Induro Carbon 8 X CT-Serie 2 CT 214, CT214
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Trípode Induro serie CT modelo CT214 Los trípodes Induro de la serie CT son los más fuertes y estables jamás creados. Cuentan con una araña de aleación de magnesio, colocada en cruz sobre las ultraligeras patas de fibra de carbono. La columna central, más gruesa de lo normal, mejora la sujeción del trípode y permite una mayor capacidad de carga. Por todo esto, son un 35% más estables que los modelos anteriores y cuentan con una mayor rigidez. Incluyen pies de goma intercambiables y pinchos de acero inoxidable para una mayor sujeción en cualquier terreno. También incluyen un kit de herramientas, la bolsa de transporte y su correspondiente correa para transportarlo con facilidad. Además, cuenta con un recubrimiento de gomaespuma de alta calidad, resistente al polvo y la humedad, en las patas para poder cogerlo con facilidad incluso en situaciones de frío o calor extremos. Cuentan con un gancho para agregar peso al trípode y, así, incrementar su estabilidad en escenarios ventosos. Como todos los modelos induro, tienen niveles de burbuja integrados. Este modelo mide 53.1 cm plegado y 155.4 desplegado.
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Gitzo 2541: more rigid/stable, pinch lighter, couple inches longer (folded), an inch shorter extended, and the real big factor, 6.69" minimum height ("Ground Level Set"), $150.00 dollars more.
Induro CT-214: Very nice/stable (not as good as Gitzo), shorter folded, longer extended, pinch heavier, big easy to work grip locks, padded/insulated legs, great quality bag with strap and room for a ball head around 4.5" high, built in level, tool kit in pouch, spiked feet included, minimum height 5.9" but wait...you need to get a second short column (ELC-2 @ +$50.00 +6oz) to reach that, otherwise it's about 13", $150.00 less.
Conclusion: Gitzo 2541 is better tripod, but the Induro CT-214 is, by far, a better deal; you get loads of options for less money, and honestly, it's a beautiful tripod, well made, and gives a feeling of great craftsmanship. I think my numbers came out to being $270.00 more to option out the Gitzo with the features the Induro includes in its base price (and that is already taking into account the cost of adding the short column).
I recommend the CT-214 as a great sweet-spot for an investment in a set of legs: great options, fine tripod, and a reasonable price for a high quality product.
When I received this tripod and ballhead, I immediately was reassured that I had made the right choice. Very compact, very lightweight and VERY solid. I packed the tripod and ballhead in my small suitcase with no problem. My photo project included making a series of HDR images, including some very long exposures for HDR in Notre Dame. This requires ensuring the camera does not move. I was using my Nikon D700 with a 70-200 f2.8 lens. The tripod supported this kit with no difficulty. If I had planned to take a larger lens, I might have gotten the next size up Induro.
This tripod and ballhead were great. They allowed for fast, easy set up and adjustment. There is a bag hook under the center column to increase stability. The rubber tips on the legs can be quickly swapped out for metal spikes. I used this combination on cobblestones, in 12th century churches, parking lots, and fields in the French countryside. Most importantly is that I USED IT. One of the worst things is to have a great, stable tripod and ballhead, but not use it because it is too heavy to carry comfortably. This Induro set was just the opposite. EXCELLENT for packing, carrying and using throughout the day. It's compact size was also convenient when folded and carrying it through the busy metro stations of Paris.
At the end of the day, this is a tool I highly recommend. I researched other brands before buying, but have not regrets (except for not having purchased a few extra quick release plates so I could leave them attached to the camera and various lenses). This tripod and ballhead enabled me to create the images I wanted for my upcoming 2nd iPhone-iPad app (Everglades Originals is already available at iTunes). Very HIghly Recommended product
This tripod is over $650 for just the legs, that's expensive!
But actually it's not for a Carbon Fiber tripod of this size. I did a lot of comparing, and when you get into tripods that are around 6 feet tall at just the leg height, then you are in a different size category than say a Manfrotto 055, which is short of 6 foot even with the center column fully extended. Compared to others in this size category, the Induro was nearly $270 cheaper than an equivalent Gitzo or other quality brands that I was looking at in this height range.
I "needed" a larger, beefier tripod than the Manfrotto, and had read early on that ones with legs only (no center column) were the most stable, so that is what I started looking for. But after doing the research and deciding on the value of the Induro CT414, I figured I'd just use it without extending the column, so it wasn't a negative that it had one. Well it turns out that the center column of the CT414 is so beefy that it's absolutely rock solid steady, and for small height adjustments, far handier and quicker than walking around and adjusting all three legs individually. I have absolutely no concern regarding pivot-wobble from using the center column of the Induro, which I would get with the Manfrotto, making me not want to use the column even though I often had to, to get enough height.
If you are concerned about quality... don't be.
It's built super solid, looks and feels great, and all the joints and leg locks are smooth and operate cleanly, plus they are rated very highly for moisture and sand resistance.
Others have mentioned that the CT414 is tall enough that you often don't even need to extend the "skinniest" bottom leg segments, which are the 'weakest' ones, for normal use. Well forget that too. The Induro's bottom segments are thicker than the top segments of my Manfrotto, and the thing does not quiver, no matter what configuration I've used so far; column or no column, bottom segments only with the column, whatever, it doesn't matter.
To add to the even more to the value, the CT414 came with a very nice carry bag, as well as leg covers on the top segments, and a nice tool kit with the optional spiked feet, all of which I had to buy separately for the Manfrotto.
This is one serious, pro tripod.
It can hold 55 pounds, and I paired it with an Acratech GP Ballhead, which is also incredible.
This Induro is my third tripod as I've climbed the upgrade ladder, and I honestly believe the last I'll ever have to buy unless it gets stolen, in which case, I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
The included bag is a very nice touch; I use it when we travel to keep stuff from banging against the pod. I've used the Gitzo of this size, and, IMHO, this is 99% the tripod at 1/2 the price.