April 17, 2015
NAB 2015

Benro Shows Off Highly Adjustable Tripod Heads & a New Line of Affordable Sliders

Benro is known for its high-quality tripods, most of which are priced affordably for beginning and working filmmakers. At NAB this year, they not only showed off some new tripod heads with loads of versatility, but also a brand new line of sliders. Ryan Koo investigates:

The BV4 and BV6 tripod heads feature weight capacities of 8.8 pounds and 13.2 pounds respectively. The pair of heads have these features in common.

Benro BV6 Tripod Head
  • 75mm Ball
  • Flat Base By Removing Tiedown Stud
  • 8-Step Counterbalance
  • Independent 4-Step Pan and Tilt Drag
  • Manfrotto 501/504PL Type Sliding Plate
  • 2x 3/8"-16 Accessory Mounting Threads

The BV line of tripod heads are currently available on B&H for $249 and $329.

Benro MoveOver Slider
Benro also announced their MoveOver line of sliders, which range from single-rail aluminum friction sliders all the way to dual-rail carbon fiber sliders with integrated flywheels. The prices of the sliders themselves range from $199 to $749, although Benro is also selling kits with pairs of tripod supports as well. There's not a whole lot of information on B&H yet, but the MoveOver sliders are available for pre-order. You can learn more on Benro's website.


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Benro heads are fantastically good for their price. I have found their legs though to be kind of lackluster. If you are starting out, I suggest springing for the head and finding some sticks elsewhere. Although they do make independent spread legs, which are really nice to have, they are not as well made.

April 17, 2015 at 4:25PM

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Joshua Bowen
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Hard to tell from just viewing images, are all of these sliders tripod mountable or is it just the larger carbon fiber ones?

April 17, 2015 at 5:08PM, Edited April 17, 5:08PM

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Joseph Gugliuzza
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Never mind I see the cheese plates now.

April 17, 2015 at 5:16PM

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Joseph Gugliuzza
Owner | Filmmaker
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Wow, finally some low-cost video heads with a good counter-balance range. ( 6 step and 8 step range )

My beef with the low-cost Manfrotto heads has always been their poor counter-balance range.

April 17, 2015 at 7:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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The S8 is easily my favorite budget head, far better than the 504hd. The sliders I got to play with at BVE and I can say they are exceptional especially when the flywheel i added.

April 19, 2015 at 10:22AM

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I have a Benro Monopod and Tripod, affordable and fantastic. Will definitely be giving these a look.

April 19, 2015 at 9:03PM

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David Doel
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Much better than Manfrotto.

April 26, 2015 at 9:44AM

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in benro BV4 "Flat Base By Removing Tiedown Stud" what you mean by this?
we can remove ball base and make it 3/8"-16 flat base to work with my 3/8"-16 flat base tripods and Slider mounts as well???

April 21, 2015 at 5:23PM, Edited April 21, 5:23PM

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It sounds like you can remove the center bolt from the base of the video head and then remove the ball-mount, converting the head for flat-base tripods. Cool feature.

April 22, 2015 at 10:21PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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