Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod Review

     I got the Vanguard VEO 265CB tripod a couple weeks ago as I wanted a better option for a travel/all round tripod. Now that I have had a chance to work with it I figured I would do a quick review.

 Taken with Olympus TG-4

Taken with Olympus TG-4

     So when I'm looking for a tripod I want something very lightweight, compact, and sturdy as I travel and carry it around with me all the time. I primarily shoot landscapes and love shooting long exposures so you will rarely find me without a tripod. The VEO 265CB fits the bill on many levels. While folded up it measures approx. 15.4" which allows it to fit in or connect to just about every camera bag I've used. You can also easily fit in your luggage if needed when traveling. As for the weight this is a carbon fiber tripod so it's designed to be light and it is; only weighing 3.3 lbs! It has 5 section flip lock legs that extend out to 59" which is a pretty good height considering it is a compact travel tripod. I personally prefer to shoot low and they have that covered too. It comes with an extra column that is shorter so you can swap out the standard neck, extend the legs out wide and shoot right off the deck if you need to. The load capacity is 17.6 lbs which is plenty to handle a full sized DSLR without a problem. The VEO is very sturdy but it lacks the hook in the bottom of the center column that some people like to  hang a bag from. It's not a huge deal for me but thought it was worth mentioning for others.

 Taken with Olympus TG-4

Taken with Olympus TG-4

     Another great feature is how the neck folds away. The neck flips downward and the legs surround it. Not only does this make it much easier to setup and take down compared to other tripods where you have to fold the legs up and down but it's handy for taking low angle macro shots as well.

 Taken with Olympus TG-4

Taken with Olympus TG-4

     Below are a couple of long exposures that I took using the VEO and my Olympus E-M1 with the 12-40mm 2.8 pro.

 Drift, Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8 Pro/ Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod

Drift, Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8 Pro/ Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod

 Glimmer, Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8/ Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod

Glimmer, Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8/ Vanguard VEO 265CB Tripod

     Overall I really enjoy working with the VEO 265CB! It's a versatile travel tripod and is built to last. It will cost you a little more being that it is made of carbon fiber but in my opinion if you want a super light and well crafted tripod it's well worth the investment.

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