Induro Stealth CLT 203
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.