Just a couple of thoughts, to cover all the bases...
That Benro is, I think, a series 4 class, with 36 or 37mm diameter legs? (B&H lists it as 28mm diameters; they seem to have problems getting Benro specs tight).
My understanding is that Benro is sold in the USA without warranty, or with a warranty under the Induro name. Same products coming out of the same factory. Almost a "gray market" situation. Before I bought a Benro, I would thoroughly research parts and warranty availability, especially "consumables" such as the bushings in the leg joints. Until recently most Benro's were purchased via Ebay from sellers in the Orient and you were presumably beholden to your seller for parts or service. Now that B&H is carrying them, things may have changed but I would get something in writing from B&H outlining their policies and replacement parts availability.
For $300ish you can get a Feisol 3371/3471, which are well supported products. As was discussed recently here, those Feisol models do not have a good middle leg spread position, which can cause issues trying shoot from low positions such as a seated position. The Benro has ALR and supposedly dust proof leg collars, bot nice features. The Feisol comes stock with a flat plate. AFAIK the Benro center collar is not replaceable with any sort of flat plate arrangement. If you are using this with a gimbal, in particular, it is good to keep the COG down as low as possible over the mount.
Sun 04-May-08 07:56 PM | edited Sun 04-May-08 08:06 PM by pcspecialist
Benro legs are very well built, I have the C-227 and couldn't be happier with it. I have had my D300, 2X TC and 70-200VR mounted on it with a near fully loaded back pack (quite heavy) hanging from the hook and it handles the weight fine. Warranty, what for? I have serious doubts any warranty related issues will ever come up with such a well made tripod.
As for the center column on a Benro, it can't be eliminated but it can be replaced with a short column for very little cost. Well, actually it can be eliminated - do the same as the OP of this thread did on his Gitzo. I did something similar to a different brand pod.
Benro heads are great low cost heads but are absolutely no substitute for spendier heads like a Markins.