Tripods. Scratching The Surface – Getting Loose….Distraction
Last week I posted an article about spending your money wisely and more efficiently when it comes to buying tripods and tripod heads.
I had also made special note that we loan out tripods and heads and mounting plates at field trips and workshops to help students understand the benefit of very well made stabilization components that are going to help get much sharper images.
Brian, myself and our students just finished off the Silk Mill workshop and both the landscape photography the day before and the low light photography at the silk mill all required very stable tripods and well designed heads and we wound up loaning out quite a few combinations of Induro Tripods and BLH heads which are our favorite go to stabilization.
It did not take long for those students borrowing the gear to understand the differences between what they currently own and what the Induro products offer.
Some manufacturers supply carrying cases for their tripod gear and others do not. The most expensive tripods in the market do not and because of that one might assume that they are other cheap SOB who want to suck another $100.00 bucks from your wallet, or they feel that their product is so superior that it will hold up to the most rough terrain. Others do supply carry solutions and therefore we may assume that is because they do not hold up as well the more expensive ones.
I personally will never carry a tripod bag into the field. It just adds more time to the set up and breakdown and time is not always what I have. I will store tripods in bags for travel but that is it.
Here is what I have found. While I use only Induro for all of my tripod work, I do own other tripods that have cost me a lot more money. A LOT MORE MONEY.
This trip I decided that because I had loaned out all of the Induro tripods I own which total about five with various Induro heads I had to use my Really Right Stuff tripod and head. The Really Right Stuff legs cost me about $910.00. The head cost me $455.00. $1365.00. Wow! It cost more than my camera body, the Fuji Xe1. I should make note that this combination of tripod and head in my arsenal has rarely been used.
To shorten this part of the story I will simply state that by the end of a day of shooting in the Silk Mill, up and down steps and moving through tight spaces, the legs were quite scratched and nicked, and one of the legs was so lose that it was flopping around. This does not bode well for this expensive tripod. The ball head, which is the heaviest duty one Really Right Stuff has in its line up, gave me quick release issues. This made using the tripod a distraction.
I must state here that tripod legs will loosen up after time. But for the little amount of time this tripod has ever been used, it should not have happened. Also the leg could be tightened down with an Allen wrench, if you happen to have it with you. It is not the same Allen wrench for tightening a plate to the bottom of a camera body.
My Induro tripod that would be the closest in size and capacity is the CT314 and the head is the BHL-2. $550.00 for the legs and $311.00 for the head. $861.00 for the package.
The cost difference to me is $504.00.
The Induro has been in service constantly since we added it to our gear locker. It is about two years now and it has been in the hands of quite a number of students in some pretty tough conditions and it is still as tight as a drum and barely has a mark on it. It has handled heat, cold, water, dust, dirt, mud and drops and still remains as tight and steady and smooth functioning as the day it was purchased by us and it cost one heck of lot less money than the Gitzo tripods and heads and Really Right Stuff tripods and heads. You will notice that we never mention Manfrotto in our articles. That’s because those we have had in service have fallen apart.
My recommendation is you take a trip over to Photocraft in Burke Va. and try one of the Induro Tripods and heads on for size and fit.