The Benro A-358EX Tripod Legs are a professional-type full size tripod for those needing great support, speedy use, and a tall height. This isn't a tripod for doing a lot of extremely-low-height shooting or pointing towards the ground or directly underneath the tripod; it is just a very solid 4-section 'flip lock' aluminum model with enough creature comfort to make things a little more pleasant. The A-358EX's 32mm diameter upper leg segments and 20mm minimum diameter segments mean it comfortably supports heavy SLRs, medium format cameras, and large format cameras, and with a 5'2" working height' it will do so at the eye level of a 6' (183cm) tall photographer.
The A-358EX is officially rated to support 33 lbs (15kg), and Benro recommends it for any SLR with large, bright telephoto sports lenses such as a 500mm f/4.
The A-358EX's flip-lever leg locks are of the newest technology, and provide reliable and fast use with just a small motion necessary. Benro also has developed a rigid aluminum tubing that's just 1.2mm thick, which along with the extensive use of magnesium in the castings keeps the weight of this very tall tripod to a tolerable 5.4 lbs (2.44kg).
|Load Capacity ||33.0 lbs (15.0kg) |
|Head Attachment Fitting||3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 (reversible)|
|Maximum Height||68.7" (174.5cm) |
|Maximum Height w/o Column Extended ||62.2" (158.0cm) |
|Minimum Height ||21.3" (54.1cm) |
|Folded Length ||23.2" (59.0cm) |
|Weight ||5.4 lbs (2.44kg) |
|Material ||Aluminum |
|Leg Stages/Sections ||3/4 |
|Leg Lock Type ||Flip locks |
|Independent Leg Spread ||Yes |
|Spiked/Retractable Feet ||No |
|Center Brace ||No |
|Center Column Type ||Sliding |
|Center Column Sections ||1 |