ELMSFORD, NY –The MAC Group recently expanded its professional family of photographic products with a new line of high quality professional tripods and support gear. Revealed at PMA, under the brand name of Induro, the MAC Group offers a wide range of camera support gear including tripods, monopods, ball heads and accessories. The Induro product line has been jointly developed by the MAC Group in cooperation with Yilee Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.
Induro is manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art facility by Yilee, Zhuhai, China. Yilee developed and pioneered their own brand under the Benro name, which has become the #1 best selling professional tripod in Asian markets. They have been awarded with the Best Brand, Highest Quality, Best Reputation and Photographer’s Choice Awards 2005 in China.
During the development of the Induro brand, product managers from the MAC Group, along with top pro photographers, fueled the design and performance specification demanded by today’s pro shooters. The goal was to create a high quality, versatile and reasonably-priced support solution that would enhance the creation of their images.
According to Marketing/Product Manager, Lorenzo Gasperini of MAC Group, “Induro brings the latest innovative concepts, manufacturing technology, and state-of-the-art lightweight materials to their designs” and that “Induro is committed to meeting and exceeding the expectations of professional photographers.”
Induro carbon fiber tripods and monopods are especially unique as compared to current generation competitive brands because they are made from 2nd-generation carbon fiber technology. Using independently controlled laboratory studies, it has been found that the carbon fiber tubing used in Induro products is 40% stronger in load pressure, and 80% stronger laterally than the leading brands of carbon fiber tripods and monopods. This is achieved by using more fibers and less epoxy in the manufacturing blend. Dedicated to improving their designs and specifications, Induro’s research and development team is continually striving to improve manufacturing techniques and technologies.
The Induro tripods feature leg angle adjustments, reversible center columns with spring loaded weight hooks, foam leg grips, anti-dust and moisture rubber leg lock grips, reversible 1/4-20 / 3/8” mounting threads, bubble level, mounting set screws, high quality tripod bag, shoulder strap and removable rubber or stainless steel spikes (C, CX and AX series only). In addition, all Induro products are backed with a five-year warranty that covers manufacturing defects and workmanship. Service will be performed by MAC Group’s factory-trained, award-winning service team in Elmsford, NY.
Gasperini stated, “the current Induro product line is only the beginning of what will become a growing line of professional, high quality photographic products. New product development will be fueled by the needs of professional shooters in the industry, and we expect to see many unique concepts and innovative designs from Induro.”
Induro tripods are grouped into two categories, Aluminum Alloy and Carbon Fiber. Within these two groups are four collections, the CARBON 8X, ALLOY 6M, CARBONFLEX 8X and ALLOYFLEX 6M series.
The CARBON 8X C-series carbon fiber tripods offers the ultimate in strength, light weight, fast action and reliable performance. They are made from the latest generation of high quality, 8-layer carbon fiber tubing. The CARBON 8X C-series is 60% stronger overall than conventional carbon fiber tripods. Each leg lock has a specially designed anti-dust and moisture seal, along with removable rubber or stainless steel spike feet. Each leg has an adjustable leg angle of 24, 55 and 80 degrees to accommodate uneven terrain or awkward shooting situations. Anti-twist leg sections and a grooved center column make setup and breakdown quick and easy. The collection includes ten different models ranging in size and load capacity.
The ALLOY 6M A-series tripods are made of high quality aluminum alloy and are precisely machined to offer the quality and strength demanded by professional photographers. Each leg section is extruded 6000 series aluminum alloy with a wall thickness of 1.5mm. Each leg lock has a specially designed anti-dust and moisture seal along with hard rubber feet. Each leg has an adjustable leg angle of 24, 55 and 80 degrees to accommodate uneven terrain or awkward shooting situations. The collection includes eleven different models ranging in size and load capacity.
The CARBONFLEX 8X CX-series tripods are made of the same high strength carbon fiber material as the CARBON 8X C-series. In addition, they offer an innovative vertical/horizontal center column design. In a rapid and easy motion, the center column can be converted from a standard vertical column to a horizontal cross bar. In the horizontal position, a mounted camera can have a clear view without the tripod legs getting in the way, to achieve challenging and creative angles. Especially advantageous for nature and on-location industrial shooters, the Carbon Flex 8X is the perfect choice for photographing flat art, close-up macro photography and for those shooting situations that require total flexibility in camera positioning. The CarbonFlex offers vertical, horizontal, panning, rotating and angular positioning of the center column in one of the most versatile designs to be available in the photo industry. In addition, the CarbonFlex offers a unique center column design that returns to its center vertical position to maintain center gravity and stability during normal tripod use. The collection includes all the features of the Carbon 8X C-series and is available in four different models ranging in size, and load capacity.
The ALLOYFLEX 6M AX-series tripods are similar to the ALLOY 6M series, however, they include the flexible and versatile vertical/horizontal center column design. In addition, the ALLOYFLEX 6M series also includes removable rubber or stainless steel spike feet. The collection includes all the features of the ALLOY 6M A-series and is available in four different models ranging in size, and load capacity.
Induro Monopods are grouped into two categories, Aluminum Alloy and Carbon Fiber. Within these two groups are four collections, the CARBON MC, ALLOY MA, CARBON MXC AND ALLOY MXA series
The ALLOY 6M MA and MXA-series monopods are made from high quality aluminum alloy and are precisely machined to offer the same quality and strength of the ALLOY 6M A-series tripods. Each leg is extruded 6000 series aluminum alloy with a wall thickness of 1.5 mm’s. The MXA-series offers a fold out tripod for added support and stability during prolonged shooting scenarios. The collection includes 6 different models ranging in size and load capacity.