A New Set of Sticks
- Jul 18th. 2012
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- By Thomas Shue
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A New Set of Sticks
Hello, today I will be talking to you about a new set of sticks (a tripod) that I picked up yesterday. I am a huge fan of heavy duty gear. I like my gear to last even when I am a little rough on it, I just hate having to re buy something because it failed. I have been a huge fan of Bogen/Manfrotto, hell I still am, but yesterday I finally broke down and bought a tripod from a different manufacturer. It is the first brand that I have bought that is not Bogen, in 15 years. The new kid on the block, in my kit, comes from Induro. Induro is a brand under the Mac Group and has really turned out to be a really great brand (btw they also have Kupo, you need to check them out).
Induro, dollar for dollar, has all of the other brands licked. They make the best product for the least amount of money. The tripod I went with is the Induro AT413. It is a beast, yet light weight, folds up small, and is tall as hell. I never need to extend the center column or the lower leg section for normal use. This means the tripod stays rigid without flexing. I have been lugging my Bogen 3036 around for over a decade. I still shoot 4×5 and 8×10, a mix of 645 and 6×7 medium format too. But the price of film and the effort involved in making an image, I don’t have time for junk or cheap tripods. My new AT413 is, in my opinion, is just short of incredible. Not much can touch its performance but when you factor in the actual cost, forget it, Induro smokes everyone. The legs are like Gitzo and the tubes are like Manfrotto, but the price is all Induro.
Here is the factory description:
The INDURO Alloy 8M AT413 Tripod is a durable wide-stance cross-braced tripod with aluminum-alloy legs that offers solid camera support with plenty of flexibility–improved leg angle locks, a reversible locking center column, bubble level, spring-loaded weight hook, and oversized center column lock all contribute to stability, strength, and a higher load capacity. The spider (the structure that keeps the tops of the legs together) is magnesium alloy. Includes a tool kit and a deluxe carrying bag and strap.
I made a little video to show you exactly what I am talking about. I have yet to see a video on this tripod, so I hope you enjoy and if it helps you decide to try one for yourself…you are welcome…you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for visiting my blog, Thomas Shue
The Induro AT413 Mini Review