This post is about both a learning experience, and a product review.
First, let me say that I went through several cheaper tripods. By several, I mean maybe 4 or 5. Then one day I was reading tripod reviews, and several people said the same thing…don’t skimp on a tripod if you are going to be shooting landscapes! Finally, the light came on! So, I am hoping that by writing a bit about how I arrived at this point, and what tripod I decided to go with, I may help someone avoid some pitfalls.
I can’t even remember all of the tripods and I had used before, but suffice to say they were very similar to a Sunpak. I’m sure you know the ones I am referring to. Perhaps much like ones you’d see here. So I went through at least 3 of those, that I know of for sure. They either broke, or didn’t any longer function properly.
It was after returning home from a great shooting trip where I would have missed many shots had someone not loaned me a backup tripod. I decided right then and there I would not let that happen again! So, I began to research brands and feedback from various types of photographers.
I felt fairly certain I wanted to go with carbon fiber, knowing that it is strong, yet light. Being that I often hike a great deal to get to some of the more remote locations, weight can be a big deal. So those several ounces or pounds do make a difference after a long day of strenuous hiking. After much reading and asking questions, I finally settled on the Induro CT213, shown below.
INDURO CARBON 8X CT-Series tripods are the strongest, most stable tripods ever offered. A wide stance cross-braced magnesium alloy spider, ultra-light 8X layer Carbon Fiber legs, oversized center column lock and enhanced leg angle locks all contribute to a tripod with up to 35% greater stability, rigidity and higher load capacity. Includes interchangeable rubber feet and stainless steel spikes, a tool kit and deluxe carrying bag and strap.
Height: 20.9″ Folded / 61.2″ Extended
I have been using this model for about two years now. I will start off with a list of pros and cons and then do my best to break each one down further.
- Easily Adjustable
- Well Made
As I mentioned earlier, the weight of carbon fiber is great. Saving you some extra ounces or pounds to carry around is always a good thing!
So far, I honestly cannot think of any cons.
I will say there was an adjustment period switching from a flip-lock to a twist-lock type of tripod. I now actually prefer a twist-lock, and find it both easier to operate, especially in adverse conditions or with gloves on, and also more durable.
I shoot a full-frame body, often with heavy zooms, an L bracket on a ball head, and other accessories. I always feel my equipment is very secure on this tripod.
If I were buying a tripod again today, this one would certainly be in my top two or three choices. I think it delivers great quality to price ratio.
Acratech Ball Head – To be reviewed at a later date!