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Induro8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod
 
4.7

(based on 57 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (41)

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    (15)

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    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (53)
  • Unfolds quickly (34)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Folds away (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Night shots (29)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Home (20)
  • Wildlife (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (16), Semi-pro photographer (16), Tech savvy (8), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great value

I bought this tripod over a year ago and have put it through it's paces. I am happy to say that I still view it as a very good purchase.

After tons...Read complete review

I bought this tripod over a year ago and have put it through it's paces. I am happy to say that I still view it as a very good purchase.

After tons of research and in store testing, I found this tripod to be the best option. Of course carbon fiber would be better, as would a top brand like Gitzo, but the cost for those was prohibitive.

For the money, the weight capacity of this model was hard to beat. I also like the design of the center column locking mechanism. I can raise it to any height and lock it, and it remains solid. The independantly adjustable legs do everything I need. For me, the articulating center column of some tripods it a poor trade off. It might give you more options, but it is a weaker design.

About the only negative I could mention is the size and weight of the tripod. It might not suit some for backpacking or long walks, but I have used it for both and consider it a worthwhile trade off. I want the stability, since I use a larger lens for bird and wildlife photography. As I said, I compared this to many other tripods and most others just seemed flimsy. I am happy with my purchase and feel confident recommending it to others.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Prefer Sirui N-2004 4-Section Aluminum

I preferred the SIRUI tripod (Sirui N-2004 4-Section Aluminum Tripod) which I found much more functional than the INDURO Alloy 8M AT213 Tripod (which I returned). I liked the retractable...Read complete review

I preferred the SIRUI tripod (Sirui N-2004 4-Section Aluminum Tripod) which I found much more functional than the INDURO Alloy 8M AT213 Tripod (which I returned). I liked the retractable spike feet vs having to remove and install them when you want to use them.

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4.0

Lose The Weight

By Video Guy

from Wichita, KS

About Me Video Pro

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Center Column
  • Lightweight
  • Padded Legs
  • Rubber Feet
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

      The main reason for buying this product is for weight reduction. My current tripod and head weigh 12.75 pounds and the AT-213 with a MVH 500AH come in at 6.75 pounds. That's 6 pounds less that I have to move around and on an all day shoot it makes a big difference. I like the 3 position leg spread although I rarely use it past the first stop and the three section legs have a bit of flex at the bottom when extended completely. The leg twist stops are OK and the center column gives you some extra cmera height if needed. Over all it's a good value and keeping in mind why I bought it, I give it a 4 star rating.

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      4.0

      Excellent price to performance

      By Faheem

      from Milwaukee

      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

      The AT-213 Induro tripod is an excellent choice for high-quality, low cost, and reliability.

      This is my first professional tripod and it does a lot to build my confidence. It isn't the lightest nor the most compact, so it's not something you can easily carry every where. But between the wide range of costs, and price to performance, I am very pleased with the compromises I made to get a tripod that I feel both comfortable and confident taking photos with.

      I wanted to maximize both stability and comfort, so I sacrificed the weight and size. At 5'10, it gets harder to find a sturdy tripod that you can use at eye level without leaning. With a Nikon D3200 on a separately purchased short column, this works perfectly. I know that it might be tricky on longer hikes but my primary usage and habits will allow me to keep it near me in my car.

      Regarding the quality, I appreciate the strength of the legs, the feel of the extension knobs, the smoothness of the angle locks, and the overall vibration control. I shied away from the AT-214 to minimize vibration as much as possible using an aluminum tripod. If I had the money, I might have gotten something like that in Carbon Fiber. I am also completely fine with removing the feet for spikes, as I seldom use the spikes.

      I paired it with the awesome K-20 Ballhead from Sirui.

      One learning experience I had is that articulating arms in tripods are way overrated. The extension of them causes huge vibrations with the slightest taps. They are heavier too. There are few angles that really benefit by having the extra positions. And in my opinion, I might miss a fraction of shooting opportunities without it. Vanguard has probably the best product in this category, but they made the incredibly irritating decision of moving production to Myanmar where the government is corrupt and oppresses millions of its citizens.

      In short, I'm completely satisfied with this investment and would only pay more for a Carbon Fiber tripod.

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      4.0

      I like it.

