Comparing the R-3213X to the Benro was a bit of a challenge: Imagine finding your perfect car and then being asked to test another, which performs just as well.
Height-wise there was no contest. The R-3213X isn’t as tall but it isn’t Sirui’s tallest so I had to discount that small (short?) detail. The Sirui is lighter but that may be down to having fewer leg sections than the Benro, but I have to say I prefer the extra weight, especially in windy conditions. The twist leg locks on the Sirui are slicker than the Benro, which I have to physically pull out rather than let them slide out, which is a plus for the Sirui. I did find the angle locks too fiddly and prefer the no-frills locks on the Benro. For sturdiness there’s nothing in it – both are solid when set up. Both have similar hooks to hang bags underneath but the Benro does have a loop on the main body to hang things from, such as a filter pouch, which is missing from the Sirui. Changing centre columns is much easier on the Benro; no tools are needed, whereas you have to get one of the ingenious allen keys out and undo 3 grub screws on the Sirui, which could mean missing the shot, but how often do we really change the column?