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Anybody heard of Kennett engineering?


MarkBowker 7 69 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 12:43PM
I've just picked up two cracking tripods from the local charity shop. One is a SLIK 88 which seems to be in fantastic condition with a firm head and smooth actions throughout. The other has no identifying marks other than a small sticker for Kennett engineering Company Ltd. It looks very similar to a benbo but is quite heavy and very well constructed. I'd love to know a little more about this one if anybody knows?

Either way it's the best 10 I've spent in a long while!

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bangalicious 7 1.3k 5 England
12 Dec 2008 1:06PM
Just did a quick google search and it seems that they are a Structural engineering company. Are the tripods specially made camera tripods?

They may be an old range of tripod legs which engineers and surveyors use to determine site levels using laser guided levels.

Anil.
scotdiver 11 260 1 Scotland
12 Dec 2008 1:32PM
If I remember right Kennett were the original makers of the Benbo Tripod based on their experience manufacturing tripods for military equipment.
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
12 Dec 2008 1:39PM
(That's where I've heard it before!) Been racking my brains on this one; convinced I knew the name but could position it. I'll sleep tonight now!! Grin
BOB S 12 2.6k
12 Dec 2008 1:53PM
Slik 88 for 10 is a good buy, this was a classic tripod in its day and still a worthy bit of kit.

BOB
BOB S 12 2.6k
12 Dec 2008 1:57PM
BenBo is short for Bent bolt, not a lot of people know that (in Michael Caine accent)
kaybee 10 4.0k 24 Scotland
12 Dec 2008 2:04PM
You certainly wont get a better deal in many a year ............... two great sets of legs for 10
mad-dogs 12 2.2k England
12 Dec 2008 3:43PM
The original Benbo tripods have a black Kennett Engineering co. sticker on the centre leg and don't have the Benbo name marked anywhere.

The top legs are chrome as opposed to the newer versions which have black legs.
JJGEE 9 6.4k 18 England
12 Dec 2008 3:46PM

Quote:Kennett were the original makers of the Benbo Tripod

Spot on Smile
When the patent expired some of the guys set up UniLoc, which is why they are similar in design to the Benbo
Tonyd3 10 1.0k 15 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2008 4:56PM

Quote:Quote:Kennett were the original makers of the Benbo TripodSpot on
When the patent expired some of the guys set up UniLoc, which is why they are similar in design to the Benbo



Actually it was when Paterson went bust that uniloc started making them, when Paterson restarted they still had the name so continued to make them they are still made in the Black Country in the UK by Paterson.
f8 11 9.2k 22 England
12 Dec 2008 5:15PM
Uni-Loc used be assembled and sold in Leighton Buzzard, (parts made elsewhere) they have since gone out of business, but can still be bought from Warehouse Express. 10.00 is a bargain as they (mine ) was in the region of 300.00.
Leif 9 722
12 Dec 2008 6:22PM

Quote:Uni-Loc used be assembled and sold in Leighton Buzzard, (parts made elsewhere) they have since gone out of business, but can still be bought from Warehouse Express. 10.00 is a bargain as they (mine ) was in the region of 300.00.


Where did you hear that? I visited the Uniloc 'factory' a year or so ago. It was a one man and his dog operation to say the least.
f8 11 9.2k 22 England
12 Dec 2008 7:53PM
The Uni-Loc outlet at Leighton Buzzard was run by an foreign dark skinned gentleman who bought out Camera Hayes of Bletchley and another shop in London. You are correct that it was a one man operation. When I visited on the two occasions I had to make an appointment to get in. The person who actually built the tripods only assembled them the engineered parts were made elswhere. The reason I said they went out of business was because the telephone and web page did not function.
Leif 9 722
12 Dec 2008 11:38PM

Quote:The Uni-Loc outlet at Leighton Buzzard was run by an foreign dark skinned gentleman who bought out Camera Hayes of Bletchley and another shop in London. You are correct that it was a one man operation. When I visited on the two occasions I had to make an appointment to get in. The person who actually built the tripods only assembled them the engineered parts were made elswhere. The reason I said they went out of business was because the telephone and web page did not function.


Thanks for the response. The man you refer to was I think Indian though I am sure he had a South African accent. Some items were shipped to India to be finished. Paint was poor, finish not to Japanese levels, but the basic design was good. I think the web site was working a few months back. I remember being told by the man I met that his son was creating a new web site. Here it is:

http://www.uniloctripod.com/

It is all a bit amateurish in appearance.
peterjones 12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2008 10:10AM
The concept of the Benbo was excellent for example being able to erect it in almost any circumstance or walking through a dubious area with the tripod on a strap it looks like a Kalashnikov gun; it is a shame that they weren't made to last; the rivet holding the handle soon broke leaving me to make another handle for the tripod and after a few years use the threads on the bolt sheared.
They also made a monopod which certainly hasn't broken again handy in less than welcoming areas, also holds a camera stable.
Having said that I recently picked up another tripod for a song so I will see how long this one lasts.

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