In­duro AT214 Al­loy 8M + BHD1 ball head £250, $310

The In­duro BHD1 ball head is re­ally im­pres­sive, but the legs can feel a bit wob­bly at full ex­ten­sion

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Like the Gitzo and Sirui tripods on test, this In­duro alu­minium model has four­sec­tion legs. It col­lapses down to 64cm (with head at­tached) and ex­tends to an im­pres­sive 180cm max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height. Another sim­i­lar­ity with the Gitzo and the car­bon fi­bre Sirui tri­pod is that the leg sec­tion locks have a twist, rather than clip, action. Some say that clips are faster to use than twist locks but that’s not our ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s cer­tainly easy to lock or un­lock all sec­tions si­mul­ta­ne­ously with one hand when the legs are at their min­i­mum height.

The stan­dard of en­gi­neer­ing feels close to that of the Benro tripods on test, and sim­i­lar­i­ties in­clude three lock­ing an­gles for each leg, plus a bub­ble level on the tri­pod col­lar. The max­i­mum load rat­ing also matches that of the Benro alu­minium tri­pod, at 10kg. How­ever, the ball head has a higher rat­ing of 12kg and boasts a more elab­o­rate de­sign.

Per­for­mance

De­spite there be­ing a fairly typ­i­cal 4mm dif­fer­ence in the di­am­e­ter of each leg sec­tion, ex­ten­sion is a lit­tle lack­ing in smooth­ness. The bot­tom sec­tions mea­sure just 16mm in di­am­e­ter, which has an ad­verse af­fect on rigid­ity. By con­trast, the ball head is su­per-steady and has an ad­justable fric­tion damper and pan-only re­lease.

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