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InduroCarbon 8X CT213 Tripod
 
4.9

(based on 50 reviews)

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Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Stable (43)
  • Unfolds quickly (34)
  • Folds away (12)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (39)
    • Wildlife (32)
    • Night shots (26)
    • Travel (22)
    • Portraits (20)
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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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                            5.0

                            Much lighter!

                            By Squigg

                            from Mpls, Mn

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                              What a nice change from my old tripod. I take long hikes in the woods for wildlife photography and this new Induro carbon-fiber tripod is so much easier to carry. I have the camera and lens mounted on the ballhead while I hike through the woods and this tripod is so much easier to use and set-up. The rubber grip leg locks work very easily even with gloved hands in cold weather. The non-rotating legs make setting up fast and effortless. The lighter weight of this tripod along with my camera and lens, make sneeking through the woods much more easy and quieter. The folks at B&H answered my questions and assured me about my tripod choice.Thanks again.

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                              5.0

                              Top Quality. Reasonable Price

                              By Tarek

                              from Doha, Qatar

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Extras Included
                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                  I have been using these legs for a few months and couldn't be happier.

                                  The CT213 is amazingly sturdy for legs that weight so little and with the case that comes included, they're easy to carry around. Adjusting the legs is simple and can be done one-handed with little effort. The locks that change the width of the stance are tough and feel veryy secure. Personally I like that they're not spring loaded as there is less to break.

                                  I have mainly been using these legs with a Manfrotto 410 Mini Geared Head and a variety of cameras of different weights. With every configuration it has been stable and true, even at close to the load capacity. The hook at the bottom of the center column is a perfect place to keep your bag for added stability.

                                  The only minor girpe is that the feet have to be switched if you want to use the spikes but this really isn't a big deal.

                                  Finally, it's great to see a tripod that comes with pretty much everything included from tools to cases.

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                                  5.0

                                  Like a ROCK

                                  By Ringo156

                                  from Boise, ID

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                    No more Gitzo for me this Carbon Fiber Tripod is Very solid. I would recommend the short (Induro ELC-2 Short Center Column) for any off the ground shots.

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                                    5.0

                                    Solid Foundation

                                    By mvp

                                    from Michigan

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                      Purchased together with Enduro BHL-2, which are a great combination. Sets up easily; prefer the ring-type leg locks over the snap locks. Holds a 5dmkiii and 100-400L IS very comfortably. Small extras including leg spikes, hook at end of center column, and carry bag. Very satisfied with quality and performance.

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                                      5.0

                                      High Value Tripod Legs

                                      By scthom

                                      from Charlotte, NC

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Video
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Induro Carbon 8X CT213 Tripod:

                                        This is the first set of legs that I own, but I've used cheap aluminum legs before, and I spent a significant amount of time in store looking and trying out different brands to compare features.

                                        In my opinion, Induro provides the greatest value.

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