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Being a hiker, backpacker, traveler, photographer, here were my requirements.
- Light, Light, Light! Carbon fiber, for sure.
- Sturdy and rigid enough for my Canon 5D Mark II and my selection of (smallish) lenses.
- 20-22″ folded length – better for strapping to backpacks and fitting in suitcases.
- 3-section non-rotating twist locks – for reasons stated above and I like the twist locks because they tend not to snag on tree branches and brush when hiking.
- Built-in bubble level – convenience.
- Hook at the bottom of the center column – don’t use it much, but surely nice to have when the wind is howling or when shooting in deep, powdery snow.
- 50″ height without center column extended – expedites setup with DSLR and works great with a 4×5 field camera.
- Padded grips on legs – just a “nice to have” – not really a requirement, I guess.
- Reasonably priced – I don’t mind spending on high quality gear, but I’m not going to pay for just a name when other alternatives of equal quality exist.
During my research I found that there are many more options in the world of carbon fiber tripods than there was 10 or 12 years ago! Of course, some of those products are made well and some… not so much. I read reviews and perused forums and decided on the Induro.
First impressions of the Induro Carbon 8x CT113 from a discerning photographer:
- Impressive! Very light, sturdy, and operates smoothly – love the non-rotating legs!!
- Bubble level is cool.
- Perfect integration with my RRS BH-40 ball head – nicely balanced.
- Includes nice carrying case, spiked feet and small tool kit.
- Question about durability… Will this tripod last 10 years? Only time will tell, I guess. I can foresee deterioration of the foam pads on the legs – no big deal – replaceable. And I wonder about the same of the rubber on the twist locks – could be a bigger deal.
I’m quite happy with the Induro and I can’t wait to hit the trail and put it to work!
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