      By Eric Du

      from Sammamish, WA

      About Me Semi Pro Photographer, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Build Quality
      • Good Stability
      • Price

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

        Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

        I bought this tripod to replace another tripod for a few reasons:
        1. Height. I am 5'11'' tall. This tripod finally allows me to look through the viewfinder without bending and extending the center column.
        2. Load. Recently I bought a super lens (Canon 500mm F4). This 22lb load capacity is perfect.

        I have used this tripod a few times since I bought it a few weeks ago. So far, I like it. The tripod is very sturdy with the super lens. I can easily shoot at my eye level. I also like the foam grips on all three legs. (My previous one has it on only two legs.)

        Two things worth mentioning:

        It actually weighs 4.4 lb instead of 4.1 lb based on the spec tag with the product. I did not measure it. If you care very much about the weight, please be aware. In fact, I did not consider AT-214 at all just because I thought 214 was heavier (214 is marked as 4.4 lb). Anyway, I do not regret that much since I prefer 3-section legs than 4-section ones. But people pay hundreds of dollars more to go with Carbon Fiber just trying to save fractions of a pound. So worth mentioning.

        Another small thing I noticed is that when I twist the lock with one hand, and the other hand is holding on the foam, the foam tends to turn/twist. It gives me the impression the foam is not firmly attached to the leg. I just have to remember to hold on the bare leg when doing the twist so I will not completely loose the foam.

        Overall, I like it. It is a great tripod without costing you a lot.

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        5.0

        Induro AT-213 Aluminum Tripod

        By Bilymac

        from Auburn, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Stabilization

          Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

          As an advanced amateur, it was time to look for a new tripod. I had good luck with my Induro monopod, so I figured I'd stay with the same brand. I decided to go aluminum, because the difference in weight compared to the CF versions, was not that big a deal for the $$.

          The unit is light enough, but very sturdy. No problem adjusting the height, and the bubble level is a great addition, as my other tripod did not have this feature. The weather has been cold, so the padded grip area is a nice touch

          so far, I have not found anything I do not like about this tripod.

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          5.0

          Solid Tripod!

          By Dirtcyclewill

          from San Diego, Ca

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Nice And High

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Long Exposures

            Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

            First high-end tripod and couldn't be happier. It raises well above my needed height but wish it brought the camera lower to the ground. Will have to purchase a short neck in the future for that.

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            5.0

            Great tripod legs!

            By Nosferatu

            from Miami, Fl

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

              High quality legs, solid and very stable. Excellent product design and finish, very well made. Highly recommended. Quick shipping by B&H. Overall I am very pleased with this transaction.

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              5.0

              Nice tripod!

              By LarryT

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Stabilization

                Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                Very nice tripod that includes a useable tripod bag and tools in a small case. All nicer than I anticipated.

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                4.0

                High enough and light enough

                By El Goldo

                from San Juan, PR

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Inexpensive
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Too Long Center Column
                • Traps Water In The Legs
                • Very Weak Eye Screw

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Landscap Photography

                Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                I've always been a fan of Induro tripods. I have the big 413 which I use with my medium and large format cameras. Because of that I find this tripod very light. This one is the perfect high when extended, maybe a little high, but that's better than too low. Is the perfect tripod for my Sony A7 and I paired it with a Sirui K-20X ballhead. I shoot a lot in creeks and the beach so the tripod always gets wet, it always traps some water inside the legs and I always have to drain it, hence the four stars. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase.

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                5.0

                Solid enough for 4x5

                By Sean

                from New York, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                    This tripod (with a Velbon heavy ball head) is strong enough for a 4x5 studio camera. I carry it around the city and it is light enough for a few hours of wandering. You only need to deploy one section if you are using a 90 degree viewfinder.

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                    5.0

                    Best Ever

                    By Mirk

                    from New York NY

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Somewhat Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Stabilization
                    • Telephoto Lenses

                    Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                    The ease of use is fantastic. Much easier than my old tripod. I no longer have to bend down, I can stand up straight to use the camera. The stability is more than expected.

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                    5.0

                    LOVE IT

                    By Scott

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                      Sturdy, easy to use, light. Just what I needed!

