A new line of aluminum alloy and carbon fiber tripods, aimed at professional and serious photographers and carrying the brand name of INDURO, will begin shipping in the U.S. next month. The INDURO products are made in China by Yilee Precision Machinery Co., which markets variants of them in Asia under the Benro brand name, and they are being imported and distributed in the U.S. by the MAC Group, which will also service them in the U.S.
The INDURO line is clearly designed to compete with the high-end tripods and other camera support accessories of Manfrotto (Bogen) and Gitzo. A selection of INDURO tripods and heads was on display at the recent PhotoPlus Expo trade show in New York City, and though our look at them was far too brief for any firm conclusions, the products certainly give a credible impression of professional-duty build quality and seem worth a closer look for anyone in the market for a serious tripod.
The company will offer aluminum alloy tripods in 11 sizes and load capacities, and carbon fiber tripods in 10 sizes, plus variants with a convertible vertical/horizontal center column. The INDURO line will also include 7 ball heads, and 12 different carbon fiber and aluminum alloy monopods.
The MAC Group's press release states that INDURO products will be available in December, 2006 through authorized MAC Group dealers in the U.S., but no pricing information is given. The MAC Group does not have an online dealer locator, but they do provide an e-mail address and telephone number for information on INDURO.