Benro Tortoise 34C tripod review

We check out the Benro Tortoise 34C – a new carbon fiber tripod that offers more than just an unusual name

Benro Tortoise 34C
(Image: © Benro)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Benro Tortoise 34C is one of a new range of tripods - which have been designed to be lightweight due to making do without a center column, and using a carbon fiber construction. Making do without a center column may seem like a hardship - but the theory is that you will get sharper images, and make better use of the leg adjustments. We were impressed with the speed of use of this model, and with the stability of the results we got in our field tests.


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    Carbon fiber

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    Weight-saving space-saving design


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    No center column

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Looking for a new tripod can be a daunting experience. There are more brands than ever before and the choice of models is mind-boggling. Where to start? The first thing to accept is that there’s probably no such thing as the perfect tripod and, a bit like camera bags, it’s a case of finding a ‘best fit’ if you want an all-rounder or realizing you may need two – or possibly even three – for different applications (especially true if you’re also shooting video).

However, at the top of the list of requirements is likely always to be ease and speed of set-up followed by the combination of portability and strength. Of course, there are plenty of tripods that tick these boxes – anything with carbon fiber leg sections for starters – but one that caught our eye recently was Benro’s new Tortoise carbon fiber series. 

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