Induro AT-214 Alloy AT Series 8M Tripod (Black)
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- Dust and moisture resistant leg locks lets you work in real world environments without any concerns. Just rinse off the legs and they're ready for the next assignment
- Half-turn leg lock mechanisms – a simple half turn of the leg locks lets you quickly and easily unlock the sections for fast height adjustment and then tighten them down for rock solid support.
- 3 position Adjustable Angle Leg Locks – accommodate uneven surfaces and awkward shooting situations Reversible Center Column – allows low angle shooting
- Interchangeable Rubber Feet and Stainless Steel Spikes – provide the right contact on any surface or terrain
- Closed Cell Foam Grip on all 3 legs – provides comfortable, positive handling during cold or wet conditions
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|Included Components||Deluxe carry case, strap, toolkit Warranty 2 years|
|Item Dimensions||4.8 x 4.8 x 28.3 inches|
|Item Weight||4.4 pounds|
|Maximum Height||162 centimeters|
|Minimum Height||49.53 centimeters|
|Shipping Weight||8.3 pounds|
|Tripod Head Type||pan/tilt head|
|Weight Capacity Maximum||17.6 pounds|
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A similar tripod to the 213, this one folds to only 20.9-inches thanks to its 4-section legs, the INDURO ALLOY 8M AT-Series tripods offer uncompromising quality, strength and durability. A wide stance cross-braced magnesium alloy spider, super-high grade precision Aluminum Alloy legs, over-sized center column lock and enhanced leg angle locks all contribute to a tripod with up to 35% greater stability, rigidity and higher load capacity. Includes interchangeable rubber feet, a tool kit and deluxe carrying bag and strap.
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Some basic specs: it's 4.2 lbs, aluminum, and with 4 twist-lock leg sections. I measured a maximum height of 57.5" to the base of the head mount with the center column down and just over 66" with it up. Minimum compacted height for travel is 21.75". My Giottos MH-1301 ballhead adds another 3.5". The legs can be adjusted to three angles. The top two extending leg sections don't rotate; the last and thinnest does. The foam on the legs is comfortable, durable, and does not slip.
My AT214 arrived with a bag, strap, a tool kit, and spikes. The bag is similar in quality and style to Manfrotto's LBag 90. The Giottos head fits inside while attached, though one of the bag's two zippers was bent and off-track when it arrived.
Build impressions are very positive. When compacted, the unit feels stiff and solid, as if molded from a single piece. With the legs out, stability depends on how it's configured. The last leg sections are thin, though this doesn't seem to have any negative effect with the most upright angle setting. The center column extends smoothly and is held in place by an oiled twist lock with a positive action. There is zero movement in the column when extended and tightened; any loss in stability is simply from the increased height. With the column down and a head mounted, my 5D's viewfinder is exactly at eye level, and I'm six-one.
Before I settled on the AT-214, I ordered a Giottos 9360. I also tried Manfrotto's 055XPROB for an extended session. The Giottos is very heavy and dampens vibration well, but less strong than the build would suggest and a bit mushy in how it operates. The Manfrotto feels light and stiff, with a snap-tight quality to the adjustments, but it has thin tubing that deals poorly with resonant vibrations; the Induro seems to be in an entirely different stability class. Unlike those two, though, the AT-214 doesn't have a trick center column. You can unscrew the bottom and flip it upside-down, but it doesn't have a hinged adjustment. Nor is the optional shorter column included. Minimum height without that $30 accessory is therefore limited to the column's 13" length.
Leg extension is quick. I timed myself at 30 seconds to extend and retract everything. Each joint only requires about a 1/3 turn to lock or release, though the action is slightly vague. Once locked, the legs don't shift at all. To adjust the leg angle to one of the three presets, you pull out on a metal tab. The edges are a bit sharp, though the Induro's full-width tabs are stiffer and more durable than those of either Manfrotto or Giottos. The sacrifice is that they're not spring-loaded, so they're neither as fast, easy, or comfortable as with Manfrotto.
Stability is excellent on the two lower angles if the bottom two leg sections have been pulled in. Vertical flex increases as you extend the other sections, though there's no reason ever to do this. Weight capacity is probably understated on the more vertical angle settings. I had no trouble mounting the 1 lb Giottos ballhead, a 7D with a battery grip, a 200/2.8L with a teleconverter, and a flash. Pressing down on the head mount with about 50 pounds of vertical force causes no deformation at all. With a heavy bag hanging from the underside of the center column, I can't think of any gear that I wouldn't trust it with. A 600/4 with a 1-series body and a gimbal head is still under 15 lbs.
