A Tripod, a Monopod & a Walking Stick. | Benro Travel Angel II Triple Transfunctional Carbon Fiber Tripod
I bought lot of tripods in the past, my first tripod the Velbon Tripod lost in the hills of Kyushu, Japan when I joined the Canon Photo Clinic a few years ago, I was chasing a beautiful morning light when I decided to put down my tripod and run to an amazing scenery, when I turned around I can't remember where did I place the tripod. = (
My second tripod is a Manfrotto I got a good memories and lots of travels with this great tripod, then one day the main Tripod lock grip got loose thread, It is still usable but I can't raise the center column to the maximum height anymore. That's the time I look around for a replacement.
I went to this shop and find this particular tripod, for me all tripods in the market are all the same in terms of functions and usage. But I was impressed with the versatility of this tripod. The Benro Travel Angel II C1692TBO Triple Transfunctional Carbon Fiber Tripod.
It can convert into a full size monopod, a compact monopod and a walking stick with wooden knob and integrated compass. Talk about versatility, I never seen a tripod before with such various capabilities just like this transfunctional tripod. The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 deg. making it small enough to carry just about anywhere. I bought the bigger version Travel Angel 2 C1692TBO because I felt like it will support my camera load capacity needs and height preferences well than the smaller one. If ever I need more stability I'll just carry a plastic shopping bag and fill it with stones to hang on the spring hook if such occasions occur and you'll have a rock solid support.
I find the The supplied head in this kit is kinda complicated for me ha ha ha. The release has a safety feature which needs a pull and second turn of knob to fully release. There seems to be no practical reason to do this and it impedes speed of release. There is overkill on the friction too with two knobs to control the friction of angle adjustment the quick release knob is the same size as the main angle lock so you could easily get confused and turn the wrong one. The smooth of movement is very good and it's easy to adjust from portrait to vertical shooting or make minor adjustments to angle in either format.
This Travel Angel II Kit includes a B0 Double Action Ball Head with PU-50 Arca-Swiss quick release plate. Made from magnesium alloy components the ball head has separate pan and position control and a separate drag adjustment control knob. The head has an integrated bubble level. Tripod comes equipped with screw-in rubber feet and screw-in stainless steel spiked feet in Manfrotto you need to buy it separately.
Nobody solicit me to write a blog about this tripod, I bought this product with my own hard earned money I'm just amazed with what this product can do for me in the field and share the info to my fellow photographers. I love to travel and shoot landscapes at the same time, I can use this tripod a lot in my Wedding Shoot specially for creative stuffs and sometimes for video fusion too.
Value For Money : This is quite an expensive tripod but I love the versatility of this tripod a lot. Portable & Solid!
Compact design | Light weight | Monopod | Walking pole | Versatility | Reversing centre column
Great All around Tripod!
KLM: On Assignment - Toulouse, France
Now for the specifics of this unique contest.
Last year KLM sent two photographers. This year three people are going to travel--Two Photographers and One Travel Writer. This contest will determine which photographers and which writer will go.
For the Writer: Travel to Toulouse and write a special article for the Lonely Planet magazine. Your article should describe the city, the culture, the food, and the general experience in the South of France in one of the most beautiful cities in France.
For the Photographers: Travel with the writer to Toulouse and collaborate to determine the best photos for the Lonely Planet article.
a. You must have a valid passport for travel during the end of September 2012.
b. You must be able to be away for at least one week.
c. You must be in decent physical shape.
d. You must have the proper gear if you are a photographer.
e. Ideally you know how to drive.
Who can Join?
Anyone, for both photographers and writers. You need not be a professional.
You must be at least 18 years old or above at the time of travel.
For Writers: You will be tasked to write an article entitled "Rediscover Manila". The article should be 1,500-2,000 words in length. The definition of Manila is Greater Manila and not just Manila city. Your article should a) make a Manileno discover their city once again and make a foreigner want to visit Manila. Tell us something we don't know about. Tell us what makes this city thrive. Tell us something that was once lost and now is found again. Use your imagination. Make the reader want to go out and either discover or rediscover this city.
From all the submissions, we will select the Top 6 best articles and rank them. The author of the best article will go on the trip. 2nd to 6th place will serve as alternates.
The winning "Rediscover Manila" piece will be published in the Lonely Planet magazine also.
For Photographers: You will submit to us a portfolio of ten (10) images-- two (2) images per category. The Toulouse assignment will test your skill over several genres of photography. We need to know that you are qualified to shoot for the Lonely Planet. Do not think you have to be a professional to enter this.
Winning photographers will be chosen for creativity, interpretation, and diversity. Do not send in any Black and White images because they are rarely used in the Lonely Planet. The Portfolio component comprises 70% of your score.
The Categories where you need to submit two (2) images each are:
But you still need to tell us why you have to get on this trip. Along with your portfolio, you will need to submit your "Pitch" and tell KLM why you should be selected for this trip. You can be creative as you want or as simple as you want. Last year, some simple but very sincere pitches got high points. Some creative pitches didn't. Its the message that you want to get across that really counts here. The Pitch component comprises 30% of your score.
My winning "Pitch"
Semi-Finals and Finals
Photographers aren't off that easy. Six (6) photographers will be selected from the process as semi finalists. These six will have to go through a shootout to determine the Top-2 photographers to be awarded the Assignment.
The Shootout is simple: You will be given a copy of the article "Rediscover Manila" from the winning writer. You will be given 7 days to produce fifteen (15) images interpreting the article. The two photographers who interpret and photograph for the article properly go On Assignment. The remaining four serve as alternates.
Rights of Work
So we are clear with everything, the photographers and writers own the rights to their work. However, by joining going on the trip, you have agreed that your article and photographs may be used in a future Lonely Planet travel piece. For photographers you will also be featured in an exclusive DPP article exploring the challenges you had shooting On Assignment. You must also agree that your words and photographs may be re-printed by KLM or LP as long as it stays in the same article form.
You have up to 12:00 noon, Friday, August 24, 2012 to submit your article or photography portfolio.
How to Submit
Photographers, you can post your portfolios like last year on this DPP Forum so that everyone can get excited and comment about the work. After posting online you should also email us your pitch and portfolio to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers should send their articles to the same email.
We are also setting up a special webpage for the On Assignment. It is not yet up but will be by July 14. The address is: onassignment.ph
We will put all articles and portfolios in a neat format on this website for easy review.
Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to travel to the south of France on an all-expense-paid photography ON ASSIGNMENT for the Lonely Planet sponsored by our favorite European airline, KLM.
This contest is open for everyone.
And if you are a stud who can write and take photos, you can up your chances by submitting in both categories.
A big thanks goes out to KLM. There is no other photo contest in the country that tests and rewards yours skills as this one.
For more details visit: http://www.digitalphotographer.com.ph