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InduroCarbon 8X CT213 Tripod
 
4.9

(based on 55 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (48)
  • Stable (44)
  • Unfolds quickly (34)
  • Folds away (12)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Wildlife (32)
  • Night shots (26)
  • Travel (26)
  • Portraits (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (6)
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4.0

Quality, light-weight, versatile tripod

By T Moos

from Windsor, CO

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Good Value For The Cost
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

    I bought the Induro Carbon 8X CT213 in 2013 after a tremendous amount of deliberation between Gitzo, Induro and Manfrotto. I wanted something light-weight but stable, easy to set up and tear down, capable of solidly supporting my EOS 7D and 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. Price-wise, I wanted to be able to set it up in a stream, on sand, or in the snow without worrying about damaging it. The carbon fiber dissipates vibrations quickly. Although the twist locks don't give you the visual confirmation that the legs are locked tight, I find them easy to use, even when wearing gloves. I deliberated long and hard between the CT213 -vs- CT214 but opted for the CT213 believing fewer leg sections make for a more stable tripod. My only misgiving is that the CT213 is a tight fit into a medium sized suitcase for traveling but it stretches into a taller than average tripod when fully extended.

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    5.0

    Nice Tripod

    By rowscoe

    from fayetteville, ar

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

      Great tripod. Was more than impressed when I took it out of the package. Mounted my camera to it and it is the perfect height.

      The leg locks work really nicely.

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      5.0

      Light, Stable, Great Value!

      By RC Romeo

      from Honolulu, HI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

        I had not even heard of Induro untill recently. I was thinking of replacing my mid-size tripod and I got a chance to handle and work with both the carbon fiber and aluminum 213s and was pleasantly surprised. They are both very well made, sturdy/stable, and light. In fact, I found the aluminum version only slightly lighter than the carbon fiber one. The locking mechanisms are very positive and only takes 1/2 a turn to open or close.
        I was even more surprised when I researched their prices. Compared to my experiences with the Gitzos, Manfrottos, and Cambos, Induro beats them all in value.
        The carrying bag is well built (will fit tripod and a ball head) and a tool kit is included!
        I purchased the Carbon Fiber version but honestly, I would be just as happy with the aluminum version at 1/2 the price.

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        5.0

        Great Triipod

        By dwr857

        from Winston Salem, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

          Purchased this tripod for a trip to Yosemite in June 2014! Sorry for the late review... Since I have used this lightweight tripod for all my photographic needs! I have yet to find a situation that this tripod does not excel! My heaviest load consists of a Nikon D810, with a Tamron 150-600 lens! The legs are smooth extending and quick! I am extremely please with this purchase! If you are considering this do not hesitate.... Happy shooting!

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          5.0

          I'd buy it again.

          By TMoos

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Features
          • Stable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

            Tired of taking blurry photos with high-end Canon gear, I anguished for a couple months over which tripod to get. This 8X CT213 by Induro has been a joy. It is solid, light-weight, flexible. The twist leg adjustment knobs lock tight and make set up and take down quick and easy. After reading loads of reviews, I opted for the 3-segment legs over the 4-segments of the CT214. Yeah, the latter would have fit better in my medium-sized suitcase when traveling but after almost a year of use, I think the tradeoff was right for me. I've set it up in streams and sand, without worrying about babying it. Haven't used the spikes since I bought it almost a year ago. I've had a few occasions when having the shorter ELC-2 center post would have been nice but not enough to really motivate purchasing it yet. Maybe Gitzo is best but this was the right compromise between professional features and affordability for me.

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            5.0

            Love my Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod by Induro

            By PS

            from NYC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

              easy to set up, light and compact

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              5.0

              Excellent tripod

              By cnigro

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                Architectural Photography is what its used for.
                Lightweight yet sturdy. Feet make it very stable and they do not mark glossy surfaces.

                Only poor thing is that the carrying bag it came in is not big enough if you put a head on the tripod. In order to stow the tripod you need to take the head off. Not convenient if you are just going a short distance to the next shoot.

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                5.0

                great lightweight tripod

                By annkam

                from PA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                  this tripod is lightweight and great for travel. It is easy to operate and will go flat on the ground for low angle shots.

