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Need Advice: Benro And Induro Tripods & Ballheads

Discussion in 'Tripods, Ball Heads, and Gimbals' started by grt_napa, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. I have followed some threads on other sites that suggest that the Benro and Induro represent high value knock-offs. I have never owned a decent tripod and as an amateur still wondering to what extent I will use. The $400 all in cost is appealing but I have also learned over the years that quality and functionality should be the ultimate determinants. Thoughts...suggestions? Thanks, Gordon
     
  2. I have the Benro C-227n6 , and really like it. I have the Markins M10 head on it. I also have a Benro KS-1 on a lightweight Bogen Carbon Fiber. I also like that set up. I would assume that it doesn't meet the same high quality of a Gitzo , but if you're trying to save a few $$ , it may be worth looking at. It works for me :) 
     
  3. InitialD

    InitialD

    151
    Mar 12, 2007
    Malaysia
    Check out Feisol for tripods. They do direct orders.

    http://www.feisol.com/english/feisolen.htm
     
  4. The consensus I've seen on Benro/Induro tripods is pretty good, but I always remember a thread on Nikonians that included this link below about their ballheads - even if I have to search for it for a while. Ole timers ya know.:wink:

    http://www.tomwebsterphoto.com/Essays/Benro/benroks2.htm
     
  5. Have you considered the velbon/hakuba carbon fiber tripods?

    I just got the velbon 630a tripod to go with a markins m10...so far so good. :) 
    They offer a lifetime warantee with the tripods...something important since its made of CF.
     
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  7. yatesd

    yatesd

    55
    Nov 5, 2006
    York,PA
    I own the Induro A114

    I bought the Induro A114 and paired it with a Markins Q3. So far, I am very happy with it as a lightweight setup. My heaviest equipment is the D80,SB-600, and the 70-300VR.

    I actually purchased the tripod locally, in Baltimore,MD at www.servicephoto.com I initially visited the dealer to figure out how I was going to justify the 1 series Gitzo to my wife. I was convinced Carbon Fiber was the only way to go, based on all the online articles I have read.

    Well, this dealer had a full display of the Gitzo's, Bogen's, and the Induro's. The Induro's did appear to be just like the Gitzo's in almost every way. However, what surprised me was the 1 series aluminum series only weighed a few more ounces, was actually more compact, and cost only about a third of the price of the CF Induros. Construction and included accessories was identical, only difference was CF versus Aluminum. Well, I spent my $119 and I am very happy!

    Here are some pictures:

    Included bag and strap
    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/134974927-L.jpg

    Compared to my $20 Slik
    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/134975802-L-1.jpg

    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/139795601-L.jpg

    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/139795817-L.jpg

    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/139795870-L.jpg

    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/139796003-L.jpg

    http://theyatesfamily.smugmug.com/photos/139796342-L.jpg
     
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