July 21st, 2020
Recently, I had to retire my Benro carbon fiber tripod after years of dependable use. It was a forced retirement as the plastic shims that retain the twist locks in place cracked. Given the age of the tripod Benro no longer carries those shims (they were apparently proprietary to the tripod itself, which has long since been discontinued) and I could not find a third-party alternative that would fit. I began my search for a replacement with three specific requirements. First, it had to be 3-sections. Second, it had to have flip locks. Lastly, it had to be carbon fiber. These three requirements thinned the pool of available tripods considerably. Based on consistently favorable reviews and meeting my set of criteria, I choose the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3. Continue Reading.