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                  5.0

                  Induro CT213

                  By Andrew

                  from Sneads Ferry, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                  I have used the product in the sand, on wet rocks, hiking in the mountains, and in urban areas. For the money this tripod is an all star, especially when on sale. It also comes with padded grips, a nice padded case just long enough for tripod and ballhead, and interchangeable spiked feet; sweet! The center column limits the ability to get close to the ground. I understand that you can invert the center column and mount the camera underneath but haven't looked into it yet. The carbon fiber works as advertised and delivers sharp photos. It is also easy to disassemble and clean for those in sandy/salty conditions. Note that it is only three sections so it is a bit longer when collapsed.

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                  5.0

                  Induro CT 213 tripod

                  By Drop shot!

                  from NC

                  Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                  Excellent features. Light weight, short when retracted, easy to carry and/or pack.

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                  4.0

                  Nice tripod

                  By Kat

                  from Midland, MI

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                    Short center column should have been standard and the longer column optional. To do low work without inverting the center column and thus turning the camera upside down, I need to spend another $ to get a short column. It is not advised to raise the center column because of loss of stability. so why not make a short column standard? Otherwise, I like the tripod. I've had it only a week, but it seems sturdy and light and seems well made. I like the 10 year warranty if you register on line. I have owned 3 different tripods over 40 years and I have disliked them all. This time I decided to spend more money and I think this tripod will meet most of my needs as long as I do not use any heavy, long lenses.

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                    5.0

                    Good quality

                    By tjazaz

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                      Good for travel and landscapes.

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                      5.0

                      Great tripod for the price!

                      By DB

                      from Temecula, CA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                      I got this tripod when it had a rebate. Despite being made in China, it's quality is excellent. No serious tolerance/machining problems that I know of. Very stable for what I need (portraits). Helps that it feels durable and very lightweight

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                      5.0

                      GREAT PRODUCT!!

                      By David

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                        highly satisfied by this product. the handle and functionality of the tripod was exactly what i was looking for. i frequently hike in seattle area and needed something stable, but light weight. this was the perfect item! the price was more than reasonable for a high quality item. I would definitely recommend it!

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                        5.0

                        Love this tripod!

                        By Gabriel

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                          Solid and lightweight tripod!

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                          5.0

                          Excellent tripod

                          By GQ

                          from Beadenton, FL

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                            I use this tripod with a Benro HD-3 head. It is very solid and holds the 100-400mm lens with perfect balance even in the wind. The adjustments are easy and quick. I typically carry the camera attached to the tripod and hike for miles. The adjustments hold and unit balances very well. The padding on the upper legs are a great plus. This unit is perfect for my heigh, no need to extend the center column. I am very happy with this purchase.

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                            5.0

                            Induro CT 213

                            By drd

                            from Raleigh NC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                              Great tripod , great price..... B and H is awesome and will not deal with anybody else..........

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                              4.0

                              Induro CT-213 Review Update

                              By Bruce

                              from Santa Cruz

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                              • Inaccurate Bubble Level

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                              I finally had a chance to do a photo shoot with this tripod.Setup was fast and easy. The tripod was stable and I noticed no shake or vibration even as slow shutter speeds.On the negative side. I had a chace to try a panorama shot and that's where I found an issue. I leveled the tripod using the bubble level on the Induro. When I panned the camera, I noticed that the level on the ball head would change. After checking with additional levels, it seems that the tripod level is a bit off. Level should be when the bubble is in the center of the bulls eye. With this tripod, level was when the bubble was near the edge of the bullseye at about the 7 o'clock position.While this is annoying, it is minor. I now know where the level point resides and I'll be getting a tripod leveling base for panoramic shots.So while I'm downgrading the tripod for the crummy level, I still think that this is an excellent tripod.

