Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/04/25

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Subject: [Leica] Tripods - the Benbo
From: lew1716 at (Lew Schwartz)
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:08:51 -0400
References: <> <> <BLU139-DS3C0FF818689804E1085B0B8270@phx.gbl> <EBF4DCC0499D48AFA39F0A5F3A5B119B@KorhonenPC>

Yes on the Benbo's. The three legs and center column move
independently of each other meaning you can work a few inches off the
ground or cantilevered over an obstruction. Does take some getting
used to and you've got to be cautious about counter weighting if your
camera is too far off the center of gravity. There're a few models so
you can choose one that'll handle medium & large format cameras.

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 12:59 AM, Raimo K
<raimo.m.korhonen at> wrote:
> If you do a lot of photography close to the ground (or close-up photography
> in general) the best tripod is the British made Benbo. No screwing apart
> anything or switching columns, it just kneels down as low as you want. Easy
> to use after you get the hang of it. Durable, too - I have had mine for
> maybe 30 years. It?s not for very heavy loads, though.
> All the best!
> Raimo K
> ----- Original Message ----- From: Aram Langhans
> To: Leica Users Group
> Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:55 AM
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Tripods - The Induro
> Bought my father in law an Induro and he loves it. ?I have used it, also,
> and it seems as good or better than my Gitzo. ?How well it will stand the
> test of time is to be seen, but it seems to be very sturdily built and the
> finish quality is top notch. ?Only complaint is that to use it at ground
> level requires you buy the short center column, so you would need two heads
> for quickness. ?My Gitzo center column comes apart and you screw the head
> back onto the tripod with a long threaded rod that fits into the bottom of
> the center column. ?A bit awkward, but it does work. ?I think they have
> improved the design since I bought mine. ?My old Velbon carbon had the best
> solution with the center column, but it was not the most reliable tripod,
> having the legs fall apart twice. ?At least it has a life time warranty.
> Aram
> -----Original Message----- From: H&ECummer
> Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:46 AM
> To: lug at
> Subject: [Leica] Tripods - The Induro
>> Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 08:57:55 +0530
>> From: Jayanand Govindaraj <jayanand at>
>> Subject: [Leica] Tripods
>> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
>> I have almost decided to invest in a carbon fibre tripod and quality ball
>> head to maximize the potential of the Nikon D800e which I will buy as soon
>> as it is available here. It must be compact as well for easy packing on
>> photo journeys, and as light as possible. I have no idea about
>> tripods/heads/QR Plates, so any suggestions? The profusion of different
>> models leaves me dizzy...
>> Cheers
>> Jayanand
> Hi Jayanand,
> You might recall the tripod that I brought to India on my first tiger photo
> shoot and never used!!
> It is an Induro Co 13 carbon 8X (made in China) and fitted with a quick
> release Joby head fitted with a bubble level (very handy for panos)
> Here is a review of a similar Induro model to add to your confusion!!
> <>
> I look forward to your D800E pictures.
> Cheers
> Howard
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-Lew S.

In reply to: Message from cummer at (H&ECummer) ([Leica] Tripods - The Induro)
Message from leica_r8 at (Aram Langhans) ([Leica] Tripods - The Induro)
Message from raimo.m.korhonen at (Raimo K) ([Leica] Tripods - the Benbo)