drumsfield wrote in post #16311428
-The hardware that connects the center column head base and weight holder is not as nice or refined as the Gitzo.
Cool review; I'd not seen it earlier. I came here after seeing the link in the Travel & Lightweight tripod thread.
Yeah, the metal parts that make up the leg locks and centerpiece are kind of a pebble-finished aluminum which is not as pretty as the Gitzo or RRS items; otherwise I like everything else about my CT214. The ring that locks and unlocks the center column isn't exactly buttery smooth. I may be nitpicking but I only bought my Induro after initially ordering and then cancelling a similar model from RRS after I got some runaround from them in the ordering process. I was prepared to buy a tripod that cost twice as much! Anyway, I moved up from some 20+year old Bogens what had a tendency to crack their cast-potmetal leg clamps, so durability is going to be key. I'd considered a buying second, larger (3-section leg instead of 4) model but if this one proves successful I may stick with the CT214 as my main tripod instead.
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