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                              5.0

                              Initial Review of the Induro CT-213

                              By MTB Fanatic

                              from Santa Cruz, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Fit And Finish
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                  I couldn't decide between the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and the Induro CT-213. I was impressed by the increased load capacity of the Induro vs the Manfrotto (26 lbs. vs 17 lbs), but specs can sometimes lie.I had a chance to play with both tripods and to perform a few simple tests.Fit and Finish: While both tripods look great (I have to admit that the Manfrotto is a bit sexier)the fit of the Induro is a bit better. The legs on the Induro drop right out of the upper legs as soon as you loosen the locks. The Manfrotto legs would bind a little bit, requiring me to pull the legs out to extend them. Once extended, the Induro legs had less play (prior to engaging the locks) than the ManfrottoOnce locked, both tripods seemed very solid. Another note is that the center column lock on the Induro is beefier than the one on the Manfrotto. Whether there is any real difference in use remains to be seen. Winner: Induro Testing: Equipment Nikon D7100 w 18-140 Nikkor @ 140I tested both tripods with an Arca-Swiss Z1 head. The test consisted of focusing the camera on a target (VR and autofocus off)while using Live View. I would then zoom in to max magnification (>100%). I would then tap the camera at a 45 degree angle multiple times while using a stopwatch to measure the time for the vibrations to stop.With the tripods fully extended (including the center column), the Manfrotto took about 5-6 seconds to stop vibrating. The Induro took about 4.5 - 5 seconds. Winner: InduroThen I performed the same test with full leg extension with the columns down. Here, the results were very close. The Induro won again with 0.5 - 1 second while the Manfrotto was about 0.5 - 1.5 seconds. Winner: InduroThe Induro also comes with a very nice tripod bag (large enough for the tripod with head attached), metal spikes and a small tool kit. The tripod bag is a great touch and really completes the package.Note: Currently, B&H is selling the Manfrotto at $[$](vs the Induro @ $[$]). The Manfrotto is a great deal at that price (I still prefer the Induro, though)Another thing is that the Induro will get very low to the ground (with the camera in the normal, landscape position centered over the tripod)as long as you buy a short center post (about $50). I much prefer the Induro method to the Manfrotto for getting the camera close to the ground in a stable position. One negative is that the Induro should come with the shorter post instead of the longer one.I'll post back here once I've had a chance to use the Induro.

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                                  5.0

                                  Induro CT213 Tripod

                                  By Pat D

                                  from Washington State

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Care For
                                  • Good Leg Locks
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Leg Locks Are Smootheasy
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Rock Solid
                                  • Well built

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                    I've been a professional photojournalist for over 30 years, and I've always considered tripods to be a necessary evil! When you need them you need them (sometimes critically), but they are inconvenient for field use if too large/heavy or not of good quality or capability. I have a 30 year old, heavy Gitzo Studex that is finally dying and a very small Gitzo for travel, and numerous tabletops models and Superclamps with ball heads (great in a pinch). What I needed was a good, light, do almost everything tripod that wouldn't break the bank, for landscapes, macro, architectural, studio, night photography, light-painting etc.

                                    I've always felt that it is often false economy to by cheap gear; you end up buying it 2 or 3 times, and it costs more than buying the good stuff once, in the end. Tripods are a perfect example, and I see too many people using cheap ones that won't do the job. What I really wanted was a RRS tripod (or a Gitzo) but at $800-900 they are just off the charts expensive (I should have gone to medical school). :) After much research I settled on the Induro, thanks to the advice of pro friends who have them including Induro team shooter Ken Kaminesky. I ended up getting the CT213 because: 1) I wanted something that went to eye level without raising the center column with 3 section legs, and 2) I wanted to stay under 4 lbs (I don't work with anything longer than a 300mm f/4).

                                    I have had it for a week and so far, in my tests and close exam, it's very good. I take it so many places, slinging it over my shoulder in the included case. The quality seems excellent with good fit and finish. I have done the 30 second exposure tests using a 55mm macro lens, and it is rock solid ... no trace of vibration. It comes with a hook to hang a weight/bag if you are in the wind/water, to steady it. It also comes with leg spikes, but I am going to add a set of the Gitzo GS5030VSF Retractable Spiked Feet which B&H sells.

                                    I added an Acratech GV2 Ballhead/Gimbal head and their leveling base to the package (from B&H also, and they are made in USA) which is a great head. The whole tripod + head + base weighs just under 5 pounds, and assembled fits in the included tripod bag. It's a marvelous combination, and though I haven't had the Induro long I feel comfortable in recommending it or one of their other models. I think they are an excellent value for the dollar, and don't think the much more expensive ones would offer significant advantage most of the time.

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