The Benro seems to have gotten some fairly good reviews, and are 'clones' of the Gitzos. The C-227n6 appears to be the copy of the Gitzo 1227 (1228?), and I believe this is a current model (although its not listed on the B&H website; I did find it on eBay, seller in Hong Kong, free shipping, $277 - but not sure I want to go that route). Anyway, the question is, will the TB-20 and TB-30 fit on the C-227n6?
I doubt it (the Benros look like Gitzos, but that's mostly cosmetic).
You might consider a used 1227/1228 or basalt 2-series like the 2940L, any of which will be nicer than the Benro, without the worry of build quality. There's a seller on fredmiranda.com right now with a 1228 with a TB-20 for $425 -- given the price of the TB-20, that's only a little more than what you're looking at.
edited to add: looks like this seller has now listed the combo on ebay. With a BIN of $450 and cashback at 30%, it's a LOT of tripod for the money. I have no connection to the seller.
I must very much disagree with Smeirt. I think Benro tripods / monopods are great. I was so pleased with my Benro tripod I also bought a Benro monopod. I have a Markins Q3 on my monopod and a Markins M10 on my tripod so I imagine the TB-20 will fit. Why don't you call and ask them?
>The question of whether it will fit is separate from whether >you think Benros are any good. > >While Markins ballheads (like most) have a universal 3/8" >thread, the TB-20 is matched to a specific Gitzo design and >thread pattern. It's a big assumption to assume that they >will match. >
It would appear that Gitzo, like everyone else uses 1/4 and 3/8 bolts:
Thu 04-Dec-08 02:18 AM | edited Fri 05-Dec-08 12:41 AM by 1MoreFord
>... the TB-20 is matched to a specific Gitzo design and thread pattern. It's a big assumption to assume that they will match. >> > >It would appear that Gitzo, like everyone else uses 1/4 and >3/8 bolts:
The Tb-20 and TB-30's are designed to thread onto the Gitzo shell(? right word?) that is not 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 thread. It has a stud in the top that is/can be 1/4 or 3/8 to attach a ballhead. Don't assume that Gitzo's and Benro's use the same thread on the shell.
>The Tb-20 and TB-30's are designed to thread onto the Gitzo shell(? >right word?) that is not 1/4-20 or 3/8-11 thread. It has a stud in >the top that is/can be 1/4 or 3/8 to attach a ballhead. Don't >assume that Gitzo's and Benro's use the same thread on the shell
Both my ballheads, 3 mounting plates (2 lens and one camera), 2 Nikon cameras, Cannon camera, Olympus camera and my old Pentax all have identical female threaded 3/8" slot to screw into. The plates also all have identicle 1/4" slots that I screw my black rapid strap into.
Let me see if I understand you are saying that Gitzo makes tripods with studs that are out of standard with Nikon, Cannon, Markins, Pentax, Olympus and probably everybody else . Do I have that right?
This has nothing to do with liking or disliking anything! Please stop spreading misinformation about equipment you don't know anything about. You're being defensive, assuming that we're criticizing your equipment, but you're mistaken.
The TB-20 is a special attachment that replaces the center column lock on the top assembly of a Gitzo mountaineer. It is NOT a standard tripod thread part. Look here for pictures illustrating how it works:
Thu 04-Dec-08 03:45 AM | edited Thu 04-Dec-08 03:46 AM by gentrypwc
B&H Photo now sells Benro tripods. Call them and ask about the compatibility of the TB-20 on a Benro wing nut center column (ie; is the thread pattern the same as the Gitzo, series 2)? Or find a fellow photographer with a TB-20 and see if it will thread onto the center column thread. If you were near me, I'd let you try my TB-20 just out of curiosity. It doesn't seem like anyone has tried this yet. What's odd is that Benro copied everything from Gitzo and Markins/Kirk but the TB-20.