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                      4.0

                      Good Quality

                      By The Nature Boy

                      from Olive Branch, MS

                      About Me Semi Pro Photographer, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                          Very solid construction. I would agree with the other reviews in that the legs dont slide out easily, they need a little help. The legs + ballhead is very tall, a bit too tall for me really. I am 5'10" and if I fully extend the legs (center column not raised) it is difficult to see the top of the camera. Not really a problem though, I just lower the bottom section. The extra height may come in handy. I would buy again.

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                          4.0

                          it is a good product

                          By mam

                          from new york

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                              lightweight and stable

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                              5.0

                              Extremely well-made and great value

                              By bookhouse

                              from Vancouver, BC

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Stabilization

                                Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                My husband bought an Induro tripod for travel, and I was so impressed by the quality and attention to detail that I wanted one for my everyday use. The height is perfect, as I felt that on my other tripods, I would have to go to the center column frequently - yet it still breaks down into a manageable size. Weighs less and is less bulky than the Manfrottos. Also has an arca-swiss lock so that I can use an L-bracket.

                                My only complaint is that the legs feel a little stiff extending them, and require me to pull them out. I think this will probably ease with use.

                                Overall - recommend!

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                                5.0

                                Induro AT213 Tripod

                                By daeod

                                from Levittown, PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Case And Tools
                                • Good price
                                • Good Stability
                                • Good Weight Load
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Longer Folded Length

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                I have been looking for a good tripod for awhile now. My old tripod was about 35 years old and was rickety.I narrowed my list to this unit and 3 others. Budget was tight and only 1 carbon fiber unit reached down to my budget and it looked flimsy and had mixed reviews. The other 2 weighed another half a pound or more. The Induro AT213 weighted about the same as my old tripod, has pads on all 3 legs, got consistent high reviews, comes with a good case and tools (including changable rubber feet and spiked feet), was the best priced unit, reversible center column, a bubble level, and a weight hook to further steady the tripod in wind. I have been using it now for about 2 weeks for [[@]]pictures and will start into some landscape and close-up photos as the spring progresses.

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                                4.0

                                legs not good

                                By yanke

                                from monsey ny

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                    its stong

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                                    4.0

                                    Simple, Solid

                                    By Peter

                                    from DeKalb, IL

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                      Pros: Easy to operate with gloves, sturdy, smart design (hook for weight, additional gear attachment point, etc)

                                      Cons: Relatively small platform head, skeptical about the main hinge lock durability - time will tell.

                                      Overall: recommended alternative.

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                                      5.0

                                      Excelent tripod for the price

                                      By Callum

                                      from Lewiston, ME

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                      I was trying to decide between the Induro AT213, AT214, Manfrotto 055 xprob, and 190 xprob. I decided to get the Induro AT213 because it is lighter than all the others, and very, very sturdy. I was very impressed with it. The twist lock legs make it incredibly fast to set up. I have even put a Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM lens on it, and while it clearly was not designed for such a large lens, it handled it just fine. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again. While not the lightest tripod on the market, I believe it to be the best compromise between stability and weight.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great value

                                      By JeffL

                                      from Chester County, PA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Tall
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                      I bought this tripod over a year ago and have put it through it's paces. I am happy to say that I still view it as a very good purchase.

                                      After tons of research and in store testing, I found this tripod to be the best option. Of course carbon fiber would be better, as would a top brand like Gitzo, but the cost for those was prohibitive.

                                      For the money, the weight capacity of this model was hard to beat. I also like the design of the center column locking mechanism. I can raise it to any height and lock it, and it remains solid. The independantly adjustable legs do everything I need. For me, the articulating center column of some tripods it a poor trade off. It might give you more options, but it is a weaker design.

                                      About the only negative I could mention is the size and weight of the tripod. It might not suit some for backpacking or long walks, but I have used it for both and consider it a worthwhile trade off. I want the stability, since I use a larger lens for bird and wildlife photography. As I said, I compared this to many other tripods and most others just seemed flimsy. I am happy with my purchase and feel confident recommending it to others.

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                                      5.0

                                      Alloy 8M AT213

                                      By AR

                                      from Cape May, NJ

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Induro 8M AT-213 Aluminum Tripod:

                                        This is a very sturdy tripod. Great weight and build quality. This is a Sturdy Tripod and supports my Nikon D700 with a Nikon 400mm F3.5 rock solid. Best bang for your buck!

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