Benro TablePod Wooden Edition review

More than just a nice set of legs, Benro’s special edition wooden tabletop tripod is a hard worker too

Benro TablePod Wooden Edition
(Image: © Australian Camera)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Benro TablePod is possibly a product that you never thought you’d need, but it’s surprisingly useful, especially for macro work where you want to get really close to the subject. You probably wouldn’t have considered the Wood Edition either, but now it’s here, why not? The standard carbon fiber model has exactly the same specs and the price difference isn’t very much in return for something a bit different.


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    Distinctive wooden legs, made of walnut

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    Comes in presentation box, making it great for gifting

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    Arca-Swiss quick release plate


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    The carbon fiber version is cheaper

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Before there were lightweight metal alloys and super-strong composites, all tripods had wooden legs, but it’s a bit of a rarity these days. Benro has opted for walnut for its special ‘Wood Edition’ of the TablePod tabletop tripod. 

It certainly looks pretty smart, especially along with the mini tripod’s bronze-colored aluminum components, but the Wood Edition is a fully functioning piece of equipment.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.