

 


Flip Lock

 


Interchangeable Feet:
Rubber feet for flat surface Steel; Spiked feet for rocky, muddy, sandy surfaces

 


Steel Spiked feet for rocky, muddy, sandy surfaces

 


Tripod bag

 

The leveling center column is a breakthrough of video tripods. It levels the video gear conveniently, especially in uneven terrains. The leveling ability of the column also works seamlessly with other kind of heads, such as panorama clamps, for both normal shooting or panorama shooting. Please visit our online stores for the video tripods if you are interested in them.

 

Where to buy?

eBay US Store / eBay UK Store / eBay AU Store

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