It is always worth having more than one tripod if you are a photographer or videographer, different sizes, different heads, different tasks and different materials. This is even more important if you travel internationally as a pro or keen amateur as bulky full size tripods add to your bulging camera bag and clothing weight.
The best option therefore is to have a light but sturdy travel tripod. Vanguard recently sent me the amazing Veo 265CB carbon fibre travel tripod, this five section tripod is able to support 8Kg or 17.6lbs! and measures from folded 390mm 15 3/8in to 1500mm or 59 inches. The carbon fibre is off set nicely with orange branding and a rubber grip adorns one leg for comfortable ergonomics.
It weighs just 1.5kg or 3.1lbs so easy to transport in the nicely made bag that is supplied. The centre column folds down to dangle between the legs on an ingenious and quick to use mechanism. Being a five section leg means a full working height or low to the ground is a doddle and small to carry on flights and fit into a backpack.
Supplied in the box:
1x allen key
1x centre column adapter to replace the length of tube. (now able to get down to the height of a dandelion)
1x carrying bag.
I am mostly shooting video with this tripod, but it is aimed at stills. The ball head is just the right size and the Arca Swiss QR plate makes for a versatile and universal plate if you have other arca swiss equipped tripods and a rotating knob tightens the plate in a set of vice like jaws. The ball head feature adjustment for pan and tilt. A single spirit level is present.
The leg catches are easy to operate with the thumb and are the flip open/close type and not the annoying rotating griplock style.
Also very handily included are the option for rubber feet or spiked feet depending on the surface you are working on. I have been out hiking and working with clients in alsorts of situations and this has been perfect for that everytime, whether it is me shooting myself for Youtube.com/user/soundsandimages or wildlife and flower and timelapses.
This tripod has proven itself to me a giant among small tripods that is a winner hands down.
With thanks to all at Vanguard for sending this tripod to me for review.