I’ve been using my Induro CT213 carbon fiber tripod for six months now and am positively thrilled with its performance. It’s everything a tripod used for outdoor photography needs to be: lightweight, sturdy, easy to use and most importantly – reliable. I don’t hesitate to recommend them and right now Induro is offering a 25% instant rebate on their entire line-up of already fairly priced carbon fiber tripods. Here are my recommendations:
Induro CT014 – If your standard equipment includes a point and shoot or lightweight mirrorless camera, or you spend more time on airplanes than you do on the ground, this is the model for you.
Induro CT114 – With a folded length of 19.7″ and a weight of 2.8 pounds, this model is still capable of supporting over 17 pounds and extends to a respectable 50″ without extending the center column. It’s the perfect tripod for backpacking – compact and lightweight but sturdy enough to support almost any rig you’re willing to lug into the backcountry.
Induro CT213 – This is my workhorse, every day tripod. At 3.3 pounds it won’t send your back into spasms after a long day of hiking through the mountains and yet it’s still incredibly stable, easily capable of supporting a heavy rig. It doesn’t collapse as small as the first two recommendations but it’s still my g0-to tripod for general use.
Induro CT313 – If your bio pic shows you in some far flung destination snuggled up to a $15,000 howitzer of a lens, this is the beast for you. It’ll support almost 40 pounds and it stands at almost 63″ without the center column extended yet it still tips the scales at a reasonable 5 pounds.
Here are a couple points to ponder as you consider which tripod model is best for you:
First and foremost, how do you plan to use your new tripod? Do you primarily work from the car using a pro-sized DSLR or are you often found slogging up an agonizingly steep trail with a minimalist kit? If you’re not going far from the car I recommend the CT213 or CT313. The CT114 is ideal for backpacking, hiking, bike touring or any other self-propelled adventure where each and every ounce counts.
Why do some tripods have 3 leg sections while others have 4? Which one is right for you? If your main consideration is the folded length of the tripod, go with one of the 4 section models. They’ll take up less room in your luggage or on your backpack, meaning you’re less likely to leave it behind because you ran out of room. If size doesn’t matter, go for a tripod with 3 leg sections. In my experience the 4th leg section is typically somewhat spindly, which equates to a loss of stability when compared to a similar model with 3 leg sections. For backpacking I use the CT114 because the small size and lower weight more than make up for the slight loss of stability.
You’ll find the entire line of Induro Carbon Fiber tripods online at B & H Photo and remember, the instant rebate expires at the end of August.