In­duro Stealth CLT 203

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TAKE THE EX­CEL­LENT Benro Mach3, move ev­ery­thing down a notch – height, weight, price – and the In­duro Stealth CLT 203 is pretty much a car­bon copy. Not sur­pris­ingly per­haps as Benro and In­duro are sis­ter com­pa­nies, and while both brands have their dis­tinc­tive as­pects, Mach3 and Stealth share ev­ery­thing from nine- layer car­bon- fi­bre legs, to the de­tails. These in­clude three leg an­gles, fat and grippy twist- col­lar leg locks, a short cen­tre- col­umn sup­plied for get­ting down low, rub­ber feet that can be swapped for the spikes pro­vided, a bal­last hook, spirit level and a 3/ 8in ac­ces­sory port. It's sim­pler to list the In­duro's dif­fer­ences, which are foam grips on all three legs, and a three- winged lock­ing col­lar for the cen­tre- col­umn that is ac­tu­ally a lit­tle eas­ier to grasp than the Benro's, plus an ex­tra 1/ 4in ac­ces­sory port.

All this is good news for those want­ing a clas­sic tri­pod that con­cen­trates less on eye- catch­ing fea­tures and more on the es­sen­tial task of pro­vid­ing a high stan­dard of sup­port. And the In­duro Stealth does that very well, los­ing al­most noth­ing to its big­ger and heav­ier ri­vals. In the wind- buf­fet test, the In­duro scored 75%, and 73% for mir­ror- shock, an av­er­age of 74%. That puts it in third place, close be­hind the Benro Mach3 and Man­frotto 055, but well ahead of any­thing else. A com­mend­able per­for­mance con­sid­er­ing it weighs around 25% less.

Max­i­mum height is a more than ad­e­quate at 135cm, ex­tend­ing to a gen­er­ous 160cm with the cen­tre- col­umn up, and down to 16cm with the legs splayed and short cen­tre- col­umn in place.

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