On balance, I consider this an excellent set of legs, perhaps the best available at this price. There are no significant flaws or problems. They're absolutely professional in build and appearance, and if you can do without the versatility of a hinged center column, you'll be very pleased with them.
THREE YEAR UPDATE:
This tripod is almost identical to when I bought it. Minor tube scratches here and there, some fuzzy abrasion to the bag; otherwise a peach. I did make the mistake of taking it onto a sandy beach. It only takes a single grain of sand to make the locks sound crunchy, so I dismantled the whole thing and cleaned it. It's easy. The connection points have heavy-duty nylon spacing elements. I used an old toothbrush and soapy water, then relubed the twist locks with white lithium grease. The whole process took about 45 minutes. It's now good as new, though I'd be tempted to try an even thicker automotive grease in the future.
I recently bought an ultra-compact Dolica for travel that's half the weight and half the compacted height. This Induro is small and light for this height and weight capacity, but overkill for my purposes (usually full-frame UWAs with a rig under 3 lbs) and big enough, with stiff angle adjustments, that it's unwieldy to repeatedly set up and take down when you're also juggling a large pack. I suspect shorter folks would be quite content with the AT-114 (about a pound lighter) as their 'serious' tripod.
I read reviews, I dug through websites, I saw a hundred offerings of the "best of the best," and then I came across Induro. A company that doesn't advertise, they just make gear. This is what I settled for: all metal construction, can take any head, durable, water resistant, etc., and the AT-214 covered it nicely. I don't need carbon fiber (I actually want the weight for stability), I don't need any of the fancy features other models and other brands go after. I need a strong tripod that won't drop my camera.
1) The round 4 section legs are STRONG, able to support 22 pounds (10 kg) fully extended. And the height WITHOUT ADJUSTING THE CENTER COLUMN is sufficient to place the camera at or slightly above eye level for me, at 6'3" (1.9m) without an issue.
2) The leg support clips and the magnesium alloy center "spider" support allow 3 angles of leg positioning, excellent for low-to-the-ground shooting or setting up on uneven terrain.
3) The attached rubber feet stick well on concrete, stone, or even carpet, but the kit also includes steel spike feet which can dig into soil very well.
4) The head mount bolt is the standard 3/8" most heads support, but the bolt can be changed easily with the included kit to support 1/4"20 for the few heads that are set for this size as well as directly attaching the camera or flash mount to the tripod without a head.
5) The center column's spring-mounted hook is excellent at taking heavy loads to increase stability, and it can also be inverted easily (no tools needed) to allow the camera to be mounted upside down, between the legs, which will give you the option to get super-low shots (perspective is everything).
6) The leg locks are very strong, but only need a simple half turn to release. The large rubber nuts that handle the locks can be used easily even if you are wearing gloves, and don't care if they are wet or even submerged. Very easy to handle, as your hand can grip it easily no matter what.
One con, and I am saying this though I am not reducing the score in my rating because the instructions warn you about this, so watch yourself when collapsing. The instruction guide (which I didn't read until AFTER this happened) specifically states: "Take special care when raising or lowering the Center Column, if a camera or equipment is mounted on the Tripod. Never loosen the Center Column Locking Knob without holding the Center Column. Failure to follow these instructions could result in equipment damage."
They should have added "or personal injury" to that. Lets just say that a camera, telephoto zoom lens, and flash provides enough weight that when it slams down on your trigger finger, you will notice. You will likely get a massive blood blister, and bleed like a stuck pig for hours. You will curse yourself for forgetting that gravity is not a suggestion, but a law.
No, that injury (which is finally down enough that I can type as well as shoot today) is no fault of Induro. They even took the time to warn me, but as a man I am not allowed to read the instructions until something bad happens. This is a manual product, no cranks or mechanisms to work, so when you release a lock it just does what it is supposed to do, and I simply wasn't prepared for the result. So this is a 5 star, highly recommended tripod, and I likely will be picking up a spare later this year for my backup rig.
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I have only one small complaint - the plastic ring on the center column is very fragile and cracked when I...Read more