Induro CLT-204 Review

Out in the field with the Induro CLT-204 and BHD-1 Ballhead

While it may not be as fun of a purchase as a new lens or camera body, tripods are one of the most important pieces of gear for photographing landscapes. It doesn't matter if you've spent thousands of dollars on the best camera gear, a quality tripod can make the difference between crisp, beautiful images and blurry ones. In my own work, shooting mostly with large prints in mind, it's critical that I can rely on my tripod to be stable. In my opinion, too many companies are trying to reinvent the wheel, and the best tripods are simple with a few key features- they're light, stable, durable, and easy to use. I've been using the Induro CLT-204 legs and BHD-1 ballhead for about a year now, and here's what I love about it.  

 

This is my first tripod with twist-lock leg sections, rather than the clamp locks, and although I had some reservations, I've grown to love them. I had worried at first that I would accidentally not tighten one of the twist locks enough, and the tripod would tip over, but the locks have been solid so far. The nice thing about the twist-locks has been how quickly I can set up, especially when shooting panoramas. When shooting a stitched panoramic image, the tripod legs need to be completely level (or by using a leveling base), and sometimes you arrive to a location and need to set up quickly. At this point I can get everything level and be shooting within about a minute- meaning less missed moments of beautiful light, works for me! I also found the legs very easy to take apart and clean- which is very important after shooting around the ocean, as the salt can corrode your tripod. 

I tend to set up my tripod in water frequently, whether it's in a stream below a waterfall or in the ocean, and it's extremely important that the tripod legs are stable and don't pass on vibration to your camera. I've noticed other tripods passing on that vibration when looking on my live view screen, resulting in slightly soft images, but this tripod has been solid in that aspect as well.  


 

I tend to set up my tripod in water frequently, whether it's in a stream below a waterfall or in the ocean, and it's extremely important that the tripod legs are stable and don't pass on vibration to your camera. I've noticed other tripods passing on that vibration when looking on my live view screen, resulting in slightly soft images, but this tripod has been solid in that aspect as well.  

 

Another feature I've really enjoyed is the ability to flip over the center column for shooting straight down or when I need to set up very close to the ground. 

It's also fairly light- at just over 4.5 pounds with the ballhead, I love being able to take a full sized, sturdy tripod on longer hikes without worrying too much about the weight. 

 

The BHD-1 Ballhead is a well designed, rock solid addition to the CLT-204 legs. The motion is smooth, and I really love the tension knob on the side for using heavier/bigger lenses. By tightening that knob, I can make very minor adjustments to the composition easily, something extremely helpful when using longer lenses where even small movements on the ballhead can throw off your framing significantly.

I also like that it uses an arca swiss mount, meaning I can use my L bracket without needing any tripod plates, which I tend to lose (or forget in the car) often. 

There isn't much to say here other than this ballhead is very stable, and I've had no issues with movement using even my heaviest camera+lens combo. 


 

Overall, I've been nothing but happy with this tripod, as it checks all the boxes I personally need for photographing landscapes. Light, stable, and quick to set up...what more could you ask for? If you're in the market for a new tripod for landscape photography, I highly recommend taking a look at the Induro CLT-204. Happy shooting! 

 

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