Last April at NAB, we got a look at the Induro Hi-Hat (technically called the Induro LFB100S DR), and I was really intrigued. It’s more like a tripod/hi-hat combo, and that looked really useful to me. A couple months ago, Induro sent me a unit to play with, and I’ve been using it heavily ever since. I absolutely love it. Here’s a short Gear in 60 Seconds video that will give you a good overview of the Induro Hi-hat system.

Gear in 60 Seconds – Induro Hi-Hat from FreshDV on Vimeo.

Because the Induro LFB100S is not just a high-hat, I am finding it very useful. It’s just low enough to get that on-the-ground level shot, but can extend up to almost baby-sticks level. It’s incredibly strong, rated to 220lb payload, and surprisingly light at just 4.6 lbs. It feels very well-built, and is modular…with a 100mm bowl and a 3/8″ flat-head adapter, you can use it with pretty much any tripod head you already own. Or if the shot is a lock-off, simply add a tiny plate and put the camera right onto the flat-mount. It travels with me often, because I can stuff it into a carryon. I’ve used it with DSLRs and RED cameras, for timelapse and live-action, you name it. If it’s not already clear to you by now, let me state it more clearly; I really like this thing.

The bowl is a standard size, intended for standard 100mm tripod heads. There is a leveling bubble on the tripod, and another bubble level on the half-ball flat-mount adapter that goes into the 100mm bowl. The flat-mount adapter has a standard 3/8″ screw for tripod heads. The legs of the Induro are lightweight aluminum, and the twist-lock for raising and lowering them is solid and quick. It will adjust in height from 3.9 inches off the deck to 11.4 inches high. Everything feels really nice, fit and finish is lovely. The feet of the Induro articulate to stay level on the ground as you raise and lower it. They are rubbery, and have holes for tie-downs or to simply screw it down to a platform if you needed a little more security on a driving shot, for instance.

The Induro Hi-hat retails at most photo/video stores for around $280 US. At that price, I think it’s an excellent value, and it’s a welcome addition to my toolkit.


5 Responses to “Gear In 60 Seconds – Induro LFB100S Hi-Hat Review”  

  1. 1 Jason Prisk

    I have been using this mostly mounted on a pancake and I love it. Great addition to any kit.

  2. 2 Matthew Jeppsen

    Ooh, that’s a good idea. Better than just a flat board. Now I just need enough appleboxes that I feel like I can screw into one of them… :)

    -MJ

  3. 3 Brian Hynes

    The 75mm version will ship in December for $249.00
    http://www.indurogear.com/products_details_LFB75S.html#1

  4. 4 Matthew Jeppsen

    That’s great to hear, Brian! I have a couple 75mm bowl tripods, and know many in the same situation. Glad to see the product line expanding to support shooters of all types.

    -MJ

  5. 5 Danny Sisson

    very very nice Will get one ASAP must have