Quick review of the HorusBennu 747T Tripod

After weeks of research, searching and comparing tripods suitable for hiking trips I finally got the chance to test one of the cheaper options on the market, the HorusBennu 747T aluminum tripod with the LX-1T ball-head. When I first posted a test I’ve only had it for a week and by that time I was impressed. Now after more than two years with it, I can now longer call this a test and I have rewritten the original post to sum up my experience with it.

First I´d like to point out that this tripod has exceeded many of my expectations. I initially borrowed it, but ended up keeping it. It is so “handy” that I still use it whenever the scene calls for it and have not bothered looking into a better alternative yet. For short hikes, which is what I do most often, it is small and light enough to carry either strapped on a camera/backpack or on the carrier of my bike. It comes with a carrying bag that snugly fits and protects the tripod and head while traveling. It is also quick to set up and adjust with the leg lock system flaps and the one knob ballhead. If it gets sandy or dirty, one can easily put it in the shower or wash it in cold freshwate and since it is made of aluminum, it will not rust.

With it´s detachable counterbalance you can get low to the ground and even mount your camera upside down to get flat to the ground. In terms of height, this is a short tripod. I am 180 cm / 70,86 inches and find myself having to bend my back quite a bit, especially if I do not expand the center column. Expanding the center column will make the tripod a whole lot less sturdy and prone to camera shake. In fact, this is the tripods weak points. To combat unwanted vibrations, at the golden hours I often end up setting the tripod up firmly in onto the ground, never raise the center column fully and set the cameras timer to 10 seconds and shoot with a remote. For scenes that don´t require long shutter times, it´s perfectly fine. Since I am not shooting on a daily basis, I have come to terms that I can live with it. The LX-1T ballhead does it´s job very well. It has no problems holding up my equipment, which is at it´s heaviest around 2 kilos. I have never experienced any creeping either.

So to sum thing up; what you get is an extremely versatile tripod that is light weight, easy to carry around and quick to set up. It is also probably the least expensive tripod with similar features on eBay. If it´s a sturdy tripod you´re looking for and one that matches your hight if you are a tall person, look somewhere else and expect to pay a lot more.

Location: Folgefonna

Folgefonna National Park in Hardanger spans 5 municipalities with a total area of 545.2 km². Folgefonna is the collective term for three glaciers named Nordre, Midtre and Søndre (Northern, Central and Southern) Folgefonn. The southern part is the third largest and one of the most southern glaciers located in mainland Norway. At the highest it’s 1662 meters above sea level and 400 at the lowest. The glacier is in some parts as thick as 500 meters. This would be my first visit to Folgefonna as part of a round trip in the region and prior to this adventure, the only glaciers I’ve seen have all been in Iceland. Before the trip I spent hours studying maps and searching online for information. As I had no plans on actually walking the glacier itself, the search was for locations around the glacier where I could get up close enough to get a decent impression of it and fortunately there were some great spots found, but I’ll get to that a bit later.

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The photographers ephemeris

Landscape photographers often plan their shots after the golden hours or twilight. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a piece of software that helps you plan, not only twilight, but also the sun or moons direction at any given time as well as shadows and the length of the shadow and much more. About two months ago I visited a waterfall, the largest in the area called Månafossen, but arrived too late. The sun was partially blocked by a mountain ridge and only lighting half the waterfall. The upper half was bathing in sun, while the lower part was in shadow, making the shooting less than ideal. Based on my new knowledge of the area, I decided to return either an overcast day or a sunny day between 8 and 12 hoping the valley and entire waterfall would be well lit by the sun. I just recently stumbled upon this software and I decided to give Stephen Trainor’s The Photographer’s Ephemeris a go, starting with my planned waterfall shots. Read the rest of this entry »

Location: South & South West Iceland

The location articles are part trip reports and notebooks with my experiences as a traveling photographer. In these articles I share my travel experiences, ideas and challenges with notes on what can be done better and hopefully be of use to other travelers and photographers.

There were 3 of us traveling to Iceland, a friend, my girlfriend and me. A tip from my friend who had been to Iceland earlier, was renting a 4×4 drive to get around easier. We studied the web and asked around for cheap “rent-a-wreck” like cars and in the end we discovered SadCars.is, which has normal 2 wheel drives and 4×4 at half the price of your normal rental company. Their cars are used (10 years) and we ended up with a Suzuki Grand Vitara which served us well during the trip. Read the rest of this entry »