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Benro Geared Head

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Benro Banish Bank Holiday Blues.

After a rather dismal Bank Holiday Week End on Skye, a pleasant surprise this morning as a parcel arrived from Benro UK.

As promised at the end of last week, one of the new geared heads was being sent out for some tough testing in the Cuillin. The GD3WH or Gear Drive 3 Way Head was impressively packed and any courier would have had to work hard to damage it.

First impressions; a top quality product, superbly engineered with absolutely no flex or play. Love the very positive controls and the release mechanisms on the gears so you can speedily move to roughly the right angle. Most importantly, it stays firmly as it is, none of the slight post tightening droop you can get with some ball heads.

Compared to the diminutive B1 Ballhead that I've been using since December, it does seem bulky and a tad heavy but suspect the benefits will make these more than worthwhile.

Photos taken from The Boat House jetty in Sconser so we've got a great testing ground without leaving home.

Anyone out there using a geared head or thinking about it then I'd love to know your thought and experiences. Until Benro introduced this, Manfrotto were the only makers of economically viable geared heads so it'd be great to know how people found them in use. If anyone's got any questions or tests they want done then please ask.

 


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